Weekend Box Office: 'Think Like a Man' Topples 'Hunger Games'by: Posted:
In its fifth week in theaters, "The Hunger Games" has finally fallen out of the top spot at the box office. It wasn't a mighty superhero flick that ousted it, either: it was a rom-com with a modest budget and not much in terms of big-name stars.
"Think Like a Man" was the big winner, as the romantic comedy pulled in $33 million over the weekend. The movie was made for less than half that amount, so obviously it's off to a pretty good start. The total is more than Sony was expecting, giving the studio a nice surprise on the movie's opening weekend.
In second place was "The Lucky One," the latest in a string of Nicholas Sparks novels to be adapted into movies. While previous adaptations like "Dear John" pulled in higher grosses opening weekend, the Zac Efron starrer still opened higher than expected with a solid $22.8 million.
Those two strong openings dropped "The Hunger Games" to third place, where it earned another $14.5 million. That brings the domestic cume for the movie to a whopping $357 million, and the globabl cume to just under $575 million.
In fourth place was another new opener, "Chimpanzee." The nature documentary is the latest effort from Disney, which has made similar films about other animals or about nature in general (such as "Earth"). The movie pulled in $10.2 million, the biggest opening yet for the series of nature docs.
"The Three Stooges" fell a bit more than 50% in its second weekend to land at $9.2 million. That brings the domestical total to $29.4 million.
- "Think Like a Man" - $33 million
- "The Lucky One" - $22.8 million
- "The Hunger Games" - $14.5 million ($357M)
- "Chimpanzee" - $10.2 million
- "The Three Stooges" - $9.2 million