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Weekend Box Office: ‘The Other Woman’ is On Top, But Does It Have Legs?

The Other Woman: Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton

Enjoy the moment. 

The headlines are all about the trio from “The Other Woman” taking down super-soldier Captain America, but that’s the usual misleading. It’s more like the first weekend of “The Other Woman” prevented “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” from remaining atop the box office for a fourth weekend in a row.

Here’s the top 5, according to Box Office Mojo:

  1. The Other Woman: $24.7 million
  2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier: $16 million
  3. Heaven is for Real: $13.8 million
  4. Rio 2: $13.6 million
  5. Brick Mansions: $9.6 million

“Woman”’s $24.7 million is similar to what “Bridesmaids” grossed when it opened in May 2011 ($26.2m), but don’t expect a repeat. “Bridesmaids” had legs because it was good; “The Other Woman” won’t because it’s not. Word will spread. Female moviegoers tend to have higher standards than their male counterparts; they don’t want to see shite. I don’t make many predictions but I’ll make that one: a steep fall-off for “The Other Woman” next weekend.

Overall, “Captain America” has now grossed $224.8 million domestically and $645 million worldwide. That’s the best of 2014 and 73rd all-time.

Will it soon be swamped by “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”? The sequel to the reboot opened overseas this weekend and grossed $132 million, which is almost twice what “Captain America” did the weekend before it opened in the U.S. ($75.2 million). We’ll see how Spidey slings it in the U.S. next weekend. (The reviews so far have been mixed.)

Back home, Johnny Depp’s “Transcendence” dropped 62% to finished sixth, and “God’s Not Dead” broke the $50 million mark with a $2.8 millon weekend and 11th place.

Until next weekend. (Thwip!)

Posted at 12:27 PM on Sun. Apr 27, 2014 in category Movies - Box Office  
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