Med school might not be in the cards for Schmidt and Jenko in the third Jump Street film, despite what the end credits of 22 Jump Street may have predicted. Or med school may involve aliens: The Wall Street Journal reported that emails leaked by Sony hackers indicate that the next Jump Street film will crossover with the Men in Black franchise. READ FULL STORY
Tag: 22 Jump Street (1-10 of 20)
22 Jump Street is the tenth-highest-grossing movie of the year at the domestic box office–and the highest-grossing movie of the year to feature no superheroes, transformers, monsters, apes, LEGOs, or Maleficents. Unsurprisingly, Deadline reports that Sony is working on a Jump Street threequel (a possibility that 22 Jump Street teasingly joked about.) READ FULL STORY
Optimus Prime is back in full force.
Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction (A- Cinema Score) earned an estimated $100 million across the weekend, making it the top debut of the year. It’s also a career high for star Mark Wahlberg, who leads a new cast in telling the story of what happened five years after Chicago was nearly destroyed in the last film.
Paramount’s $200 million film may not have charmed the critics, but audiences didn’t seem to take that, or the daunting run time, into account this weekend. Moviegoers were predominately male, accounting for 64 percent of audiences. Also of note: IMAX screens made up $10.7 million of the weekend grosses.
But, the domestic business isn’t the only good news. READ FULL STORY
The Transformers might be fighting for their existence in Michael Bay’s fourth installment in the toy-to-movie series, but the film itself is not just surviving — it’s on track to become the highest opener of the year. Sorry, Cap.
Featuring a brand new cast, including Mark Wahlberg, T.J. Miller, Nicola Peltz, Kelsey Grammer, and Stanley Tucci, Transformers: Age of Extinction brought in an estimated $41.6 million from 4,233 locations, Friday. That includes Thursday night’s $8.75 million take from approximately 2,990 locations as well, which started showing Paramount’s nearly 3 hour spectacle at 9 p.m. After some Friday morning hand-wringing, it looks like the blockbuster is still on track for a $100 million + opening — which would be a career high for Wahlberg (whose highest opening to date is the 2001 Planet of the Apes). It also picked up $80 million from international showings, bringing its worldwide total to a staggering $121.6 million. READ FULL STORY
Michael Bay is back with the fourth installment of his toy-based, explosion-happy franchise. Boasting an all-new cast and some renewed fan excitement, Transformers: Age of Extinction could very well open north of $100 million this weekend—and become the highest opener of the year, punching Captain America: The Winter Soldier to the No. 2 spot.
The nearly $200 million film opens in 4,200 locations domestically, including late Thursday night showings. It also opens in 37 markets internationally, including Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Russia and Australia. No matter how you shake it, the debut will be a monster one, even if Paramount is hedging its bets by putting the pic in the high $90 million range. It’s the only movie opening wide this weekend, Mark Wahlberg is a solid box-office draw, and ticketing pre-sales are off the charts — representing 96 percent of Fandango’s weekend ticket sales and 58 percent of tickets sold on MovieTickets.com in the past 24 hours.
Here’s how things might play out:
Holding off a nice run from 22 Jump Street, the romantic comedy Think Like a Man Too took the top spot this weekend with a $30 million opening. That’s great news for Kevin Hart, the gleeful star and narrator of the Steve Harvey-inspired ensemble piece, though early estimates predicted the sequel performing closer to the tune of $35 million. The sequel didn’t match the original’s 2012 opening weekend kitty of $33.6 million, but the laffer also cost a modest $24 million to make. Sony predicts a strong weekday play going forward, buoyed by Man‘s strong word-of-mouth and A- CinemaScore rating.
There’s a couple of great jokes in Think Like a Man Too where the lone square fella of the core Vegas bachelor party suggests the boys eschew a night of gambling and strip clubs and catch a performance of Jersey Boys instead. “It won like eight Tonys!” he says when the men recoil. Whether or not it was a pointed reference to Think Like a Man Too‘s fellow new release or not is unknown, but the Clint Eastwood adaptation of Jersey Boys hit a bit of a flat note in fourth place with $13.5 million. Going forward Broadway fans and older audiences may seek it out as a break from the jarring noise of superheroes and metal machines clashing angrily into each other. (Though I’m not sure Kevin Hart and his Vegas buddies would make that bet.) But with a budget of $40 million, Jersey Boys, which earned an impressive A- CinemaScore vote, still has some major singing to do for its supper. READ FULL STORY
The box office continues to bow down to Kevin Hart. The comedian, already the cock of the walk with his Ride Along victory just five months ago, has another hit on his hands with Think Like a Man Too. The sequel to Steve Harvey’s best-selling relationship opus cruised to the #1 spot on Friday with a $12.2 million haul. (Take that, 23% score on Rotten Tomatoes!) The Tim Story-directed laffer, which also stars Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, and Meagan Good, follows the gang to Las Vegas for a wedding weekend. Think Like A Man Too played in 2,225 theaters and is on track to bring in opening weekend numbers comparable to the original’s $33.6 million bow in 2012. READ FULL STORY
Kevin Hart is back in the box office running this weekend with Think Like a Man Too. The star comedian had two early 2014 hits: one modest (About Last Night) and one a veritable smash (Ride Along). He’s his own bar for success.
