After an impressive four-week run, The Hunger Games is no longer number one at the box office (or even number two). That honor belongs to Think Like a Man, a low-budget comedy directed by Tim Story. The film, based on the Steve Harvey book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, earned $33 million over the weekend.
"I think there were several elements as to why the film was successful," said Rory Bruer, Sony's distribution president. “Starting with the fact that it's hysterically funny, and people loved a humorous look at the difference between men and women."
The Lucky One, starring Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling, placed second on the box office chart with earnings of $22.8 million. Based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks, The Lucky One is about a U.S. Marine who credits his survival in Iraq to a photograph of a woman he doesn’t know.
Meanwhile, The Hunger Games came in third over the weekend with earnings of $14.5 million. The nature documentary Chimpanzee pulled in $10.2 million, earning a fourth place position, while The Three Stooges rounds out the list of top five box office performers with earnings of $9.2 million.
Next up is the horror film The Cabin in the Woods. The flick earned $7.7 million over the weekend, bringing its gross total to $26 million. American Reunion came in seventh at $5.2 million, while Titanic sank to eighth place with earnings of $5 million. 21 Jump Street and Mirror Mirror close out the top ten with respective earnings of $4.6 and $4.1 million.
Friday will bring the release of four new films – The Five-Year Engagement, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, The Raven, and Safe. Which film do you think will come out on top?
Box Office Mojo, LA Times