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May112014

Box Office: Neighbors Come Out On Top

Amir here, with the weekend's box office report. Three new films were released, all of which surprised with their numbers but in different directions. Neighbors, the Seth Rogen/Zac Efron comedy beat The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to first place, and while that isn't surprising in and of itself, the fact that it raked in $51m certainly is. I quite like Seth Rogen, at least compared to other dudebro-y comedians of the moment, and Rose Byrne is a treasure, but I couldn't find the enthusiasm to drive to their neighbourhood just yet. Maybe when the film is out DVD...

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return turned out to be a flop of catastrophic proportions, the likes of which I don't think I've ever seen. It managed a paltry 1.4k per screen average. Mom's Night Out is yet another "faith-based" film, this time dressed as a comedy - not that Heaven Is For Real and God's Not Dead aren't (unintentional) comedies, but I digress. Moms' Night Out didn't do as well the other recent religious stuff, but its mere existence surprises me. Surely its production isn't a reaction to the success of other faith-based films, but I wonder how studios emerged with this kind of material all at the exact same moment. Further research into this shall be done soon!

01 NEIGHBORS $51.0 *new* Review
02 THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 $37.2 (cum. $147.9) 
03 THE OTHER WOMAN $9.2 (cum. $61.7) 
04 HEAVEN IS FOR REAL $7 (cum. 75.2)
05 CAPTAIN AMERICA 2 $6.5 (cum. 244.9) Review  
06 RIO 2 $5.1 (cum. $113.1)  
07 MOMS' NIGHT OUT $4.2 *new*
08 LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY'S RETURN $3.7 new
09 DIVERGENT $1.7 (cum. $145) Review
10 BRICK MANSIONS $1.5 (cum. $18.3)

For the second week running, there was no arthouse title making waves though both Jon Favreau's Chef and Gia Coppola's Palo Alto performed respectably. I spent the weekend at home, catching up with some classics and enduring the pain of gouging my eyes out at the sight of We're The MillersWhat were you up to, dear readers? Did you take your mother to a movie?

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-Snowpiercer: I didn't like it very much. It felt overacted and with too many obvious parallelisms.

-Seduced and Abandoned: a must-see now that Cannes is around the corner. It shows how the movie industry operates these days and, yes, it's pretty depressing.

May 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

I watched:
The Iron Giant - perhaps a bit overrated, but still heartwarming and entertaining
Chicken Run - AMAZING, so funny, don't know why it isn't talked about more

May 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

I sat through "The Amazing Spiderman 2" a very mediocre movie- the script jumps all over the place, the villains were not interesting enough. and really who cares about the back story of Peter Parker's parents-

SPOILER ALERT-

the producers made a big mistake in having poor Peter go through another senseless death- an event which the film never recovers from- and real downer for the audience which might be a major reason why there is no return business.

May 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

I'm surprised with "Divergent" Box Office! Still in the top10, -22.1% change from last weekend and a total of $145. Wow!

May 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge Davitos

George -- i just noticed that too. Crazy legs. Bodes well for the sequels (financially at least)

May 12, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I'm in the boondocks at the moment, so I'm dreadfully behind on 2014 movies. Making up for it with a lot of classics I'd never seen. So my weekend was spent with Body Heat, The Hunger, The Sweet Hereafter, and Tristana. 100% adored all of them. Can't imagine Neighbors stacking up to that lineup (even if I am still pretty excited for it!)

May 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTB

TB -- wow. that's quite a lineup. I am so gaga for Body Heat but haven't watched it in a million years. perhaps i should return soon.

May 12, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Fading Gigolo - charming, deeply felt, and very quirky in an by-now identifiably Turturro-esque way. Doesn't really hold up to scrutiny at a plot level, but weaves a compelling spell in the moment.

ASM2 - a McDonalds franchise masquerading as a movie. The flirty scenes between Stone & Garfield - and Garfield and Dehaan, for that matter - were the only strong moments. Wastes one of the defining, iconic moments in Spider-Man lore on a tale more concerned with populating future sequels and spin offs. Elektro was an embarrassment.

May 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRoark

"The Grand Budapest Hotel" is at $150 million worldwide! Is Wes Anderson now a box office draw?

May 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRaul

@Nathaniel--Body Heat holds up VERY well. As smart as it is sexy.

May 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTB

Now did Kathleen not get nommed for Body Heat? Girl was ROBBED.

May 13, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

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