One week into the summer movie season and we already have an upset. Neighbors came out strong on Friday, earning an estimated $19.6 million from 3,279 locations, including $2.56 million from Thursday previews. That puts the film on track for as much as $50 million this weekend, which would rate as one of the highest original R-rated comedy debuts of all time. At the very least Neighbors will far exceed the $30 million that Universal said they were expecting.
Friday’s Top Five after the jump
The strength of Neighbors reveals the weakness of The Amazing Spider-Man. Last weekend’s number one debut was down 71% on Friday and is expected to bring in about $37 million from its second weekend. That means that, for the first time since 2009, a comic-inspired summer debut will not spend two weeks on top of the domestic box office. The last one-time winner was X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which fell a giant 69% in its sophomore outing. The drop for Spidey shouldn’t be quite as drastic; and Sony can always console themselves with the sequel’s big international gross – currently at $340 million.
We’ll have complete details tomorrow, including the new titles Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return and Mom’s Night Out, neither of which managed a top five Friday launch.
|2.||Amazing Spider-Man 2||$10,100,000||$120.8|
|3.||The Other Woman||$2,815,000||$55.2|
|4.||Heaven is for Real||$1,650,000||$69.8|
|5.|| Captain America 2