Universal's "Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising" soared to the No. 1 position on comScore Inc.'s video-on-demand rankings for the week ended Sept. 25, overtaking Walt Disney Co.'s "Captain America: Civil War," which slid to the No. 2 spot.
The sequel to the 2014 comedy, "Neighbors 2" sees Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Dave Franco, Ike Barinholtz, Carla Gallo and Lisa Kudrow reprising their roles from the first film. It tells the story of the Radners, who have to outwit a new sorority living next door so that they can sell their house held in escrow.
"Neighbors 2" grossed about $55.3 million at the local box office and $52.6 million overseas for a worldwide total of $107.9 million, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com.
"Neighbors 2" received mixed reviews from critics, with a "fresh" 62% rating on RottenTomatoes.com, which wrote that the movie "may not be strictly necessary, but it still wrings a surprising amount of humor from a recycled premise with a distaff twist." The audience score on RottenTomatoes.com was 49%. On Metacritic, the movie received a score of 58 out of a 100, with a user score of 5.5. IMDb's rating stood at a 5.8 as of Oct. 6.
"Civil War," the 13th film in Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe, sees Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. reprise their roles as superheroes Captain America and Iron Man, respectively. This time around, political interference in their team causes a rift between the two and lands them in opposing factions.
The movie raked in about $408.1 million at the local box office and $745.2 million overseas for a global total of $1.15 billion, compared to a production budget of $250 million according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. "Civil War" generated $408 million in the U.S., according to comScore.
The movie was lauded by critics, with RottenTomatoes.com handing it a "certified fresh" rating of 90%, with the consensus that "Captain America: Civil War begins the next wave of Marvel movies with an action-packed superhero blockbuster boasting a decidedly non-cartoonish plot and the courage to explore thought-provoking themes." The audience score on the website stood at 90%. "Civil War" received a 75 out of 100 on Metacritic, with a user score of 8.3, while IMDb's rating was an even 8.
War film "Free State of Jones" debuted at No. 3 for the measured period. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali and Keri Russell, the film is inspired by the life of Newton Knight and his armed rebellion against the Confederacy in Jones County, Miss., during the American Civil War.
The film generated $20.8 million at the domestic box office, according to comScore. The production budget was $50 million, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com.
"Free State of Jones" did not do well with the critics, receiving a "rotten" 47% rating on RottenTomatoes.com, with the critic consensus that it "has the noblest of intentions, but they aren't enough to make up for its stilted treatment of a fascinating real-life story." The score on Metacritic was a 53 out of 100. The audience reaction to the movie was better: It received a score of 67% on RottenTomatoes.com, while on Metacritic the user score was a 6.4. The film had a 6.8 rating on IMDb.
Disney's Buena Vista topped the 2016 box office gross chart for the major studios analyzed, with a take of about $2.26 billion, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence data for the year through week 39.
Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros. was at the No. 2 spot with a box office total of $1.48 billion, followed by Comcast Corp.'s Universal at No. 3 with $1.08 billion. Sony Corp. was at No. 4 for the measured period with $784 million, with Viacom Inc.'s Paramount at No. 5 with $642.7 million and Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. at No. 6 with $235.3 million.