‘Neighbors’ Parties Its Way Past ‘Spider-Man’ to Box Office Crown
Neighbors came in number one at the box office over the weekend, taking in $49 million during its first weekend in theaters, making for one of the biggest debuts of an R-rated comedy ever, according to figures from Box Office Mojo. The Seth Rogen and Zac Efron vehicle that pits a family man against the frat boys he lives next door to benefited from a strong marketing campaign and solid reviews from critics, pushing The Amazing Spider-Man 2 out of the top spot after the latest installment in the superhero franchise spent just one weekend at number one.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 showed a decline of over 61 percent, only taking in $35 million over the weekend. It seems the appeal of stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone weren’t enough to save a movie in the reboot of a franchise that many feel was unnecessary and too soon after the Spider-Man trilogy directed by Samm Raimi and starring Toby Maguire. Box Office Mojo predicted that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 would have the worst box office performance of any film in the franchise after its lackluster debut. The movie currently has a lowly 54 percent fresh rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
Neighbors, meanwhile, managed to snag decent reviews and a 74 percent fresh rating on the site. While at first glance the movie looks like a typical bro comedy, it was aided by the performances of teen idol Zac Efron and female comedian Rose Byrne who was actually allowed to play a real role in the film rather than being relegated to second place as per usual for women in these types of comedies. Box Office Mojo also pointed out that those two actors helped drive the viewership of young women, with the audience being 53 percent female and 47 percent under the age of 25.
The Other Woman came in third, showing a 33 percent loss to make $9.6 million during its third week in theaters. People continue to show up for the film based on the star-power of Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and model Kate Upton despite the movie’s terrible reviews.