Box Office Report: 'Think Like a Man' Eyes $30 Mil Debut; 'Lucky One' Also Overperforms

8:44 AM PST 04/21/2012 by Pamela McClintock
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The African-American ensemble comedy won Friday with $12.2 million followed by "The Lucky One" with $9.1 million to both topple "Hunger Games"; Disney's nature documentary "Chimpanzee" pleased with $3.5 million.

The domestic box office is once again posting better-than-expected results thanks to standout performances by Screen Gems' Think Like a Man and Warner Bros.' Zac Efron-Taylor Schilling romantic drama The Lucky One, both based on popular books.

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Think Like a Man, adapted from Steve Harvey's best-selling advice book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, grossed $12.2 million on Friday for a $28 million to $30 million weekend. The movie drew an A CinemaScore, and earned an A+ among men and moviegoers under the age of 25.

Think Like a Man, whose cast includes Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, 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.

The seventh film based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, The Lucky One scored a $9.1 million Friday to come in No. 2, exceeding expectations and putting the film on course for a $25 million debut, matching the $25.3 million opening of  previous Sparks adaptation The Last Song (2010). Lucky One earned a B+ CinemaScore.

After ruling the domestic box office for four consecutive weekends -- the most since Avatar -- Lionsgate's Hunger Games fell to No. 3 on Friday, grossing roughly $4.1 million for a rousing North American total of $346 million. Overseas, the film has grossed north of $200 million.

The third new film of the weekend is Chimpanzee, Disney's latest nature documentary, which placed No. 4 Friday with a pleasing $3.5 million. The film scored an A from CinemaScore and could earn a strong $10 million or $11 million for the weekend. Some proceeds from opening-weekend earnings will go to the Jane Goodall Institute.

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