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Weekend Box-Office: April 27-29, 2012

Apr. 29, 2012by: Dave Davis

Another win for Think Like a Man!

It was not a very big weekend at the box office (30% lower than this time last year), and it certainly wasn't a good week for new releases. Either the new offerings just didn't seem too appealing, or audiences are simply saving their excitement and cash for next week's THE AVENGERS.

Last week's winner, the relationship comedy/book advertisement THINK LIKE A MAN, kept four new releases away from the top as it brought in another $18 million, pushing its 10-day total to $60.8M. Not a bad return on a $12M budget.

After that was a tight race for second place, and the animated THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS barely squeaked past the rest with an $11.4 million opening. But the stop-motion/CG-assisted blend from Aardman, the people behind WALLACE AND GROMIT and CHICKEN RUN, has been successfully plundering elsewhere, with an additional $63M looted from international audiences.

Hot on the rudder of the Hugh Grant-voiced buccaneer was the Zac Efron romance THE LUCKY ONE with $11.3M in its second week, followed very closely by THE HUNGER GAMES with $11.2M. After six weeks in theaters, Katniss hasn't lost too much of her edge, battling past the $600 million mark for the movie's global total.

And then there's the latest Judd Apatow-produced release THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT, which conveniently landed in number five. The romcom, directed by star Jason Segel's FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL collaborator Nick Stoller, collected just $11.1M despite being pushed as "from the producer of BRIDESMAIDS". On the bright side for Apatow, his name can attract some fine talent without having to overspend -- the movie only cost $30M.

(Note that with such a slim margin between those four movies' weekend estimates, their true placement in the top 5 could potentially shift when the actual amounts are figured out tomorrow.)

On the second half of the list was another pair of new movies, the latest Jason Statham punch-up SAFE and the Poe thriller THE RAVEN, which made $7.8M and $7.2M respectively. That SAFE take is on the low end even for a Statham vehicle (THE KILLER ELITE opened to $9.3M and THE MECHANIC made $11.4M its first weekend), but his square jaw should bring in plenty of scratch alongside the mugs of Sly, Arnie, Bruce, Jet, Dolph, JCVD and all the rest when THE EXPENDABLES 2 hits in August.

We haven't seen THE RAVEN star John Cusack in theaters since HOT TUB TIME MACHINE over two years ago, and this probably wasn't the reception he was hoping for (same for director James McTeigue, whose last movie NINJA ASSASSIN opened to $13.3M). Perhaps the Fall would've been a better time for a dark R-rated murder story based on Edgar Allen Poe's macabre tales?

After that comes a few more bucks for the documentary CHIMPANZEE, THE THREE STOOGES and THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, as 21 JUMP STREET, AMERICAN REUNION, TITANIC 3D and MIRROR MIRROR make their departure from the Top 10. The new Richard Linklater film BERNIE opened at just three locations but had a strong $30k per-screen average, and the Jack Black black comedy will be hitting a few more screens soon.

And while North American audiences impatiently wait for THE AVENGERS to assemble next weekend, the Marvel heroes have already hit international screens and gathered at least $178 million so far. Are you anxious to see THE AVENGERS? And if not, what May release are you most looking forward to seeing? VOTE HERE!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Think Like a Man $18 M $60.8 M
2. The Pirates! Band of Misfits $11.4 M
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3. The Lucky One $11.3 M $39.9 M
4. The Hunger Games $11.2 M $372.4 M
5. The Five-Year Engagement $11.1 M
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6. Safe $7.7 M
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7. The Raven $7.2 M
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8. Chimpanzee $5.4 M $19.1 M
9. The Three Stooges $5.4 M $37.1 M
10. The Cabin in the Woods $4.5 M $34.6 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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9:28PM on 04/29/2012
The Avengers will kill it at the box office next weekend, can't believe its finally here.
The Avengers will kill it at the box office next weekend, can't believe its finally here.
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9:19PM on 04/29/2012
wonder what this weeks number 1 will be
wonder what this weeks number 1 will be
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8:03PM on 04/29/2012
Avengers will bank some big dollar$ before its run is over. I alone know several people that are going back for more..... Myself included. Can anyone tell me when Battleship pulls into the harbor? It's already out here in Australia. Just wondering when you guys in the states get it.
Avengers will bank some big dollar$ before its run is over. I alone know several people that are going back for more..... Myself included. Can anyone tell me when Battleship pulls into the harbor? It's already out here in Australia. Just wondering when you guys in the states get it.
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8:44PM on 04/29/2012
May 18th....but I don't it'll make as big of a splash here as it did in your country...pun intended.
May 18th....but I don't it'll make as big of a splash here as it did in your country...pun intended.
9:29PM on 04/29/2012
Battleship looks horrible
Battleship looks horrible
6:29AM on 04/30/2012
Yeah that was what my initial thoughts were but after getting dragged to see it I loved it. It was soo much fun.....Cheesy as hell but fun. Worth taking a look at.
Yeah that was what my initial thoughts were but after getting dragged to see it I loved it. It was soo much fun.....Cheesy as hell but fun. Worth taking a look at.
7:35PM on 04/29/2012
Why can't they put Statham in good movies. He can play any part Denzel plays.

Use your brain. You had to hit me with the obvious. Clearly he couldn't play Malcom X. Look at how comparable their movies are at times. Man on Fire, Safe House, Unstoppable, Book of Eli, Pelham 123, Deja Vu...that's already six movies. You're telling me Statham couldn't knock those movies out of the park as well as Denzel did? MoF is debatable, but I think Statham is just as capable. Tell me you don't like
Why can't they put Statham in good movies. He can play any part Denzel plays.

