Glen Wilson—Universal Pictures
By Nolan Feeney
May 11, 2014

Neighbors surprised industry experts this weekend by scooping up $51.1 million and taking the top spot at the box office.

The comedy, starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, was not only expected to lose out to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but industry analysts predicted the film would only make around $35 million in its debut weekend, USA Today reports. The Spidey sequel came in second with an estimated $37.2 million on the weekend.

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Neighbors continues a frat house comedy legacy that Universal introduced with National Lampoon’s Animal House,” said Paul Dergarabedian of Rentrak, a firm that analyzes the entertainment industry and provided Sunday’s preliminary estimates. “R-rated comedy is a powerful draw.”

Don’t forget the adorable babies, too.

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[USA Today]

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