Sony’s ‘Think Like a Man’ Repeats as Weekend’s No. 1 Movie

“Think Like a Man” finished atop the movie rankings in the U.S. and Canada for a second weekend, collecting $17.6 million in receipts for Sony Corp.

Two new releases, “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” and “The Five-Year Engagement,” opened in second and fifth places, respectively, researcher Hollywood.com Box-Office said today in an e-mailed statement.

Studios released lower-budget films with modest box-office prospects ahead of a summer season that begins this coming weekend with “Marvel’s The Avengers” from Walt Disney Co. (DIS) Other movies in the summer lineup include director Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” for Time Warner Inc. (TWX)’s Warner Bros. and Sony’s “The Amazing Spider-Man.”

“Think Like a Man” has “some pretty good reviews and some very good word-of-mouth,” said Paul Sweeney, an analyst at Bloomberg Industries in Skillman, New Jersey. “It was a quiet week ahead of what will be the beginning of the summer season and a really highly anticipated movie next week with ‘The Avengers.’ Everything else will take a back seat.”

In “Think Like a Man,” four women unhappy with their men use advice from Steve Harvey, author of “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.” The men learn of the tactics and fight back by getting their own copies of the text. The picture features Michael Ealy, Meagan Good and Taraji P. Henson.

‘The Hunger Games’

Sony (6758)’s animated “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” had $11.1 million in second place. The film about a sea bandit’s ambition to win the Pirate of the Year award features the voices of Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman and Brendan Gleeson.

“The Hunger Games” was third with $10.81 million. The movie has generated $372 million in ticket sales for Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (LGF) since it was released on March 23. The film, based on the Suzanne Collins novel, tells the story of a dystopian society where teens are forced to fight to the death in a televised competition. The picture stars Jennifer Lawrence.

“The Lucky One” dropped to fourth from second with $10.80 million. The Warner Bros. movie stars Zac Efron as a returning Iraq war veteran who searches for a girl he knows only from a picture he found on a tour of duty. Taylor Schilling and Blythe Danner co-star.

“The Five-Year Engagement,” which had sales of $10.6 million, features Jason Segel and Emily Blunt as a couple who can’t quite make it down the aisle. Chris Pratt and Alison Brie co-star. The movie was produced at a cost of $30 million, according to researcher Box Office Mojo, and was expected to generate weekend sales of $22 million, the forecast of Boxoffice.com.

‘The Raven’

Sweeney blamed its weak opening on casting.

“It didn’t have A-list star quality to push to the top of the rankings,” he said.

Among other new films, the Edgar Allan Poe mystery “The Raven” was seventh, with sales of $7.3 million.

John Cusack plays the 19th century horror writer who joins with a Baltimore detective to track down a serial killer whose murders emulate methods used in the author’s stories. The film is being distributed by Relativity Media LLC’s Rogue Pictures.

Weekend revenue for the top 12 films fell 33 percent to $97.1 million from the year-earlier period, Hollywood.com said. Year-to-date attendance is up 17 percent, while revenue is up 14 percent.

The amounts below are based on actual ticket sales for April 27 through yesterday.

                     Rev.             Avg./    Pct.    Total
Movie               (mln) Theaters  Theater    Chg.    (mln) Wks
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 1 THINK LIKE A MAN  $17.6    2,015   $8,737    -48    $60.5   2
 2 THE PIRATES!       11.1    3,358    3,317     --     11.1   1
 3 THE HUNGER GAMES   10.8    3,572    3,028    -26    372.0   6
 4 THE LUCKY ONE      10.8    3,175    3,404    -52     39.4   2
 5 FIVE-YR ENGAGEMENT 10.6    2,936    3,614     --     10.6   1
 6 SAFE                7.9    2,266    3,483     --      7.9   1
 7 THE RAVEN           7.3    2,203    3,309     --      7.3   1
 8 CHIMPANZEE (DOC.)   5.2    1,567    3,336    -51     18.9   2
 9 THE THREE STOOGES   5.2    3,105    1,664    -47     36.9   3
10 CABIN IN THE WOODS  4.6    2,639    1,750    -42     34.8   3
11 21 JUMP STREET      3.0    1,820    1,648    -37    131.9   7
12 AMERICAN REUNION    2.9    2,154    1,350    -47     53.5   4


Top 12 Films Grosses

   This Week     Year Ago      Pct.
     (mln)         (mln)       Chg.
===================================
    $97.1         $144.9       -33


Year-to-date Revenue

     2012          2011
      YTD           YTD        Pct.
     (mln)         (mln)       Chg.
===================================
    $3,294        $2,883       +14

Year-to-date Attendance:      +17%

To contact the reporters on this story: Michael White in Los Angeles at mwhite8@bloomberg.net; Ye Xie in New York at yxie6@bloomberg.net

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