Welcome to the Box Office Report, where Cameron Diaz is suddenly queen all over again. Sorry, Captain America.
1. The Other Woman (Fox): $24.7 million in 3,205 theaters.
We've long known that 2014 would be "The Year of Cameron Diaz." And not for particularly good reasons. Nevertheless, America wants what America wants: a movies that combines train wreck and harmless distraction with Cameron Diaz as femme fatale, one of her best-known character types. She and Leslie Mann (and Kate Upton and, yes, Don Johnson and Nicki Manaj too) defied the odds and the reviews to win the week.
2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Buena Vista): $16 million in 3,620 theaters.
After three weeks on top, Chris Evans and ScarJo have returned to earth with a modest pull (the first sub-$20 million weekend yet). But cry not for them or America, the second installment in the Captain America franchise swooped past the $500 million barrier, leaving the first Captain America in the celluloid scraps. It also pulled even with genre-companion Thor, which netted $645 million earlier this year.
3. Heaven Is for Real (TriStar): $13.8 million in 2,705 theaters.
Following a strong opening in a more limited theater count last week, Heaven Is for Real took third place again. It also crossed the $50 million mark almost entirely on domestic ticket sales. Based on the (super duper) best-selling book, the Greg Kinnear faith flick has crushed its production budget of $12 million in just two weeks. The crowd seems happy.
4. Rio 2 (Fox): $13.6 million in 3,703 theaters.
Two Fox movies with Leslie Mann in the Top 5? Not bad, not bad. Rio 2, which contended nobly for the top spot all month against Captain America 2, fell to fourth this week. It's mostly keeping pace with the original Rio, which also opened in mid-April, back in 2011. With some big openings next week, this will probably be the last weekend that Rio 2 dances on such hallowed sand.
5. Brick Mansions (Relativity): $9.6 million in 2,647 theaters.
Paul Walker's penultimate release opened this weekend. The crime thriller, which takes place in (even more) dystopian future Detroit, didn't garner great reviews. This may not have been helped by the fact that the flick, which is geared for movie-going escapists, features Walker, who died in a car crash in November, in numerous high-speed car chases.
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