Comedy Think Like a Man shines again on top of the box office thanks to an underwhelming line-up of new films. Also, The Hunger Games had the smallest drop in the top 10, now $6 million ahead of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 at the same point in its run.
So Think Like a Man repeats at #1 with $17.6 million, that’s a 10-day total of $60.4 million which is already 5 times its $12 million production budget. To think that not even distributor Screen Gems had much in the way of faith when it came to this flick, releasing Think Like a Man in little over 2000 theaters.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits was 2nd with a middling $11.1 million opening. That must be the lowest debut I’ve ever seen for an Aardman animation, although I’m not gonna proclaim the death of stop-motion just yet. We still got ParaNorman and Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie scheduled for 2012.
The Hunger Games remained 3rd with a new gross of $10.8 million, totalling $372 million in 38 days. $390 million seems like a done deal and there is even a small chance it could eventually reach $400 million. The Lucky One was 4th with $10.8 million or $39.4 million after 10 days.
The film I thought would lead the weekend, The Five-Year Engagement, was an underwhelming 5th with a $10.6 million opening. That’s way below what past films from Jason Segel and director Nick Stoller have done in the past, flicks like Forgetting Sarah Marshall ($17.7 million opening) and Get Him to the Greek ($17.5 million opening). Personally I blame the marketing guys for the failure of this film, I mean the first really good trailer for The Five-Year Engagement came just little over one week ago.
The last new wide openers of the weekend were in 6th and 7th, namely Safe starring Jason Statham with $7.8 million and The Raven starring John Cusack with $7.2 million. For Jason Statham, Safe is on the lower end of his career box office wise while Cusack, well, he’s had much worse.