Sony's "Think Like a Man" retains No. 1 spot at the weekend box office. "Pirates! Band of Misfits" is a surprise No. 2 as "Five-Year Engagement" sputters
Sony Screen Gems' "Think Like a Man" is the repeat box office champ.
It was relatively quiet weekend, the last before next week's arrival of Disney and Marvel's "The Avengers," the first in what is expected to be a string of summer blockbusters.
The African-American ensemble film, based on an advice book by comedian Steve Harvey, took in $18 million from 2,015 locations, lifting its overall gross to $60.8 million, according to Rentrak.
Surprising in the No. 2 spot was Sony's animated family film "Pirates! Band of Misfits," propelled by a strong Saturday showing with a projected $11.5 million from 3,358 locations. The film, from Sony Pictures Animation and Aardman, was made for roughly $50 million, a figure it has surpassed in foreign box office receipts already.
It just beat out last week's No. 2 film "The Lucky One." The Warner Bros. movie, based on a Nicholas Spark romance novel and starring Zac Efron, took in $11.3 million from 3,175 locations. That brings the overall domestic gross for the film to nearly $40 million.
That edged Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games," which took in $11.2 million at 3,572 locations to up its overall domestic take to $372 million.
"The Five-Year Engagement," an R-rated comedy from Universal, was a disappointing fifth. Co-written by Jason Segel and Nick Stoller, it took in $11.1 million from 2,936 locations. The film, with a production budget of $30 million, received a B- Cinemascore from an audience that skewed female (64 percent to 36 percent male) and older (57 percent over 30 vs. 43 percent under).
The weekend's two other new movies, "Safe" from Lionsgate and John Cusack-starrer "The Raven" from Relativity, finished sixth and seventh, with $7.7 million and $7.2 million respectively.