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Weekend B.O. May 2-4 (How Did ‘Belle’ Do?)

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by Sergio
May 4, 2014 12:29 PM
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Of course the big box office news this weekend is The Amazing Spider Man 2, but we’ll get to that in a second. Let’s start off first with another major release that opened on Friday, that’s not getting quite as much attention.

I’m referring of course to Amma Asante’s period drama Belle, which Fox Searchlight opened in a very limited release, on just four screens nationwide this weekend - in New York and Los Angeles - to an excellent $105,000 for the weekend, averaging over $26,000 per theater.

That's a solid start for the film which, over the next several weeks, will open on even more screens, in more cities, and we will be, of course, tracking its progress. 

But excellent reviews, good word of mouth and effective counter programming for audiences looking for something other than the huge tentpole CGI laden movies, should guarantee a solid box office performance for the film over the long term.

As for that other film, you know, The Amazing Spider Man 2, it did as expected, dominating the weekend box office with an equally amazing $92 million, far surpassing the $62 million that the first ASM film opened with in 2012, and coming very close, but not beating the $95 million that Captain America: The Winter Solider earned in its first weekend.

However, reviews of the movie, and word of mouth, so far, have not been kind (and justified if you ask me), and the competition in the next few weeks is going to be very heavy, so it’s still up in the air if the sequel will surpass or equal the $752 million worldwide total of the first film.

Last week’s no. one film - The Other Woman - came in in second place; and faith based film God’s Not Dead has become spring’s official sleeper hit, with a very good $55.5 million so far.

1) The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Sony $92,000,000 
2) The Other Woman  Fox $14,200,000 Total: $47,345,000  
3)  Heaven is for Real TriS $8,700,000 Total: $65,600,000 
4) Captain America: The Winter Soldier BV $7,762,000Total:  $237,143,000 
5) Rio 2 Fox $7,600,000 Total: $106,470,000 
6) Brick Mansions Rela. $3,545,000 Total: $15,482,000 
7) Divergent LG/S $2,175,000 Total: $142,662,000  
8) The Quiet Ones LGF $2,000,000 Total: $6,761,000 
9) The Grand Budapest Hotel FoxS $1,735,000 Total: $51,506,000 
10) God's Not Dead Free $1,725,000 Total:  $55,520,000 
11) Bears BV $1,623,000 Total: $14,279,000 
12) Draft Day LG/S $1,425,000 Total: $26,469,000
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  • Daryl | May 5, 2014 1:26 PMReply

    Another example of what I've been saying, a small black indie film that don't play to stereotypes gets no love, but an article on why Noah don't have no black people in it or Tyler Perry movie gets a whole bunch of comments. Unitl we start utilizing our buying power nothing is going to change, we are just going to compalin and wait for hollywood to do the right thing. Change happens with action, that's the thing too many of us don't understand we think we can talk things into changing. By the way did anybody on this site check out Tanarive Due short film. It's free and last time I looked it had 1700 views. If we want even check out something that's free that don't play into stereotypes by an accomplished black author that tells different stories about black people like sci fi and horror, how can we complain about why we see the same stuff over and over if that's all we are trying to see.

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