Box-office roundup May 18, 2014 – “Godzilla” devours the competition in stunning debut

Warner Bros. Pictures Godzilla marches in "Godzilla."
Warner Bros. Pictures
Godzilla marches in “Godzilla.”

1. Godzilla – $93.2 million [debut week] – For its 60th anniversary, Godzilla decided to have a box office party and everyone happily attended en route to what may be 2014’s biggest opener. Sunday numbers will determine if Godzilla’s latest was enough to beat out “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” for that lofty title, but second best isn’t bad either for a film that no one expected to leave this much destruction atop the box office.

Reviews of this are mixed as it’s got a “B+” CinemaScore, the same as “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” If you remember “ASM2” had a stellar debut week and plummeted its second week. “Godzilla” is all but assured the same fate although it may have more to do with the release of “X-Men: Days of Future Past” than a front loaded first week. With its success I wonder if distributor Warner Bros. execs don’t regret sandwiching it between two presumed blockbusters?

Glen Wilson/Universal Studios ZAC EFRON stars as frat president Teddy Sanders in "Neighbors."
Glen Wilson/Universal Studios
ZAC EFRON stars as frat president Teddy Sanders in “Neighbors.”

2. Neighbors – $26 million [2nd week; $91.5 million in total] Last week’s winner wasn’t able to pull off another upset after knocking out “ASM2” in the last cycle. It dropped 47 percent drop hinting the mixed reviews didn’t hurt it that much and that there’s still a wide audience for this Seth Rogen and Zac Efron comedy.

3. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $16 million [3rd week; $172 million in total] – The web slinger’s ASM sequel is closing in on $200 million, but it appears that it will have an uphill battle trying to match the $262 domestic haul of the 2012 edition. On the bright side, the international gross has been great as it’s reached $633 million.

4. Million Dollar Arm – Despite the winning presence of “Mad Men’s” Jon Hamm, Distributor Walt Disney Pictures’ latest sports drama didn’t exactly knock it out of the park. Brief aside. How is it that Hamm isn’t a bigger movie star? The guy stars on one of the most popular TV shows in the past decade yet hasn’t been able to find anywhere near the same success on the big screen. This just cost $25 million to make so Disney will easily make back its budget, but it didn’t come close to the $27 million debut of last year’s baseball smash, “42.”

The Other Woman Los Angeles premiere - Nicki Minaj, Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton5. The Other Woman – [4th week; $71 million in total] While it hasn’t quite had the same buzz as some of her other efforts, “TOW” is star Cameron Diaz’s third biggest comedy [Not counting “There’s Something About Mary” as that was more of a Ben Stiller vehicle]. By the end of its run, it will surpass “What Happens in Vegas‘” $80.2 million haul and may get close to “Bad Teacher‘s” $100 million total.