Weekend box office: Neighbors easily beats The Amazing Spider-Man 2
A strong performing, R-rated comedy is nothing new these days, so no one should be surprised that a comedy with a good premise like NEIGHBORS was able to haul in almost $50 million at the weekend box office. Seth Rogen has proven to be a stable comedic force and Zac Efron still has his fans as he’s actually growing into a good actor. So the bigger surprise might be the dramatic drop for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. With around $36 million, I can’t imagine the suits at Sony are all that pleased with how their uber-franchise is performing. I can’t help but think Sony might be rethinking their franchise plans and if they’re smart, they may decide to cancel their Sinister Six plans and maybe even their plans for a third film. Obviously, they need to keep making Spider-Man films, but they don’t seem to be on the right track here. As for NEIGHBORS, it just feels like a movie ripe for a sequel and this success might make it inevitable.
Next week sees the return of GODZILLA, and this time it comes with a proven monster-movie director and some very talented actors. But all of that will be secondary if we don’t see some serious monster action and from the trailer, it looks like we’ll get just that. We also have the release of Disney’s MILLION DOLLAR ARM, in which they take a true sports story and give it the Hollywood, feel-good spin. I’d normally balk (get it?) at the idea, but Jon Hamm is just too dang charismatic to not give him a chance in his first real starring role. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.
1. Neighbors $51m
2. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $37.2m
3. The Other Woman $9.3m
4. Heaven is For Real $7m
5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier $5.6m
6. Rio 2 $5.1m
7. Mom’s Night Out $4.2m
8. Legend of Oz: Dorothy’s Return $43.7m
9. Divergent $1.7m
10. Brick Mansions $1.5m