The R-rated comedy “Neighbors” has taken Spider-Man to school. Friday’s box-office figures are in and the Zac Efron and Seth Rogen-led comedy earned an estimated $19.6 million on its opening day.
That indicates the film could open with around $50 million for the weekend – which would be one of the highest original R-rated comedy debuts of all time. It’s also far above the $30 million that Universal said they were expecting the film to open with.
It’s a more impressive performance than “The Amazing Spider-Man” which pulled in $10.1 million on Friday, down 71% from last Friday’s opening day figure. The sequel is expected to generate around $35 million domestically for its second weekend.
This marks the first time since 2009 that a comic-inspired summer movie will NOT spend two weeks on top of the domestic box office. The last one was “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. The domestic woes are countered by the overseas tally which is currently around $340 million.
The other two newcomers this week bombed, “Legends of Oz” and “Moms’ Night Out” earning around $4 million each for the weekend.
Source: Box-Office Mojo