Deuces Wild for Jump and Dragon at Weekend Box Office
By John Hamann
June 15, 2014
Much like what 22 Jump Street did with reviews and word-of-mouth, How to Train Your Dragon 2 did even better. The original Dragon received almost perfect reviews, coming in at 98% fresh, with only three negative reviews to be found. The sequel, at this point, has eight negative reviews, giving it a 92% fresh rating. The Cinemascore is an A, so this Dragon really has the same pedigree that saw it turn a $43.7 million open into a $217.6 million blockbuster. My bet is that this Dragon is far bigger than original, easily eclipsing the half-billion mark worldwide, as it has the place to itself until July 18th when Disney sadly releases another Planes movie.
Maleficent spends weekend number three in third spot, down one rank from last weekend. The Angelina Jolie starrer earned another $19 million, off a so-so 45% compared to the previous frame. While it has had some strong weekends, it has yet to reach its lofty $180 million production budget with its domestic gross, as it current total stands at $163.5 million. Better news is the nearly $275 million it has earned overseas, but given the budget, Maleficent needs to earn more than $500 million worldwide to see a profit. At this point, I see Maleficent earning a little over $200 million stateside by the time all is said and done.
Fourth goes to the Tom Cruise miss, Edge of Tomorrow, the really-good but little-seen sci-fi action original. After a disappointing $28.8 million opening frame, things didn’t improve much for Edge this weekend, as it fell 44% to $16.2 million. Remember, this one cost $180 million to bring to the screen (before marketing, and there was a lot of it), and Edge will be extremely lucky to earn half of that at the domestic box office. The good news for Warner Bros. is that Cruise’s following overseas hasn’t diminished, so this one has already earned over $100 million overseas. Still, this is another example of a film that has to earn more than a half-billion worldwide for the studio to see profit, and that number is miles away. On the domestic side, Edge of Tomorrow has earned $56.6 million.
The Fault in Our Stars, last weekend’s number one film, finishes way down in fifth. As expected, the weeper got hammered, as all the book toting teenagers took this one in last weekend, when it earned a very strong $48 million (but had a 1.8 weekend multiplier). This weekend, reality took over, and Fault earned only $15.7 million. It was off 67%, but considering the huge previews Fault had last Thursday and the resulting multiplier, the drop could actually have been much worse. The film also had some strong weekdays last week, as it earned $18 million from Monday to Thursday. So far, the tear jerker that was produced for only $12 million has already pulled in $81.7 million for Fox after only 10 days of release, and has also outgrossed its budget overseas.