Welcome to the Box Office Report, where good Neighbors makes good fences and dominates the weekend. Also, Spider-Man gets stuck.
1. Neighbors (Universal): $51 million in 3,279 theaters.
We raved about Neighbors and America naturally listened. The Seth Rogen/Rose Byrne prank comedy dominated the weekend offerings in its first week, breaching the $50 million mark. It's the best performing live-action Seth Rogen opening by a long shot. (Superbad was next with just $12.) For context, this is a better opening than The Hangover and not quite on par with Ted, which had a cartoon bear so, go figure. Zac Efron probably helped fire up the younger base for a flick about generational warfare.
2. The Amazing Spiderman 2 (Sony): $37.2 million in 4,324 theaters.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had quite a sophomore slump, plummeting from $91 million to below $40 million with nary a web to break its fall. The reviews probably didn't help. Bette Midler, who always know the temperature in the room, explains the tepid reaction.
It's so hard to fathom. SpiderMan AGAIN?? What happens this time? Does someone capture him in a cup and release him outside?— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) May 11, 2014
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