Rounding out the weekend of May 11, 2014, Neighbors dominated over its competitors, leaving the box office battlefield victorious. Each week, combatants enter the cinematic war zone, bloodthirsty for your cash. Box Office Aftermath is an ongoing column dedicated to recapping the weekend’s total ticket sales.
In a major turn of events, Universal Pictures hazed Sony Pictures this past weekend with Neighbors upsetting the balance of summer blockbusters. The raunchy frat comedy paddled The Amazing Spider-Man 2 into second place while Seth Rogen and Zac Efron laughed it up at the top. The R-rated comedy took home $49.03 million, which is Rogen’s highest opening weekend as producer and first highest grossing opener as a live action movie. This definitely makes up for Efron’s bomb of a rom com, That Awkward Moment that left the box office with only $26 million.
Although The Amazing Spider-Man 2 made $35.5 million this weekend, the movie took a pretty hard fall with a 61 percent decrease in audience retention. It came in $1 million higher in its second weekend compared to the first Amazing Spider-Man, but that film only dropped 44 percent. The first ended up earning $262 million, about $70 million below the Raimi trilogy’s weakest entry. And with Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past coming out within the next two weeks, the spider might get squashed.
Coming in third place in its third weekend is The Other Woman. Wrangling in another $9.6 million, the lady driven buddy rom com has done pretty well for itself despite disastrous reviews. The film has made $62 million so far and could stand to earn close to $80-90 million before it leaves theaters.
Heaven is for Real continues to make waves as one of the best faith-based movies of the year. It is the fifth highest grossing Christian movie, right after Son of God, and God’s Not Dead.
And closing out the top five is Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Earning $5.75 million in its sixth weekend out, Captain America is still doing all right for himself with one other Marvel superhero movie in theaters.
New releases, Mom’s Night Out debuted in seventh with $4.31 million and Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return came in eighth with $3.74 million. Not very good for more family oriented movies. And for a new animated movie based on an existing property has a lot to say about the temperature the Oz franchise is headed after Oz: The Great and Powerful.
(Click the image below to enlarge the charts. All figures are domestic box office results.)
Until the next weekend bout, this has been your Box Office Aftermath.
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Source: Box Office Mojo