“22 Jump Street” beats “How to Train Your Dragon 2” in $110 Mil Box-Office Battle

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In an exciting battle of sequels, two eccentric cops beat out dragons for first place at the North American box office.

The R-rated comedy “22 Jump Street” came in first place with $60 million, followed by “How to Train Your Dragon 2” which opened with $50 million, according to studio estimates.

However, dragons seem to be more popular internationally since ‘’How to Train Your Dragon 2’’earned $24.8 million abroad, while ‘’22 Jump Street’’ cashed only $6.9 million.

It’s extraordinary to have two films open to $50 million on the same weekend. Any time you have a PG animated film opening against an R-rated comedy, that’s the kind of competitive environment you’re looking for,” said Chris Aronson, Twentieth Century Fox domestic distribution chief.

The original movies were released in spring and the sequels in summer.

‘’When a studio has ultimate confidence in something, they will put it in that gladiator arena that is the summer season. A sequel in the summer is like graduating,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak.

Most analysts predicted that DreamWorks Animation film would be the highest-grossing film in June, but “22 Jump Street” nearly doubled the $36 million debut of the original film.

Despite the fact that ‘’How to Train Your Dragon 2’’won second place, analysts believe the animated film will be quite successful in the following weeks.

You’ll see this movie hold up really well in the weeks to come,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “It’s going to have the market largely to itself until the middle of July when [‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’] opens.

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