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Bad Neighbours knocks Amazing Spider-Man 2 off US top spot

Bad Neighbours

Story by Jack Foley

R-RATED comedy Bad Neighbours has knocked The Amazing Spider-Man 2 off the top of the US box office after just one week.

The Seth Rogen-Zac Efron comedy exceeded expectations by taking $51.1 million over Mother’s Day weekend, the fourth best opening of all-time for an R-rated comedy. In doing so, it knocked The Amazing Spider-Man 2 into second place with $37.2 million, some way lower than had also been predicted.

Both films also performed well internationally. Bad Neighbours, which also stars Rose Byrne, took $34.4 million from 29 countries, placing No. 1 in 17 of those, including the UK.

The comedy is directed by Nick Stoller, the filmmaker behind Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Five-Year Engagement, and finds Rogen and Byrne as new parents who suddenly find themselves living next to a fraternity and entering into a war with their neighbours. The figure also marks Rogen’s best ever opening.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2, meanwhile, took a whopping $69.5 million overseas to bring its non-US total to $403 million for a global haul of $550.9 million.

The remainder of the US top 10 was rounded out by Cameron Diaz comedy The Other Woman, which took $9.6 million for a US total of $61.7 million; Christian movie Heaven Is For Real, which took $7 million and superhero juggernaut Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which took a further $5.6 million to bring its US tally to a mighty $244.9 million.

Two new releases that underwhelmed were animated sequel Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, which could only muster eighth spot with $3.7 million, and another faith-based film, Moms’ Night Out, which did marginally better with $4.1 million and seventh spot.

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