Weekend box office: The Five Year Engagement and The Raven struggle

Weekend Box Office: Emily Blunt and Jason Segel in The Five-Year Engagement

This can only be described as another surprising result at the weekend box office.  After THINK LIKE A MAN dominated last weekend, most of us thought for sure that life would get back to normal and one of the new films opening this weekend would wind  up taking the number one spot.  What makes it more surprising is that any of the three films opening up could have/should have easily taken the top spot at the weekend box office.  The most likely candidate was THE FIVE YEAR ENGAGEMENT and even though it sailed under the Judd Apatow banner, people might actually be sick of his comedy-drama mash-ups since lately, it seems he’s been forgetting about the comedy part.  As it is, the film barely managed the third spot.

We also had PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS, which was one of my more anticipated films of the year.  But American audiences still don’t seem too impressed with the work of Aardman Animation.  As funny as the film was, right now it looks like it will take the third spot, although it could get a boost today if the kiddies show up to see it.  The other new film was the John Cusack starring THE RAVEN.  Most of us didn’t give it much of a chance at the weekend box office, but I expected more than a seventh place showing.  I think the blend of a fictitious story with a real character really threw people off.

Next week sees the release of THE AVENGERS.  And if THINK LIKE A MAN wins the weekend box office again next week, then I’m just going to stop watching movies.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Think Like A Man $17.7m

2. The Lucky One $11.6m

3. Pirates! Band of Misfits $11.5m

4. The Five Year Engagement $11m

5. The Hunger Games $10.7m

6. Safe $7.7m

7. The Raven $7.6m

8. Chimpanzee $5.6m

9. The Three Stooges $5.5m

10. The Cabin in The Woods $4.7m

(Deadline)

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