Weekend Box Office Report: April 25-27 2014

BOX OFFICE REPORT April 25-27, 2014(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)

TOP 51. The Other Woman ($24.7 million)2. Captain America II ($16.0 million)3. Heaven is for Real ($13.8 million)4. Rio 2 ($13.6 million)5. Brick Mansions ($9.6 million)

It took four weeks and a trio of women, but Captain America has finally been defeated. In The Other Woman, Leslie Mann and Cameron Diaz joined Kate Upton to seek revenge on the man who had been cheating on all of them. The raunchy comedy made $24.7 million despite awful reviews. It once again shows that Hollywood has so few movies marketed toward women that audiences will turn out for almost anything, even if it's terrible.

The Winter Soldier is now the second-biggest movie of 2014 domestically and will finish as the highest-grossing Marvel movie without Iron Man or Spider-Man (for now). It surprisingly held off Heaven is for Real, which has nearly outgrossed God's Not Dead and Son of God in only two weeks.

Finally, Brick Mansions managed to pique the curiosity of action junkies and Paul Walker fans. It made $9.6 million, far ahead of Transcendence in its second week (which took a major dip along with A Haunted House 2).

Outside the top 5: - This Weekend's Indie Champ: Locke, Tom Hardy's harrowing one-man show. It averaged $22,300 on each of its four screens.

- After 155 days in theaters, Frozen finally joined the $400 Million Club.

- Walking with the Enemy, about an man going undercover with the S.S. to avoid capture, was D.O.A. It only made $357,000 on 258 theaters, for a weak average of only $1,384.

Next week: And so it begins. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is the only major release. Despite lukewarm reviews and perhaps the onset of superhero fatigue, it will be the No. 1 movie by a wide margin. The first made $62 million its first weekend (but with its early opening had racked up $137 million). Anything under $80 million would be a significant disappointment.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.

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