What do you get when you cross three A-listers with two sequels and millions at the box office? One happy studio.
Sony Pictures took the top two spots at theaters this weekend as Think Like a Man Too supplanted 22 Jump Street, reversing the fortunes of a studio that had seen only one film this year crack $100 million.
Man took the top spot with $30 million, according to studio estimates from box-office trackers Rentrak.
Despite tough reviews, the debut met most analysts’ expectations and cements star Kevin Hart’s position as summer’s most bankable comedian.
Man earned just a 22% approval rating from critics, says survey site Rotten Tomatoes. But Hart has always appealed more to moviegoers than movie reviewers, and the comedy earned an A-minus from fans, according to pollsters CinemaScore.
“Kevin Hart’s ascension as a legit box-office draw and ‘Pointless Sequel Syndrome’ appear to have canceled each other out when it came to this opening,” says Tim Briody, columnist for Box Office Prophets.
Last week’s No. 1, Street, dropped to second place with $29 million. Sophomore-week earnings pushed the Channing Tatum-Jonah Hill comedy to $111.5 million overall. The movie joins The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as the only two Sony films to collect nine figures in ticket sales this year.
SOURCE: Scott Bowles