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Two highly-anticipated sequels - 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2 - went head-to-head at the box office this weekend, and 22 Jump Street became the clear winner.
On Friday, the R-rated 22 Jump Street, starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill as two cops going undercover as college students, earned $25 million, reports Entertainment Weekly.
Sony Pictures, co-financer of the film along with MGM, predicts the cop comedy will bring in $60 million by the end of the weekend. This will put the film just above past summer comedies Ted and Sex in the City, which earned $54.4 million and $57 million their opening weekends, respectively.
“This one feels really good,” Sony distribution president Rory Bruer told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s our highest-tested R-rated comedy ever at our research screenings. Focus groups loved it—thought it was hilarious and funnier than the first. We’re going to end up being the second-highest R-rated comedy ever.”
Meanwhile, DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 earned about $50 million, just above its predecessor How to Train Your Dragon in March 2010, reported Forbes.