Sunday, May 11, 2014

"Neighbors" tops "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" with $51.1 million at weekend box office

After last year's The Great Gatsby opened to $50 million on the second weekend in May, I started to think that weekend might end up being one in which the studios opened their big summer dramas and comedies. Neighbors has now confirmed that thought. The raunchy Universal comedy opened to $51.1 million, which is the third highest for an R-rated movie in history. The film is insanely funny, so I'm in no way surprised by its huge success. However, a $50 million+ opening is absolutely spectacular. The film only cost $18 million to make, so Universal has no worries about turning a profit. Although the film did receive a "B" Cinemascore, I believe that business will boom for this one throughout the month until Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West opens. A total around $150 million is to be expected.

In second place was The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which took a 59% drop to $37.2 million for the weekend. That's a steep drop for the film, albeit an unsurprising one. Support is extremely low for the film and Neighbors likely took a huge chunk of Spidey's audience. The film has now grossed $147.9 million in the US. That's a relatively lackluster total (through ten days, The Amazing Spider-Man had already broken the $200 million mark), but the worldwide total of $550.9 million is pretty solid. However, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will take an even steeper drop next weekend upon the release of Warner Bros.' Godzilla. Expect TASM2 to finish with around $210 million. 

The Other Woman finished in third place this weekend and has managed to keep a decent amount of its audience. The film took in $9.2 million this weekend, which is only a 36% drop from last weekend. The female-driven comedy has now grossed $61.7 million. A final total around $75 million seems plausible at this point. In fourth place was TriStar's Heaven is for Real, which grossed $7 million for the weekend. The low-budget hit has now taken in $75.2 million, which is quite impressive. 

Captain America: The Winter Soldier finished in fifth place this weekend with $5.6 million. The Winter Soldier has now made $244.9 million and will likely finish with around $260 million. Also, The Winter Soldier should pass $700 million worldwide in the near future. Rio 2 finished in sixth place this weekend and brought in another $5.1 million. The animated hit has now grossed $113.1 million and will ultimately finish with less than its predecessor. 

Seventh place belonged to Mom's Night Out, a low-budget release from TriStar. The film took in $4.2 million, which isn't terrible considering the film's $5 million budget. The film only played in 1,044 theaters this weekend, so expect Mom's Night Out to expand just a little bit more in the future. Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return finished in eighth place with $3.7 million. The awful-looking kids film received a stellar "A" Cinemascore, but reportedly cost $70 million to make. Obviously that money didn't make it to the screen. 

Divergent has continued to hang around as it finished in ninth place this weekend with $1.7 million. The film has now grossed $145 million. And finally, Brick Mansions rounded out the top ten with $1.4 million, which raises the film's total to $18.3 million.

On a few side notes, The Grand Budapest Hotel became Wes Anderson's highest grossing film this weekend, taking in $1.4 million to raise its total to $53.7 million and pass The Royal Tenenbaums. Also, Chef opened in six theaters and made $204,000. The film, directed by Jon Favreau, will expand in the coming weeks. 

Next weekend sees the release of Godzilla and Million Dollar Arm. Here are my predictions:

1. Godzilla- $86.7 million
2. Neighbors- $31.3 million
3. Million Dollar Arm- $19.6 million
4. The Amazing Spider-Man 2- $16.5 million
5. The Other Woman- $5.1 million
6. Heaven is for Real- $4.9 million
7. Captain America: The Winter Soldier- $3.9 million
8. Mom's Night Out- $3.5 million
9. Rio 2- $3.4 million
10. Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return- $2.6 million



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