“Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” laughed its way to $1.67 million at the Thursday previews.
The original grossed $2.56 million during Thursday previews in 2014, and then went on to earn $49 million its opening weekend. Its budget was $18 million — the sequel cost $35 million. However, “Neighbors 2” had a good start given that it’s tracking for significantly less than the first, is a sequel, and an R-rated comedy. In comparison, Amy Schumer‘s “Trainwreck” opened to $1.8 million with a similar production budget.
“Neighbors 2” follows Mac (Rogen) and Kelly (Byrne) making an effort to bring down a sorority that has moved in next door while they are in escrow, and Teddy (Efron) steps in to help. Currently, the film holds a score of 64 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
It’s going to be a tight race this weekend, with Sony’s “Angry Birds” opening and “Captain America: Civil War” still going strong.
“Angry Birds” flew to $800,000 at the Thursday previews, on track for a $38 million to $40 million weekend.
“Angry Birds” explores why the flightless creatures are so ticked off to begin with as green pigs invade their island. The animated film holds a 45 percent approval rating from critics counted on Rotten Tomatoes.
The latest from Shane Black (“Iron Man 3”) revolves around a bumbling private eye (Gosling) teaming up with a tough guy fixer (Crowe) to track down a missing girl embroiled in a dangerous conspiracy.
Reviews have been great — it now holds a “fresh” rating of 89 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
Disney’s “Captain America: Civil War” is still very much in competition for first place this weekend, though, with expectations of grossing an additional $36 million in its third weekend.
So far, the Marvel movie has grossed $310 million domestically.