Box Office Weekend Wrap-Up

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April 23rd, 2012

Monday Wrap-Up for April 23rd--

“Think Like a Man” landed top honors at the box office this past weekend, earning an impressive $33 million during its opening weekend. The romantic comedy is directed by Tim Story and based on the bestselling relationship advice book by Steve Harvey. A group of girlfriends decide to take Harvey’s advice to heart in an effort to improve their relationships with their male partners. Their plans backfire hilariously when their boyfriends and husbands decide to take matters into their own hands.

The latest offering from novelist Nicholas Sparks has landed second place in box office rankings. The romance earned over $22 million during the weekend. "The Lucky One” tells the story of a young soldier who falls in love with an anonymous woman in a photograph. When he arrives home from Iraq, the soldier decides to take a gamble on life and seek out the woman from the picture. Their fateful encounter just might change both of them forever. “The Lucky One” features Zac Efron in the leading role.

Just in time for Earth Day, “Chimpanzee” brought in over $10 million on its opening weekend. Produced by Disneynature, the heartwarming documentary follows the story of a young chimp named Oscar. Separated from his group, things begin to look bleak for the youngster. Finally, an older male chimpanzee takes Oscar under his care. The documentary features breathtaking footage of chimpanzees in their natural habitat.

Other Theatrical Releases
For the first weekend since its original release, “The Hunger Games” dropped from first place in overall box office ratings. The sci-fi epic earned $14,500,000 over the weekend, bringing the total gross up to over $356 million. These earnings placed “The Hunger Games” in third place, behind “Think Like a Man” and “The Lucky One.” When young Primrose Everdeen is chosen by lottery to take place in a vicious life-or-death competition, her older sister Katniss bravely volunteers to fight in her place. Katniss will have to learn to play by the rules and outsmart her competitors if she ever wants to return home to her family.

“The Three Stooges” earned over $9 million during the weekend of April 20th, bringing the total gross to more than $29 million. The movie draws on the classic humor of the original slapstick comedy troop, with a few refreshing modern updates. When Moe, Larry and Curly discover that their childhood orphanage is in danger, they decide to join forces to save the day. However, their clumsiness just might get in the way.

The acclaimed new horror film from co-writer and producer Joss Whedon has continued to perform well at theaters. “The Cabin in the Woods” earned over $7 million the past weekend, with total earnings of over $26 million. The smart horror movie offers a whole new twist on scary movie traditions. When five friends head out for a relaxing weekend in the woods, they wind up pawns in a terrifying plot.

Movies to DVD
“The Artist” swept the 2012 Academy Awards, including wins for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. Now, the exuberant and creative film is arriving out on DVD. Set in 1927, the silent film focuses on a popular movie star who is watching the industry change around him. As the dawn of “talkies” spells certain doom for the movie star, it means success for an aspiring young extra. “The Artist” is rated PG-13.

Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale star in “Contraband,” out on DVD on April 23rd. The action thriller tells the story of Chris Farraday, a former smuggler who has been trying to leave the dark and dangerous underworld behind. When he learns that his brother-in-law is in trouble, however, Chris reluctantly returns to his old ways in an effort to save the day. The suspenseful new release is rated R.

“Albatross” is available on DVD this week. The quirky, charming British comedy is about Emelia, a teenager with some grand ideas about the world. Believing she is descended from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Emelia finds a job at an inn owned by a struggling writer. Soon, Emelia is changing the writer’s life, but she still has to find her own answers. The film is unrated.

Halle Berry stars in “Dark Tide,” a thriller about a diver who prefers the wild side of life. Kate fearlessly dives in dangerous waters, working on a documentary about sharks. When a tragedy turns her life upside down, however, Kate will have to find the courage to carry on and once again swim alongside the ocean’s most fearsome predators. The movie is rated PG-13 and is out on DVD on April 23rd.