Sony's Think Like a Man spent its last day in first place on Thursday with $0.942 million. The Screen Gems ensemble comedy was down 8 percent from Wednesday and down 50 percent from last Thursday. With a few exceptions, wide releases were down noticeably yesterday from Wednesday in general, surely a result of audiences preparing for the launch of Marvel's The Avengers at midnight. Think Like a Man was the week's top film with $22.16 million. That was down 48 percent from the film's opening week performance and places the film's two-week total at a stronger than expected $65.03 million.
Coming as no surprise, Marvel's The Avengers was off to a strong midnight start with an estimated $18.7 million. As is normally the case, midnight grosses will be counted towards Friday's opening day performance for the film. The midnight launch for the highly anticipated superhero film from Disney was slightly larger than the $18.5 million midnight start of 2008's The Dark Knight and a bit smaller than the $19.7 million midnight start of The Hunger Games back in March. Check back tomorrow and throughout the rest of the weekend for updates on the box office progress of The Avengers.
Turning back to Thursday, Universal's The Five-Year Engagement grossed $0.719 million to remain in second place. The R-rated comedy starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt fell 13 percent from Wednesday. The Five-Year Engagement grossed a lackluster $14.10 million in its first week of release, which was still good enough for second place among all films this week. The film is currently running 41 percent behind the pace of 2008's Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
The Hunger Games held steady in third with $0.710 million. The Lionsgate blockbuster was unchanged from Wednesday and down 32 percent from last Thursday, which represented one of the day's better daily holds among wide releases. The Hunger Games outpaced Warner's The Lucky One by a slim $16,999 this week to claim third place for the frame. The Hunger Games has grossed a simply massive $375.03 million in six weeks.
This week's other wide releases failed to make an opening week impact. Sony's The Pirates! Band of Misfits placed in fifth for the week as a whole with a seven-day start of $13.16 million, Lionsgate's Safe finished in sixth with $10.40 million and Relativity's The Raven had to settle for seventh place with $9.54 million.