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'Neighbors' Grosses $2.56 Million Thursday Night

6/17/2014

By Lucas Shaw
TheWrap

"Neighbors" grossed $2.56 million from late-night shows Thursday night, a solid start for Universal's R-rated comedy. Box office experts predict the movie will gross at least $35 million over the three-day weekend, and many think it will top $40 million.

That could  be enough to dethrone "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," last weekend's clear winner. Such an opening would outpace some of the biggest comedy hits in recent memory, but they tend to benefit from repeat viewings that sustain grosses for weeks on-end.

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Seth Rogen and Zac Efron star in the movie, directed by "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" filmmaker Nicholas Stoller. Efron plays the president of a fraternity that moves in next to a married couple (Rogen and Rose Byrne) with a newborn. The couple is riven by a desire to seem cool by retaining their youth and the rigors of maturity and parenthood.

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"Neighbors" grossed more in late shows than some of last year's biggest comedies, including "Anchorman 2," "We're the Millers" and "This is the End." All of those movies debuted late Tuesday night for a Wednesday wide release, whereas "Neighbors" will open over a standard three-day weekend.

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