No 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.