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Weekend Box Office Report: May 9-11, 2014

05.11.2014

Neighbors beat Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man!

The famous web-slinging hero and his villainous adversaries got shoved aside this weekend for a different kind of showdown as NEIGHBORS opened at #1 with $51 million!

The R-rated comedy was easily the biggest opening for star Seth Rogen, whose previous live-action highs were THE GREEN HORNET ($33.5 million) and KNOCKED UP ($30.6 mllion). NEIGHBORS, also starring Rose Byrne and Zac Efron, has already racked up an additional $34 million overseas -- on a reported budget less than $20 million. 

Critics were mostly up for the raunchy frat vs. family antics (74% on Rotten Tomatoes), but paying crowds gave it a middling 'B' CinemaScore, which implies NEIGHBORS may not have the buzz to carry it to THE HANGOVER or TED levels of successful summer longevity. And the comedy will have to stand its ground against some seriously spectacle-filled blockbusters in the coming weeks.

As for the wall-crawler, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 only got to enjoy a single weekend at the top of the chart, slipping to second place with $37.2 million. Whether it's a case of audience superhero fatigue or just some less-than-amazing word of mouth, that's a knock of nearly 60% from its opening.

The Spidey sequel does have a 10-day total of almost $150 million, plus it's already topped another $400 million from international crowds. But its chances of hitting the magic billion-dollar mark now seem remote, and it may even struggle to reach THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN's $262 million domestic and $752 million global totals.

Coming in third was the female-fronted comedy THE OTHER WOMAN with $9.2 million, followed by the faith-based drama HEAVEN IS FOR REAL with $7 million and a total of $75.2 million after a month in release.

After six weeks, Marvel's patriot is still polishing his shield in the top half of the chart as CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER placed fifth with $5.6 million. RIO 2 was perched right below with $5.1 million, and with the possibility of soaring past the first RIO's $484 million worldwide total. 

They were followed by a pair of new releases (has anyone even seen advertising for these?), the low-budget comedy MOM'S NIGHT OUT with $4.2 million, and the animated LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY'S RETURN with $3.7 million. DIVERGENT (holding in the Top 10 for two months now) and BRICK MANSIONS sat at the bottom.

Outside the chart, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL and GOD'S NOT DEAD left the list (again) along with THE QUIET ONES. In limited release, the Jon Favreau food comedy CHEF got a decent start with a $34k per-screen average, while the James Franco drama PALO ALTO had an okay $20k per-screen.

Next weekend brings back the city-stomping king of the monsters in GODZILLA, while Jon Hamm visits India to find baseball players in MILLION DOLLAR ARM.

What do you think will be the highest-grossing comedy of the summer? VOTE HERE!

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Neighbors $51 M
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2. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $37.2 M $147.9 M
3. The Other Woman $9.2 M $61.7 M
4. Heaven Is for Real $7 M $75.2 M
5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier $5.6 M $244.9 M
6. Rio 2 $5.1 M $113.1 M
7. Mom's Night Out $4.2 M
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8. Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return $3.7 M
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9. Divergent $1.7 M $145 M
10. Brick Mansions $1.4 M $18.3 M

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11:38PM on 05/11/2014
Wow, Neighbors beat Spider-Man? Sony has a lot to think about.
Wow, Neighbors beat Spider-Man? Sony has a lot to think about.
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10:58PM on 05/11/2014

