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June 22, 2014

'Think Like a Man' tops 'Jersey Boys' with $30M

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Bruer said "22 Jump Street," which has made $38.2 million overseas (a large amount for a comedy), will become one of the biggest R-rated comedies ever worldwide.

Paul Dergarabedian, senior analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak, attributed the success of "Think Like a Man Too" to the draw of Hart, even in an ensemble. Following "Ride Along" and "About Last Night," the movie marks the comedian's third film to open with $25 million or more this year.

"He's a bona fide movie star," Dergarabedian said. "He's versatile, he's so well liked and he's super funny. Talking about what actors are bankable and consistent, he's right there in that group."

"Jersey Boys," while made for a relatively little $40 million, performed weakly despite the broad popularity of the musical, which toured. While Eastwood's prestige attracted many moviegoers, the R-rated film didn't feature stars aside from Christopher Walken and drew mixed reviews. It performed similarly to jukebox musical "Rock of Ages," which opened with $14.4 million in summer 2012.

Dan Fellman, head of distribution for Warner Bros. still called it a "really good result" that will provide counter-programming for older moviegoers amid the summer blockbusters.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released on Monday.

1. "Think Like a Man Too," $30 million.

2. "22 Jump Street," $29 million.

3. "How To Train Your Dragon 2," $25.3 million.

4. "Jersey Boys," $13.5 million.

5. "Maleficent," $13 million.

6. "Edge of Tomorrow," $13.3 million.

7. "The Fault in Our Stars," $8.6 million.

8. "X-Men: Days of Future Past," $6.4 million.

9. "Chef," $1.8 million.

10. "Godzilla," $1.8 million.

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