Weekend Forecast: 'Neighbors', 'Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return', & 'Moms' Night Out'
Featured Stories - on May 07, 2014 by BoxOffice Staff
Three new releases open on May 9, with the anticipated comedy Neighbors leading the pack.
- Seth Rogen's star power has surged again since last year's This is the End hit it big.
- Zac Efron has a few box office successes on his resume. His draw among women is also significant for this kind of movie.
- Strong early buzz from critics and screenings at SXSW and CinemaCon should translate into commercial success.
- Director Nicholas Stoller has plenty of experience working in the genre, previously helming Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek.
- As the first widely appealing comedy to open since January, demand is definitely there.
- Will the prank aspect of the film overshadow the broader premise and limit opening weekend potential before word of mouth kicks in?
- One hit last year isn't enough to guarantee that Rogen's fans will automatically turn out again, even if the odds support it.
Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return
- With Rio 2 being the last animated release, parents may be looking for a new option for the young ones.
- Social media buzz isn't altogether discouraging.
- Clarius Entertainment, the film's distributor, has no previous experience releasing an animated title.
- Parents may just opt for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 or Rio 2 again.
Moms' Night Out
- The film's trailer ran in front of Heaven is for Real, increasing its exposure to faith-based audiences.
- A release coinciding with Mother's Day this weekend could give the low-profile flick a needed boost.
- The Other Woman's success is likely to overshadow this flick as the preferred option among most women this weekend.
- The film's low theater count will significantly hinder it.
Check out our complete weekend forecast in the table below.
|Title||Release Date||Distributor||Opening Weekend||Domestic Total through Sunday, May 11|
|Neighbors (2014)||May 9, 2014||Universal
|The Amazing Spider-Man 2||May 2, 2014||Sony / Columbia
|The Other Woman (2014)||Apr 25, 2014||Fox
|Moms' Night Out||May 9, 2014||Sony / TriStar
|Heaven is for Real||Apr 16, 2014||Sony / TriStar
|Rio 2||Apr 11, 2014||Fox
|Captain America: The Winter Soldier||Apr 4, 2014||Disney
|Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return||May 9, 2014||Clarius Entertainment
|Brick Mansions||Apr 25, 2014||Relativity Media
|Divergent||Mar 21, 2014||Lionsgate / Summit
Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris, Alex Edghill, and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report.