Monday box-office report: Zac Efron and Seth Rogen kicked Spider-Man’s ass
Neighbors was the hit of the weekend, but what else is playing strong in New York?
Mon May 12 2014
Sorry, Spidey—you've been unseated by some rowdy frat boys. The raunchy Seth Rogen and Zac Efron comedy Neighbors—about a suburban couple whose life is upended when a college brotherhood moves next door—knocked the web-slinging superhero from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for a loop with a $51.1 million domestic opening, according to Variety. Interestingly, the audience was primarily female, so we guess you should never underestimate the drawing power of those Efron abs.
Of the week's other new releases, both the Christian-themed comedy Moms' Night Out and the cheaply animated Wizard of Oz sequel Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return had soft openings (of approximately $4 million and $3 million, respectively). That’s a real disaster in the case of the ill-advised Legends, but less so for Moms', since other faith-friendly films like God's Not Dead and Heaven Is for Real are still going strong.
Meanwhile, closer to home, both Jon Favreau's Chef and Gia Coppola's Palo Alto performed strongly in limited release (NYC is a primary market for both films) with per-screen averages in the $20,000–$30,000 range—an excellent start for both movies, which our critics found plenty to love about. Click movie titles to visit our review pages and check out BoxOffice.com for a wider breakdown of the weekend's winners and losers.
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