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.