They thought either “The Hunger Games” would keep steamrolling the competition or “The Lucky Ones” would be the “lucky one” and end up as the new number one.
Well, neither scenario happened because out the box “Think Like A Man” became the new leader of the pack and everyone else was eating its dust all weekend long.
According to the Hollywood Reporter: the ensemble comedy “scored one of the best openings in recent memory for an African-American themed film” in debuting at $33 million.
“Think Like a Man” — adapted from Steve Harvey’s best-selling advice book “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man” — gets bragging rights to being the film to topple Liongate’s blockbuster The Hunger Games, which has now grossed $357 million domestically.
The film, whose cast includes Michael Ealy, Taraji P. Henson, Meagan Good, Regina Hall and Kevin Hart, is about four men whose love lives are disrupted when their partners begin using advice from Harvey’s book and received an A CinemaScore.
Think Like a Man, made for a modest $12 million to $13 million, follows the success of Screen Gems’ The Vow and Underworld Awakening earlier this year.
In terms of African-American themed films, Think Like a Man exceeded many of Tyler Perry’s recent films. Perry’s Good Deeds debuted to $15.6 million earlier this year, while last year’s Madea’s Big Happy Family opened to $25.1 million last year.
Read/learn more at The Hollywood Reporter.