Box Office Results for April 20, 2012

This weekend, Screen GemsThink Like a Man exploded into the top spot at the box office while the romance of The Lucky One debuted solidly in second. Both films knocked 4-time champ The Hunger Games from the top slot.

Based on the bestselling book by Steve Harvey, Think Like a Man dominated the box office with a stellar $33M opening this weekend, according to estimates, for a powerful $16,377 per screen average.  Starring Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Kevin Hart and Taraji P. Henson (amongst others), the film managed to make back its entire production budget (approximately $12M) in its first day in theaters.  Reviews were mixed but audiences dug what they saw, giving the film an A grade at CinemaScore.  This was also the fourth number one film of the year for SONY, following Underworld Awakening, The Vow and 21 Jump Street.

Debuting in second place was the latest film adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel, The Lucky One, which brought in an estimated $22.8M this weekend, for a per screen average of $7,228.  As expected, the film played mostly to young women, with an audience breakdown of 76% female, and 52% under the age of 25.  Reviews were mostly poor, but people who are suckers for romance didn’t care as the film garnered a CinemaScore grade of a B+.

Making it a book-to-film trifecta, following its four-week reign at the top – the first film since Avatar to do that – the spring juggernaut The Hunger Games continued to pull in solid business by sliding only 31% to an estimated $14.5M in its fifth round.  The Lionsgate smash upped its cume to a staggering $356.9M allowing Katniss and pals to rise up to number 19 on the list of all-time domestic blockbusters just ahead of the $352.4M of last summer’s 3D threequel Transformers: Dark of the Moon.  The next films to fall to the icy stare of Katniss will be Jurassic Park ($357M), and then The Passion of the Christ ($370.8M).

Disneynature‘s yearly Earth Day documentary Chimpanzee opened nicely at number four this weekend with an estimated $10.2M.  The film opened higher than the Earth Day films from the past three years, which included Earth in 2009 ($8.8M opening/$32M total), 2010’s Oceans ($6M/$19.4M) and last year’s African Cats ($6M/$15.4M).

The Three Stooges stumbled to fifth place dropping 46% to an estimated $9M giving 20th Century Fox $29M after ten days.  Look for a final gross in the $45M range for Larry, Moe and Curly.  Falling 47% in its sophomore round was the horror flick The Cabin in the Woods with an estimated $7.7M for a $27M ten-day cume for Lionsgate and Mutant Enemy.  Look for a finale in the $40M range.  Universal and Relativity‘s comedy fourquel American Reunion collected an estimated $5.2M, off 50%, and has lifted its tally to $48M, which is about what American Pie 2 made in its opening weekend nearly 11 years ago.

James Cameron‘s Titanic 3D fell a steep 58% to an estimated $5M and has collected $53M for Paramount and 20th Century Fox during this run.  Lifetime total now stands at $653M.  Columbia, MGM, and Relativity’s hit comedy 21 Jump Street fared well again dropping only 30% to an estimated $4.6M for an impressive $127M take to date.  The stylish fairy tale adventure Mirror Mirror declined by 40% grossing an estimated $4.1M for a $55M sum.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $116M, which was up 1.6% from last when Blue Sky StudiosRio stayed in the top spot with $26.3M; and up 35.6% from 2010 when Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Animation SKG‘s How to Train Your Dragon reclaimed number one with $15.4M in its fifth frame.

April 20, 2012 to April 22, 2012 Top Ten



1.   Think Like a Man

  • $33,000,000
  • Screen Gems (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

2.   The Lucky One

3.   The Hunger Games

4.   Chimpanzee

5.   The Three Stooges

6.   The Cabin in the Woods

  • $7,750,000
  • a Lionsgate release (Lions Gate Entertainment)
  • Mutant Enemy Productions

7.   American Reunion

  • $5,200,000
  • Universal Pictures (NBCUniversal) and Relativity Media

8.   Titanic 3D

9.   21 Jump Street

  • $4,600,000
  • Columbia Pictures (Sony Pictures Entertainment), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM Holdings), and Relativity Media

10. Mirror Mirror

  • $4,114,000
  • Relativity Media


April 22, 2011 to April 24, 2011 Top Ten



1.   Rio

  • $26,800,000
  • Blue Sky Studios (Fox Entertainment Group)

2.   Madea’s Big Happy Family

3.   Water for Elephants

4.   Hop

5.   Scream 4

6.   African Cats

  • $6,400,000
  • Disneynature (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

7.   Soul Surfer

8.   Insidious

  • $5,384,000
  • FilmDistrict and Stage 6 Films (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

9.   Hanna

10. Source Code


April 23, 2010 to April 25, 2010 Top Ten



1.   How to Train Your Dragon

  • $15,350,000
  • a Paramount release (Paramount Motion Pictures Group)
  • DreamWorks Animation SKG (DreamWorks SKG)

2.   The Back-up Plan

3.   Date Night

  • $10,461,000
  • 20th Century Fox (Fox Entertainment Group)

4.   The Losers

5.   Kick-Ass

  • $9,342,000
  • a Lionsgate release (Lions Gate Entertainment)
  • Marv Films

6.   Clash of the Titans

  • $8,924,000
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (Warner Bros. Entertainment)

7.   Death at a Funeral

  • $8,023,000
  • Screen Gems (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

8.   Oceans

  • $6,059,000
  • Disneynature (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

9.   The Last Song

10. Alice in Wonderland


~ by Matt Whitfield on April 26, 2012.

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