‘Think Like a Man’ muscles in at No. 1 with $33M!

Think Like a Man,” based on Steve Harvey’s dating-advice best-seller, debuted as the top weekend draw with $33 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. That’s almost double what studio executives had expected for the Sony Screen Gems ensemble movie, which features Michael Ealy, Taraji P. Henson and Gabrielle Union.

The Warner Bros. drama “The Lucky One,” starring Zac Efron in an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ romance novel, opened at No. 2 with $22.8 million. It also came in a bit above studio expectations going into the weekend.

 

“Think Like a Man” was produced for about $13 million and took in nearly that much on opening day Friday alone, with business getting even better on Saturday. Sony executives had figured the movie might pull in about $17 million for the whole weekend.

 

“It was a wild ride. It just got better and better as the night went on Friday. Then to be up so much on Saturday,” said Rory Bruer, head of distribution at Sony.

 

Lionsgate’s blockbuster “The Hunger Games” took in $14.5 million, slipping to third-place after four weekends at No. 1. The film raised its domestic total to $356.9 million.

Think Like a Man,” $33 million.

2. “The Lucky One,” $22.8 million ($3.8 million international).

3. “The Hunger Games,” $14.5 million ($13 million international).

4. “Chimpanzee,” $10.2 million.

5. “The Three Stooges,” $9.2 million.

6. “The Cabin in the Woods,” $7.8 million ($3.3 million international).

7. “American Reunion,” $5.2 million ($9.5 million international).

8. “Titanic” in 3-D, $5 million ($34.3 million international).

9. “21 Jump Street,” $4.6 million ($3.1 million international).

10. “Mirror Mirror,” $4.1 million ($5.8 million international

 

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