21 Jump Street remake takes $4m at the box office

The movie remake of an ’80s cop show has opened strongly at the box office over the weekend.

21 Jump Street, starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, took the most revenue with $4,070,000 over the weekend, according to the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia.

The action comedy remake about a young police team that goes under cover at a high school to crack a drug syndicate opened on 300 screens taking an impressive $13,568 per screen.

The film was directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller and written by Michael Bacall. It was produced by Stephen J Cannell and Neal H Moritz with Ezra Swerdlow as well as Hill and Tatum taking executive producer credits.

Also opening over the weekend was the second Ghostrider film, Ghostrider: Spirit of Vengeance. Starring Nicholas Cage, the film took $828,000 across 239 screens for an average of $3,464 per screen.

Melbourne’s FX house Iloura was the largest vendor on the film with 460 shots.

Australian film Any Questions For Ben, directed by Rob Sitch and starring Josh Lawson and Rachel Taylor has to date taken $1,535,642 and is currently across 19 screens. The film has been out since Thursday 9 February.

Other films to open this weekend in regular release was Wall Street drama Margin Call across 57 screens, averaging $7,840 per screen for a total of $447,000 and the Hunter S Thompson story, starring Johnny Depp, The Rum Diary taking $315,000 across 67 screens for a screen average of $4,711.

Opening in limited release was the Met Opera’s Ernani across 26 screens, averaging $2,495 per screen for a total of $64,860.

Nightfall opened across seven screens for $3,140 per screen to total $22,000. Kid With A Bike opened across two screens for $4,407 average totallying $8,814. Vincent Wants to Sea opened across 11 screens for $346 average taking $3,803 and Haywire opened across 10 screens for $301 screen-average totalling $3007.

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