"22 Jump Street" went ahead of "How to Train Your Dragon 2" in the weekend box office race, finishing up with an estimated $60 million opening. The number is 65 percent higher than the 2012 movie's debut which was $36.3 million.
The R-rated comedy starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill showed it early that it would win the weekend's box office. It took $5.5 million on late-night Thursday shows and added a solid $25 million on Friday. It became the duo's career-best as well as the second-biggest R-rated comedy behind "The Hangover Part II".
Meanwhile, "Dragon 2" took in $2 million on Thursday and $18 million the following day. The first movie debuted to $43.7 million in 2010, which is 14 percent less than this weekend's $50 million. Statistically, both "22 Jump Street" and "Dragon 2" have outperformed their predecessors.
"We had hoped to beat Dragon 1 and we did. With the clear playing field ahead of us, I see nothing stopping it from playing out," said Fox President of Distribution Chris Aronson, "It's one of those times where critics and audiences are aligned. I really think it is a beloved property. With all that combined, the result is playability."
Elsewhere in the box office, "Maleficent" held the third place with an estimated $19 million and is expected to remain strong on Father's Day. "Edge of Tomorrow" scooped in approximately $16.2 million this weekend, barely taking the fourth place as "The Fault in Our Stars" took in an estimated $15.7 million.