THINK LIKE A MAN BECOMES PROFITABLE IN FIRST WEEKEND
Sony/Screen Gems’ Think Like a Man took in nearly twice what the studio thought it would and wound up clobbering the competition at the box office. Think amassed $33.6 million. Costing just $12 million to produce, the movie already is in profit territory. The Nicholas Sparks drama The Lucky One came in second with another over-the-top performance, winding up with $22.5 million, versus the $15-20 million that analysts thought it would earn. The Hunger Games, last week’s top film — and the top film before that for three additional weeks — wound up in third place with $14.7 million, down just 30 percent from the previous week. And — yet another surprise — the Disney documentary Chimpanzee landed in fourth place with $10.7 million. However, despite such solid results, the overall box office was down 4 percent from the comparable weekend a year ago, when the second week of Rio remained flying high at No. 1 with $26.3 million, followed closely by Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family with $25.1 million.
The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Media by Numbers (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date):
1. Think Like a Man, Sony/Screen Gems, $33,636,303, (New); 2. The Lucky One , Warner Bros., $22,518,358, (New); 3. The Hunger Games , Lionsgate, $14,666,007, 5 Wks. ($357,066,467); 4. Chimpanzee, Disneynature, $10,673,748, (New); 5. The Three Stooges, Fox, $9,764,214, 2 Wks. ($29,919,660); 6. The Cabin in the Woods , Lionsgate, $8,016,075, 2 Wks. ($27,246,247); 7. American Reunion , Universal, $5,474,565, 3 Wks. ($48,518,325); 8. Titanic 3D , Paramount, $5,032,557, 3 Wks. ($52,860,574); 9. 21 Jump Street , Sony Columbia, $4,750,986, 6 Wks. ($127,217,167); 10. Mirror Mirror , Relativity Media, $4,408,179, 4 Wks. ($55,499,932).