B.O. Roundup, May 9-11: 'Neighbors' Sends Spider-Man Packing

Sunday, 11 May 2014 12:37 Written by  iamrogue
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B.O. Roundup, May 9-11: 'Neighbors' Sends Spider-Man Packing

Let's hear it for Rose Byrne, a seriously underrated actress who contributed to making yet another comedy a surprise hit.

Byrne stars alongside Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, and Dave Franco in Neighbors, which posted one of the biggest opening weekends ever for an R-rated comedy that's not a sequel or based on a familiar property.

The movie, which pits a pair of young parents against the unhinged fraternity that moves in next door, debuted in 3,279 theaters, earning an estimated $51.0 million. 

A week ago, Neighbors was optimistically projected to open with around $35 million, but the gleefully dirty film has surpassed all expectations.  It very nearly became the biggest original comedy on the books, coming close to the $54.4 million Seth MacFarlane's Ted raked in two summers ago.  Universal continues its hot streak of original successes with Neighbors, which had a production budget of just $18 million.

Last week's champ, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, had the relatively steep decline common to comic book blockbusters, falling 60% from its opening weekend to earn an estimated $37.2 million from 4,324 locations in North America.  The sequel's ten-day domestic total now stands at $147.9 million.  While it's gotten stiffer-than-expected competition from Neighbors, the Spidey sequel is going to get hit hard with the release of Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past

The relatively lukewarm reception for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 at home is balanced out a bit by its performance abroad.  The sequel's international grosses now stand at $403.2 million, 73% of its $550.9 million global total.

Neighbors made hay in first place, but this week's other new releases didn't fare so well.  Moms' Night Out aimed to take advantage of the maternal holiday in 1,044 theaters from which it earned an estimated $4.2 million in seventh place.  Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return, meanwhile, tried to take advantage of the lack of animated fare since Rio 2.  The fantasy film debuted to just $3.7 million, one of the lowest openings ever for a picture in more than 2,500 locations.

Jon Favreau's Chef, meanwhile, kicked off a limited release in a mere six theaters, from which the comedy-drama brought in an estimated $204,000 for a strong per-theater average of $34,000.

Here are the top ten movies in America for this second weekend in May 2014:

1. Neighbors...........................................................$51.0 million..............New Release

2. The Amazing Spider-Man 2...............................$37.2 million..............$147.9 million

3. The Other Woman..............................................$9.2 million................$61.7 million

4. Heaven Is for Real.............................................$7.0 million................$75.2 million

5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier..............$5.6 million................$244.9 million

6. Rio 2...................................................................$5.1 million................$113.1 million

7. Moms' Night Out................................................$4.2 million................New Release

8. Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return....................$3.7 million................New Release

9. Divergent............................................................$1.7 million................$145.0 million

10. Brick Mansions................................................$1.4 million................$18.3 million

Friday brings the release of Godzilla, as well as Million Dollar Arm, both of which ought to heat things up at the box office even more.


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