LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 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 for the No. 1 spot.
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.
"The rating was perfect," he said. "If you are going for the mainstream audience who is looking for something that has a little bit of an edge, but not too much, you can hit that sweet spot and draw a large audience."
The release date couldn't have been better, Dergarabedian also noted. "This was the perfect time to release this film, between the success of Captain America and before the official start of the summer movie season with Spider-Man 2."
"Sometimes it's about casting," Dergarabedian said. "When you have Cameron Diaz in a comedy like this, it's hard not to knock it out of the park. This film is right in her wheelhouse. This is what she does best."
The Other Woman scored $12.8 million internationally, bringing its worldwide total to $45.
Captain America has now hit more than $645 million globally, surpassing its 2011 original The First Avenger, which earned $370 million. The sequel is the highest-grossing April release ever.
Sony's faith-based Heaven Is for Real, starring Greg Kinnear, held the third-place position with $13.8 million after opening in the same slot last weekend behind leaders Captain America and Fox's animated Rio 2, which drifted down to fourth place with $13.7 million. (Notably, Mann, who voices a character in Rio 2, now has two films in the top five this weekend.)
Relativity Media's action crime drama Brick Mansions, starring the late Paul Walker, was No. 5 with $9.6 million. The film was one of the last Walker completed before he died in a car accident in November. It's a solid debut for "Brick Mansions" after the film was pushed back from its original release date in February.
Spider-Man 2 has already premiered internationally in locations like South Korea and Russia. In its second weekend of international release, it made $132 million.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Final domestic figures will be released today.
The top 10: 1. The Other Woman, $24.7 million; 2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, $16 million; 3. Heaven Is for Real, $13.8 million; 4. Rio 2, 13.7 million; 5. Brick Mansions, $9.6 million; 6. Transcendence, $4.1 million; 7. The Quiet Ones, $4 million; 8. Bears, $3.6 million; 9. Divergent, $3.6 million; 10. A Haunted House 2, $3.3 million.