In an alternate universe (probably created by Brian Michael Bendis) Seth Rogen and Zac Efron decided to team-up for some shenanigans, and the only victim was Spider-Man.
Playing at 3,279 locations, “Neighbors” had one of the biggest debuts ever for an original R-rated comedy, opening with an incredible $51.1 million. How good is that? Well, “Neighbors” opened better than other recent R-rated hits like “The Hangover,” “The Heat” and “21 Jump Street.” It’s also the biggest debut ever for a live-action Seth Rogen movie, well ahead of “The Green Hornet” and its $33.5 million debut.
The studio must be happy as well: “Neighbors” is Universal’s fourth original movie to open in first place at the domestic box office this year, so clearly the studio’s strong marketing push paid off handsomely.
The audience for Neighbors was 53 percent female and 47 percent under the age of 25. The film received a “B” CinemaScore, which isn’t great, but the young demographic could keep it on the chart for a few weeks. Not that it really matters, as “Neighbors” has nearly tripled its $18 million budget.
In second place, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” ran out of web fluid and fell 59 percent to an estimated $37.2 million. But that drop is on par with other Marvel flicks like “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” all which fell around 56 to 58 percent in their second frames.
However, unlike those movies, Spider-Man faces massive competition in the next two weeks as “Godzilla” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” take over the box office. To date, Amazing 2 has earned an earned $147.9 million, but its deep decline is only starting.
Opening at 1,044 theaters, “Moms’ Night Out” earned an estimated $4.2 million this weekend. Well below what I expected this movie to bring in, especially over Mother’s Day weekend. “Moms’ Night Out” also may have faced competition from Fox’s female comedy “The Other Woman,” which placed a strong No. 3 in its third weekend. Whatever the reason, a seventh place debut for mom’s has to be a disappointment.
“Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return” opened in 2,575 screens, where it crawled to $3.71 million. That’s one of the lowest debuts ever for a movie playing at over 2,500 theaters. Production company Summertime Entertainment is facing a major financial hit, considering the film cost $70 million to make.
Your top five movies this weekend:
1. Neighbors: $51.1 million
2. The Amazing Spider-Man 2: $37.2 million
3. The Other Woman: $9.6 million
4. Heaven Is for Real: $7 million
5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier: $5.6 million
And next week: