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22 Jump Street and How To Train Your Dragon 2 enjoy strong US debuts

22 Jump Street

Story by Jack Foley

22 JUMP Street and How To Train Your Dragon 2 have both enjoyed impressive openings in the US.

The former took the US top spot with the second-best opening of all time for an R-rated comedy, trailing only The Hangover: Part II with $60 million.

Reuniting Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, the sequel finds the mis-matched cops assigned to infiltrate a local college. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (of The Lego Movie fame) directed both the original and the sequel.

Commenting on the top spot placement and the figures, Sony distribution chief Rory Bruer said: “I think it has so many things going for it, starting with the incredible chemistry between Channing and Tatum. These guys are so funny together, and we also had great directors.”

Coming in a strong second was animated sequel How To Train Your Dragon 2, which took in $50 million to notch DreamWorks Animation’s best opening in two years.

Like 22 Jump Street, the animated follow-up garnered strong reviews and played well in US and international markets in spite of the diversion of the World Cup.

Commenting on the film’s performance, Chris Aronson, domestic distribution chief for Fox, said: “This is one of those rare times when audiences and critics are aligned. And with no other animated film in the marketplace for six weeks, Dragon will be flying high.”

Disney’s Maleficent placed third with $19 million for a US total of $163.5 million and a worldwide total of $436.4 million, becoming Angelina Jolie’s second live-action title of all time after Mr. & Mrs. Smith ($478 million).

Tom Cruise’s sc-fi epic Edge of Tomorrow placed fourth with $16.2 million for a US total of $56.6 million, while last week’s No.1 film, The Fault in Our Stars, based on John Green’s book and starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as young lovers who meet in a cancer support group, rounded out the top five with $15.7 million.

Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past also crossed the $200 million mark in the US over the weekend, eclipsing Godzilla and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which have now earned $191 million and $198 million, respectively.

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