“How to Train Your Dragon 2″ nipped at Hill and Tatum’s heels, soaring to $50 million from 4,235 locations. Going into the weekend, most analysts predicted that the DreamWorks Animation film would be the highest grossing film of the weekend, but “22 Jump Street” was able to offer up enough pop culture references and rowdy hijinks to bring in older audiences. It also didn’t deviate from the formula that made “21 Jump Street” a standout in 2012, bringing back not only the stars, but directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
“All the stars were aligned for us,” said Rory Bruer, Sony Pictures president of worldwide distribution. “We had great reviews, great stars, audiences loved it and Lord and Miller know funny and executed beautifully.”