Weekend Box Office Report: May 2-4 2014

BOX OFFICE REPORT May 2-4, 2014(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)

TOP 51. Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($92.0 million)2. The Other Woman ($14.2 million)3. Heaven is for Real ($8.7 million)4. Captain America II ($7.7 million)5. Rio 2 ($7.6 million)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had a so-so opening to go with being a so-so movie. Its $92 million is less than Captain America's opening a month ago. It's still a better 3-day opening than its predecessor but it's clear some superhero fatigue is setting in. That's a trend I think will continue throughout the summer. The movie is doing gangbusters overseas, so there's no way Sony will regret already green-lighting two more sequels, at least not immediately.

As the only wide release this weekend, there was a huge gap between it and the rest of the pack. The Other Woman dropped to No. 2, losing about 50 percent. It's already made back its budget. Heaven is for Real finally surpassed Captain America. It's now made $65 million.

Cap is still a few million shy of being the No. 1 movie of 2014 so far. And with a whole slew of blockbusters coming our way, it may not ever get there. Rio 2 continued to be a wounded bird. It's only made $106 million through four weeks.

Outside the top 5: - This Weekend's Indie Champ: Belle, a loose historical account about Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate daughter of a Royal Navy admiral who was raised as a debutante. It averaged $26,250 on on four screens.

- Walk of Shame had a shameful opening indeed. It started on 51 screens, but only averaged about $745.

- Even Ida, a Polish film about a young nun, did better than that raunchy romantic comedy with Elizabeth Banks and James Marsden. It made $50,000 on just three screens.

Next week: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will continue to be No. 1, but Neighbors will have a strong debut, with around $40 million. Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return will be one of those record-setting flops. I think $5 million would be generous.


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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