Weekend Estimates: Neighbors Tops $50 Million

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Comedy triumphs at the box office this weekend, with Neighbors posting an impressive $51 million, according to Universalís Sunday morning estimate. Thatís the 16th-biggest opening ever for a comedy film (depending somewhat on oneís definition of what constitutes a comedy), and comparable to the debut of Ted (which made $54 million in 2012). Itís also easily Seth Rogenís best weekend, ahead of the $33.5 million debut for The Green Hornet, and Zac Efronís best, beating High School Musical: Senior Year.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be off 59% to $37.2 million this weekend, putting it on course to fall short of the $262 million earned by the first film in the franchise reboot.

Two other new releases are having disappointing openings this weekend. Momsí Night Out will pick up about $4.2 million from 1,044 theaters, unable to compete with the broader comedy of Neighbors and the continued success of more overtly religious-themed Heaven is for Real (itself down just 19% this weekend) and Godís Not Dead.

Legends of Oz: Dorothyís Return will start out with about $3.7 million from 2,607 theaters. Thatís not a total disaster, compared to some other recent family-themed films from upstart distributors, but the film will struggle to hold on to screens in the weeks to come.

In limited release, four films are reporting theater averages over $10,000, and two of them are new releases making very impressive starts. Chef is projected to earn $204,201 from just six theaters this weekend for an average of $34,034óthe best of the weekend among all films. Palo Alto is set for $80,000 from four theaters, for an average over $20,000. Meanwhile, period dramas Belle and Ida are both doing great business in their second weekends with $473,000 from 45 theaters and $104,000 from seven theaters respectively.

- Weekend Estimates

Bruce Nash bruce.nash@the-numbers.com


Date posted: 2014-05-11