In the final weekend before the summer movie season starts, it seemed likely that the three-in-a-row champion Captain America: The Winter Soldier was going to win yet again, since the new releases were the usual collection of end-of-spring leftovers. And yet the Nick Cassavetes-directed and Cameron Diaz-starring romcom The Other Woman, which had pretty negative reviews coming out of the gate, managed to knock the Captain out of the top spot. Woman took in $24.7 million for the weekend, a high debut for a female-centric film and Cameron Diaz’s best opening weekend since Bad Teacher. Unsurprisingly, the audience was primarily female (75 percent) proving yet again that women do indeed go to the movies.
The weekend’s other two new releases did fairly weak business, as expected. The remake of District B13, Brick Mansions, also the final acting role for Paul Walker, opened in fifth place with $9.6 million, slightly less than other action films of its sort have opened with in recent months. Unsurprisingly, the audience for this one was primarily male (58 percent), and it’s likely the movie will bleed fast with Spidey and Godzilla in the coming weeks. Hot on the heels of Oculus (remember that one?) also came The Quiet Ones, which opened with $4 million in seventh place. That’s one of the lowest-grossing wide releases to come out this year and one of the worst openings for a supernatural horror movie ever. It seems that this trend is, at long last, mercifully dying.
Older releases all managed to hold fairly well. Captain America went down to second place with $16 million and $224 million overall, putting it on track to become the third highest grossing Marvel movie worldwide behind The Avengers and Iron Man 3. Heaven Is For Real managed to hold onto the Easter audience in third place with $13.8 million and $51 million overall, continuing this year’s surprising success for Christian-themed movies. And the exception to the hold rule was last week’s Transcendence, which fell 62 percent and made $4.1 million for an $18.4 million overall gross. Transcendence is now the first major big budget bomb of 2014, just in time for summer.