‘Think Like a Man’ Another Big Winner for Screen Gems

Screen Gems is on a winning streak.

For the second week in a row, its Think Like a Man is the No. 1 movie in America. The movie, made for about $12 million, has now grossed more than $60 million.

"Think Like a Man," made for $12 million, has grossed more than $60 million

It’s the third Screen Gems movie released this year — and the third to debut at No. 1.

The first, the R-rated Underworld Awakening, was released Jan. 20, and opened to $25.3 million. The movie, made for about $70 million, has grossed $160.1 million worldwide.

The second, The Vow, was the runaway hit of Valentine’s Day. The plot is preposterous: a woman awakens from coma with amnesia, and learns that she is married to a guy played by Channing Tatum. Instead of yelling, “Yesssss!” she resists the idea that he’s actually her husband.

Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum star in "The Vow," which grossed $182 million at the worldwide box office

Despite that, the movie did great. The PG-13 movie cost about $30 million to make, opened to $41.2 million and now has a worldwide total of $182 million.

Now, there’s Think Like a Man. The PG-13 movie is about a group of people who learn that their girlfriends are manipulating them by following advice they found in Steve Harvey’s real-life relationship advice book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. The men use the knowledge to get even.

The movie, targeted at African Americans, is drawing a broad audience. Because it’s well-done, it has likable characters and it’s funny.

Next up for Screen Gems: Resident Evil: Retribution. The R-rated movie, the fourth in the Resident Evil franchise, opens Sept. 14. Considering that the last film in the popular series, the 2010 Resident Evil: Afterlife opened to No. 1 in September 2010, expect this one to do pretty well.

"Resident Evil: Retribution" is Screen Gems' next release, opening Sept. 14

All the success shows that the label’s president, Clint Culpepper, knows what he’s doing.

He’s run Screen Gems since 1998, and has consistently shown that he knows how to make modestly priced movies — and make them succeed at the box office. The formula of horror movies and urban comedies has delivered for him.

Culpepper’s not a guy to crow about his successes, but his string of wins deserves some recognition.

(Corporate parent Sony, incidentally, is enjoying the strong year as well, and has a killer slate that includes MIB3, The Amazing Spider-Man, and the comedy That’s My Boy all three of which look like ridiculous fun. The studio’s Total Recall remake also is sure to generate some significant interest, and the Meryl Streep-Tommy Lee Jones Hope Springs looks charming.)

– Joshua L. Weinstein

What Movie Will You See This Week?

There are four wide releases hitting theaters this weekend, and they’re all pretty diverse. There’s romcom The Five Year Engagement starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, The Raven, based on the life of horror writer Edgar Allan Poe starring John Cusak, actioner SAFE starring Jason Statham, and animated family comedy The Pirates! Band of Misfits.

The Raven is leading the pack according to NRG’s box office tracking data, but not by much. 66% of audiences are aware of the film, and 32% want to see it. 5% list it as their first choice for the weekend. The Five Year Engagement isn’t far behind. 67% of moviegoers are aware of the movie, and 27% are definitely interested in seeing it. 4% list it as their first choice, though that number skews higher – to 7% – among younger women.

Meanwhile, Safe and Pirates! are likely flops. The Jason Statham starrer has 44% total awareness, 33% definite interest, but only 2% first choice – including no tracking among younger women in that category. Pirates! is at 56% awareness, 19% definite interest, and only 1% first choice.

 

Check out the trailers for all four films below. What do you think you’ll see this weekend?

– Cindy Kaplan

‘The Hunger Games’ to Fall to ‘Think Like a Man,’ ‘The Lucky One’ at the Weekend Box Office

Even The Hunger Games can’t stay No. 1 forever, and it looks like this weekend, the giant will tumble from first place — where it has spent the past four weeks — to third.

But who gets the top spot – the weepy Zac Efron romance The Lucky One or the ensemble comedy Think Like a Man?

After four weeks at No. 1 in America, ‘The Hunger Games’ will drop to third place this weekend

We think Think will win the weekend.

The Sony/Screen Gems movie should pull in at least $20 million over the weekend, and Boxoffice.com predicts it will gross $24 million. Either way, it’s an awfully good start for a film that cost about $13 million to make.

The Lucky One, from Warner Bros., is on track to do a few million dollars less than Think. An especially bright executive at a rival studio figures it’ll take $17.5 million, while Boxoffice.com has it taking $21 million.

Expect Hunger Games to take somewhere in the $13 million range.

Think is based on “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man,” a bestselling relationship advice book by Steve Harvey, the comedian. In the PG-13 movie, four guys realize their girlfriends have Steve Harvey’s advice against them, so they decide to turn the tables.

The movie, which is targeted at African Americans, will open at 2,015 locations. It stars Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence J, Jenifer Lewis, Romany Malco, Gary Owen, and Gabrielle Union.

The Lucky One, which stars Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, and Blythe Danner, is the seventh novel by Nicholas Sparks to be adapted for the big screen. He also wrote “The Notebook,” “Dear John,” “Nights in Rodanthe,” “The Last Song,” “A Walk to Remember” and “Message in a Bottle.”

