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Weekend Box Office Report: May 2-4, 2014

05.04.2014

Amazing Spider-Man 2 climbs to the top!

The rebooted wall-crawler returned to theaters in a big way this weekend as THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 opened at #1 with $92 million!

The sequel's first-weekend performance was far better than THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (also directed by Marc Webb), which opened in July 2012 with $62 million. However, Andrew Garfield's second time in the websuit didn't even come close to the major release that opened over this same weekend last year, when IRON MAN 3 launched with a whopping $174.1 million.

On the topic of Marvel superhero sequels, the opening for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 also didn't overcome last month's CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, which started out with $95 million on its first weekend (although Cap did have the benefit of a post-AVENGERS bump). 

Spidey's second (well, technically fifth) big-screen blockbuster, carrying a reported production cost over $250 million, has already ensnared an additional $277 million from the international crowds who got to check out the adventure a week earlier than North America. The first AMAZING SPIDER-MAN finished with $262 million domestic and $752 million globally (less than any of Sam Raimi's trilogy).

Critics weren't kind to the villain-packed sequel (54% on Rotten Tomatoes, compared to the 73% average for the first AMAZING), but audiences mostly cheered the web-slinger with a 'B+' CinemaScore (and an 'A-' average from the viewers in the coveted under-25 demographic).

Coming in second was last week's winner THE OTHER WOMAN with $14.2 million, a drop of 42% -- fairly respectable considering the Cameron Diaz comedy was facing one of the summer's biggest new releases. Hanging onto third place was HEAVEN IS FOR REAL with $8.7 million and a $65.6 million total after three weeks in theaters.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER skidded down to fourth place with $7.7 million in its fifth weekend (it's up to $680 million worldwide), followed closely by RIO 2 with $7.6 million.

The bottom half of the chart got pretty beat up in the scuffle with your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, with last week's new PG-13 action flick BRICK MANSIONS keeping ahead of DIVERGENT (now seven weeks in the Top 10) and the low-budget horror release THE QUIET ONES, while GOD'S NOT DEAD and THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL resurfaced on the list to fight for last place.

Outside the chart, TRANSCENDENCE disappeared after just two weeks in the Top 10 (it may be lucky to crack $100 million worldwide), along with Disney's documentary BEARS and the spoof A HAUNTED HOUSE 2. In limited release, the British period drama BELLE had a decent $26k per-screen average, while the Elizabeth Banks romcom WALK OF SHAME got dumped with just $38k total on 51 screens.

Next weekend brings the R-rated Seth Rogen comedy NEIGHBORS and the animated LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY'S RETURN, plus limited releases of Jon Favreau's food comedy CHEF, the Jesse Eisenberg doppelganger drama THE DOUBLE, the James Franco indie PALO ALTO , the Philip Seymour Hoffman drama GOD'S POCKET (directed by "Mad Men" co-star John Slattery) and the comedy MOM'S NIGHT OUT.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $92 M
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2. The Other Woman $14.2 M $47.3 M
3. Heaven Is for Real $8.7 M $65.6 M
4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier $7.7 M $237.1 M
5. Rio 2 $7.6 M $106.4 M
6. Brick Mansions $3.5 M $15.4 M
7. Divergent $2.1 M $142.6 M
8. The Quiet Ones $2 M $6.7 M
9. The Grand Budapest Hotel $1.7 M $51.5 M
10. God's Not Dead $1.7 M $55.5 M

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11:30AM on 05/05/2014

A GOOD SEQUEL

Having twitched it twice I really enjoyed this movie. It works just like a comic. All the right action scenes and near perfect casting. Both leads have a decent chemistry and the villains are quite interesting. I love the Garfield characterisation of Spidey, playful and fun. First 3d film I saw where I felt like the effects were worthy of an extra glance. The style of this movie is far better than the whinny couple portrayed by Maguire and Dunst,
Having twitched it twice I really enjoyed this movie. It works just like a comic. All the right action scenes and near perfect casting. Both leads have a decent chemistry and the villains are quite interesting. I love the Garfield characterisation of Spidey, playful and fun. First 3d film I saw where I felt like the effects were worthy of an extra glance. The style of this movie is far better than the whinny couple portrayed by Maguire and Dunst,
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10:47AM on 05/05/2014

