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Weekend Box-Office: April 20-22, 2012

04.22.2012

The guys finally defeat Katniss!

After annihilating all competitors for a month straight, post-apocalyptic heroine Katniss Everdeen finally got knocked from the top of the heap as both THINK LIKE A MAN and THE LUCKY ONE scored higher at the box office than THE HUNGER GAMES.

The comedy THINK LIKE A MAN took first prize with $33 million, in a surprising performance that was almost twice what Sony reportedly expected. Based on a book by comedian/Family Feud host Steve Harvey, the low-cost movie ($12M) was directed by Tim Story, who previously sat in the chair for the substantially more expensive FANTASTIC FOUR and its sequel. The apparent appeal of standup comic Kevin Hart and an attractive African-American cast help post figures (a whopping $16k per-screen, more than twice that of anything in the Top 10 but only at 2000 locations) that might make Tyler Perry jealous to see this one open to almost what his last movie (GOOD DEEDS) made in total.

As Jerry "Turtle" Ferrara breathes a sigh of relief at his post-"Entourage" career extension, so does the growing-up Zac Efron, whose romance THE LUCKY ONE plucked at the ladies' heartstrings to the tune of $22.8 million and a second place landing. While Efron's voice recently found success in the CG-animated THE LORAX, his last leading-man movie CHARLIE ST. CLOUD was largely ignored by audiences. But this time he had material from author Nicholas Sparks (THE NOTEBOOK, DEAR JOHN), which clearly helped.

THE HUNGER GAMES is still playing the survival game quite well in third place with another $14.5M, now with a total of $356.9M and the potential to cross the $400 million mark before it finally tires. The sharp aim of Jennifer Lawrence and the (likely) repeat viewings of the fanbase kept it ahead of Disney's simian documentary CHIMPANZEE, which swung into fourth place with a $10.2 million opening. 

Speaking of monkeying around, THE THREE STOOGES got slapped down to fifth place with $9.2M, ahead of another new release from last weekend, the long-delayed horror movie THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, which brought in $7.7M. Buzz and word-of-mouth don't seem to be helping too much there -- perhaps Lionsgate should've held on a little longer to coast on (CABIN co-writer/producer) Joss Whedon's THE AVENGERS hype?

Things were relatively quiet after that, with AMERICAN REUNION, TITANIC 3D, the hit 21 JUMP STREET and the not-hit MIRROR MIRROR each grabbing a few million. Last weekend's other new release, the Luc Besson-produced sci-fi/action flick LOCKOUT, has already disappeared from the Top 10, along with WRATH OF THE TITANS, and THE LORAX after nearly two months on the chart.

Next week brings in a few new contenders such as the R-rated Apatow-produced comedy THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT, the John Cusack Poe thriller THE RAVEN, the Aardman animated THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS, the Jack Black/Richard Linklater dark comedy BERNIE, and the latest Jason Statham action flick SAFE ... and then the summer movie season finally officially kicks off on May 3 with THE AVENGERS! How excited are you for THE AVENGERS? VOTE HERE!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Think Like a Man $33 M
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2. The Lucky One $22.8 M
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3. The Hunger Games $14.5 M $356.9 M
4. Chimpanzee $10.2 M
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5. The Three Stooges $9.2 M $29.3 M
6. The Cabin in the Woods $7.7 M $26.9 M
7. American Reunion $5.2 M $48.3 M
8. Titanic 3D $5 M $52.8 M
9. 21 Jump Street $4.6 M $127 M
10. Mirror Mirror $4.1 M $55.2 M

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12:53PM on 04/23/2012

Want to weigh in on Cabin..

I loved Cabin. I thought it was great up until probably the last two minutes which Ill forget because I understand the path they took probably had no better ending to it.

With that said...

I do not know anyone outside the online movie community who enjoyed it. Words from shit to wtf was that gets thrown down a lot. After one showing, some douche screamed out the "I want my money back" and about 8 people clapped and the others laughed.

Like someone said earlier, horror movies are for
I loved Cabin. I thought it was great up until probably the last two minutes which Ill forget because I understand the path they took probably had no better ending to it.

With that said...

I do not know anyone outside the online movie community who enjoyed it. Words from shit to wtf was that gets thrown down a lot. After one showing, some douche screamed out the "I want my money back" and about 8 people clapped and the others laughed.

Like someone said earlier, horror movies are for horror fans. You have your few movies that break away but for the most part, horror films are made for the cheap and any film that makes back $20 mil or more is a hit in my eyes for horror based films.

