’Neighbors’ unseats Spidey to top box office
Los Angeles • Seth Rogen and Zac Efron have bested the web-slinger at the box office.
Rogen and Efron’s family-versus-fraternity comedy "Neighbors," was the top draw for moviegoers this weekend, unseating last week’s champ, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2."
The R-rated "Neighbors" debuted with $51 million in ticket sales, pushing Spidey to second place with $37 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
"Sustaining a No. 1 ranking is generally tougher in the summer than any other time of year," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak. "You don’t expect a comedy to be able to unseat an epic blockbuster, but historically it happens more than you think."
R-rated comedies have traditionally found success in the summer movie season: Think "Bridesmaids," "The Hangover," 2012’s "Ted" and last year’s "The Heat."
"Neighbors" stars Rogen and Rose Byrne as new parents finding their footing in the suburbs when a fraternity led by Efron moves in next door. Filled with goofball and gross-out gags balanced with a dash of heart, the comedy boasts some epic party scenes and ample shirtless Efron.
The Universal release earned a "fresh" rating from review aggregator RottenTomatoes.com, with 74 percent of film critics responding favorably to the film. Conversely, Sony’s "Amazing Spider-Man 2" earned a "rotten" rating of 54 percent.
Spidey is still a major success, with more than $550 million in worldwide ticket sales so far.
"Spider-Man has nothing to worry about," Dergarabedian said.
Another comedy, the Cameron Diaz-Leslie Mann revenge romp "The Other Woman" held onto third place in its third week of release, adding $9 million to its take. "Heaven Is for Real" and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" round out the top five.
Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.