Sunday, April 27, 2014

"The Other Woman" defies expectations, tops "Captain America 2" at weekend box office

Well, it's the weekend before the summer movie season and on paper, the three new releases this weekend don't sound that spectacular. However, Fox's The Other Woman managed to surprise, pulling in $24.7 million and a first place finish. That's a solid finish for the comedy, which cost around $40 million to produce. The film received a "B+" Cinemascore, which is solid, but not spectacular. With no direct competition next week, expect The Other Woman to continue going strong. The combined star power of Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton had to have drawn in a lot of female crowds. 

In second place was Captain America: The Winter Soldier. After three weekends in first place, Captain America was finally bumped off its pedestal. However, the film still took in $16 million, which is only a 37% drop from last weekend. So far, The Winter Soldier has brought in $224.8 million in the US and a total of $645.1 million worldwide. A total around $800-$850 million worldwide and $270 domestic sounds reasonable at this point. TriStar's Heaven is for Real finished in third place with $13.8 million, a 39% drop from last weekend. The low-budget hit has now grossed $51.9 million, which is quite amazing. Look for Heaven is for Real to stay strong throughout the coming month. 

Rio 2 finished in fourth place with $13.6 million, just behind Heaven is for Real. The animated comedy will face a little bit of competition with Legends of Oz in the coming weeks, but with a small 38% drop from last weekend, this film looks like it will keep going strong. Rio 2 has now grossed $96.1 million. In fifth place was Brick Mansions, which features one of Paul Walker's final performances. The action flick finished with $9.6 million, which is pretty solid. Brick Mansions also pulled in a "B+" Cinemascore, which is decent. However, with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 next weekend, I doubt that Brick Mansions will hold on for much longer. 

Transcendence plummeted 62% to sixth place this weekend, finishing with $4.1 million. The massive flop has now grossed $18.4 million. It's a terrible movie and I'm really not surprised that it has flopped. Summit's The Quiet Ones also disappointed this weekend, finishing in seventh place with $4 million. That's a lackluster total and the "C+" Cinemascore isn't much better. However, Lionsgate and Summit are quick to point out that it was just an acquisition and won't cost the studio any money. 

Disneynature's Bears took a small plunge this weekend, finishing in eighth place with $3.6 million. The nature documentary missed the top ten last weekend, but managed to keep a stronger hold than some of its competition. The film has now grossed $11.1 million. Divergent also stayed strong this weekend, finishing in ninth place with $3.6 million. The YA hit has now grossed $139.4 million. A total around $150 million seems likely at this point. And finally, A Haunted House 2 rounded out the top ten with $3.2 million. The comedy has now grossed $14.2 million.

Next weekend sees the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Here are my predictions: 

1. The Amazing Spider-Man 2- $91.5 million
2. The Other Woman- $14.2 million
3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier- $9.1 million
4. Heaven is for Real- $8.6 million
5. Rio 2- $7.4 million
6. Brick Mansions- $5.6 million
7. Bears- $3.1 million
8. Transcendence- $1.7 million
9. The Quiet Ones- $1.6 million
10. Divergent- $1.5 million


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