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Rogen, Efron comedy knocks out 'Spider-Man'

Rogen, Efron comedy knocks out 'Spider-Man'

Seth Rogen and Zac Efron have bested the web-slinger at the box office.
Rogen, Efron comedy knocks out 'Spider-Man'
Zac Efron, left, and Dave Franco are seen in a scene from "Neighbors," the No. 1 movie of the weekend. (Universal Pictures)

Seth Rogen and Zac Efron have bested the web-slinger at the box office.

Rogen and Efron’s family-versus-fraternity comedy “Neighbors,” was the top draw for moviegoers over the weekend, unseating last week’s champ, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

The R-rated “Neighbors” debuted with $51 million in ticket sales, pushing Spidey to second place with $37 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

“Sustaining a No. 1 ranking is generally tougher in the summer than any other time of year,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak. “You don’t expect a comedy to be able to unseat an epic blockbuster, but historically it happens more than you think.”

R-rated comedies have traditionally found success in the summer movie season: Think “Bridesmaids,” “The Hangover,” 2012’s “Ted” and last year’s “The Heat.”

“Neighbors” stars Rogen and Rose Byrne as new parents finding their footing in the suburbs when a fraternity led by Efron moves in next door. Filled with goofball and gross-out gags balanced with a dash of heart, the comedy boasts some epic party scenes and ample shirtless Efron.

The Universal release earned a “fresh” rating from review aggregator RottenTomatoes.com, with 74 percent of film critics responding favorably to the film. Conversely, Sony’s “Amazing Spider-Man 2” earned a “rotten” rating of 54 percent.

Spidey is still a major success, with more than $550 million in worldwide ticket sales so far.

“Spider-Man has nothing to worry about,” Dergarabedian said.

Another comedy, the Cameron Diaz-Leslie Mann revenge romp “The Other Woman” held onto third place in its third week of release, adding $9 million to its take. “Heaven Is for Real” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” rounded out the top five.

Estimated ticket sales are for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak.

The Top 10

1. “Neighbors,” $51 million

2. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” $37.2 million

3. “The Other Woman,” $9.25 million

4. “Heaven Is for Real,” $7 million

5. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” $5.6 million

6. “Rio 2,” $5.1 million

7. “Moms’ Night Out,” $4.2 million

8. “Legends of Oz,” $3.7 million

9. “Divergent,” $1.7 million

10. “Brick Mansions,” 1.3 million

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