Spider-Man, vengeful females rule the B.O.

22 April, 2014 by Don Groves

Teenagers and young adults flocked to the latest Spider-Man adventure while females sparked to a comedy about women seeking retribution against their cheating husband/lover during the Easter break.

The Grand Budapest Hotel was the No.1 choice for mature cinemagoers, proving tough competition for a raft of limited new releases.

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Australian B.O. takings rose by 13% to $20.6 million through Sunday and lucrative trading on Easter Monday boosted the 5-day total to just shy of $26 million, according to Rentrak’s estimates.

Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro  raked in $5.3 million in its first four days, an impressive figure but trailing the predecessor which opened with $5.45 million in 2012 and wound up earning $17.4 million. With previews, the sequel nabbed $6.6 million. 

Fox’s The Other Woman, which follows Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton as they plot their revenge against the philandering Nikolai Coster-Waldau, debuted with a juicy $4 million, and $4.3 million with previews.

The LEGO Movie collected $3.2 million in its third outing, falling by 38%, propelling its tally to $22 million.  Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, plunged by 51% to $1.8 million in its third orbit, hurt by Spidey’s invasion, amassing $16.3 million thus far.

Fox’s The Grand Budapest Hotel eased by just 12% to $1.6 million, scoring a handsome $4.5 million in 11 days. Sci-fi action- adventure Divergent took a big hit, tumbling by 50% to $1.5 million in its second weekend, bringing its total to $6.5 million.

Bollywood romantic comedy 2 States whistled up a nifty $178,000 in its debut on just 16 screens.

The Invisible Woman, a drama directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes as Charles Dickens and Felicity Jones as his clandestine lover, opened meekly with $151,000 on 50 screens, and $160,000 with previews.

Chinese actioner That Demon Within, which casts Daniel Wu as a cop who is plagued with self-doubt after saving the life of a ruthless killer, misfired with $64,000 on 12 screens.

Cédric Klapisch’s Chinese Puzzle, a romantic comedy-drama set in New York featuring Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou, bowed with a mediocre $60,000 on 22 screens.

Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, a vampire tale starring Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska and John Hurt, drew an anaemic $37,000 at nine cinemas, and $126,000 with festival screenings and previews.

Like Father, Like Son, Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda's saga of an architect who discovers the boy he thought was his son was switched at birth, opened with a modest $35,000 on 12 screens, and $107,000 with fests/previews.

Nils Tavernier’s The Finishers, a drama about a family’s struggles to deal with their 17-year-old son who suffers from cerebral palsy, fetched $23,000 on nine, and $152,000 from prior screenings.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE April 17-20

 

 

 

Title

 

Week/ Screens

 

Box Office

 

% +-

 

Total

 

1

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

1/520

$5,347,525

NA

$6,632,435

2

The Other Woman

1/293

4,034,792

NA

4,296,959

3

The LEGO Movie

3/454

3,238,829

-37

22,004,185

4

                  Captain America 2

3/440

1,790,729

-51

 16,376,582

5

The Grand Budapest Hotel

2/126

1,589,587

-12

4,556,878

6

Divergent

2/342

1, 573,958

-50

6,560,014

7

Mr Peabody & Sherman

4/333

1,000,652

-31

10,537,786

8

Muppets Most Wanted

2/250

653,794

-20

2,865,702

9

Noah

4/237

602,295

-52

11,462,314

10

2 States

1/16

177,502

NA

117,502

Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

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