Kevin Hart comedy Think Like A Man Too topped the US box office chart with $30 million.
Clint Eastwood’s film adaptation of hit musical Jersey Boys has only managed to debut at number four.
Jersey Boys, about Frankie Valli’s group, based on the Tony award-winning musical, took just $13.5 million over the weekend.
It featured a mainly unknown cast aside from Christopher Walken and got mixed reviews.
Think Like A Man Too topped the US box office chart with $30 million
Think Like a Man Too took $30 million in a slow weekend, narrowly beating 22 Jump Street, which took $29 million in its second week of release.
Dreamworks’ animated sequel How To Train Your Dragon 2 slipped to third spot with $25.3 million, ensuring that the weekend’s top three were all sequels.
Think Like A Man Too only managed to get a 22% rating on the Rotten Tomatoes review site but that did not stop fans flocking to the cinema.
Jersey Boys won the Tony award for best musical in 2006, and productions of it have played all over the world.
Nearly three-quarters of the first-weekend audience for Jersey Boys were over the age of 50, so producers will be hoping the film will be popular for a few weeks – older audiences tend not to rush out to catch a film on its opening weekend.
Angelina Jolie’s live action fairytale Maleficent, rounded out the top five.
The movie passed the $500 million over the weekend at the international box office, making it Angelina Jolie’s highest-grossing live-action film of all time, not accounting for inflation, according to Hollywood Reporter.
North American box office Top 5:
- Think Like A Man Too – $30 million
- 22 Jump Street – $29 million
- How To Train Your Dragon 2 – $25.3 million
- Jersey Boys – $13.5 million
- Maleficent – $13 million
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Dating comedy Think Like a Man is still on top at the North American box office after taking $18 million between Friday and Sunday.
Chris Brown stars in the film, based on Steve Harvey’s dating advice book.
But Think Like a Man is likely to be swept aside by The Avengers when it opens in the US on Friday.
The super-hero blockbuster has already been released in 39 countries and has made $178 million in international ticket sales so far.
Second place in this weekend’s US and Canadian chart was taken by Aardman animation The Pirates! Band of Misfits which, according to studio estimates, plundered $11.4 million in its opening weekend.
The nautical comedy sees Hugh Grant provide the voice for an inept buccaneer.
Dating comedy Think Like a Man is still on top at the North American box office after taking $18 million between Friday and Sunday
Zac Efron’s romantic drama The Lucky One fell one place to three, having made $11.3 million in its second weekend on release.
With The Hunger Games at four, it was left to romantic comedy The Five-Year Engagement to round out this week’s top five.
According to Paul Dergarabedian of box office tracker Hollywood.com, “going to the movies… clearly was not the number one priority this weekend”.
“There’s so much anticipation for The Avengers that the newcomers kind of got lost in the shuffle.”
Those newcomers included Jason Statham action thriller Safe and John Cusack’s The Raven, a horror mystery inspired by the work of Edgar Allan Poe.
Safe was ranked sixth in the chart with $7.7 million, while The Raven claimed seventh place with $7.3 million.
The film features an ensemble of Marvel comic book characters including Captain America, the Incredible Hulk and Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man.
Top 5 films in US and Canada
• 1. Think Like a Man – $18 million
• 2. The Pirates! Band of Misfits – $11.4 million
• 3. The Lucky One – $11.3 million
• 4. The Hunger Games – $11.25 million
• 5. The Five-Year Engagement – $11.2 million