Box Office: ‘Other Woman’ Unseats ‘Captain America’ With Curvy $24.7 Mil Opening

Disney-Marvel sequel becomes highest-grossing April release domestically

Despite being mostly panned by critics, Fox’s femme-targeted comedy “The Other Woman” proved funny enough for audiences, nabbing the No. 1 domestic spot at the box office with an estimated $24.7 million and unseating “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which grossed $16 million in its fourth frame.

Internationally, Sony’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” continues to raise the bar before its Stateside bow on Friday, grossing an additional $67.2 million for an overseas total of $132 million (of which Imax has contributed a notable $7 million at fewer than 150 engagements).

Competing for second place domestically were holdovers “Captain America” and Sony’s faith-based V.I.P. “Heaven Is for Real,” which estimated $13.8 million Friday-Sunday, down just 39% in its second weekend. So far, “Heaven Is for Real” has cumed $50 million-plus Stateside; “Captain America,” meanwhile, surpassed $225 million, making it the highest-grossing April release ever, surpassing “Fast Five” ($209 million).

Globally, the Disney-Marvel sequel has amassed a whopping $645.2 million, past “Iron Man 2,” which grossed $624 million in 2010.

The Fox comedy, which curated a 25% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, actually saw a 4% uptick Friday-Saturday, indicative of positive word-of-mouth. The PG-13-rated film, starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton, played overwhelmingly best with women contributing 75% and scored a decent ‘B+’ CinemaScore.

“Hearing from theater owners, some of them felt that ‘girls’-night-out’ was a big component this weekend,” said Fox distribution exec Spencer Klein. “That’s how some circuits even promoted the film.”

Klein said the comedy scored best with young girls and expects the audience to expand further over the coming weeks as summer commences.

Among the weekend’s remaining wide newcomers, Relativity Media’s Paul Walker action “Brick Mansions” scored a $9.6 million Stateside debut — a solid start considering the delicate balance the distrib was faced with in marketing the film following Walker’s death.

“We’re pleased with the performance of ‘Brick Mansions,'” a Relativity spokesperson said in a statement. “We delivered Paul’s fans the type of action movie that he loved and was known for around the world.”

And proving there is something as too much of a scary thing, Lionsgate’s horror pic “The Quiet Ones” — the genre’s fourth release in as many months — fell flat with a projected $4 million through Sunday, below even the film’s modest pre-weekend expectations. The scarer received a poor ‘C+’ CinemaScore, though horror films often can prove polarizing.

In limited entry, A24’s third 2014 release, “Locke,” starring Tom Hardy, scored the weekend’s highest per-screen average of $22,303 from four locations. The film, which estimated a total $89,210 in three days, follows the distrib’s specialty success of “Under the Skin” and “Enemy,” both of which have grossed in the $1 million range.

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  1. Matt says:

    Must be a slow news day. Captain America has been out for weeks, of course a movie that just came out is going to top it. Winter Soldier hit $96.2 on opening weekend. Now if The Other Woman beat THAT number, I’d be impressed. It’s never going to reach the $645 million+ Captain America is at unless it stays in theaters for years and for some reason people keep going to it for that long. Sorry for the rant but I can’t believe this article popped up in my Google cards. I thought it beat the opening weekend numbers, not this weekend. Then I found more articles like this. Really? This is news? Come on people!

  2. Ivan says:

    ‘Curvy’ opening?

    Sexist much?

    The irony of course is that Captain America had many more curves. They were just male curves vs female ones. Yet the media would never describe a male action movie in such terms. Now, the work of 3 gifted female comedians are consistently diminished to their physical attributes.

  3. Julienne says:

    Love Leslie Mann…she is the funniest actress in Hollywood.

  4. Locke is a must-see……..Hopefully, it will be released to more theaters nationwide as it’s numbers continue to be impressive.

  5. Jerry says:

    A ‘curvy $24.7 mil opening’? The writer or whoever chose the headline needs to seriously grow up. This isn’t TMZ.

    • Luluinhollywood says:

      Thank you. Thought maybe I was the only one who was rubbed the wrong way with the headline. I hate people being overly PC, but my problem isn’t about political correctness, just poor taste… this ‘curvy’ just seemed a little patronizing… Yes, Variety often does a little play on words in their headlines, but this choice- just didn’t work. It’d be akin to saying Captain America pulled in a ‘beefy’ or ‘hunky’ weekend cume… Just kinda lame.

  6. RizzoRiss says:

    I know that “The Other Woman” is a farce strictly employing a woman’s anatomy for plot, but must the box office figure be “curvy” as well. Clearly that’s lazy headline writing.

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