LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Romantic comedy “Think Like a Man” simply flog 4 new films to win a U.S. and Canadian box bureau competition for a second time while superhero film “The Avengers” stormed into overseas theaters with record-breaking sales.
“Think Like a Man” led domestic charts with an $18.0 million sum from Friday by Sunday, according to studio estimates gathered by Reuters on Sunday. New cinema including adult comedy “The Five-Year Engagement” didn’t come close, any grabbing about $11 million or less.
Big-budget, effects-filled “Avengers” hauled in a large $178.4 million given Wednesday from theaters in 39 general markets, Walt Disney Co said. The 3D film from Disney’s Marvel studio set opening-weekend annals in 12 territories including Mexico and Brazil and opening-day annals in 4 countries.
“Avengers” reaches North American (U.S. and Canadian) theaters on Friday to flog off a summer film season. Box bureau forecasters envision super-sized sales that will opposition this year’s record set by teen genocide compare play “The Hunger Games,” a blockbuster that debuted in Mar with $152.5 million domestically.
Anticipation for “Avengers” expected kept many filmgoers home from multiplexes this weekend, pronounced Paul Dergarabedian, boss of a box bureau multiplication of Hollywood.com. Overall sheet sales slumped 30 percent from a same weekend final year.
“It only seemed like audiences are saving their time and income for subsequent weekend” and a “Avengers” debut, he said.
“Think Like a Man” brought a 10-day sales to $60.9 million. The film facilities an garb expel and is formed on a best-selling attribute beam by comedian Steve Harvey.
Among a newcomers, charcterised family film “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” achieved best with $11.4 million and second place. The film cost about $55 million to make. Total sales overseas, where a film has been personification given late March, rang adult during $75.1 million by Sunday.
Close behind in third place, adore story “The Lucky One” took in $11.32 million domestically during a second weekend in theaters.
Action film “The Hunger Games” slipped to fourth with $11.25 million. Worldwide sales to date reached $601 million, distributor Lions Gate Entertainment Corp said.
“Five-Year Engagement” non-stop during a unsatisfactory No. 5 with $11.2 million, somewhat next projections by Universal Pictures for a low-teens. The film stars Jason Segel and Emily Blunt as a integrate whose travel down a aisle runs into steady interruptions. Audiences had a lukewarm reception, grading a film a “B-minus” in polling by consult organisation CinemaScore.
Universal and secretly hold Relativity Media constructed “Five-Year Engagement” for about $30 million. “A pretty labelled film that somewhat underperforms is not a misfortune thing in world,” pronounced Nikki Rocco, Universal‘s boss of distribution.
New thriller “Safe” cumulative $7.7 million and a No. 6 slot. The film stars Jason Statham as a former chosen representative who takes on a goal to rescue a kidnapped girl. Another new thriller, “The Raven” starring John Cusack as Edgar Allen Poe, landed in seventh place with $7.3 million.
Sony Corp’s film studio distributed “Think Like a Man” and “Pirates! Band of Misfits.” Time Warner Inc’s Warner Bros. studio expelled “The Lucky One.” “The Five-Year Engagement” was distributed by Universal Pictures, a section of Comcast Corp.
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp expelled “Hunger Games” and “Safe.” Privately hold Relativity Media expelled “The Raven” in a United States, and Alliance Films distributed a film in Canada.
(Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Bill Trott and Eric Walsh)R Soft Web Hosting