LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK:‘Neighbors’ bangs ‘Spider-Man’ from U.S. box office perch

Raunchy adult comedy “Neighbors”, starring Seth Rogen as a family man who moves next to a frat house, kicked superhero movie “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” off the top spot on U.S. and Canadian box office charts over the weekend.


 “Neighbors” earned $51.1 million in ticket sales to lead all films from Friday through Sunday, according to estimates from tracking firm Rentrak.

 “Spider-Man 2”, last weekend’s box office winner, withdrew in $37.2 million to finish second, ahead of comedy “The Other Woman” with $9.3 million.

 Rogen stars in “Neighbors” as a married former party guy transitioning into suburban parenthood with his married woman, played by Rose Byrne.

 Rogen’s character wages war with the neighboring frat house and its obnoxious president, played by “High School Musical” star Zac Efron.

“Neighbors” far gone past a pre-weekend forecasts for a debut of $35 million to $40 million.

 The film cost $18 million to build, according to the Box Office Mojo website.

 Its success follows other adult comedy hits such as “Bridesmaids”, “Ted” and last summer’s “This is the End”, also starring Rogen.

“This was the little engine that could,” said Nikki Rocco, president for domestic distribution at Universal Pictures, the unit of Comcast Corp that distributed “Neighbors”.

The flick became a boost by playing, especially well with female and senior audiences, she supposed.

The possible action was among the best-ever for an R-rated comedy, according to Rentrak.

The yield for “Spider-Man 2”, one of a string of large-budget superhero and monster movies Hollywood is releasing in the upcoming weeks, dropped almost 60 percent from its opening weekend, bringing its domestic haul to $148 meg.

 The franchise’s previous film in 2012 made $262 million, according to Boxofficemojo.

 The worldwide sum for the sequel stands at barely over $550 million through Sunday, distributor Sony Corp said.

 The movie stars Andrew Garfield as the web-slinging superhero and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, the girlfriend of Spider-Man’s alter-ego Peter Parker, in a follow-up to a 2012 blockbuster.

 “The cliff we had is right in the realm of what we would expect it to be” for films of that shell, said Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

 He added: “We’re well along our way toward meeting and surpassing our goals.”


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