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Happy for Spidey! Not sure how the film will hold up with all the negative reviews from critics and some from fans, but I hope the film does well. Definitely a fun movie.
Happy for Spidey! Not sure how the film will hold up with all the negative reviews from critics and some from fans, but I hope the film does well. Definitely a fun movie.
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8:32AM on 05/05/2014
Glad to see the negative reviews aren't bringing this down. I have a new favorite comic book movie. Though it was fantastic!!! Definitely the best Spider-man movie.
Glad to see the negative reviews aren't bringing this down. I have a new favorite comic book movie. Though it was fantastic!!! Definitely the best Spider-man movie.
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12:28AM on 05/05/2014
Cap 2 had the benefit of a post-Avenegrs bump? Dude, Avengers came out in 2012, same as the first Amazing Spider-man. Maybe Cap 2 did better because of better reviews and word of mouth. Anyway, I found some things to like in this new spider-man movie, but it was still the weakest spider-man film to date. I wouldn't be surprised to see a huge drop next week.
Cap 2 had the benefit of a post-Avenegrs bump? Dude, Avengers came out in 2012, same as the first Amazing Spider-man. Maybe Cap 2 did better because of better reviews and word of mouth. Anyway, I found some things to like in this new spider-man movie, but it was still the weakest spider-man film to date. I wouldn't be surprised to see a huge drop next week.
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9:57AM on 05/05/2014
Yes, but while The Avengers was a well-received superhero film, The Amazing Spider-Man received a lot of backlash before it even came out, and then lukewarm reaction after the release. Therefore, it never got people excited for a sequel, which means it didn't give this film a push. The Avengers, on the other hand, created a stir strong enough to incite interest in the follow ups, including Captain America. In other words, before the movies even came out, a judgement was made based on the
Yes, but while The Avengers was a well-received superhero film, The Amazing Spider-Man received a lot of backlash before it even came out, and then lukewarm reaction after the release. Therefore, it never got people excited for a sequel, which means it didn't give this film a push. The Avengers, on the other hand, created a stir strong enough to incite interest in the follow ups, including Captain America. In other words, before the movies even came out, a judgement was made based on the predecessor, and The Avengers left a bigger impression.
9:31PM on 05/04/2014

Way to go, Spidey!

For the record, TASM2 was way more entertaining than Iron Man 3. Just saying.
For the record, TASM2 was way more entertaining than Iron Man 3. Just saying.
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10:46AM on 05/05/2014
I agree with you on this. He spent more time in his suit than RDJ did and the action scenes were more fun.
I agree with you on this. He spent more time in his suit than RDJ did and the action scenes were more fun.
8:43PM on 05/04/2014
Just bring on Godzilla.
Just bring on Godzilla.
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8:46PM on 05/04/2014
that's what she said.
that's what she said.
7:04PM on 05/04/2014

This is now my favorite live action Spider-Man

I know, "What about spiderman 2!? Are you crazy!?Are you out of your MIND?!" Maybe. Maybe I am. So much so, I just saw it again. Though, I may have had rose colored glasses on. Maybe I still do. All I know is I had such a blast watching this movie, and watching it again. All little criticisms aside, I've never enjoyed Spidey on screen more. I cannot wait to see it again.
I know, "What about spiderman 2!? Are you crazy!?Are you out of your MIND?!" Maybe. Maybe I am. So much so, I just saw it again. Though, I may have had rose colored glasses on. Maybe I still do. All I know is I had such a blast watching this movie, and watching it again. All little criticisms aside, I've never enjoyed Spidey on screen more. I cannot wait to see it again.
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8:13PM on 05/04/2014
Spider-Man 2 sucked. So full of inconsistencies in the film, drove me crazy.
Spider-Man 2 sucked. So full of inconsistencies in the film, drove me crazy.
9:39PM on 05/04/2014
ShonK, I couldn't agree more.
ShonK, I couldn't agree more.
5:40AM on 05/05/2014
Those rose tinted glasses must be selling well. Because I am with you on that one Marty.
Those rose tinted glasses must be selling well. Because I am with you on that one Marty.
8:34AM on 05/05/2014
This movie was awesome!!!
This movie was awesome!!!
6:28PM on 05/04/2014
It is very misleading on the behalf of the author to claim that ASM 2 had a much better opening than it's predecessor when considering that ASM 1 opened on a Tuesday on 4th of July Weekend.
It is very misleading on the behalf of the author to claim that ASM 2 had a much better opening than it's predecessor when considering that ASM 1 opened on a Tuesday on 4th of July Weekend.
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4:26PM on 05/04/2014

