'Other Woman' seizes box office crown from 'Captain America'
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - "The Other Woman," a female-centered comedy about marital infidelity, elbowed aside three-time box office champion "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" to win the race at U.S. and Canadian theaters this weekend.
"The Other Woman" had ticket sales of $24.7 million, while "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" took in $16 million, bringing its total domestic sales since its April 4 release to $225 million.
The PG-rated faith-based drama "Heaven Is for Real" came in third with $13.8 million for the period of Friday through Sunday, according to estimates from box office tracking firm Rentrak.
"The Other Woman", starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton as women dating the same married man, overcame largely negative reviews to far surpass industry expectations of an opening weekend in the region of $17 million.
The $40 million film also stars Leslie Mann as the wife who teams up with the two women to get revenge on her cheating husband, played by Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, known for his role as Jaime Lannister in the popular HBO series "Game of Thrones".
"We significantly overperformed," said Spencer Klein, senior vice president general sales manager for 20th Century Fox, the unit of Twenty-First Century Fox that released the film.
"'The Other Woman' once again proves the power of female comedies," Klein said, adding that timing also contributed to its success.
"It's been a while for a female-driven comedy like this," he said, noting the movie had become something of a "girls' night out" experience and had played well in all areas of the country. Continued...