"Neighbors" earned $51.1 million 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
Rogen stars in "Neighbors" as a married former party guy
transitioning into suburban parenthood with his wife, played by
Rogen's character wages war with the neighboring frat house and
its obnoxious president, played by "High School Musical" star
"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
"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.
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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
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) theaters, 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 theaters. The film features the voices of Lea
Michele, Dan Aykroyd and Kelsey Grammer.
"The Other Woman" was released by 20th Century Fox, a unit of
Twenty-First Century Fox. Clarius Entertainment distributed "Legends
(Reporting by Lisa Richwine and Chris Michaud; Editing by Mark
Trevelyan and Sophie Hares)
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