Will ‘Neighbors’ Evict ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ From the Top Spot?
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 saw its North American debut over the weekend, and though it was number one at the box office, it didn’t perform well compared to the first film in the series and the movies in the previous franchise. Critics complained that the plot lacked focus and that overall the reboot of the Spider-Man franchise came too soon after the Sam Raimi-directed trilogy that wrapped up in 2007.
The movie currently has a mediocre 54 percent fresh rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes. It fared a bit better among audiences, with reviews from 144,616 users giving it an average rating of 75 percent. This is the fifth Spider-Man movie to come out in the last 12 years, and even if people are still willing to show up to theaters, both audiences and critics seem to be tiring of the franchise. Box Office Mojo predicted that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 would have the worst box office performance of any film in the franchise after its lackluster debut.
The best part of the movie, according to critics, was the chemistry between real-life couple Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy. As the film progresses, too many villains are thrown at Spidey, and the cast just gets too big for anyone to be really effective. “Enough already. The last third of the movie is a shambles of FX overkill, frenzied editing and desperate plot contrivances that make you wish there’ll never be an Amazing 3. No such luck. It’s coming,” wrote Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers.
“Garfield and Stone succeed at creating a touching and real romance. You believe they’re meant to be with one another even when they have their doubts,” said critic Richard Roeper, who also praised the special effects, though he did say the movie tried to stuff in too many villains.
Spider-Man was the only big release of the weekend; the widely panned The Other Woman fell to second place. The top 10 films at the box office are still mostly a sad group of movies with tepid reviews, at best. Marvel’s other big franchise saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier come in fourth during its fifth week in theaters. The movie has the best reviews of the top five, with an 89 percent fresh rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
The rest of the box office top 10 is filled with duds, except for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel coming in at No. 10. The movie has an impressive 92 percent fresh rating and is the best-received movie to have wide showings in theaters in recent weeks.
Set to debut this Friday is the raunchy comedy Neighbors, starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, and directed by Nick Stoller, who is also responsible for Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek. The comedy is already getting solid reviews from critics and currently has an 87 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Variety attended a screening of the not-yet-completed film at the South by Southwest music and film festival in Austin in March. “Lewder, weirder, louder, leaner, meaner and more winningly stupid than anything its director Nicholas Stoller and star Seth Rogen have ever been involved with before, frat comedy Neighbors boasts an almost oppressive volume of outrageous gags,” the publication said.
Good reviews could push Neighbors into the top spot next weekend as interest in Spider-Man wanes.
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