The femme-fueled movie easilyÂ beat a superhero blockbuster at the box office this weekend.
After three-week-long victory at the box office, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has been beatÂ by “The Other Woman” for the No. 1 spot.
Fox’s revenge comedy, that featuresÂ Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton, hit theatresÂ with $24.7 million at its debut, while Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America,” withÂ Chris Evans, grossed $16 million in its fourth weekend, bringing its domestic total to $225 million.
The PG-13 rating of the Nick Cassavetes’s movie “The Other Woman” â about three women wronged by a three-timing spouse played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau of “Game of Thrones” â was one of the reasons of such popularity, explainedÂ Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst of box-office tracker Rentrak.
“The rating was perfect,” he said. “If you are going for the mainstream audience who is looking for something that has a little bit of an edge, but not too much, you can hit that sweet spot and draw a large audience.”
Dergarabedian also admitted that the released date was also set quite successfully:Â “This was the perfect time to release this film, between the success of ‘Captain America’ and before the official start of the summer movie season with ‘Spider-Man 2.’ ”
Hollywood has not yet producedÂ a comedy do especially well at the box office in 2014 since “Ride Along,” which hit theatres back in January. Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” exceeded expectationsÂ surprisinglyÂ earningÂ over $131 million worldwide.
However,Â Jason Bateman’s “Bad Words” scoredÂ only $7.7 million domestically while Tyler Perry’s “The Single Moms Club” brought its creatorsÂ just $16 million domestically.
It’s also known as most of Perry’s pictures have grossed over $40 million domestically. Marlon Wayans’ sequel “A Haunted House 2” opened with $8.8 million, drastically down from the original’s $18 million debut.
“Sometimes it’s about casting,” Dergarabedian said. “When you have Cameron Diaz in a comedy like this, it’s hard not to knock it out of the park. This film is right in her wheelhouse. This is what she does best.”
“The Other Woman” brought Fox aboutÂ $12.8 million internationally, scoring its worldwide total to $45.3 million.
“Sony’s faith-based “Heaven Is for Real,” starring Greg Kinnear, held the third-place position with $13.8 million after opening in the same slot last weekend behind leaders “Captain America” and Fox’s animated “Rio 2,” which drifted down to fourth place with $13.7 million,” the Huffington Post writes.
“Notably, Mann, who voices a character in “Rio 2,” now has two films in the top five this weekend,” the publication notes.
Action crime drama “Brick Mansions,”Â featuring passed awayÂ Paul Walker, was No. 5 at this weekend’s office with earned $9.6 million. The pictureÂ was one of the last the actorÂ completed before he died in a car accident in November.
It’s a solid debut for “Brick Mansions” after the film was pushed back from its original release date in February.
Johnny Depp’s “Transcendence” lost its positionsÂ from No. 4 to No. 6 in its second weekend, earning $4.1 million. The Warner Bros. film is Depp’s third consecutive flop after 2013’s Western “The Lone Ranger,” in which he played Tonto, and 2012 quirky vampire flick “Dark Shadows.”