Weekend Box Office Report: May 9-11 2014


BOX OFFICE REPORT May 9-11, 2014(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)

TOP 51. Neighbors ($51.0 million)2. Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($37.2 million)3. The Other Woman ($9.2 million)4. Heaven is for Real ($7.0 million)5. Captain America II ($5.6 million)

Down came a rain of beer and bodily fluids and washed the spider out. The raunchy comedy Neighbors beat out the superhero flick handily. The R-rated comedy debuted with an impressive $51 million, just a few shy of 2012's Ted. 

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 dropped 60 percent in its second weekend, earning only $37.2 million. Even if it winds up shy of the $200 million it was expected to earn on the low end, it's already made half a billion if you include its foreign receipts. Still, this isn't the mega-blockbuster Sony was hoping for, and it should drop even lower next week. 

The rest was business as usual. The Other Woman will be one of the bigger comedies of the year, unfortunately. Heaven is for Real is the true faith-based blockbuster, with more than $75 million. And Captain America is the real superhero.

Outside the top 5: - This Weekend's Indie Champ: Chef, a new comedy from Jon Favreau, who walked away from the Iron Man franchise. It averaged $34,000 on each of its six screens.

- Mom's Night Out, a non-raunchy comedy, didn't do great, but its $4.2 million on only 1,000 screens is impressive considering it had very little marketing and only cost $5 million.

- That's way better than the crappy animation of Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return, which made only $3.7 million on 2,500 screens. Its atrocious opening puts it line with other animated flops like Doogal and Delgo.

Next week: Everyone look out for Godzilla, which I think could be the surprise hit of the summer, similar to Rise of the Planet of the Apes a few years ago. I think a $60 million opening would be a great start. That's going to do much better than Disney's baseball-in-India drama Million Dollar Arm, which would be lucky to get $15 million.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.

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