'The Other Woman' is No. 1
A femme-fueled comedy beat a superhero blockbuster at the box office this weekend.
After holding the top position for three weeks, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has been topped by “The Other Woman.”
Fox's revenge comedy, starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton, debuted with $24.7 million, while Disney-Marvel's “Captain America,” led by Chris Evans, grossed $16 million in its fourth weekend, bringing its domestic total to $225 million.
The PG-13 rating of the Nick Cassavetes-directed “The Other Woman” – about three women wronged by a three-timing spouse played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau of “Game of Thrones” – helped it draw a larger audience, said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst of box-office tracker Rentrak.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak:
1. “The Other Woman,” $24.7 million ($12.8 million international).
2. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” $16 million ($16 million).
3. “Heaven Is for Real,” $13.8 million.
4. “Rio 2,” 13.7 million ($27.5 international).
5. “Brick Mansions,” $9.6 million ($1.6 million).
6. “Transcendence,” $4.1 million ($10.8 million).
7. “The Quiet Ones,” $4 million ($275,000).
8. “Bears,” $3.6 million ($100,000).
9. “Divergent,” $3.6 million ($9.7 million).
10. “A Haunted House 2,” $3.3 million ($1 million).
No one wants Beatles backdrop
A large piece of stage backdrop signed by the Beatles during their first live U.S. concert 50 years ago failed to sell at a New York City auction.
Heritage Auctions spokesman Noah Fleisher said Saturday that the Dallas-based company will now try to privately broker the $800,000, 4-foot-by-2-foot plastic wall section the Fab Four autographed Feb. 9, 1964.
Other memorabilia items from the Beatles' historic appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” were purchased by a high-end collector who asked not to be named.
Those included a signed “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band” original fan club poster for $59,375 and a “Beatles Meet the Beatles!” signed stereo LP for $56,250.
Autographs from the Beatles, Ed Sullivan and Brian Epstein from the 1964 performance sold for $125,000.
'Bollywood Oscars' in Tampa
The Indian film industry's top award show sailed into Tampa on Saturday with a pirate-themed opening musical number and celebrities ranging from “Slumdog Millionaire” star Anil Kapoor to John Travolta and Kevin Spacey.
Before a crowd of some 20,000, the International Indian Film Academy awards started with the entrance of actors aboard a float built like a pirate ship — a nod to Tampa's love of pirate-themed parties.
The show, informally known as the “Bollywood Oscars,” are being held in the United States for the first time. The show was recorded and will be broadcast in June.