'How to Train Your Dragon 2' and '22 Jump Street' to fight it out

Posted Jun 12, 2014 by Tim O'Brien
A successful tale of a young man in need of capturing a dragon to prove worthy is back for another ride, and training, no doubt.
Fun battle at the box office.
Fun battle at the box office.
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"How to Train Your Dragon 2" is set to fly into theaters in fine fashion and will prove that the idea of winning a week at the box office is enough. OK, it may not be enough, but having that great opening weekend and then bowing out is the norm these days. Some of the second place finishes are still solid, too.
It may not be a tale of a young boy and the dragon but rather between him and an animal. Add in animation and visual effects and the family is on board. That could very well be the heart and soul of the success of these films. Jay Baruchel is the voice of Hiccup; Gerard Butler is Stoick; America Ferrera as Astrid and Jonah Hill is Snotlout.
1. "How to Train Your Dragon 2" - 4,235 theaters
2. "22 Jump Street" - 3,300 theaters
3. "The Signal (2014)" - 100+ theaters
Hill not only provides a voice for "Dragon 2," but he stars in the other wide release in "22 Jump Street." Hill as Schmidt and Channing Tatum as Jenko return. They head to college and interfere in the football and art programs. Well, one has to get plenty of stereotypical plot lines in as one can. That should do it.
But, "Fault in Our Stars" is still out there but it should fall hard. As much buzz as there was last week, it is now gone this week. Again, that is to be expected and the film will follow the one and done art the top formula. It over-achieved last weekend and that helped fuel it as the week went on, too. Now, with two newcomers with hearty theater counts, it is getting crowded. "Dragon 2" gets the huge roll out with its theater count.
The popularity and the social media buzz show it may be a close race for the top spot, which means "Fault in Our Stars" will drop to third. If "22 Jump Street" over-achieves, an upset could happen. An upset simply because of that theater count. But, the family audience may win the weekend as it plays out. Now, Father's Day is Sunday and that could tell the tale. Which film would dad rather see?
"The Signal (2014)" stars Laurence Fishburne and Brenton Thwaites. It shows that the story matters even if the film looks good. It really doesn't matter how good it looks, if the story dies, the film goes with it.
In a related movie note, Harrison Ford's injury on the set of the next installment of "Star Wars" will not hinder production, Disney said, and The Wrap noted. He injured his ankle. Disney has an insurance policy on him, they said.