Good for Neighbors

Its not surprising that Amazing Spider-man 2 was the worst reviewed spider-man movie, and also seems to be doing the worst in terms of box office. Sure, it's making good money, but any film with a hero as popular as spider-man is bound to make a lot of cash. I don't think it'll make as much as Captain America 2, domestically. Sony really needs to take a look at their strategy and try making a good spider-man film before worrying about villain spin-offs.
Its not surprising that Amazing Spider-man 2 was the worst reviewed spider-man movie, and also seems to be doing the worst in terms of box office. Sure, it's making good money, but any film with a hero as popular as spider-man is bound to make a lot of cash. I don't think it'll make as much as Captain America 2, domestically. Sony really needs to take a look at their strategy and try making a good spider-man film before worrying about villain spin-offs.
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7:59PM on 05/11/2014
If Sony was smart, they'd do a Shattered Dimensions kind of story for Spider-Man. Where Madame Web sends Spider-Man to an alternate dimension and he teams up with another version of himself. Make that version Tobey Maguire. Team up Maguire with Garfield and you've got yourself an Avengers/X-Men: Days of Future Past epic right there. Bring back Raimi, he isn't doing anything better.
If Sony was smart, they'd do a Shattered Dimensions kind of story for Spider-Man. Where Madame Web sends Spider-Man to an alternate dimension and he teams up with another version of himself. Make that version Tobey Maguire. Team up Maguire with Garfield and you've got yourself an Avengers/X-Men: Days of Future Past epic right there. Bring back Raimi, he isn't doing anything better.
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6:49PM on 05/11/2014
Spidey fans... c'mon.... you guys can't really be this oblivious. Each subsequent spidey movie is making less as their budgets get bigger and ticket prices increase. Regardless if you like the film or not... something is amiss. People I know weren't that impressed with ASM but saw the second anyway & were even less impressed. Isn't that the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing & expecting different results? Does Sony really think people will be spending $1Billion on another one in just
Spidey fans... c'mon.... you guys can't really be this oblivious. Each subsequent spidey movie is making less as their budgets get bigger and ticket prices increase. Regardless if you like the film or not... something is amiss. People I know weren't that impressed with ASM but saw the second anyway & were even less impressed. Isn't that the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing & expecting different results? Does Sony really think people will be spending $1Billion on another one in just 2 years? It just baffles me.
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9:12PM on 05/11/2014
Trust me...they really are that oblivious. They could replace Andrew Garfield's spot with Michael Lohan and have Carney Wilson play the Green Goblin and they will still rave that it is the best thing they have ever seen all while telling you that you are the one that is nuts for not liking it.
Trust me...they really are that oblivious. They could replace Andrew Garfield's spot with Michael Lohan and have Carney Wilson play the Green Goblin and they will still rave that it is the best thing they have ever seen all while telling you that you are the one that is nuts for not liking it.
5:56PM on 05/11/2014
Kinda surprised by the "B" Cinemascore for "Neighbors". It was far from an intelligent, art-flick (which always seem to be dissed by the general public), and it looks like the movie didn't stray far from what it was advertised as. Maybe it was the fangirls who couldn't stand the sight of Zac Efron being a potty-mouthed , frat douche?
Kinda surprised by the "B" Cinemascore for "Neighbors". It was far from an intelligent, art-flick (which always seem to be dissed by the general public), and it looks like the movie didn't stray far from what it was advertised as. Maybe it was the fangirls who couldn't stand the sight of Zac Efron being a potty-mouthed , frat douche?
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4:31PM on 05/11/2014
Saving my superhero money for X-men.
Saving my superhero money for X-men.
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3:57PM on 05/11/2014

Good for Woodley and Kinnear

I am the minority who really dug "Divergent". I actually liked it better than "The Hunger Games" franchise. I am very excited to see where that story goes.

I have liked Kinnear ever since he was the original host of "The Soup" and as Simon in "As Good As It Gets". The guy is likable but most of his projects fall to the waste side. I am glad he has a hit on his hands.
I am the minority who really dug "Divergent". I actually liked it better than "The Hunger Games" franchise. I am very excited to see where that story goes.

I have liked Kinnear ever since he was the original host of "The Soup" and as Simon in "As Good As It Gets". The guy is likable but most of his projects fall to the waste side. I am glad he has a hit on his hands.
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3:02PM on 05/11/2014
What a "well worth it" drop for Spiderman 2. People hoping it was going to be an improvement from the awful part 1 gave it a try and wasted their money AGAIN. It's the only logical explanation for a superhero movie to have such a huge drop so quickly.
What a "well worth it" drop for Spiderman 2. People hoping it was going to be an improvement from the awful part 1 gave it a try and wasted their money AGAIN. It's the only logical explanation for a superhero movie to have such a huge drop so quickly.
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4:34PM on 05/11/2014
You are so wrong - so very wrong. The Amazing Spider-Man was great as was it's sequel. Marc Webb is doing a fantastic job with these films and I cannot wait for more.
You are so wrong - so very wrong. The Amazing Spider-Man was great as was it's sequel. Marc Webb is doing a fantastic job with these films and I cannot wait for more.
6:19PM on 05/11/2014
Eh, I haven't seen the sequel yet, but it seems to be that you are actually wrong. Maybe not wrong, but clearly in the minority. Spider-Man movies are usually cash cows. And this one is still making a lot. But compared to the other spider man movies it isn't. I don't know how long each one stayed at number one at the box office, but it's a pretty big deal that this one did for only one week and got beaten by an R rated non-action comedy (no disrespect to neighbors). Spider-man spent
Eh, I haven't seen the sequel yet, but it seems to be that you are actually wrong. Maybe not wrong, but clearly in the minority. Spider-Man movies are usually cash cows. And this one is still making a lot. But compared to the other spider man movies it isn't. I don't know how long each one stayed at number one at the box office, but it's a pretty big deal that this one did for only one week and got beaten by an R rated non-action comedy (no disrespect to neighbors). Spider-man spent millions more on marketing and budget. And for a movie that doesn't allow 17 year olds or younger to see it to beat it the second week? That's a pretty big deal. I'm sure Sony is worried about it and is trying to figure out why and tweaking their plans. Of course liking films is pretty subjective, but you are clearly in the minority.
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3:01PM on 05/11/2014

