Sequels to hit comedies have a knack of opening bigger than the original film, and so it has proved with 22 Jump Street, which debuts with £4.85m, more than triple the amount managed by 21 Jump Street (£1.56m) in its first weekend. 21 Jump Street went on to prove a big winner with audiences, reaching £10.1m, before finding fresh converts on DVD. A big chunk of this enlarged audience has evidently come out for 22 Jump Street on opening weekend.
Hit comedy franchises are relatively rare, although sequels to Ted and Horrible Bosses are on the way, as well as The Inbetweeners Movie. The Hangover Part II kicked off its run with a giant £10.41m here, including previews of £2.03m. The original The Hangover debuted with £3.19m, including £444,000 in previews, so the sequel more than tripled it.
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy began its run in 2004 with £556,000. Sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues opened last December with £4.55m, more than eight times the debut of its predecessor, although ticket-price inflation is also a factor here, given the long gap between films.
Comedy spinoffs that do not carry the brand name of the original film have tended to fare less well. Get Him to the Greek debuted with £1.57m, including £495,000 in previews. Predecessor Forgetting Sarah Marshall began with £2.14m, including £394,000 in previews. This Is 40 kicked off with £1.23m, including £319,000 in previews, following Knocked Up‘s debut of £1.58m.
Given the remarkable lack of competition from new releases in the coming weeks, as distributors swerve the World Cup, 22 Jump Street is well placed for a sustained run.