The Seth Rogen and Zac Efron comedy, Neighbors, will give Spider-Man 2 a run for its money at the box office this weekend. Jon Favreau’s tale of a chef who epically leaves the restaurant world to open a food truck, Chef, opens in wide release. Mom’s Night Out starring Sarah Drew of Grey’s Anatomy and Patricia Heaton, will try to appeal to the Mother demographic on their special weekend.
Recapping Last Weekend
It was never a question whether The Amazing Spider-Man 2 would win the weekend box office or not in its opening weekend. The question was whether it would top $100 million over the weekend. It missed that mark by only bringing in $91.6 million. The Other Woman took the second spot with $14.4 million in its second weekend. The Cameron Diaz-Leslie Mann-Kate Upton comedy has now brought in $47.5 million in two weeks. Heaven is for Real continued its impressive run with $8.6 million in receipts to bring its total to $65.5 million in three weeks of release. Captain America: The Winter Soldier barely edged out Rio 2 to take the fourth spot with $7.774 million. Rio 2 came in fifth with $7.711 million. Both of those films were made for over $100 million and have passed that mark in receipts. The Captain America sequel has now brought in $681 million worldwide.
Opening This Weekend
If you’re looking for a “deeper-meaning” movie, this isn’t the one for you. Clearly, you should know that going in. This review from the New York Times takes a very high-brow approach to reviewing this one. (Actually I’m just pretty sure it does because I got really bored after the first couple paragraphs.) Audiences that have seen Neighbors seem to enjoy it, judging by the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. Variety sees Neighbors bringing in $35-39 million this weekend and maybe as much as $50 million.
You can see a sneak peek of Neighbors tonight at MX Movies.
Jon Favreau wrote, directed and stars in this indie film. His previous directorial roles have included Elf and the first two Iron Man movies. Sofia Vergara, Robert Downey Jr., and Dustin Hoffman also appear. Chef has drawn up a buzz from real-life chefs who say that this is one of the first films to really capture the realities of being a chef.
Mom’s Night Out
For some strange, strange reason, the people behind Mom’s Night Out went with a PG rating. As the Green Bay Press Gazette points out, how exactly to you send three mothers out for an “epic” night on the town while “abstaining from alcohol, profanity and jokes about sex”? This review from The Wrap makes you wonder how this one even got made.
Catch It Before It’s Gone
Our favorite second-chance theater, Keller 8 Cinema in South County, will be bringing in Transcendence, A Haunted House 2 and God’s Not Dead this weekend. Transcendence and God’s Not Dead are about as opposite as you can get at the box office. The Johnny Depp film is hitting the land of misfit movies in only its fourth week of release. It will go down as a huge box office bomb with only $21 million in ticket sales on a $100 million budget. It was also likely kill the idea of Depp being able to carry a blockbuster film on his own. The religious film, on the other hand, has been a huge success with almost $56 million in ticket sales on a $2 million budget.
Make It A Redbox Night
Don’t be tricked by the new Veronica Mars DVD at Redbox. It’s not the movie that just came out, it’s four episodes of the series supposedly picked by creator Rob Thomas. The movie is now out on Blu-ray, but is not available at Redbox just yet. Justin Bieber’s Believe is available if you like that sort of thing. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is now finally available for $1.20 as well. The Art Of The Steal starring Kurt Russell has gotten fairly good reviews on the site, check out the trailer.
A Million Ways To Die In The West
This $200 million Disney film is darker then its marketing and trailer would have you believe. See Angelina Jolie in theaters May 30.
Melissa McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone wrote this screenplay together and Falcone directs. See it in theaters July 2.
22 Jump Street
No, this does not star Nikko Smith. This one stars Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel and is out July 25 of this year.