Weekend Wrap-Up

Neighbors Exterminate Spider-Man 2

By John Hamann

May 11, 2014

Every day, he's going to wear less clothes.

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Still in the top five is Captain America: The Winter Soldier, despite being in release for six weekends. This weekend, the Marvel/Disney release earned another $5.6 million, dropping only 28% compared to last weekend, when it fell 52% against the debut of Spidey sequel. The Winter Soldier has now earned $245 million, making it the top film of the Marvel Universe that doesn’t involve Iron Man or Avengers, and is approaching the half-billion mark overseas.

Sixth is Rio 2, the Fox/Blue Sky Studios presentation. In its fifth weekend, Rio 2 earned another $5.1 million, off 34% from last weekend. The original Rio earned $8.3 million in its fifth weekend, so you can see that the sequel doesn’t have the legs of the first film. On the overseas side, Rio 2 is close on the heels of the original, as its earned over $300 million so far, compared to the original’s overseas take of $341 million. Stateside, the $103 million release has amassed $113.2 million.

In seventh we have Moms’ Night Out, which looks something like a Tyler Perry release with stars who only look like they are cross-dressing. This failed attempt at faith-based comedy earned only $4.2 million this weekend from 1,044 venues, which indicates that Tri-Star gave it the perfunctory release before sending it off to home video. Moms’ Night Out cost only $4.5 million to make, so no one except audiences will be hurt by seeing this one, as it is 17% fresh at RottenTomatoes.

Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return was the film I thought would match the dreaded Oogieloves for ineptness, both quality-wise and at the box office. Dorothy’s Return was able to do better with both, but not by much. Dorothy earned $3.7 million from 2,575 venues, which puts in the top 50 of worst wide releases. The studio’s website lists the production budget at $70 million, though, which will make it one of the bigger flops in history. Then again there is always The Adventures of Pluto Nash, which cost $100 million to make and earned $4.4 million, and Delgo, the $40 million animated feature than made less than a million.

The teen-targeted film Divergent hangs around for one more weekend in the top 10 as it finishes in ninth place. Now in its eighth weekend, the Lionsgate release $1.7 million, down 22% from the previous frame. Thus far, Divergent has a domestic total of $145 million, and adds over $100 million in overseas revenues to its total.


Tenth is Brick Mansions, one of Paul Walker’s last films. Brick Mansions earned $1.5 million this weekend and declined 60%. The $28 million film has now earned $18.3 million domestically, and is approaching $10 million overseas.

Virtually tied for 10th is The Grand Budapest Hotel, which has spent seven weekends in wide release. The Wes Anderson film earned another $1.47 million this weekend and fell 18%. It has moved ahead of The Royal Tenenbaums to become Anderson’s biggest film with a domestic gross of $53.7 million, and has also earned $90 million overseas.

Overall this weekend, the top 12 films at the box office earned $129.1 million, well back of last year when Iron Man 3 and The Great Gatsby led the top 12 to $152.1 million. Next weekend brings the return of Godzilla, and the marketing so far has been strong. Million Dollar Arm also gets a 3,000 plus screen debut next weekend, so things should get even more interesting in the third weekend of summer movie madness.

Top Ten for Weekend of May 9-11, 2014
Weekly Change
Running Total
1 Neighbors Universal 51.7 New 51.7
2 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Sony 32.2 -59% 147.9
3 The Other Woman Fox 9.3 -36% 61.7
4 Heaven Is for Real Tri-Star 7.0 -19% 75.2
5 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Walt Disney Co. 5.6 -28% 245.0
6 Rio 2 Fox 5.1 -34% 113.2
7 Moms' Night Out Tri-Star 4.2 New 4.2
8 Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return Clarius Entertainment 3.7 New 3.7
9 Divergent Lionsgate 1.7 -22% 145.0
10 Brick Mansions Relativity 1.5 -60% 18.3
11 The Grand Budapest Hotel Fox Searchlight 1.5 -18% 53.7
12 God's Not Dead Freestyle 1.3 -28% 57.5

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