New in Theaters: 'How to Train Your Dragon 2,' '22 Jump Street'

22 Jump Street

This looks to be yet another busy weekend—both new releases are sequels that have been long-awaited by fans of the original films for months on end, and both films have been receiving excellent reviews. Additionally, the films will attract very different audiences, so droves of moviegoers will flock to theaters this weekend.

Our first new release is the latest animated film from Dreamworks, and the sequel to one of their most successful releases: How to Train Your Dragon 2. The film takes place five years after the previous release, and finds Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his dragon companion Toothless roaming the skies, and exploring the world around their homeland of Berk. However, one journey marks the discovery of an icy isle home to hundreds of dragons, and a dangerous secret.

This film was extremely well-received, rating at 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film matches and expands upon the originality and quality of the original movie, a rare feat for a sequel. Accordingly, the Box Office Guru predicts a weekend gross of $54 million.

Also opening today is a comedy of a slightly different flavor: 22 Jump Street. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum return as the hopelessly dysfunctional crime-fighting duo as they take on the only logical challenge after going undercover in high school—going undercover in college.

While the concept sounds potentially repetitive and lazy, critics thought very highly of the film, evidenced by its Tomatometer rating of 83%. To avoid the problem of repetitive or disappointing sequels, the film embraces the stereotypes, poking fun at various comedy sequels throughout the movie. It can expect as much as $53 million this weekend.

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