haters

Spidey did bank to and I'm getting tired of these writers who want to talk down a box office smash because, in their mind it should make 1 billion in 2 weeks! Spidey has already made 550 million total so stop the whining.
Spidey did bank to and I'm getting tired of these writers who want to talk down a box office smash because, in their mind it should make 1 billion in 2 weeks! Spidey has already made 550 million total so stop the whining.
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5:25PM on 05/11/2014
I agree for the most part, part of what separated joblo from other movie sites years ago was the usage of personal opinion, it's not special when your just recycling whatever the trending opinion is though, which does seem to be the case here.
I agree for the most part, part of what separated joblo from other movie sites years ago was the usage of personal opinion, it's not special when your just recycling whatever the trending opinion is though, which does seem to be the case here.
6:01PM on 05/11/2014
It was the movie studio that said it would hit a billion dollars. The way it's going, it''ll be tough to reach it.
It was the movie studio that said it would hit a billion dollars. The way it's going, it''ll be tough to reach it.
6:21PM on 05/11/2014
Yes. And when the last four films of your franchise break a bill (I think they did), it's a disappointment when the newest doesn't. Period. I see your point, but the film was beaten by a 20 mill R rated comedy (again, no knock on neighbors)
Yes. And when the last four films of your franchise break a bill (I think they did), it's a disappointment when the newest doesn't. Period. I see your point, but the film was beaten by a 20 mill R rated comedy (again, no knock on neighbors)
6:38PM on 05/11/2014
Um, Spider-Man 3 made nearly $900Million world wide, and they rebooted and fired Raimi because they thought it was going to reach past the $1billion mark. The Amazing Spider-Man has to reach $700-$800 million world-wide just to break even. They spent over $400million in marketing alone (nearly what they spent on Spider-Man 3, and more than all the other Spider-Man films). A movie's budget is just the cost of making the movie, it does not include marketing or distribution. Studios have far more
Um, Spider-Man 3 made nearly $900Million world wide, and they rebooted and fired Raimi because they thought it was going to reach past the $1billion mark. The Amazing Spider-Man has to reach $700-$800 million world-wide just to break even. They spent over $400million in marketing alone (nearly what they spent on Spider-Man 3, and more than all the other Spider-Man films). A movie's budget is just the cost of making the movie, it does not include marketing or distribution. Studios have far more riding on Blockbusters than the $200million budgets.
1:49PM on 05/11/2014
Glad to see Neighbors coming out on top. The film was hilarious and the sold out show I was attending seemed to have everyone laughing their ass' off. Kudos to everyone involved (especially Efron who stole ever scene he was in and proved the guy can actually act his ass off) and for delivering us a one of the funniest comedies to come out in awhile.
Glad to see Neighbors coming out on top. The film was hilarious and the sold out show I was attending seemed to have everyone laughing their ass' off. Kudos to everyone involved (especially Efron who stole ever scene he was in and proved the guy can actually act his ass off) and for delivering us a one of the funniest comedies to come out in awhile.
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1:27PM on 05/11/2014
My girlfriend and I went to the Saturday 10 AM show at a massive AMC and there were only like 4 other people there, so I naively thought it might bomb. So happy to hear about this opening. It deserves it. Great comedy and the best example yet that Zac Efron is viable beyond all that stupid Disney crap that made him famous in the first place.
My girlfriend and I went to the Saturday 10 AM show at a massive AMC and there were only like 4 other people there, so I naively thought it might bomb. So happy to hear about this opening. It deserves it. Great comedy and the best example yet that Zac Efron is viable beyond all that stupid Disney crap that made him famous in the first place.
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1:05PM on 05/11/2014
Happy Mother's Day everyone.
Happy Mother's Day everyone.
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