BOX OFFICE: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON Can't Slither Past 22 JUMP STREET

Friday's North American box office numbers are in and 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2 are having very strong debuts. Hit the jump to check it out.

Aw poo, How to Drain Your Dragon 2 couldn't whizz past 22 Jump Street to number one, but it will be number two. Actually both sequels are outperforming their originals. 21 Jump Street in March of 2012 with $36.3M while its sequel expected to complete this weekend with $62M, while How to Train Your Dragon opened with $43.7M and its sequel is on pace for $52M. Not too shabby. Audiences seem quite pleased with both films as 22 Jump Street has earned an 'A-' Cinemascore and How to Train Your Dragon has received an 'A' Cinemascore.

In the world of films we at comicbookmovie.com actually care about, Godzilla could end up with the dubious distinction of being the first film to open with $90M or more in its first weekend and not reach $200M. Congrats? The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has now been in theaters for seven weeks and still won't reach $200M. Better luck next week. On the otherhand, 20th Century Fox's X-Men: Days of Future Past will top the $200M mark in its fourth week. Woot, woot! Party at Bryan Singer's house! There will be no party for A-list Scientologist Tom Cruise this weekend. Edge of Tomorrow has been showered with praise from critics and moviegoers but the word-of-mouth just wasn't strong enough to lift the film from an underwhelming fifth ($16M) place finish. On a positive note: Edge of Tomorrow only dropped 46% in its second weekend while last week's box office champ, The Fault In Our Stars, had a cancerous drop of 61% with $18.5M.

 

1). 22 Jump Street (SONY), 3,306theaters / $24M Fri.
3-day estimated cume: $61.7M to $62M / Wk 1

2). How to Train Your Dragon 2 (FOX), 4,253 theaters / $18.1M to $18.5M Fri.
3-day cume: $50.8M to $53M / Wk 1

3). Maleficent (DIS), 3,623 theaters (-325) / $5.9M Fri.
3-day cume: $19M (-42%) / Total expected cume: $164.5M / Wk 3

4). The Fault In Our Stars (FOX), 3,273 theaters (+100) / $6.4M to $6.7M Fri.
3-day cume: $18.5M to $19M (-61%) / Total cume: $84.5M / Wk 2

5). Edge of Tomorrow (WB), 3,505 theaters (+15) / $4.2M to $4.5M Fri.
3-day cume: $15.6M to $16M (-46%) / Total cume: $56.5M / Wk 2

6). X-Men: Days of Future Past (FOX), 3,042 theaters (-597) / $2.6M Fri.
3-day cume: $9M+ (-39%) / Total cume: $205.7M / Wk 4

7). Godzilla (WB), 2,088  theaters (-1,022) / $962K Fri.
3-day cume: $3.3M (-46%) / Total cume: $191.4M / Wk 5

8). A Million Ways to Die in the West (UNI), 2,413 theaters (-747) / $950K Fri.
3-day cume: $3M (-59%) / Total cume: $36.9M / Wk 3

9). Neighbors (UNI), 1,896 theaters (-778) / $805K Fri.
3-day cume: $2.5M (-53%) / Total cume: $143.2M / Wk 6

10). Chef (OPRD), 1,102 theaters (-196) / $583K Fri.
3-day cume: $2.1M (-19%) / Total cume: $13.9M / Wk 6


It's been five years since Hiccup and Toothless successfully united dragons and vikings on the island of Berk. While Astrid, Snoutlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island's new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Now, Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognizing that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 stars Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T. J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, Kit Harington, Cate Blanchett, and Djimon Hounsou. It's set for release on June 13, 2014
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