Weekend Box Office: 'Think Like a Man' Thinking Big, 'Avengers' Rules Overseasby: Posted:
While "The Avengers" is enjoying a wildly successful opening overseas ($178.4 million over 39 foreign markets), American audience will have to wait another few days before contributing to the superhero flick's potentially record-breaking run.
In the meantime, audiences are still enjoying "Think Like a Man," as the gender-war rom-com drew in another strong $18 million to land at $60.9 mil over just two weekends in theaters. Movies with largely African-American casts have performed well in recent years, so this shouldn't be too much of a surprise, but the Steve Harvey-based flick is still outpacing many of Tyler Perry's efforts.
Business for the rest of the top five was almost a dead tie, but early numbers suggest that "The Pirates! Band of Misfits" took second place. The claymation movie from Sony and Aardman (the latter of whom produced the successful "Arthur Christmas") pulled in about $11.4 million.
Following close behind was the Nicholas Sparks romance "The Lucky One," which managed another $11.3 million in its second weekend, putting it at a cumulative total of $40 mil thus far. Right on its heels was "The Hunger Games," which is still going strong with $11.25 million and a cume of $372.5M over six weeks.
"The Five-Year Engagement" had a disappointing opening of just $11.15 million, while it was expected to open closer to $17 mil. Writer and star Jason Segel had about that level of success with "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" back in 2008, which opened to roughly $17.5 million, but "Engagement" seems to have fallen a bit short.
Two more new openers, "The Raven" and "Safe," failed to make the top five, making $7.3 million and $7.7 million, respectively. "The Raven" stars John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe, who investigates crimes related to his stories, and "Safe" is an action thriller starring "The Transporter" star Jason Statham.
A relatively quiet weekend, but prepare for the box office explosion that will be "The Avengers" hitting theaters on May 4.
- "Think Like a Man" - $18 million ($60.9M)
- "The Pirates! Band of Misfits" - $11.4 million
- "The Lucky One" - $11.3 million
- "The Hunger Games" - $11.25 millin ($372.5M)
- "The Five-Year Engagement" - $11.15 million