In the PG-13 The Lucky One, Efron plays Logan, a Marine who returns from three tours of duty in Iraq and searches for a woman he has never met, but believes was his good luck charm during the war.

Lucky will open at 3,155 locations.

The critics don’t especially like either movie: Think got a 41 from Metacritic, a good 59.8 from Movie Review Intelligence and a 55 from Rotten Tomatoes. Lucky wasn’t so lucky, getting a 39 from Metacritic, a weak 43.9 from Movie Review Intelligence and a 25 from Rotten Tomatoes.

Also this weekend, Disney opens its G-rated documentary Chimpanzee at 1,563 locations. Don’t expect it to crack $10 million.

‘Hunger Games’ Impresses the Box Office Four Weekends In a Row…

Blog By: Jaclyn Zepnick 

The Hunger Games has, for the fourth weekend in a row, taken the No. 1 spot at the domestic  box office –– making it the first film since Avatar to reign four consecutive weeks.

The first of four planned film adaptations from author Suzanne Collins’ trilogy dropped slightly this week to $21.5 million, making its domestic total a massive $337.1 million. That makes Hunger Games No. 22 on the all-time domestic chart, right between Finding Nemo and Spider-Man 3.

The Three Stooges took second place for the weekend, taking $17.1 million. Rounding out the top 3 was Cabin in the Woods. The movie, directed by Drew Goddard –– you know him as the director of Cloverfield –– snagged $14.8 million. Cabin in the Woods is ranked at 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes –– that’s higher than Hunger Games‘ 84 percent.

Do you think Katniss and Peeta can pull off a fifth weekend win? Or will Zac Efron get lucky when The Lucky One hits theaters Friday, April 20?

Cannes Film Festival Announces President of the Un Certain Regard Jury…

British actor and director Tim Roth will be the President of the Un Certain Regard Jury when the 65th Cannes Film Festival hits the French Riviera next month (May 16-27). The 20 films in the running will be announced at a press conference April 19.

Roth, who starred in two Quentin Tarantino films, Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs, also has worked with such iconic filmmakers as Woody Allen in 1996′s Everybody Says I Love You and Tim Burton in the the 2001 Planet of the Apes. Roth recently starred in this year’s Sundance film Arbitrage.

Roth will lead a jury made up of artists, journalists and festival directors who will award a film the honor of the Prix Un Certain Regard on May 26, the day before the festival ends.

The Un Certain Regard is known for awarding films that are “different” and visionary. Past winners include Andreas Dresen‘s Stopped on Track and Rodrigo García’s Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her, starring Glenn Close and Cameron Diaz.

New Ballet Documentary First Position Trailer released…

It’s like American Idol for ballet. Bess Kargman’s First Position chronicles the story of six young ballet dancers throughout the journey to win the prestigious Youth American Grand Prix. The prize is the dream of a lifetime for these kids who have spent their short lives mostly in sweat, pain and discipline ––– a chance at stardom and fame in a career on the stage.

The film won Jury Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival, and took awards atSF DocFest as well as Doc NYC.

Check out the trailer below and be sure to see it on the big screen when it’s released May 4.

Enjoy your Monday FilmFunders and remember to wish Charlie Chaplin a happy 123rd birthday today!

The Mix-Up: The “odds” are with “The Hunger Games,” “Smash” Gets Renewed and more…

Blog By: Armando Tinoco

The Hunger Games

The “odds” are with The Hunger Games
The much anticipated adaptation of the Suzanne Collins’ best-selling trilogy The Hunger Games earned $68.3 on it’s opening day. Already breaking records for the midnight screenings, the Gary Ross directed film is already the highest opening for a non-sequel and the highest debut single day for a non-sequel. If this is a prediction of what is to come, as people get more involved with these characters the next book adaptations should break even more records.

American Horror Story

American Horror Story Increases Its Odds
A television show that wants to increase its odds of winning an Emmy is American Horror Story. Using its anthology status the Academy advised the network that the show was eligible to run in the drama series or miniseries category. The drama-series category is already crowded with front-runners like Downton Abbey and Breaking-In, the mini-series category would feature much less known players. FX is trying to take the golden statue and secure a win as the series features a rotating cast each season with different story lines, much like a mini-series.

Smash

Smash Gets Renewed For A Second Season
Critically-Acclaimed show Smash has earned a second season on NBC. The behind-the-scenes of the making of a Broadway-musical show has created a lot of buzz which has not translated into the ratings hit that NBC was expecting. The show has stabilized itself after a slight audience week-to-week gain. The network felt that Smash deserved a second season. Also worth mentioning is that although Smash is not that ratings bonanza the peacock network was expecting it has increased its ratings in its time slot as compared to a year ago.

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie Talks Leg
Everyone remember how ridiculous Angelina Jolie looked last month at the Oscars posing in her Versace dress? The actress says, “I honestly didn’t pay attention to it. You know what I mean? I don’t watch those TV shows and if I go online and see something about myself, I don’t click on it,” Angelina told The Huffington Post.

Ms. Jolie also told the Post, “And the people I surround myself with don’t really talk about that kind of stuff,” she added with a laugh. “I heard something, but I didn’t pay any attention. It’s as simple as a being a woman picking a dress you like and having a night, and not really thinking about anything else.”