Tuesday, 13 May 2014


Neighbours out-performed based on expectations over the weekend, while The Amazing Spider-Man 2 underperformed. Expectations were spot on, though, that Nick Stoller's comedy would beat Spider-Man to the box office top spot for the weekend: $49 million to $35.5 million (down a very steep 61% on its opening) was a bigger beating than most had predicted. Neighbours was a thoroughly different beast from the weekend's other two wide releases, yet neither of them proved successful counter-programming: Moms' Night Out could have done a little better over Mothers' Day weekend, making a fine $4.3 million, while Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return could hardly have done any worse, making a dismal $3.7 million. Meanwhile, Moms' Night Out's christian rival Heaven is for Real dropped just 13% on last weekend (is it on its way to a surprising $100-million-plus total?!), and Legends of Oz's, Rio 2, only 34.8%. Granted, it was only Spider-Man and Brick Mansions that experienced a major tumble within the Top 15. Jon Favreau's Chef opened to a tasty $204k debut in six theatres, with the not-dissimilar God's Pocket, from John Slattery, to a significantly smaller $21k in three. And while Gia Coppola's debut, Palo Alto, made a smart smart, Richard Ayoade's The Double failed to bank on the star power of its lead actors, and flopped in limited release.

Top 10
  1. Neighbours ($49,033,915)
  2. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($35,501,212)
  3. The Other Woman ($9,605,781)
  4. Heaven is for Real ($7,482,618)
  5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($5,750,593)
  6. Rio 2 ($5,028,838)
  7. Moms' Night Out ($4,311,083)
  8. Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return ($3,747,780)
  9. Divergent ($1,743,676)
  10. Brick Mansions ($1,643,574)
It was a big start for Neighbours, but expect Godzilla to be even bigger next weekend. Disney could have a surprise sleeper hit on their hands with Jon Hamm sports drama Million Dollar Arm also.