'Think Like a Man' remains at the top of the box office, 'The Avengers' a huge success overseas
"Think Like a Man" topped the box office for the second weekend in a row, out earning competitors like the Judd Apatow produced comedy "The Five-Year Engagement" with Jason Segel and Emily Blunt. Meanwhile "The Avengers" builds buzz for its May 4 release in the US after opening with huge numbers overseas.
Last weekend, "Think Like a Man" ended the four-week box office winning streak of "The Hunger Games." This weekend the film took in an estimated $18 million to stay in the top spot. The haul raises the film's domestic total to $60 million, according to the Associated Press.
"Think Like a Man" follows four couples. The women become hooked on TV personality Steve Harvey's 2009 book, "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man," and try to use his relationship advice on their guys. In response, the men act to turn the tables on their ladies.
The race for second place is a close one with four films all earning $11 million. When the final totals come in on Monday, the line-up for the films may change but as it stands now the animated family comedy "The Pirates! Band of Misfits," takes the No. 2 spot with $11.4 million.
The movie features the voice of Hugh Grant and follows a band of pirates, whose captain (Grant) is determined to defeat rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) for the Pirate of the year Award.
Zac Efron's "The Lucky One," is in third place with $11.3 million. The movie, based on the Nicolas Sparks novel, has earned $39.9 million in its two weeks of release. Efron bulked up to play a Marine named Logan Thibault, who survived three tours of duty in Iraq. Logan credits his safety to a photograph of a woman he found while in Iraq and sets out to find out who she is. He later discovers the woman is named Beth (played by Taylor Schilling) and he begins working at her dog kennel to try to work up the courage to reveal his story.
In fourth place is "The Hunger Games" with $11.25 million. The blockbuster film's domestic total now stands at $372.5 and it is less than $10 million behind the domestic total for the 2011 film, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2." The finale in the "Harry Potter" franchise earned $381 million domestically.
"The Five-Year Engagement" rounds out the top five films with $11.2 million.
"The Avengers" debuts in the US next week and has so far earned $178.4 million in overseas ticket sales since it launched in 39 countries last week. "The Avengers" has yet to open in other big markets like Japan, China and Russia.
"The Avengers" features characters from the "Iron Man," "Thor," "The Incredible Hulk" and "Captain America" together. Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow from "Iron Man 2" while Downey Jr. returns as Tony Stark / Iron Man. Jeremy Renner plays Clint Barton / Hawkeye and Jackson reprises his role as Nick Fury.
Watch trailers for "The Five-Year Engagement," "Pirates! Band of Misfits" "Think Like A Man" and "The Lucky One" below.