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Think Like A Man Too beats Jersey Boys to US top spot

Think Like A Man Too

Story by Jack Foley

KEVIN Hart ensemble comedy Think Like a Man Too has shot to the top of the US box office with a $30 million opening.

The film had no trouble beating competition from the week’s other big release, Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys, which placed a distant fourth with $13.5 million.

Last week’s box office winner, 22 Jump Street, slipped to second but only narrowly relinquished top spot with a take of $29 million.

Although impressive, Think Like a Man Too‘s debut could not match the $33.6 million debut of the original, which debuted in April 2012. Hoever, the sequel did only cost $24 million to produce,

Rory Bruer, Sony worldwide president of distribution, commented: “Even though the opening is a hair less than the last, I think summer weekdays are going to absolutely make up for that. Certainly the picture is already a success. Kevin Hart is a force to be reckoned with.”

Inspired by Steve Harvey’s best-selling book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, the sequel follows the various couples as they travel to Las Vegas for a wedding and find their plans for a romantic weekend going awry. Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Regina Hall and Gabrielle Union also star.

Although the opening figure for Jersey Boys sounds low, it was in keeping with what Warner Bros has anticipated.

Domestic distribution chief Dan Fellman told The Hollywood Reporter: “I don’t have a problem with the number we did. The film earned an A CinemaScore from audiences over the age of 25, which is what I was looking for. The movie will over-index during the week because its target audience is available.”

The US top five was rounded out by How to Train Your Dragon 2, which took $25.3 million in its second weekend to finish with a US total so far of $95.2 million.

And Disney’s Maleficent came fifth with $13 million.

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