‘Think Like a Man’ tops box office, while audiences don’t commit to ‘Five-Year- Engagement’


Meagan Good taking tips from Steve Harvey in "Think Like a Man." ( (Alan Markfield/AP)

Think Like a Man” continued to reign at the box office this weekend, easily hanging on to the No. 1 spot while another relationship comedy, “The Five-Year Engagement,” didn’t find much of an audience.

The ensemble rom-com riff on Steve Harvey’s popular book, which last weekend knocked “The Hunger Games” out of its four-week stay in the top perch, proved that achievement was no fluke. The movie made $18 million in North America tis weekend, bringing its total gross to $60.8 million, a fine return on a release with a $12 million budget, according to Box Office Mojo.

So what happened with “The Five-Year Engagement”?

The story of perpetually affianced partners Jason Segel and Emily Blunt was unable to rise above the number in its title: it opened in fifth place, with $11.1 million. This despite an ad campaign that touted the fact that, as a Judd Apatow production, it came from “the producers of ’Bridesmaids’,” and also earned a decent number of positive reviews. It seems that anyone in the mood for a relationship-oriented laugh opted to see “Think Like a Man” instead.

This must be a bit disappointing for Segel, who also co-wrote and executive produced “Engagement.” (His previous writing and/or producing efforts — “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Get Him to the Greek” and “The Muppets” — all opened to stronger numbers.) It’s also a disappointment for Segel’s more than 1.2 million Twitter followers, for whom this tweet clearly won’t be fulfilled.

4 days until 5 year engagement! If we break 30 mil opening weekend I will tweet an embarrassing childhood video for all to enjoy. I promise.

— Jason Segel (@jasonsegel) April 23, 2012

In terms of other new releases, the animated feature “The Pirates! Band of Misfits,” opened in second place with $11.4 million, the Jason Statham action flick “Safe” debuted in sixth place ($7.7 million) and John Cusack’s “The Raven” landed in seventh place with $7.2 million.

As for “Think Like a Man,” it seems safe to assume it No. 1 reign will end next weekend when “The Avengers” — which has already amassed $178.4 million overseas — opens in U.S. theaters.

Here’s the full rundown of this week’s top 10, based on studio estimates:

1. “Think Like a Man” — $18 million

2. “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” — $11.4 million

3. “The Lucky One” — $11.3 million

4. “The Hunger Games” — $11.25 million

5. “The Five-Year Engagement” — $11.1 million

6. “Safe” — $7.7 million

7. “The Raven” — $7.25 million

8. “Chimpanzee” — $5.46 million

9. “The Three Stooges” — $5.4 million

10. “The Cabin in the Woods” — $4.5 million

When she isn’t at a movie theater or writing about movies, Jen Chaney is ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.

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