Weekend box office: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 isn’t so amazing
It’s sad we live in a world where a movie can open to about $90 million at the weekend box office and still be considered a slight disappointment. But it’s hard for me to give any Spider-Man movie a pass because you can film an empty space for 2 hours and call it “Spider-Man” and people will go see it. So a little perspective is necessary when looking at the performance of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN brought in about $62 million, so the sequel is definitely outperforming its predecessor. But they still trail behind Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. Those films made $114, $115 and $151 million respectively. The reboot is still making dough, but if I’m an exec at Sony, I’m a little concerned that I’ve put so much faith in this reboot, complete with multiple sequels and spin-offs and the films don’t seem to be thrilling audiences to the degree they’d like. Again, $90 million is nothing to sneeze at, but given the poor fanboy and critical reaction, Sony might want to rethink their long term plans.
Next week sees the release of the Seth Rogen and Zac Effron comedy NEIGHBORS. I’m sure Spider-Man will continue to do well, but I’m actually thinking NEIGHBORS might steal the top spot next week. If NEIGHBORS can’t do it, then GODZILLA opens the following week and I feel like people are more excited for that than THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. Next week also sees the release of CHEF, which is getting great reviews from critics, but I doubt will reach a large audience. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.
1. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $92m
2. The Other Woman $14.2m
3. Heaven is For Real $8.7m
4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier $7.7m
5. Rio 2 $7.6m
6. Brick Mansions $3.5m
7. Divergent $2.1m
8. The Quiet Ones $2m
9. God’s Not Dead $1.8m
10. The Grand Budapest Hotel $1.7m