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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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22 Jump Street ‘Slays’ Dragon Sequel!

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This weekend, it was the playful bromance of Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill’s crime-busting Jenko and Schmidt, taking on the animated might of DreamWorks as they unleash a hotly anticipated sequel.

Considering it didn’t have the luxury of being able to hit such a broad demographic, ’22 Jump Street’ took many by surprise this weekend in the US by landing the top spot. A follow-up which has proved a worthy exception to the barrage of disappointing comedy sequels in recent times, the film scored an impressive $57.1 million in its opening weekend, $21 million up on its predecessor.

Despite falling short of box office supremacy, ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2’ followed in the footsteps of ’22’ by improving on its beloved original. Landing in the runner-up spot, the film boasting the voices of Jay Baruchel and Cate Blanchett opened with $49.4 million, a reasonable jump from the first film’s $43.7 million opening bow.

In a weekend which saw last week’s heartfelt champion ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ starring Shailene Woodley tumble to fifth position with $14.7 million, it was left to Angelina Jolie’s ‘Maleficent’ to complete the top three, gaining $18.5 million in its third week of release.

Here’s the rundown in full:

1) 22 Jump Street $57.1 million

2) How To Train Your Dragon 2 $49.4 million

3) Maleficent $18.5 million

4) Edge Of Tomorrow $16.5 million

5) The Fault In Our Stars $14.7 million

6) X-Men: Days Of Future Past $9.8 million

7) Godzilla $3.3 million

8) A Million Ways To Die In The West $3.2 million

9) Bad Neighbours $2.3 million

10) Chef $2.1 million

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Jolie Beats Mcfarlane in Box Office Shootout!

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This weekend with X Men’s superhuman ensemble eager to retain their box office supremacy, two new releases duked it out in the form of Disney’s ‘Maleficent’, a twist on the classic ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and Seth Mcfarlane’s follow-up to Ted, comedic western ‘A Million Ways To Die In The West.

On this occasion, it was Angelina’s vamped-up turn which beat out Mcfarlane’s obscenities Stateside and with considerable ease. In what proved to be the biggest opening weekend for Jolie personally (Kung Fu Panda the previous best with $60.2 million), ‘Maleficent’ conjured up $70 million on its debut to easily take the top spot.

Settling for second place, ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ added $32.6 million to its tally ($162 million as it stands), leaving the latest instalment in a respectable position domestically to beat the series’ current leader ‘The Last Stand’ ($234 million).

As for Family Guy creator Seth Mcfarlane, ‘A Million Ways To Die In The West’ proved a disappointment at both the box office and with critics. Completing the top three and boasting a cast including Charlize Theron, the film only managed $17 million which was a considerable step down on Mcfarlane’s directorial debut (Ted grossing $54 million).

Here’s the rundown in full:

1. Maleficent $70 million

2. X-Men: Days Of Future Past $32.6 million

3. A Million Ways To Die In The West $17 million

4. Godzilla $12.2 million

5. Blended $8.4 million

6. Bad Neighbours $7.7 million

7. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $3.77 million

8. Billion Dollar Arm $3.7 million

9. Chef $2 million

10. The Other Woman $1.4 million

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X-Men Days Of Future Past Dominates Memorial Weekend!

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A meeting of two generations through a audacious time-hopping premise, boasting a star-studded who’s who which rivals could easily match a fellow Marvel ‘crown jewel’ in The Avengers. Stateside audiences were clearly enthused about up the idea of First Class’ Jennifer Lawrence, James Mcavoy and Michael Fassbender sharing the screen with the original mutants Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian Mckellen.

Its only rival arriving in the form of a ’50 First Dates’ related reunion, ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ won the Memorial Day weekend with ease. Domestically, it just fell short of the series benchmark with its champ often considered the weakest instalment of the franchise ‘The Last Stand’ ($102.7 million). Yet in comparison to its recent efforts in the form of Matthew Vaughn’s ‘First Class’ ($55.1 million) and James Mangold’s ‘The Wolverine’ ($53.1 million), it was a sizeable improvement raking in an impressive $90.8 million.

Dropping to second place was Gareth Edward’s ‘Godzilla’, suffering a sizeable drop in its fortunes with $30 million in its second frame. The 2014 version has already surpassed the total domestic gross of Roland Emmerich’s 1998 effort ($136.6 million), currently standing at $155 million.

Completing the top three was another Warner Bros’ effort, with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore back on our screens in ‘Blended’. Once again tarnished with underwhelming reviews, the film could only muster $14.2 million on its opening weekend.

Here’s the rundown in full:

1. X-Men Days Of Future Past $90.8 million

2. Godzilla $30 million

3. Blended $14.2 million

4. Bad Neighbours $14 million

5. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $7.8 million

6. Million Dollar Arm $6.9 million

7. The Other Woman $3.7 million

8. Rio 2 $2.4 million

9. Chef $2.2 million

10. Heaven Is For Real $2 million

 

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