Sony’s $12 million Think Like a Man opened in April 2012 to $33.6 million — a surprise only to some in the industry. Based on Steve Harvey’s popular self-help book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, the Tim Story-directed comedy boasted an all-star cast including Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, and Taraji P. Henson and went on to gross $91.5 million domestically. A sequel was a no-brainer, and Story re-assembled most of his cast for this latest installment, which brings the couples to Las Vegas for a wedding and some hijinks.
The questions for the weekend are whether Hart’s increased visibility will help Too beat the first, how last weekend’s No. 1 pic 22 Jump Street might affect its debut, and where Clint Eastwood’s barely promoted jukebox musical Jersey Boys will factor into the mix.
Here’s how things might play out: READ FULL STORY
Neither the World Cup nor the Stanley Cup finals kept moviegoers out of the theater this weekend as a pair of box office newcomers both opened strong.
22 Jump Street was the big winner, grossing an estimated $60 million its opening frame—a massive 65% higher than the original’s $36.3 million in 2012. The bumbling cop duo of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum turned in the second-highest-grossing opening weekend for an R-rated comedy, ranking just below Hangover II ($85.9 million), but besting both Ted ($54 million) and Sex and the City ($57 million).
How to Train Your Dragon 2 brought the heat as well, with an estimated $50 million opener. That’s 14% above the original’s opening gross of $43.7 million from 2010. The well-reviewed film from Dreamworks also earned an A Cinemascore from audiences and should hang on well as families flock to the movies over the next couple of weeks.
In third place Maleficent only fell 45% despite the arrival of the dragons. The re-imagined fairy tale, which didn’t score too high with critics but resonated with moviegoers, now has a three-week cume of $163.5 million. It even topped last weekend’s two debuts, outgrossing the Tom Cruise-starrer Edge of Tomorrow, which lost only 44% of its traffic in its sophomore session, coming in at an estimated $16 million. (The film’s strong reviews have surely helped it hold its value.) That puts its two-week total at an estimated $56.6 million. Then there’s last weekend’s top earner, The Fault in Our Stars, which saw its ticket sales drop by 67%. It earned an estimated $15.7 million for a 10-day total of $81.7 million.
X-Men: Days of Future Past landed outside of the top five this weekend, yet with an additional $9.5 million, it surpassed the $200 million mark. Twentieth Century Fox is the big winner this weekend, with three of the six top movies belonging to the distributor.
In limited release the Robert Pattinson, Guy Pearce-starrer The Rover performed strong, grossing $14,000 per theater for a $70,000 cume, proving that Pattinson is a draw outside the Twilight franchise. That said, the real test will come next weekend when distributor A24 expands the film nationwide.
Here is how your top five looks this weekend.
1. 22 Jump Street — $60 million
2. How to Train Your Dragon 2 — $50 million
3. Maleficient — $19 million
4. Edge of Tomorrow — $16 million
4. The Fault in Our Stars — $15.7 million
Despite this being only the fourth time the box office has had two films grossing more than $50 million in their debuts, the overall yield was down 7% compared to the same weekend last year, when Man of Steel had a $116.6M debut and This is the End bowed to $20.7M.
Yet the strength of these two openers (22 Jump Street also scored well with audiences, earning an A- Cinemascore) coupled with minimal drop-off from previous weeks’ releases has done a lot to keep the summer box office happy and healthy. The year-to-date total is up 3% from last year.
Check back next weekend when Think Like a Man Too and Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys debut.
Two very strong sequels — 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2 — are battling for a top spot at the weekend box office, but early indications put the bumbling cop comedy in the lead. Not surprisingly, the R-rated sequel starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum won the derby Friday night with estimates putting the film at $25 million for the day. Sony Pictures, who co-financed the film with MGM, is now predicting 22 Jump Street will gross $60 million for the weekend, putting it above other R-rated summer comedies like Ted ($54.4 million) and Sex in the City ($57 million.)
“This one feels really good,” says Sony’s distribution prez Rory Bruer of Jump Street when reached Saturday morning. “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.”
Jump‘s numbers solidly beat out Dreamworks’ animated family film How to Train Your Dragon 2, which nabbed an estimated $18.5 million for the second slot Friday. But things could all turn around today, when families start mobilizing their troops to the dragon flick featuring voice talent from Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, and Gerard Butler.
Third place on Friday went to the three-hankie weeper The Fault in Our Stars, which continues its impressive run. The $12 million film based on the popular John Green novel nabbed an additional $6.4 million its second Friday in release, putting its total at $72.3 million.
Disney’s Maleficient is likely to take a tumble with so many young ones opting for Toothless the dragon in its opening weekend. But the reimagined Disney fairy tale starring Angelina Jolie earned an estimated $5.84 Friday, putting its gross at a solid $144.5 million.
Tom Cruise’s starring vehicle The Edge of Tomorrow is likely to suffer the worst in its second weekend. The film took in only $4.56 million on Friday, for a domestic total that now stands at $45 million.
Here’s the top 5:
1. 22 Jump Street — $25 million
2. How to Train Your Dragon 2 — $18.5 million
3. The Fault in Our Stars — $6.4 million
4. Maleficient — $5.8 million
5. The Edge of Tomorrow — $4.56 million
Check back Sunday morning for a more comprehensive report.
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