Use your brain. You had to hit me with the obvious. Clearly he couldn't play Malcom X. Look at how comparable their movies are at times. Man on Fire, Safe House, Unstoppable, Book of Eli, Pelham 123, Deja Vu...that's already six movies. You're telling me Statham couldn't knock those movies out of the park as well as Denzel did? MoF is debatable, but I think Statham is just as capable. Tell me you don't like Statham, fine. But wouldn't you agree that if he was to work with Tony Scott as much as Denzel that he probably could have pulled off a great action movie at least once?
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1:40AM on 04/30/2012
I bet Denzel was better as malcom x than statham woulda been. I'm almost at a loss for words how you can put those two on the same level but hey theoretically he could play any part Denzel plays but so could Rosie odonnel
I bet Denzel was better as malcom x than statham woulda been. I'm almost at a loss for words how you can put those two on the same level but hey theoretically he could play any part Denzel plays but so could Rosie odonnel
6:03PM on 04/29/2012

Why Statham Keeps Making the Same Movie

He's banging Rose Huntington-Whitely. To quote Bull Durham "Never Fuck With a Winning Streak."
He's banging Rose Huntington-Whitely. To quote Bull Durham "Never Fuck With a Winning Streak."
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5:03PM on 04/29/2012
I thought Safe would have done around 10-11, but 7.7 is not too bad. Just saw The Avengers and not that you guys needs any more motivation at all to see it, but it is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!...the visuals, the action, the story coming together after all these years - I even laughed very hard a couple of times. Can't wait until you guys in North America and beyond get to see it. Sorry to highjack box-office, but I am just excited for everyone to see it!
I thought Safe would have done around 10-11, but 7.7 is not too bad. Just saw The Avengers and not that you guys needs any more motivation at all to see it, but it is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!...the visuals, the action, the story coming together after all these years - I even laughed very hard a couple of times. Can't wait until you guys in North America and beyond get to see it. Sorry to highjack box-office, but I am just excited for everyone to see it!
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4:43PM on 04/29/2012
meagan good
meagan good
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4:23PM on 04/29/2012

Enjoy the #1 spot, bask in it

because you sure as hell will not be there next weekend.
because you sure as hell will not be there next weekend.
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5:30PM on 04/29/2012
A (for Avengers) men brother.
A (for Avengers) men brother.
3:51PM on 04/29/2012
Statham needs to stop starring in the same type of movie if he wants to get people interested. Do a sports movie, or a period movie, or play a villian. Something we haven't seen a dozen times before. I think the 5-year engagement might be a film I'd enjoy based on Apatow and the cast, but the trailers did nothing for me. Oh well, bring on Avengers!
Statham needs to stop starring in the same type of movie if he wants to get people interested. Do a sports movie, or a period movie, or play a villian. Something we haven't seen a dozen times before. I think the 5-year engagement might be a film I'd enjoy based on Apatow and the cast, but the trailers did nothing for me. Oh well, bring on Avengers!
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5:28PM on 04/29/2012
I guess you could say that Statham is playing it SAFE. lol. I too would like to see him branch out and do something outside the box. As great an action star as he is he will become stale if he continues down the same acting road.
I guess you could say that Statham is playing it SAFE. lol. I too would like to see him branch out and do something outside the box. As great an action star as he is he will become stale if he continues down the same acting road.
3:22PM on 04/29/2012
The Avengers is great! I didn't think it was the best movie in the series, out of the 6 people who I saw it with only 1 felt it was, everyone either placed it second or third. but well worth paying to see on the big screen. And yes if you haven't already guessed stay for the credits.
The Avengers is great! I didn't think it was the best movie in the series, out of the 6 people who I saw it with only 1 felt it was, everyone either placed it second or third. but well worth paying to see on the big screen. And yes if you haven't already guessed stay for the credits.
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6:55PM on 04/29/2012
which of the movies in the Marvel series was actually GOOD, besides the first Iron Man?? Thor, Captain America, Iron Man 2, and both Hulks were all pretty mediocre.
which of the movies in the Marvel series was actually GOOD, besides the first Iron Man?? Thor, Captain America, Iron Man 2, and both Hulks were all pretty mediocre.
9:37PM on 04/29/2012
what movies do ya actually enoy halflife, cuz i never hear you say anything good about movies, me thinks you are just a troll on here
what movies do ya actually enoy halflife, cuz i never hear you say anything good about movies, me thinks you are just a troll on here
3:16PM on 04/29/2012
I didnt see it, but 'The Raven' seemed like it was released at the wrong time of the year. Of course, if it was a great movie then that shouldnt matter, however, the time of year definitely affects a viewers perception of a film (see Saw I-infinity during October). Also, I didnt see 'Safe' as well, but judging by the trailers I almost feel like I already have seen it before. **Jason Statham must TRANSPORT helpless child from point A to point B. All while KICKING and PUNCHING the bad guys on the
I didnt see it, but 'The Raven' seemed like it was released at the wrong time of the year. Of course, if it was a great movie then that shouldnt matter, however, the time of year definitely affects a viewers perception of a film (see Saw I-infinity during October). Also, I didnt see 'Safe' as well, but judging by the trailers I almost feel like I already have seen it before. **Jason Statham must TRANSPORT helpless child from point A to point B. All while KICKING and PUNCHING the bad guys on the way.** I'm freakin ready for Avengers already!
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