'Neighbors' Moves In To Top Spot Above 'Spider-Man' At The Box-Office
By Zach Seemayer
Neighbors leveled a powerful blow to Spider-Man 2's gross earnings this weekend by claiming the top spot and knocking Spidey into second. It's not overly surprising given the typical second-weekend drop off for films released during the crowded summer season, but Neighbors could be a threat to Spider-Man 2 recouping its production budget domestically.
Neighbors stars Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne as a married couple who move into a new home, until that dream home becomes a nightmare when a fraternity, led by Zac Efron, moves in next door. Soon, Rogen and Efron clash and juvenile, often-genital-related hijinks ensue. It is the kind of fun, raunchy comedy that was bound to steal a lot of Spider-Man 2's target demo audience.
Neighbors grossed $51 million in its opening weekend, making it the second-highest opening for an R-rated comedy – that wasn't a sequel or spin-off- behind 2012's Ted, which made $54.4 million.
While $51 isn't close to Spider-Man 2's $91.6 million opening last week, Spider-Man 2's budget is estimated at close to $250 million, while Neighbors' budget was only a paltry $18 million, meaning it's already made its budget and probably its advertising expense back in its first weekend of release.
Despite dropping to second place and 59.4% in sales, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 still pulled in $37.2 million bringing its domestic total to $147.9 million.
Still far short of its production budget. However, when you take into account its $403 million in overseas sales, Spider-Man 2's $550.9 million worldwide gross is nothing to scoff at.
The revenge comedy The Other Woman hung in at third place, making $9.5 million, bringing its domestic gross to $61.7 million, far above its $40 million budget. Also, the faith-based Heaven Is For Real continued to be a profit machine, earning another $7 million, bringing its domestic total to $75.2 million off a $12 million budget.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier dropped one spot to fifth, taking in another $5.6 million for a domestic total of $244.9 million and a combined worldwide gross of $695.5 million. And in sixth place is the animated family film Rio, which took in $5.1 million.
The family-friendly comedy film Moms' Night Out debuted in seventh with $4.2 million, and the animated film Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return, which starred the voice talents of Lea Michele, Dan Aykroyd, Martin Short, James Belushi, Kelsey Grammer, and Oliver Platt debuted in eighth, only managing to take in $3.7 million.
The young-adult action thriller Divergent, with $1.7 million, and Paul Walker's last project Brick Mansions, with $1.4 million, round out the box-office top ten.
1. Neighbors – $51 million
2. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $37.2 million
3. The Other Woman – $9.2 million
4. Heaven Is For Real - $7 million
5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier - $5.6 million
6. Rio 2 - $5.1 million
7. Moms' Night Out – $4.2 million
8. Legends Of Oz: Dorothy's Return - $3.7 million
9. Divergent - $1.7 million
10. Brick Mansions - $1.4 million