NORTH AMERICA: '22 Jump Street' Leads the Week with $82.5M, 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' #2 with $69.9M
on June 20, 2014
By Daniel Garris
Sony's 22 Jump Street took in $5.42 million on Thursday to continue to lead the daily box office. In the process, the modestly budgeted action comedy sequel starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum surpassed the $80 million mark on Thursday. 22 Jump Street was down 6 percent from Wednesday, which represented the day's poorest daily percentage hold among wide releases, as films in general held up well on Thursday. 22 Jump Street was the week's top film with a strong seven-day start of $82.45 million. That was in line with the film's lofty expectations. 22 Jump Street is currently running 66 percent ahead of the $49.75 million seven-day take of 2012's 21 Jump Street and 12 percent behind the $93.92 million seven-day start of last year's World War Z.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 rounded out its first week in theatres with a second place take of $4.68 million. The 3D computer animated sequel from Fox and DreamWorks Animation fell a slim 2 percent from Wednesday's performance. How to Train Your Dragon 2 placed in second for the week with a seven-day take of $69.88 million. That represented an underwhelming start with the film's massive pre-release expectations in mind. How to Train Your Dragon 2 is currently running 11 percent ahead of the $63.13 million seven-day start of 2010's How to Train Your Dragon, but a sizable 44 percent behind the $124.83 million seven-day take of last year's Monsters University.
Disney's Maleficent held steady in third place with $2.44 million. The 3D fantasy blockbuster starring Angelina Jolie was up 2 percent over Wednesday and down a healthy 32 percent from last Thursday. Maleficent placed in third for the week with $28.45 million. That represented a 44 percent decline from the previous frame, which was a very respectable hold given the new direct competition the film faced from How to Train Your Dragon 2. Maleficent has grossed $172.97 million in three weeks, which places the film 34 percent ahead of the $129.04 million 21-day take of 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman.
Fox's The Fault in Our Stars placed in fourth with $2.18 million. The successful low-budget drama starring Shailene Woodley fell 2 percent from Wednesday and 41 percent from last Thursday. The Fault in Our Stars took fourth place this week with $24.15 million. While that represented a sharp 63 percent decline from the film's opening week performance, the film remains strong in the bigger picture with a two-week take of $90.13 million. That leaves The Fault in Our Stars just $9.87 million away from reaching the $100 million domestic milestone.
Warner's Edge of Tomorrow rounded out Thursday's unchanged top five with $1.70 million. The critically acclaimed sci-fi film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt was unchanged from Wednesday's performance and down a very healthy 25 percent from last Thursday. Thanks in part to strong word of mouth and critical reviews, Edge of Tomorrow was down 41.5 percent this week with a fifth place weekly take of $23.69 million. That brings the film's two-week total to $64.17 million. Edge of Tomorrow is now running just 9 percent behind the $70.17 million 14-day take of last year's Oblivion.