April 27 (Bloomberg) -- “The Other Woman,” a romantic comedy from 21st Century Fox Inc. starring Cameron Diaz, edged aside “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” the returning superhero blockbuster, to take first place in its weekend debut.
The new movie collected $24.7 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters, Rentrak Corp. said in an e-mailed statement today. “The Winter Soldier” generated $16 million for Walt Disney Co. to place second after three weeks at the top. “Heaven Is for Real,” the returning faith-based movie from Sony Corp. starring Greg Kinnear, had receipts of $13.8 million to place third.
“The Other Woman,” which opened to negative reviews, achieved the top spot on a traditionally slow weekend in Hollywood’s calendar ahead of the summer blockbuster season this week that kicks off with the release of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” The Diaz movie was projected to collect $16.5 million by BoxOffice.com, a downgrade from the researcher’s earlier forecast of $18 million.
“This weekend is often thought of as the calm before the storm,” said Phil Contrino, chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “‘The Other Woman’ seems smart counterprogramming, with the market ready for something aimed at women.”
“The Other Woman,” which also features Leslie Mann and Kate Upton, tells the story of Carly (Diaz), who discovers not only that her boyfriend is married but is also having another affair. All three women team up to plot mutual revenge on the three-timer.
The movie generated a positive rating of just 24 percent on Rottentomatoes.com., a review aggregator.
“Diaz has her hands full,” wrote Stephen Holden in the New York Times. “This female revenge comedy is so dumb, lazy, clumsily assembled and unoriginal, it could crush any actor forced to execute its leaden slapstick gags and mouth its crude, humorless dialogue.”
The movie follows Diaz’s last outing, “The Counselor,” the thriller released by Fox in October, which collected a disappointing $7.8 million in its debut.
Since its release on April 4, in the biggest opening of the year, “The Winter Soldier” has taken in $208.8 million domestically as of April 24, according to Box Office Mojo. The success of the film highlights the popularity of Disney’s Marvel superheroes and the decision to release a blockbuster earlier than usual before the summer rush of competing pictures. It was forecast to garner $15.3 million this weekend.
The movie picks up the story of super-soldier Steve Rogers, played by Chris Evans, who battles a Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, it cost an estimated $170 million to produce, according to Box Office Mojo.
“Heaven Is for Real” has been buoyed by favorable reviews and the swell of biblical and religion-based movies released earlier this year that have also achieved success, including “Son of God” from Fox and “Noah” from Paramount Pictures. The movie, projected to collect $15.2 million in its second weekend by BoxOffice.com, has taken in $38.1 million domestically as of April 24, according to Box Office Mojo.
The film features Kinnear as a small-town father who backs up his young son after the boy glimpses the afterlife during a near-death experience.
“Transcendence,” the sci-fi thriller starring Johnny Depp that opened last weekend, slipped to sixth place, to collect $4.1 million for Warner Bros. It was projected to garner $4.7 million. After missing estimates on its debut last weekend, Warner Bros. said the movie had failed to connect with audiences, and leaves Depp still seeking a comeback film after “The Lone Ranger,” his tentpole picture with Disney, flopped last summer.
“Transcendence” took in $10.7 million in its opening weekend in China, just shy of its domestic debut of $10.9 million, as Depp made a promotional visit to the country.
In the two other new releases this weekend, “Brick Mansions” from Relativity Media LLC collected $9.6 million to place fifth.
It features the late Paul Walker as an undercover Detroit cop who works with an ex-con to bring down a crime lord and thwart his plot to devastate the entire city. It garnered a 29 percent positive rating on Rottentomatoes.com and was estimated to collect $8.5 million.
“The Quiet Ones” ranked seventh, taking in $4 million for Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. The horror film, about a university professor and a team of students who conduct an experiment on a young woman, and uncover terrifying forces in the process, had been forecast to collect $4.8 million. It got a 39 percent favorable rating on Rottentomatoes.com.
Weekend revenue for the top 10 films rose 23 percent to $96.4 million from the year-earlier period, Rentrak said. Domestic box-office sales year to date are $3.14 billion, up 9.4 percent from a year earlier.
The following table has U.S. movie box-office figures provided by studios to Rentrak. The amounts are based on gross ticket sales for April 25 and April 26 and estimates for today.
Rev. Pct. Avg./ Total Movie (mln) Chg. Theaters Theater (mln) Wks =============================================================== 1 THE OTHER WOMAN $24.7 -- 3,205 $7,707 $24.7 1 2 CAPTAIN AMERICA 16.0 -37 3,620 4,433 224.9 4 3 HEAVEN IS FOR REAL 13.8 -39 2,705 5,102 51.9 2 4 RIO 2 13.7 -38 3,703 3,686 96.2 3 5 BRICK MANSIONS 9.6 -- 2,647 3,627 9.6 1 6 TRANSCENDENCE 4.1 -62 3,455 1,188 18.5 2 7 THE QUIET ONES 4.0 -- 2,027 1,973 4.0 1 8 BEARS 3.61 -25 1,720 2,097 11.2 2 9 DIVERGENT 3.6 -36 2,066 1,742 139.5 6 10 HAUNTED HOUSE 3.3 -63 2,310 1,413 14.2 2 Top 10 Films Grosses This Week Year Ago Pct. (mln) (mln) Chg. =================================== $96.4 $78.1 +23.4 Year-to-date Revenue 2014 2013 YTD YTD Pct. (mln) (mln) Chg. ================================== $3,137 $2,867 +9.4 Source: Rentrak Corp.
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