Weekend Box-Office: ‘Think Like a Man’ Dominates with $33 Million Opening Weekend

Weekend box-office results for April 20-22, 2012 with Think Like a Man coming in at #1

It’s always nice when the better film wins the weekend even if it means Laremy’s streak of picking the #1 movie seven weeks straight has to come to an end. Think Like a Man was a monster this weekend, putting an end not only to Laremy’s streak, but also The Hunger Games‘s streak… let’s break it down.

Laremy predicted the #1 movie correctly 0 Weeks In A Row

Think Like a Man

Think Like a Man
$33 million from 2,015 theaters (1,140 fewer than The Lucky One) for a $16,377 per theater average on a reported $12 million budget. Now that is impressive. What else can I say?

Well, I guess I can say one thing… What is wrong with the critics that gave this a “rotten” rating at RottenTomatoes? Seriously, 50%? That is criminal. No, this isn’t any kind of masterpiece, but it’s undoubtedly fun so what gives?

As for reader predictions (because Laremy was wildly off), we have to give a standing ovation to Rob as he nailed this one with a $33 million prediction. It takes some fortitude to go that high. Kudos Rob and to those of you that put Think Like a Man at #1. Nice work.

Weekend: $33 million
RottenTomatoes Score: 50%
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #3 and his prediction of $14.4 million was $18.6m off for a percentage error of 56.36%.
Then again, I guess I can take solace in the fact Think Like a Man is rated 29% higher than The Lucky One. If this had a higher critical rating I’m not sure there would be any saving the industry.

Laremy at least had the number right, he just sand-bagged on Think Like a Man and congrats go out to Athar for his nearly spot on prediction of $22.7 million.

Weekend: $22.8 million / RottenTomatoes: 21%
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #1 with $23 million, which is $0.2m off for a 0.88% error.
Over $550 million worldwide and it looks like Catching Fire finally has a director. Here’s to hoping the sequel doesn’t fall off track and can hopefully exceed the quality of the first film, though the early production woes won’t have me holding my breath.
Weekend: $14.5 million (-31% drop) / Cume: $356.9 million / RottenTomatoes: 85%
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #2 with $15.6 million, which is $1.1m off for a 7.59% error.
People clearly are more interested in chimps than they are lions as Chimpanzee scores $4 million more than African Cats did a year ago.
Weekend: $10.2 million / RottenTomatoes: 77%
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #7 with $6.3 million, which is $3.9m off for a 38.24% error.
Made on a $30 million budget this one clearly has a lot of work to do. Green lighting this still baffles me.
Weekend: $9.2 million (-45.9% drop) / Cume: $29.3 million / RottenTomatoes: 45%
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #5 with $7.7 million, which is $1.5m off for a 16.3% error.
A 47.6% drop after a weak opening isn’t exactly what the doctor ordered. Made on an approximate budget of $25 million, this one will certainly have a life on DVD and Blu-ray.
Weekend: $7.7 million (-47.6% drop) / Cume: $26.9 million / RottenTomatoes: 91%
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #6 with $6.4 million, which is $1.3m off for a 16.88% error.
I almost forgot this movie was even made.
Weekend: $5.2 million (-50% drop) / Cume: $48.3 million / RottenTomatoes: 43%
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #8 with $5.7 million, which is $0.5m off for a 9.62% error.
Titanic has now passed the $650 million mark. Break out the bubbly for the second highest grossing domestic release of all-time.
Weekend: $5 million (-58% drop) / Cume: $52.8 million / RottenTomatoes: 88%
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #4 with $8.9 million, which is $3.9m off for a 78% error.
There are a lot of successes within this top ten and this is definitely one of them. A nearly four times multiplier comparing budget to worldwide take ($161.5 million) is what every film aspires to, but virtually none can achieve (because so many movies are terrible).
Weekend: $4.6 million (-29.2% drop) / Cume: $127 million / RottenTomatoes: 85%
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #10 with $4.3 million, which is $0.3m off for a 6.52% error.
That $85 million budget is just crazy to me.
Weekend: $4.1 million (-39.7% drop) / Cume: $55.2 million / RottenTomatoes: 49%
Laremy’s rank: Laremy picked it to finish #9 with $4.6 million, which is $0.5m off for a 12.2% error.

Elsewhere, Kevin Macdonald’s Marley documentary pulled in $260,000 from 42 theaters while the Weinstein’s attempt to drum up controversy for Bully continues to fall flat as it made an estimated $505,000 this weekend from 263 theaters.

Next weekend sees a slew of new releases hitting theaters including The Five-Year Engagement, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, The Raven and Safe along with limited releases Bernie and Sound of My Voice. You picking any early favorites?

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