Did anybody notice...

that RT trotted out a fresh consensus after only 30 or so ratings, then had to retool it once a ton of negatives started pouring in?
that RT trotted out a fresh consensus after only 30 or so ratings, then had to retool it once a ton of negatives started pouring in?
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9:48AM on 05/05/2014
Didn't they do the same for Man of Steel last summer? I guess the consensus just changed as a larger group of critics' opinions were collected. Actually, watching the Tomatometer drop from fresh to rotten reminded me of the experience of following Man of Steel's rating. Not surprising that the positive reviews would come out first.
Didn't they do the same for Man of Steel last summer? I guess the consensus just changed as a larger group of critics' opinions were collected. Actually, watching the Tomatometer drop from fresh to rotten reminded me of the experience of following Man of Steel's rating. Not surprising that the positive reviews would come out first.
3:04PM on 05/04/2014

good for Grand Budapest Hotel

My favorite movie of the year so far
My favorite movie of the year so far
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3:08PM on 05/04/2014
Mine too!
Mine too!
2:17PM on 05/04/2014
Amazing Spider Man 2 was definitely entertaining and was a huge improvement over the first rebooted film, it's jus that the film felt too rushed and underdeveloped in areas. The action scenes were nicely done and shot much better this time around and the suit looked terrific. I thought it was a well rounded Spider Man film and comic book film with certain issues that held it back from being really great.

Should be interesting to see how much more money it makes going forward with Neighbors,
Amazing Spider Man 2 was definitely entertaining and was a huge improvement over the first rebooted film, it's jus that the film felt too rushed and underdeveloped in areas. The action scenes were nicely done and shot much better this time around and the suit looked terrific. I thought it was a well rounded Spider Man film and comic book film with certain issues that held it back from being really great.

Should be interesting to see how much more money it makes going forward with Neighbors, Godzilla, Million Dollar Arm, and X-Men: Days of Future Past all coming this month in the next couple of weeks.
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7:20PM on 05/04/2014
A huge improvement that got the worst RT score in the history of the franchise?
A huge improvement that got the worst RT score in the history of the franchise?
1:22AM on 05/05/2014
Bringing up the RT scale is pointless Des1, that is a collection of opinions and this is his opinion. One that I happen to agree with.
Bringing up the RT scale is pointless Des1, that is a collection of opinions and this is his opinion. One that I happen to agree with.
10:52AM on 05/05/2014
Agree with him as well
Agree with him as well
2:14PM on 05/04/2014
Gonna be tough to crack 1B world wide as Sony is anticipating. I hope they rethink their strategy and ease off on the too much, too soon approach...
Gonna be tough to crack 1B world wide as Sony is anticipating. I hope they rethink their strategy and ease off on the too much, too soon approach...
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1:59PM on 05/04/2014
Does this site not know how to read CinemaScore? Cinemascore rarely goes below a 'B' on any movie. If a movie ranks in the 'A's then the audiences generally liked it. If it ranks in the 'B's, then audiences didn't like it so much or the reaction is very mixed. If it gets a 'C', then its 'The Room'.
Does this site not know how to read CinemaScore? Cinemascore rarely goes below a 'B' on any movie. If a movie ranks in the 'A's then the audiences generally liked it. If it ranks in the 'B's, then audiences didn't like it so much or the reaction is very mixed. If it gets a 'C', then its 'The Room'.
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4:16PM on 05/04/2014
hahahaha, what a story Mark [link]
hahahaha, what a story Mark [link]
7:16PM on 05/04/2014
Or Noah.....
Or Noah.....
7:21AM on 05/05/2014
1:59PM on 05/04/2014

Good News

YAYYYYYYY! Spidey gets it.
YAYYYYYYY! Spidey gets it.
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