'Neighbors' knocks out 'Spider-Man' at box office

Zac Efron, Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne in

Zac Efron, Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne in "Neighbors." (HO)

Lisa Richwine and Chris Michaud, REUTERS

, Last Updated: 10:44 AM ET

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK - Raunchy adult comedy Neighbors, starring Seth Rogen as a family man who moves next to a frat house, kicked superhero movie The Amazing Spider-Man 2 off the top spot on U.S. and Canadian box office charts over the weekend.

Neighbors earned $51.1 million US in ticket sales to lead all movies from Friday through Sunday, according to estimates from tracking firm Rentrak.

Spider-Man 2, last weekend’s box office winner, took in $37.2 million to finish second, ahead of comedy The Other Woman with $9.3 million.

Rogen stars in Neighbors as a married former party guy transitioning into suburban parenthood with his wife, played by Rose Byrne.

Rogen’s character wages war with the neighbouring frat house and its obnoxious president, played by High School Musical star Zac Efron.

Neighbors far exceeded pre-weekend forecasts for a debut of $35 million to $40 million. The movie cost $18 million to make, according to the Box Office Mojo website.

Its success follows other adult comedy hits such as Bridesmaids, Ted and last summer’s This is the End, also starring Rogen.

“This was the little engine that could,” said Nikki Rocco, president for domestic distribution at Universal Pictures, the unit of Comcast Corp that distributed Neighbors.

The film got a boost by playing especially well with female and older audiences, she said.

The opening was among the best-ever for an R-rated comedy, according to Rentrak.

The take for Spider-Man 2, one of a string of big-budget superhero and monster movies Hollywood is releasing in the coming weeks, dropped nearly 60 percent from its opening weekend, bringing its domestic haul to $148 million.

The franchise’s previous film in 2012 reached $262 million, according to Boxofficemojo.

The global total for the sequel stands at just over $550 million through Sunday, distributor Sony Corp said.

The film stars Andrew Garfield as the web-slinging superhero and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, the girlfriend of Spider-Man’s alter-ego Peter Parker, in a follow-up to a 2012 blockbuster.

“The drop we had is right in the realm of what we would expect it to be” for films of that scale, said Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

He added: “We’re well on our way toward meeting and exceeding our goals.”

DOROTHY RETURNS

The faith-based drama Heaven Is for Real, also released by Sony, took fourth place with $7 million for a total just over $75 million in its fourth week in release.

Disney’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier rounded out the top five, taking in $5.9 million.

Another Sony release, new comedy Mom’s Night Out, earned $4.2 million at North American (U.S. and Canadian) theatres, only managing the No. 7 spot.

The film follows female friends who head out for a grown-up evening while their husbands watch the kids.

It was followed by new release Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, an animated sequel to The Wizard of Oz story, which grossed $3.7 million at domestic theatres. The film features the voices of Lea Michele, Dan Aykroyd and Kelsey Grammer.

The top films at the North American box office

Following are the top 10 movies at North American box offices for the three days starting May 9, led by “Neighbors,” according to studio estimates compiled by Reuters.

1 (*) Neighbors..............................$51.1 million

2 (1) The Amazing Spider-Man 2...............$37.2 million

3 (2) The Other Woman........................$9.3 million

4 (3) Heaven Is for Real.....................$7 million

5 (4) Captain America........................$5.6 million

6 (5) Rio 2..................................$5.1 million

7 (*) Mom’s Night Out........................$4.2 million

8 (*) Legends of Oz..........................$3.7 million

9 (7) Divergent..............................$1.7 million

10 (6) Brick Mansions.........................$1.5 million

Last week’s rank in parentheses. (*) new release

CUMULATIVE TOTALS:

Captain America...............................$245 million

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

Divergent.....................................$145 million

Rio 2.........................................$113.2 million

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

The Other Woman...............................$61.7 million

Neighbors.....................................$51.1 million

Brick Mansions................................$18.3 million

Mom's Night Out...............................$4.2 million

Legends of Oz.................................$3.7 million

Neighbors was released by Universal Pictures, a unit of Comcast Corp. The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Mom’s Night Out and Heaven Is for Real were distributed Sony Corp. Fox, a unit of Twenty-First Century Fox, released The Other Woman and Rio 2. Clarius Entertainment distributed Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return. Divergent was released by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp . Captain America: The Winter Soldier was distributed by Walt Disney Co. Brick Mansions was distributed by privately held Relativity Media.

 


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