The Think Like a Man franchise had another impressive opening to top this weekend at the box office. Think Like a Man Too, the sequel to the surprise 2012 romantic comedy, claimed the top spot with $30 million. That's just slightly below the first film's $33.6 million opening and continues to make 2014 the year of Kevin Hart. The comedian has now opened three films at #1 this year, the other two being Ride Along ($41.5 million) and About Last Night ($25.6 million). Audiences liked the film even if critics didn't, giving it an A- CinemaScore to go along with a 22% Rotten Tomatoes score for what should be an average drop-off week-to-week. An $80 million to $90 million final domestic should be in reach, which will be a big hit for Screen Gems considering the $24 million budget.
22 Jump Street dropped to #2 in its second week at the box office, bringing in $29 million. The comedy sequel dropped 49%, which is high for comedies but makes sense considering the huge opening it started off with last weekend. The drop-off is even with Neighbors' 49% drop last month and well ahead of the drops for the two Hangover sequels. The film has now grossed $111.5 million domestically and $149.7 worldwide off of a $50 million budget; it should be able to pass the $200 million mark by the end of its domestic run. The budget was $50 million.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 was also down one spot, slipping to #3 with $25.3 million. The number means that Dragon matches 22 Jump Street's 49% drop-off, higher than the first film's 34% and more on par with Brave's 49% fall in its second weekend in 2012. The film is up to $95.2 million domestically and $171.5 million worldwide from a $145 million budget. It will likely fall around $150 million to $175 million domestically by the time it's done.
Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys was a minor disappointment in its opening weekend, opening at #4 with $13.5 million. The musical film failed to bring in the $15 million that Warner Bros. was hoping for but scored with fans, who gave the film an A- CinemaScore. (Critics were somewhat less kind, with a RT score of 54%.) The film had a potential audience due to its Broadway roots but the box office for musical adaptations is sketchy at best and Eastwood's directorial efforts don't score major hits outside of Gran Torino and Million Dollar Baby. In truth, Jersey Boys will likely be a bigger hit than most of Eastwood's efforts; the audience skewed older and should have a decent (if not great) week-to-week hold, which means it could make back its $40 million budget.
Maleficent continues to show box office legs, down two from last week at #5 with $13 million. That's a mere 30% drop. The Angelina Jolie-led Disney film has now grossed $186 million domestically and $521.8 million worldwide on a budget of $180 million. $200 million domestically seems likely at this point; it has now passed Oz, the Great and Powerful's worldwide box office numbers.
Tom Cruise's Edge of Tomorrow was also down two, finishing at #6 with $10.3 million. The sci-fi actioner has a three-week gross domestically of $74.5 million and a total worldwide gross of $255.5 million from a $178 million budget. The film is likely to top $100 million domestically and international grosses will put it in the black.
The Fault in Our Stars slipped two rungs to #7 in its third weekend with $8.6 million. The film has hit $98.7 million domestically and $163.3 million worldwide from a $12 million budget. The final gross will end up around $110 million stateside.
X-Men: Days of Future Past was down a couple of spots to #8 in its fifth frame with $6.2 million. The film has now grossed $216.8 million domestically and $692.1 million worldwide from a $200 million budget. Topping X-Men: The Last Stand's $234.4 million domestic gross is unlikely at this point, but not impossible. It is likely to pass the worldwide numbers of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($702.8 million) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($710.7 million), perhaps as soon as next weekend.
Jon Favreau's Chef was up one spot to #9 in its fifth weekend with $1.8 million, down just 16% from last week. The culinary comedy has totaled $16.9 million to date.
Godzilla fell three places, finishing at #10 for its sixth weekend with $1.8 million. The monster action film has totalled $194.9 million stateside and $443.2 million worldwide; the budget was $160 million.
The weekend box office tally was $148.1 million, down a hefty 38% from last year's take of $240.4 million which was led by Monsters University's $82.4 million opening weekend and World War Z's $66.4 million opening.
Note: Numbers include Sunday estimates and are three-day estimates. A studio recoups 55% of a film's grosses on average, meaning it needs to approximately double its budget to be profitable during its theatrical run.
BOX OFFICE TOP TEN (Three-Day Numbers)
1. Think Like a Man Too - $30 million ($30 million total)
2. 22 Jump Street - $29 million ($111.5 million total)
3. How to Train Your Dragon 2 - $25.3 million ($95.2 million total)
4. Jersey Boys - $13.5 million ($13.5 million total)
5. Maleficent - $13 million ($186 million total)
6. Edge of Tomorrow - $10.3 million ($74.5 million total)
7. The Fault in Our Stars - $8.6 million ($98.7 million total)
8. X-Men: Days of Future Past - $6.2 million ($216.8 million total)
9. Chef - $1.8 million ($16.9 million total)
10. Godzilla - $1.8 million ($194.9 million total)