'22 Jump Street' Tops US Box Office But Are New Releases This Weekend Serious Threats?
'22 Jump Street' reached first place at the US Weekend Box Office. The comedy starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill gained $60 million in its opening weekend and is likely to stay at the top of the Box Office this weekend, if the new competition is anything to go by.
22 Jump Street and How To Train Your Dragon 2 have topped the US weekend box office. The two newcomers gained, respectively, first and second position knocking, The Fault In Our Stars off the top spot. The latter film has plummeted to fifth two weeks after its release. Maleficent remains in the top three, having being pushed out of second position by HTTYD2. But after two weeks, the Disney re-envisioning of the Sleeping Beauty fairytale is doing fairly well.
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum star in 22 Jump Street.
22 Jump Street, which stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill as two undercover cops in college, has received positive reviews from critics and has evidently won over audiences with the reprisal of childish antics and easy laughs we encountered in the original, 21 Jump Street. It's the perfect film for the summer months and with the new competition released this weekend (20th June), may not be out of the box office top ten for some time. So what is on offer for this weekend?
Clint Eastwood directs this adaptation of the hit musical centring on Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons as they rose to fame in the late 1950s. John Lloyd Young stars as Frankie Valli and he is supported by an all star cast including Christopher Walken (Catch Me If You Can), Kathrine Narducci (The Sopranos) and Vincent Piazza (Boardwalk Empire).
Early reviews of the film have been less than positive and it may prove a flop with audiences as much with critics. Variety's critic, Andrew Barker, wrote that whilst the film is evidently filled with impressive performances but is lacking in much less. Barker said "The relative dearth of prominent musical performances turns what could have been a dancing-in-the-aisles romp into a bit of a slog."
John Lloyd Young stars in Jersey Boys as Frankie Valli.
Think Like A Man Too
The sequel to the original, Think Like A Man, sees the couples reuniting in Las Vegas for a wedding. Starring Kevin Hart, Adam Brody, Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrera, Regina Hall and La La Anthony have returned to star in Think Like A Man Too.
The film has been widely anticipated by fans of the original but has been criticised by some for appearing as predominately aimed at black audiences. Hart has defended the film stating: "We made a film that everybody can enjoy. Just because you put a predominantly black cast in a movie does not mean that you're doing a black movie, it means that you're putting quality actors and actresses in a movie that can make a good damn film."
Whilst this weekend 22 Jump Street may safely remain at No.1, Transformers: Age of Extinction is due out the following week. The film, starring Mark Waklberg and Stanley Tucci, is due out on 27th June and owing to the franchise's past success it is likely to be a serious contender for the No.1 spot.
Jersey Boys is due to be released in the US and UK on 20th June. Whilst Think Like A Man Too is released in the US on 20th June and in the UK on 19th September.