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‘Captain America’ Defeated By ‘The Other Woman’!

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With a certain Marvel dominating the box office Stateside in recent weeks, it was the turn of the female demographic-targeted film to sharpen its nails once more in a bid for box office supremacy.

Starring Knocked Up’s Leslie Mann and thankfully removed from a certain windshield, The Counselor’s Cameron Diaz, latest Rom-Com ‘The Other Woman’ comfortably landed in the top spot this weekend with a healthy taking of $24.7 million, marking Diaz’s strongest opening since 2011’s ‘Bad Teacher’ alongside Jason Segel ($31.7 million).

Ending a three week reign,  ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ slipped down to second place in a week that has seen the superhero sequel surpass the $200 million mark domestically. Adding another $16 million to its tally, the film has easily beaten out its predecessor ‘The First Avenger’ ($176.6 million).

Elsewhere, we had new releases in the form of ‘Brick Mansions’, one of the final films starring Fast and Furious franchise star Paul Walker whom sadly passed away earlier this year. In addition, Hammer unleashed their latest chiller ‘The Quiet Ones’ starring ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’s Sam Claflin. Both films struggled to attract American audiences, with such efforts landing in fifth ($9.6 million) and seventh ($4 million) place respectfully.

Here’s the rundown in full:

1. The Other Woman $24.7 million

2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier $16 million

3. Heaven Is For Real $13.8 million

4. Rio 2 $13.6 million

5. Brick Mansions $9.6 million

6. Transcendence $4.1 million

7. The Quiet Ones $4 million

8. Bears $3.606 million

9. Divergent $3.6 million

10. A Haunted House 2 $3.2 million

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The Grinch Debuts To $78M Worldwide, Venom Dominates China With $111M Opening

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Evidently, early November isn’t too soon to start celebrating Christmas, as The Grinch opened to a domestic cume of $66 million.

Internationally, the animated family comedy pulled in a further $12.7 million, for a global start of $78.7 million. Those numbers may not seem over the top, but they do mark the highest opening for a Christmas film of all time, and given the traditionally long theatrical runs of yuletide flicks, Illumination could be looking at a serious moneymaker in the coming weeks.

Elsewhere, Venom opened incredibly strong in the middle kingdom this weekend, with a frankly ridiculous $111 million debut in China.

Not only is that an absolutely ludicrous figure (more than enough to keep The Grinch off the worldwide top spot), and over the $100 million price tag that the flick cost to make, but it also makes it the second-highest opening for a superhero movie ever in the country – behind only Avengers: Infinity War. The film’s wild over-performance means that Venom has now passed $673.5 million worldwide, and looks set to comfortably eke past the $700 million mark.

Still holding on elsewhere, Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody drew in a further $63.1 million, taking its international score up to a cool $285 million. Also carrying over from last week, Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms managed to rustle together another $13.5 million internationally. The holiday feature was dead on arrival in the US, where it’s scarcely managed to pass $35 million. The costly fantasy adventure carries a $125 million price tag, and has scored just $96.7 million globally.

Next week will see the release of Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, due out on the 16th of November.

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The Grinch Eyeing $60M+ Opening Weekend

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The Grinch, Universal and Illumination’s latest animated feature together, is on track to score between $55 million and $65 million when it opens in the US this weekend.

The family comedy is expected to blow both The Girl In the Spider’s Web and Overlord, the other two newcomers hitting screens alongside it, well out of the water.

An adaptation of the classic Dr. Seuss storybook, from Despicable Me studio Illumination, The Grinch will star Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular miserable curmudgeon who detests the holiday season. Joining Cumberbatch in the voice cast are Parks and Recreation’s Rashida Jones, SNL’s Kenan Thompson, Beauty and the Beast’s Angela Lansbury, and hip-hop star Pharrell Williams as the narrator.

The Grinch releases in UK cinemas from this Friday, and is rated U.

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Bohemian Rhapsody Rocks Box Office With $122M Global Opening, Nutcracker Flops

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Musical biopic Bohemian Rhapsody had a big opening this weekend. Freddie would be proud.

The Queen feature, which stars Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) as the band’s beloved charismatic lead, took in a staggering $122.5 million in its opening weekend; outperforming domestic expectations to score $50 million in the States alone, making it the second-highest US opening for a musical biopic of all time (behind only 2015’s N.W.A. flick Straight Outta Compton, which garnered $60 million on its release).

Bohemian Rhapsody fended off competition from Disney’s family fantasy The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, which landed with an almighty thud, only pulling in $20 million across the pond – ironic given that Rhapsody will be one of the last 20th Century Fox features to be released prior to the finalisation of the two companies’ merger.

In total, with last week’s early UK release of the film, the Freddie Mercury biopic currently sits at an impressive $141.7 million, on a budget of just $50 million.

The film’s prospects had been shaky for a moment there, as early reviews seemed to have done some harm to the feature’s chances – critics unilaterally praised Malek’s performance (which is already garnering Oscar buzz) but were more lukewarm on the rest of the picture. In a statement to press, Fox’s head of domestic distribution Chris Aronson said: “I’m not surprised there’s a disconnect, but audiences didn’t miss it. That’s the power of word of mouth — and Queen and their music.”

Disney, however, were considerably less candid about Nutcracker’s debut, with the House of Mouse’s president of domestic distribution Cathleen Taff saying: “Obviously, it’s not the start we were looking for, but it’s a great family friendly option. Sometimes it doesn’t connect as broadly as we want it to.”

Bohemian Rhapsody and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms are both in UK cinemas now, rated 12A and PG respectively.

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