Which New Release Took Down The Hunger Games – The Lucky One or Think Like A Man? Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Wrap-Up Report, Weekend of April 20th, 2012

After four weeks at the top of the box office, The Hunger Games was finally toppled. But which new release managed the feat – the ensemble film Think Like A Man or the Zac Efron/Nicholas Sparks film The Lucky One? Find out after the jump!

The ensemble comedy Think Like A Man made a huge impact at the movies this weekend, hitting the top with a stellar $33 million opening weekend. On Friday I suggested the film was looking to tap into the audience that has also embraced Tyler Perry, and Think Like A Man managed to do that and some. Now the questions is, how large will the drop be from week to week for Think Like A Man and will it manage to top the box office prior to the release of The Avengers.

Opening strong in second place is Zac Efron’s The Lucky One, with $22 million. That’s $10 million more than Efron’s last similiar flick, Charlie St. Cloud , did it’s first weekend out. The studio should enjoy its success this weekend, as I’m anticipating a significant drop next weekend when The Five-Year Engagement is released.

As for the rest of the top five, The Hunger Games slipped to third place in its fifth weekend in release, bringing in $14.5 million for a North American gross so far of $356 million. I doubt the film will reach $400 million, but regardless the film has been an astounding success. The summer blockbusters have a lot to live up to.

Coming in fourth was the Disneynature Earth Day film Chimpanzee, which I hadn’t made a prediction for. The film grossed $10 million, which is the best debut for that arm of Disney. Rounding things out in fifth place was The Three Stooges with $9 million. As for the great yet underperforming geek film The Cabin In The Woods, it could only manage $7.7 million to land in sixth place.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) The Hunger Games – $20.5 million
2) Think Like A Man – $19 million
3) The Lucky One – $17 million
4) The Three Stooges – $11 million
5) The Cabin In The Woods – $9 million

And here’s how the weekend turned out:

1) Think Like A Man – $33 million
2) The Lucky One – $22 million
3) The Hunger Games – $14.5 million
4) Chimpanzee – $10 million
5) The Three Stooges – $9 million

Next weekend sees the release of The Five-Year Engagement, The Raven, Safe and Pirates! Band of Misfits! Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!

7 Replies to “Which New Release Took Down The Hunger Games – The Lucky One or Think Like A Man? Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Wrap-Up Report, Weekend of April 20th, 2012”

  1. Can’t imagine any of them being at top spot after the avengers comes out, that will be number 1 for weeks, 26th of April can’t wait and look out for my review 🙂

    1. Pretty sure Avengers is out May 4th. Look forward to the review.

      1. You totally are beating us. Let me know when you’re review is up and we’ll link to it.

      2. We’ll do it for sure.

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