The Other Woman Beats Captain America
Twentieth Century Fox’s The Other Woman led the way last weekend (Apr. 25-27) with a strong start of $24.76 million. The comedy starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton exceeded its pre-release expectations heading into the weekend. The film likely received an added boost from the relative lack of films aimed directly towards female moviegoers over the past two months. Diaz tends to be hit and miss at the box office when in starring roles, with The Other Woman clearly looking like a hit at this point, especially given its modest price tag. Diaz will be back in theaters before long, when Sony Pictures releases Sex Tape on July 25. The Other Woman should provide a strong counter programming option to Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 this coming weekend, but will face direct competition the following weekend when Universal Pictures releases Neighbors on May 9.
The weekend’s other high-profile new wide release, Relativity Media’s Brick Mansions, debuted in fifth place with $9.52 million. The action thriller starring the late Paul Walker debuted towards the higher end of its modest expectations. The debut was a respectable one given the film’s modest price tag and the fact that it was a relatively late addition to the release date calendar. Brick Mansions will likely take a significant hit from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 next weekend.
On the heels of the previous weekend’s close three-way race for first, it was a fairly close three-way race for second last weekend between Disney Entertainment’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Sony’s Heaven Is for Real and 20th Century Fox’s Rio 2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier led that pack to claim second place with $16.22 million. While the 3D blockbuster superhero sequel saw its streak of three consecutive weekends at number one come to an end last weekend, it still held up nicely by falling 37 percent from last weekend. The Winter Soldier likely received an additional boost last weekend from moviegoers who wanted to catch the film before The Amazing Spider-Man 2 enters the marketplace next weekend. Captain America: The Winter Soldier continues to exceed expectations with a 24-day take of $225.06 million.
Heaven is for Real also held up nicely last weekend with a third place take of $14.35 million. The break-out faith-based drama was down a healthy 36 percent from the previous weekend’s Easter inflated debut. Heaven is for Real received a bit of additional help last weekend thanks to expanding into an additional 288 locations. With a strong 12-day start of $52.46 million, Heaven is for Real is continuing the recent trend of faith-based films that have exceeded expectations at the box office (joining Son of God and God’s Not Dead). Heaven is for Real hopes to continue to hold up well going forward, thanks in part to strong word of mouth and from serving as a potential alternative to May’s heavy line-up of likely blockbusters.
Rio 2 claimed fourth with $13.88 million for the weekend. The 3D computer animated sequel was down 37 percent from the previous weekend. Rio 2 continues to have a very solid run overall with a 17-day take of $96.39 million. That leaves the film just $3.61 million away from reaching the $100 million milestone and places the film 7 percent behind the $104.01 million 17-day take of 2011’s Rio.
Lionsgate Entrtainment’s The Quiet Ones debuted in seventh place with $3.88 million. The lower profile PG-13 horror film debuted below its already low pre-release expectations. The Quiet Ones was unable to make much noise across social media platforms in the weeks leading up to its release, which is typically a very troubling sign for horror films.
Meanwhile, Warner Bros. Entertainment’s Transcendence continued to disappoint in a very big way a sixth place take of $4.23 million. The pricey sci-fi drama starring Johnny Depp was down 61 percent from the previous weekend’s already poor start and has grossed just $18.59 million through 10 days of release, which is below what most had been expecting the film to gross during its opening weekend.
In other box office news, Disney’s Frozen surpassed the $400 million domestic mark last weekend after grossing $189,962 for the period. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, Frozen is the 19th film of all-time to have reached the $400 million milestone and is the sixth Disney release to have done so.
|This Week||Last Week||Movie||Weekend Gross||Cumulative Gross||Weeks|
|1||N/A||The Other Woman||$24.76M||$24.76M||1|
|2||1||Captain America: The Winter Soldier||$16.22M||$225.06M||4|
|3||2||Heaven Is for Real||$14.35M||$52.46M||2|
|7||N/A||The Quiet Ones||$3.88M||$3.88M||1|
|10||5||A Haunted House 2||$3.20M||$14.18M||2|