"Think Like a Man" opens at No. 1, knocks "The Hunger Games" from top perch
(CBS/AP) It took two date-night movies to finally knock "The Hunger Games" from the top box office spot.
"Think Like a Man," based on Steve Harvey's dating-advice best-seller, debuted as the top weekend draw with $33 million, according to studio estimates. That's almost double what studio executives had expected for the film, which features Michael Ealy, Taraji P. Henson and Gabrielle Union.
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"The Lucky One," starring Zac Efron in an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' romance novel, opened at No. 2 with $22.8 million. It also came in a bit above studio expectations going into the weekend.
"Think Like a Man" was produced for about $13 million and took in nearly that much on opening day Friday alone, with business getting even better on Saturday. The numbers even surprised Sony executives, who had figured the movie might pull in about $17 million for the whole weekend.
"It was a wild ride. It just got better and better as the night went on Friday. Then to be up so much on Saturday," said Rory Bruer, head of distribution at Sony.
"The Hunger Games" took in $14.5 million, slipping to third-place after four weekends at No. 1. The film raised its domestic total to $356.9 million.
Disney's nature documentary "Chimpanzee" opened at No. 4 with $10.2 million.
Rounding out the top five was "The Three Stooges" at $9.2 million.
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