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'The Other Woman' Beats Out 'Captain America' for Top Spot; 'Transcendence' Is Disaster

Photo of Tom Brueggemann By Tom Brueggemann | Thompson on Hollywood April 26, 2014 at 6:26PM

Nick Cassavetes' female-centric "The Other Woman" (20th Century Fox) took in $9.3 million yesterday, more than double the gross of any other film yesterday as it heads for a clear weekend victory. The Cameron Diaz-starring comedy looks to come close to the opening gross of "Bridesmaids" in 2011. That smash hit did $7.8 million on its first day before strong word of mouth and a long summer run propelled it to a $169 million domestic total.
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'The Other Woman'
'The Other Woman'

Nick Cassavetes' "The Other Woman" (20th Century Fox) took in $9.3 million yesterday, more than double the gross of any other film as it heads for a clear weekend victory. The Cameron Diaz revenge comedy will come close to the opening gross of raunchfest "Bridesmaids" in 2011. That smash hit did $7.8 million on its first day before strong word of mouth and a long summer run propelled it to a $169 million domestic total.

Johansson in 'Winter Soldier'
Johansson in 'Winter Soldier'

The robust women's comedy finally topped "Captain America - The Winter Soldier" (Buena Vista), which took second place with $4.5 million. Close behind is "Heaven Is for Real" (Sony), grossing $4.05 million, with a chance to challenge for the full weekend second spot. This low-budget faith-based film already looks to be one of the most profitable films of the year. Its decent hold suggests a lengthy run ahead and a shot to reach $100 million.

Two new openers fell behind the leaders. Relativity's acquisition of European-financed Detroit drama "Brick Mansions" was #4 for the day (though likely to fall to #5 for the weekend) with $3.6 million. The action film starring the late Paul Walker is an English language remake of 2006's "District B13" (released stateside by Magnolia). "The Quiet Ones" (Lionsgate), a British horror film, continues this year's consistent trend: lagging interest in the horror genre. It came in at #6 with only $1.5 million.

This weekend's solid start led the way to a Top 10 daily take of $30 million, 25% better than the same Friday last year. This week completes the first third of 2014, with grosses about 9% ahead so far for 2014. Next week's release of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" (Sony) will begin what the industry considers Summer, which last year turned around what had been a disastrous initial four months. With projections (not always accurate) that the upcoming slate doesn't equal Summer 2013, any built-in lead so far could keep the year from falling short.

The other holdovers in the Top 10 suffer from comparison to last week's holiday Friday. "Rio 2" (20th Century Fox)  took #5 with $3.275 million. Down 75% and only #7, and likely to drop another notch for the full weekend, was Warner Bros.' disastrous "Transcendence," taking in only $1.25 million. Lagging further behind were #8 "Bears" (Buena Vista), $1.2 million, #9 "Divergent" (Lionsgate) at $1 million and #10 "A Haunted House 2" (Open Road) with $970,000.

This article is related to: Box Office Top Ten, Box Office, Box Office, Transcendence, The Other Woman, Captain America: The Winter Soldier


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.