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Sequel Showdown: 22 Jump Street Bests How to Train Your Dragon 2 at Box Office

The film starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill beat out the family-friendly animated adventure

How to Train Your Dragon 2 couldn’t tame the box office this weekend in the battle of sequels, losing out to 22 Jump Street.

The buddy cop film starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, a sequel to 2012’s 21 Jump Street, earned $60 million at theaters this weekend, according to estimates from industry analysts at Rentrak, USA Today reports.

The surprise victory, nearly twice what its prequel earned during its opening weekend, makes 22 Jump Street one of the most successful live-action comedies of the decade.

The animated adventure How to Train Your Dragon 2 wasn’t far behind, however, earning its anticipated $50 million — the same amount 22 Jump Street was expected to score — following rave reviews from critics.

“Hollywood may be mostly out of ideas,” Box Office Prophets analyst Reagan Sulewski told USA Today. “But the ideas they’re reusing, at least this weekend, are pretty strong.”

[USA Today]

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