There goes the neighborhood! The new Seth Rogan movie Neighbors crashed into theaters over the weekend, raking in an impressive $51.1 million domestic – making it the third highest grossing non-sequel, R-rated comedy of all time. Only Sex and the City (such a cult comedy classic), and Seth McFarlane’s Ted cashed in more. Neighbors even outshined Rogan’s 2013 summer hit, This is the End which only brought in $24.6 million in its entire run.
Written by Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien, Neighbors was the duo’s first screenplay. What a debut! Directed by Nicholas Stoller (Get Him to the Greek, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), the film scored a 68/100 score on Metacritic and a certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes with a 74% score. The cast includes Rogan, Zac Efron (from teenage girls’ dreams), Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids), Dave Franco (21 Jump Street), and up-and-coming stand-up star Jerrod Carmichael.
Most impressive is who Neighbors beat out to secure the top spot at the box office: Spider-man. You’re friendly, neighborhood web-crawler just couldn’t hang with the frat down the street. While superhero movies are juggernauts at the cinema (Captain America also falling down the charts), a comedy snagging first place is very impressive.
Do I smell sequel? Yes (because apparently everything needs one these days).
Weekend Top 5 (via Box Office Mojo)
1 – Neighbors
2 – The Amazing Spider-man 2
3 – The Other Woman
4 – Heaven is for Real
5 – Captain America: The Winter Soldier