‘Think Like a Man’ Will Top ‘Five Year Engagement,’ ‘Hunger Games’ Will Fall — PREVIEW

Think Like a ManNo one predicted the degree of success Think Like a Man would enjoy. The film, based on (and featuring) the book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by actor/writer Steve Harvey, topped the box office during its opening weekend of April 20, shocking the industry by doubling its foreseen gross at over $33 million. Wise to the power of the ensemble comic romance film, Hollywood.com Box Office Analyst Paul Dergarabedian predicts sustained success for the Tim Story flick, estimating an intake of $20 million during its second weekend in theaters, again at the top of the box office.By Sunday, April 29, Think Like a Man will have earned $60 million total. Considering the romantic comedy genre of the film, its springtime release and and its relatively low budget, this amounts to a terrific success story.

As far as the silver medal goes, it could be anyone’s game. New releases this weekend include rom-com The Five-Year Engagement starring likeable duo Jason Segel and Emily Blunt; action-thriller Safe starring Mr. Action-Thriller himself Jason Statham; mystery-thriller The Raven with a hammy John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe; and the family-friendly animated comedy The Pirates! Band of Misfits. None of these entries are predicted as a clear front-runner and whichever film does take second place will likely rope in sales between $10 and $15 million.

The Zac Efron vehicle The Lucky One, which took second place during the weekend of April 20, is likely to maintain a Top 5 spot this weekend, with an intake in the low teens. However, another big development for the weekend will be The Hunger Games descent into single digit earnings, over a month after its theatrical release. By far, The Hunger Games has been 2012’s biggest success — however, with the weekend of May 4 rolling around, The Avengers might be a viable candidate to usurp that position.


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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.