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Posted at 06:21 PM ET, 04/29/2012

‘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.

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

By  |  06:21 PM ET, 04/29/2012

Categories:  Box Office | Tags:  Box Office

 
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