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The Other Woman tops US box office with $24.7 million

The Other Woman

Story by Jack Foley

CAMERON Diaz comedy The Other Woman has topped the US box office with $24.7 million.

Widely referred to as the final weekend before the official start of the summer box office, the tentpole season has nevertheless enjoyed a robust early start thanks to the success of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which continued to perform well in its fourth weekend by placing second with $16 million. In the US alone, the Marvel film has now taken $224.9 million. World-wide, it has now eclipsed Iron Man 2, hitting $645.2 million.

But back to top spot and Twentieth Century Fox were the triumphant distributor with The Other Woman, a comedy about three jilted women who determine to expose a philandering husband.

As well as Diaz, the film stars Leslie Mann, Kate Upton, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Kinney.

Spencer Klein, Fox senior vice president of domestic distribution, commented: “The combination of the three actresses and a fun movie really struck a chord.”

Elsewhere in the US, Christian film Heaven Is For Real crossed the $50 million mark in its second weekend and placed third with $13.8 million for a US total of $51.9 million.

And 3D animated family film Rio 2 took in $13.7 million for fourth spot, to mark another success for Fox. It has now hit $96.2 million in the US and looks set to break the $100 million barrier soon.

Rounding out the top five, meanwhile, was Paul Walker’s second-to-last film before Fast & Furious 7, Brick Mansions.

The film, set in a dystopian Detroit, is an English-language remake of the French film District 13 and stars Walker as an undercover cop who teams with an ex-convict to save their city from destruction. David Belle reprises his role as the ex-convict.

Outside of the top five, Johnny Depp sci-fi epic Transcendence continued to struggle, sliding to sixth with $4.1 million to bring its US total to $18.5 million, against a production budget of $100 million.

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