After several weeks in the No. 1 slot at the US box office, “The Hunger Games” was finally ousted by two romantic comedies: “Think Like a Man,” based on Steve Harvey’s bestselling book, earning $33 million in its opening weekend and “The Lucky One,” starring Zac Efron, which made $22.8 million, according to the Washington Post.
The dating-advice, ensemble film features Michael Ealy, Taraji P. Henson, Chris Brown and Gabrielle Union.
"The Hunger Games" still took in $14.5 million, raising its domestic total to $356.9 million.
The Associated Press reported that "Think Like a Man" was produced for about $13 million and took in nearly that much on its opening day, Friday, with ticket sales increasing the following day.
The numbers even surprised Sony executives, AP wrote, who were expecting the film to earn about $17 million. Instead, it made nearly double that.
"It was a wild ride. It just got better and better as the night went on Friday. Then to be up so much on Saturday," said Rory Bruer, head of distribution at Sony.
Disney's nature documentary "Chimpanzee" opened at No. 4 with $10.2 million and "The Three Stooges" took No. 5 with $9.2 million.
Hollywood.com wrote so far this year domestic movie theater revenues are toping $3.1 billion, up 16.6 percent from last year's.
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