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'Jump Street' leaps to top of box office

Published on Jun 16, 2014 6:36 AM
 

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - 22 Jump Street leapt straight in at the top of the North American box office, industry estimates showed on Sunday, edging out How To Train Your Dragon 2 as the summer film season gets into full swing.

R-rated comedy 22 Jump Street raked in US$60 million on its debut weekend, compared with $50 million for Dragon, another blockbuster sequel whose release had been similarly eagerly anticipated.

Dragon reunites the main characters from 2010’s first film but adds a host of new colourful flame-breathing beasts in a 3D spectacular that DreamWorks Animation hopes will captivate family filmgoers.

The first Dragon installment earned $495 million and two Oscar nominations, and the 3D sequel was enthusiastically received at this year’s Cannes Film Festival last month.

Cast members Channing Tatum (right) and Jonah Hill pose at the premiere of "22 Jump Street" in Los Angeles, California on June 10, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
 
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