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Weekend box office: '22 Jump Street' wins battle of the sequels

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With a gross of $60 million, “22 Jump Street” just had one of the highest opening weekends for an R-rated comedy ever. The sequel to the well-received “21 Jump Street”, based on the TV show of the same name, almost doubled the numbers its predecessor did, thanks to continued good reviews from critics and audiences alike, some calling it even better than the first movie.

It’s also surprising that “22 Jump Street” held up so well against strong competition. The long-awaited “How to Train Your Dragon 2” also came out this weekend, and being a family-friendly movie, that would normally draw in more audiences. But while this other sequel also had a higher debut than its predecessor, it wasn’t able to beat the raunchy comedy, trailing behind in second with $50 million. Meanwhile, last weekend’s number one movie, the young adult drama “The Fault in Our Stars”, suffered a large dropoff, moving down to fifth with $15.7 million.

The complete list of the top 12 movies at the box office this weekend is below. Click the links to read my full review of each film.

1. “22 Jump Street”: $60 million

2. “How to Train Your Dragon 2”: $50 million

3. “Maleficent”: $19 million

4. “Edge of Tomorrow”: $16.1 million

5. “The Fault in Our Stars”: $15.7 million

6. “X-Men: Days of Future Past”: $9.5 million

7. “Godzilla”: $3.1 million

8. “A Million Ways to Die in the West”: $3 million

9. “Neighbors”: $2.4 million

10. “Chef”: $2.2 million

11. “Blended”: $1.6 million

12. “The Amazing Spider-man 2”: $960,000

Check out showtimes for these movies and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters.

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