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Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill's 22 Jump Street started off strong on Friday at the box office, managing to top How to Train Your Dragon 2, setting up what should be a good duel between both sequels for Father's Day weekend.
Sony's sequel to the surprisingly successful 21 Jump Street grossed $25 million on Friday, which Forbes reports is the third-biggest gross for a comedy on a Friday, coming just behind Sex and the City's $27 million and The Hangover Part II's $29 million.
The Tatum and Hill buddy comedy is projected to possibly gross $60 million for the weekend, which is nearly double what the original film made in its debut weekend.
DreamWorks Animation's animated sequel fell several million behind in the first full day with $18.5 million. According to The Hollywood Reporter, though the film is projected to gross about $53 million for the weekend and likely not truly challenge 22 Jump Street, Dragon 2 is still off to a strong start. The sequel will easily beat out the original film's opening of $43.7 million.
Last weekend's top film Fox's The Fault in Our Stars dropped to the third spot with $6.4 million on Friday. The adaptation of John Green's bestselling Y.A. novel is projected to earn $17 million for the weekend, giving the $12 million film a good second weekend performance.
Maleficent grossed $5.84 million in the Disney film's third weekend. The Angelina Jolie-vehicle will likely gross $19 million for the weekend, bringing its domestic cume to over $160 million.
Warner Bros.' Edge of Tomorrow earned $4.6 million and might gross $15 million for the weekend to round out the top five. Tom Cruise's science fiction film has struggled against strong competition and has only earned $45 million, which is nowhere close to its $178 million budget.
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