And as for Think Like a Man. The audience that sees that film cannot be tracked and I know far more people who enjoyed Think then Cabin. My mom loved Think and ratings for the film were from A-A+ on Cinema Score for both males and females while Cabin was a C (M) and a D- (F)
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10:47AM on 04/23/2012
Kevin Hart is actually pretty funny. He just gets thrown into awful movies
Kevin Hart is actually pretty funny. He just gets thrown into awful movies
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3:12AM on 04/23/2012
No idea why people would want to see this movie. Looks boring as hell and the reviews have been terrible. What about this movie would attract people to it? This makes no sense at all.
No idea why people would want to see this movie. Looks boring as hell and the reviews have been terrible. What about this movie would attract people to it? This makes no sense at all.
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9:45PM on 04/22/2012
I can honestly say Cabin in the Woods is the best movie I saw in theaters so far this year. I pretty much dislike most horror movies but this is beyond that. I think is it something that can be appreciated by horror fans and people who dislike them.
I can honestly say Cabin in the Woods is the best movie I saw in theaters so far this year. I pretty much dislike most horror movies but this is beyond that. I think is it something that can be appreciated by horror fans and people who dislike them.
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9:40PM on 04/22/2012
Before anyone goes bashing on Think Like a Man, here's an interesting article on how incredible it tracked to people outside the African American demographic: [link]

On another note, it's sad to see The Devil Inside opening at over $30 million yet Cabin in the Woods is getting ignored by the public. Typical horror films make lots of money in the box office while an original film like Cabin is shunned away. Why do the mainstream audience not like Joss Whedon?
Before anyone goes bashing on Think Like a Man, here's an interesting article on how incredible it tracked to people outside the African American demographic: [link]

On another note, it's sad to see The Devil Inside opening at over $30 million yet Cabin in the Woods is getting ignored by the public. Typical horror films make lots of money in the box office while an original film like Cabin is shunned away. Why do the mainstream audience not like Joss Whedon?
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8:46PM on 04/22/2012
Who the fuck went to see this?
Who the fuck went to see this?
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8:27PM on 04/22/2012
Some of these comments are beyond ridiculous esp about Cabin In the Woods, horror is made for horror fans & they will never become huge hits in theatres but always find a cult following, im sorry those retarded Paranormal Activity movies do not count to me. But honestly ya hollywood should just release horror around halloween.

Also enough with the PG-13 or R, crap is still crap no matter how much you add or take way.
Some of these comments are beyond ridiculous esp about Cabin In the Woods, horror is made for horror fans & they will never become huge hits in theatres but always find a cult following, im sorry those retarded Paranormal Activity movies do not count to me. But honestly ya hollywood should just release horror around halloween.

Also enough with the PG-13 or R, crap is still crap no matter how much you add or take way.
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7:37PM on 04/22/2012
Bad week, but the next one looks interesting. Out of the 5 new releases, I really wanna see 4 (Pirates, Raven, Safe and Bernie). It's gonna be a weekend at the multiplex for me. :)
Bad week, but the next one looks interesting. Out of the 5 new releases, I really wanna see 4 (Pirates, Raven, Safe and Bernie). It's gonna be a weekend at the multiplex for me. :)
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6:08PM on 04/22/2012
hell i never even heard of Think Like A Man til now
hell i never even heard of Think Like A Man til now
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5:42PM on 04/22/2012

