Tuesday, 29 April 2014


Not all female critics were as enamoured, but female cinemagoers definitely were. The Other Woman rallied to almost $20 million from women alone, and a $24.8 million debut in first place. It knocked three-time weekend champ Captain America: The Winter Soldier down to second, though its $16.2 million was down just 36.6% on last weekend. Other new wide releases were not nearly as successful as The Other Woman: Brick Mansions could have done a lot worse (Paul Walker's presence may have bumped its takings up), but it could have done a lot better too - the remake of District B13  opened in fifth place with $9.5 million. And The Quiet Ones was a huge disaster - $3.9 million is both the lowest opening for a film in over 2,000 theatres so far this year, and the lowest ever in as many theatres for a supernatural horror movie. Drops up top were light enough that Disneynature's Bears ascended from tenth to eighth, and Heaven is for Real nor Rio 2 fell below only one of the weekend's new films. But Transcendence was the exception here, as one might expect - $4.2 million for these three days ought to be enough to ensure that Wally Pfister's directorial debut doesn't even recoup a quarter of its budget at the domestic box office. No wonder Warner Bros. spent so little on marketing. Among new releases. In limited release, there was a decent opening for Venice Film Festival hit Locke, with over $20k per-theatre, but softer starts for Cannes screeners from last year: The German Doctor, Blue Ruin and Jeune & Jolie could none of them muster more than $7k per-theatre.

Top 10
  1. The Other Woman ($24,763,752)
  2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($16,219,025)
  3. Heaven is for Real ($14,351,252)
  4. Rio 2 ($13,881,457)
  5. Brick Mansions ($9,516,855)
  6. Transcendence ($4,226,339)
  7. The Quiet Ones ($3,880,053)
  8. Bears ($3,734,588)
  9. Divergent ($3,658,966)
  10. A Haunted House 2 ($3,202,679)