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411 Box Office Report: The Other Woman Tops Captain America For #1
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 04.27.2014

After a three-week reign at the top of the box office, Captain America made room for the ladies. The Other Woman unseated the Marvel Studios film for the #1 spot with a very impressive $24.7 million opening weekend. The Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton-starring comedy strongly exceeded the high teens expectation that Fox had for it and took in an average of $7,707 from 3,205 theaters. It was also well ahead of recent spring female-targeted comedies like Something Borrowed ($13.9 million), The Five-Year Engagement ($10.6 million) and What to Expect When You're Expecting ($10.5 million). The film weathered harsh reviews but scored well with audiences, with a B+ CinemaScore that should indicate solid drops week-to-week. It also doesn't hurt that it is effective counter-programming to male-skewing fanboy films like Captain America and next week's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, meaning that it will likely turn in a very tidy profit for the studio. The movie added $5.3 million overseas for a total first weekend of $30 million from a $40 million budget.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier slipped to #2 but still held on fairly strong in its fourth weekend with $16 million. The latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe dropped just 37% and now has a domestic gross of $224.9 million, with a worldwide box office of $645.2 million. The latter makes it the third-highest grossing MCU movie worldwide to date, just topping Thor: The Dark World's $644.8 million take. It has a phenomenal shot at beating out Man of Steel's $668 million mark, while domestically it should finish out strongly at $250 million or so. The budget was $170 million.

Down one spot in its second weekend was Heaven is for Real, which finished at $13.8 million. The faith-based drama also had a strong hold, slipping just 39%. The movie has earned $51.9 million domestically and $52.2 million worldwide, making this a big winner for Sony considering the budget was just $12 million.

Rio 2 was also down one spot, finishing at #4 in its third week. The animated family film brought in $13.7 million, bringing its total to $96.2 million stateside and $295.9 million worldwide off of a $103 million production budget.

The action remake Brick Mansions opened about at expectations, bringing in $9.6 million. The film, which was one of the late Paul Walker's final roles, is a remake of the French action-thriller District B13 and averaged $3,627 from 2,647 theaters. That's considered to be very solid, especially when you consider the tough spot in which Relativity found itself in terms of marketing (you don't want to be seen as capitalizing on Walker's headline-grabbing demise). That opening is on par with recent Luc Besson-produced action efforts; 3 Days to Kill did $12.2 million in February and Lockout was lower at $6.2 million in 2012. The film may have a tricky time making back its budget though, which was $28 million, unless foreign grosses do well. The B+ CinemaScore should help word of mouth though.

Johnny Depp's Transcendence followed up its bomb of an opening weekend with a very hefty drop. The sci-fi thriller fell 62%, finishing with $4.1 million over the three-day frame, down two spots to #6. This is going to go down as a pretty legendary flop at this point, with just $18.5 million domestically right now and $35.9 million worldwide. The budget for the movie was $100 million, which it has absolutely no chance of making back.

Speaking of flops, the horror flick The Quiet Ones opened with a whimper and finished at #7 with $4 million, well below the $10 million that was hoped for. The Hammer Films production scored just $1,973 from each of the 2,027 theaters that it opened in thanks to a lackluster marketing campaign that made it look generic and weak reviews. Horror audiences were unsatisfied as well, giving it a low C+ CinemaScore which means it will likely fall heavily next weekend. The movie added $1.1 million overseas for a total gross of $5.1 million. No word as to its production budget but this probably won't be profitable for Hammer and Lionsgate.

Coming in at #8 in its second weekend was DisneyNature's Bears. The nature documentary garnered $3.6 million for a very good 25% drop, capitalizing on Earth Day this past week. That number is much better than recent DisneyNature drop-offs; 2012's Chimpanzee slipped 51% while 2011's African Cats dropped 60%. It's important to note however that both of those films opened higher and thus had farther to drop. Bears has grossed $11.2 million domestically and $11.3 million worldwide. No word on the budget but it will be a success for sure.

Divergent fell two rungs in its sixth weekend, finishing at #9 with $3.6 million. The young adult novel adaptation brought its total gross to $136.5 million domestically and $214.8 million worldwide from an $85 million budget.

A Haunted House 2 had an unsurprisingly hefty drop in its second weekend, down five to #10 with $3.3 million. The horror-comedy fell 63%, which is a bit higher than the first film's 55% and Scary Movie 5's 57%. The film has now grossed $14.3 million from a $4 million budget.

The weekend box office tally was $114.3 million, continuing the trend of impressive improvements upon 2013 with a 24% jump from this weekend's take last year of $92.4 million. That weekend was led by Pain & Gain's $20.2 million opening.

Note: Numbers include Sunday estimates and are three-day estimates. A studio recoups 55% of a film's grosses on average, meaning it needs to approximately double its budget to be profitable during its theatrical run.

BOX OFFICE TOP TEN (Three-Day Numbers)
1. The Other Woman - $24.7 million ($24.7 million total)
2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier - $16 million ($224.9 million total)
3. Heaven is for Real - $13.8 million ($51.9 million total)
4. Rio 2 - $13.7 million ($96.2 million total)
5. Brick Mansions - $9.6 million ($9.6 million total)
6. Transcendence - $4.1 million ($18.5 million total)
7. The Quiet Ones - $4 million ($4 million total)
8. Bears - $3.6 million ($11.2 million total)
9. Divergent - $3.6 million ($136.5 million total)
10. A Haunted House 2 - $3.3 million ($14.3 million total)


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