less than 50% drop not helping Cabin

Most horror films do 60-70% drops after their first weekend...if anything word of mouth is what making this film go to 40 maybe 50 final. And considering that it opened to only 14 million...thats freaking great.I havent seen a horror film get the saturday bump since insidious... The C cinemascore is bullshit.
Most horror films do 60-70% drops after their first weekend...if anything word of mouth is what making this film go to 40 maybe 50 final. And considering that it opened to only 14 million...thats freaking great.I havent seen a horror film get the saturday bump since insidious... The C cinemascore is bullshit.
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5:19PM on 04/22/2012
if Cabin came out in October it would've made mega goddamn bucks
if Cabin came out in October it would've made mega goddamn bucks
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4:55PM on 04/22/2012
I'm sure "Think Like a Man" is a decent rom-com to take your girlfriend too but I just couldn't pay to see a whole movie dedicated to Kevin Hart...I still have the bad taste of "Soul Plane" stuck in my mouth. I did check out "The Cabin in the Woods" over the weekend. That was very satisfying to me and I'm sure anyone who loves a good horror comedy. This week there are three movies I'm really looking forward to. First off PIRATES!!! Anything Aardman films puts out I will run to. Safe looks like
I'm sure "Think Like a Man" is a decent rom-com to take your girlfriend too but I just couldn't pay to see a whole movie dedicated to Kevin Hart...I still have the bad taste of "Soul Plane" stuck in my mouth. I did check out "The Cabin in the Woods" over the weekend. That was very satisfying to me and I'm sure anyone who loves a good horror comedy. This week there are three movies I'm really looking forward to. First off PIRATES!!! Anything Aardman films puts out I will run to. Safe looks like another fun Statham movie, and "The Five Year Engagement", in my opinion, looks to be another great Segel and Stoller collaboration. Great week for film next week!
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4:55PM on 04/22/2012
I'm sure "Think Like a Man" is a decent rom-com to take your girlfriend too but I just couldn't pay to see a whole movie dedicated to Kevin Hart...I still have the bad taste of "Soul Plane" stuck in my mouth. I did check out "The Cabin in the Woods" over the weekend. That was very satisfying to me and I'm sure anyone who loves a good horror comedy. This week there are three movies I'm really looking forward to. First off PIRATES!!! Anything Aardman films puts out I will run to. Safe looks like
I'm sure "Think Like a Man" is a decent rom-com to take your girlfriend too but I just couldn't pay to see a whole movie dedicated to Kevin Hart...I still have the bad taste of "Soul Plane" stuck in my mouth. I did check out "The Cabin in the Woods" over the weekend. That was very satisfying to me and I'm sure anyone who loves a good horror comedy. This week there are three movies I'm really looking forward to. First off PIRATES!!! Anything Aardman films puts out I will run to. Safe looks like another fun Statham movie, and "The Five Year Engagement", in my opinion, looks to be another great Segel and Stoller collaboration. Great week for film next week!
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4:06PM on 04/22/2012

Don't bother with The Raven!

It starts off good but gets alot worse.
John Cusack isn't eccentric enough and the rest of the cast just sleep walk through the film. Great idea, bad screenplay, bad directing, bad film.
It starts off good but gets alot worse.
John Cusack isn't eccentric enough and the rest of the cast just sleep walk through the film. Great idea, bad screenplay, bad directing, bad film.
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3:52PM on 04/22/2012
I honestly am shocked Think Like A Man got number one. I saw very little advertising for it and I thought it would have bombed. I thought Hunger Games, Lucky One, and Cabin in the Woods would have beat it. I saw Cabin in the Woods this weekend, and it was fucking awesome! Wish it made a bit more money.
I honestly am shocked Think Like A Man got number one. I saw very little advertising for it and I thought it would have bombed. I thought Hunger Games, Lucky One, and Cabin in the Woods would have beat it. I saw Cabin in the Woods this weekend, and it was fucking awesome! Wish it made a bit more money.
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4:07PM on 04/22/2012
Not to defend Think Like a Man too much, but for what it was, I saw a LOT of marketing going on. Not exactly Hunger Games-level marketing, but enough to make me wonder was it coming out this weekend or last weekend.
Not to defend Think Like a Man too much, but for what it was, I saw a LOT of marketing going on. Not exactly Hunger Games-level marketing, but enough to make me wonder was it coming out this weekend or last weekend.
6:30PM on 04/22/2012
You're not their target demographic. I bet on BET and when TBS turns black for the few hours out of the day the movie was on every other commercial.
You're not their target demographic. I bet on BET and when TBS turns black for the few hours out of the day the movie was on every other commercial.
3:48PM on 04/22/2012
Lockout is one of those movies that might have benefited from being rated R. It only cost 20 million to make, and will easily make that with overseas sales. I believe they got greedy and wanted to make more money, and didn't realize the power of people not wanting to see a watered down version of the movie. I wouldnt be suprised at all to hear in the future if this movie is a number one rental. no suprise of the top two movies, they better enjoy it while it lasts because the avengers are coming
Lockout is one of those movies that might have benefited from being rated R. It only cost 20 million to make, and will easily make that with overseas sales. I believe they got greedy and wanted to make more money, and didn't realize the power of people not wanting to see a watered down version of the movie. I wouldnt be suprised at all to hear in the future if this movie is a number one rental. no suprise of the top two movies, they better enjoy it while it lasts because the avengers are coming
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4:01PM on 04/22/2012
I really think it's more to do with the fact that Guy Pearce sadly isn't a big movie star.
I really think it's more to do with the fact that Guy Pearce sadly isn't a big movie star.
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