Rounding out the weekend of June 22, 2014, Think Like a Man Too dominated over its competitors, leaving the box office battlefield victorious. Each week, combatants enter the cinematic war zone, bloodthirsty for your cash. Box Office Aftermath is an ongoing column dedicated to recapping the weekend’s total ticket sales.
This past weekend was a toss up between a Black comedy, a raunchy rated R sequel, a highly praised animated sequel, and Clint Eastwood’s first attempt at musicals. And it was Kevin Hart and Co. who stuck it out and barely defeated the reining champ. Think Like a Man Too walked out of this weekend with $29.24 million, which is slightly below Think Like a Man‘s opening weekend of $33.6 million. This is Kevin Hart’s sixth best opening weekend out of all of his films, fourth if you take out his cameo roles.
22 Jump Street has another great weekend in second place. Losing only half of its audience, the Lord/Miller comedy hauled away $27.46 million, bringing the $50 million budgeted R-rated comedy to $109.91 million domestically overall thus far. It is coming very close to meeting another college comedy that released earlier this year, Neighbors, which has made $146 million this year so far.
In a sad turn of events, How to Train Your Dragon 2 did not fair too well in its second weekend compared to the original. Losing half of its audience as well, HTTYD2 earned itself $24.71 million this weekend, whereas the first film fell only 33 percent and earned $29 million in its second weekend. Not good news for Dragon fans. The original also opened in March, which didn’t have to face a tough summer schedule. Foreign box office is helping the franchise, and it should be enough to push the series to a third film. But we shall see.
Debuting in fourth place this weekend is Jersey Boys. Playing in a little under 3,000 screens, Clint Eastwood’s first musical did not do that great. With a $13.31 million earned this weekend, the film takes 13th place for musical opening weekends; falling right behind Rock of Ages ($14.43 million), Muppets Most Wanted ($17 million), and 2012’s Les Misérables ($27.28 million). Oddly enough, this is Eastwood’s fourth highest grossing opening weekend as a director.
And finally Maleficent rounds out the top five, clinging on to Disney fans as much as possible. The film earned $12.91 million this weekend, with only a slight 30 percent drop in audience. In its fourth weekend, it is doing pretty well for itself. Maleficent has now made $185 million overall and is expected to exit stage left with $215 million in the bank domestically.
(Click the image below to enlarge the charts. All figures are domestic box office results.)
Until the next weekend bout, this has been your Box Office Aftermath.
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Source: Box Office Mojo