The adaptation of Steve Harvey's self-help book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man took first place on Friday with a huge $12.2 million opening. That's a higher start than nearly all comparable titles—it beat all Tyler Perry movies with the exception of Madea Goes to Jail, and it scored the highest-opening ever for a Screen Gems title geared towards African-American audiences (ahead of 2009's Obsessed).
Think Like a Man received a strong "A" CinemaScore (which improved to an "A+" among men and among all moviegoers under the age of 25), and it will almost certainly earn over $30 million for the weekend. That will make it the third first place opener for Screen Gems this year following Underworld Awakening and The Vow, and Sony's third $30 million debut after The Vow and 21 Jump Street.
The Lucky One settled for second place with an estimated $9.1 million. That's the second-highest opening day ever for a Nicholas Sparks adaptation behind Dear John ($13.8 million), and the movie also sold significantly more tickets than The Notebook. It did wind up slightly behind Efron comedy 17 Again ($9.4 million), which opened at the same time in 2009. The Lucky One looks to be on pace for a very solid $22 million weekend.
After 28 days on top, The Hunger Games dropped down to third place on Friday with an estimated $4 million (a light 38 percent decline). The movie now ranks 20th on the all-time domestic chart with $346.4 million, and will almost certainly pass $350 million sometime today.
Chimpanzee played surprisingly well on Friday. Disneynature's fourth documentary opened to $3.54 million, which is a bit better than African Cats's $3.3 million opening day. That movie had the advantage of debuting on Earth Day, though, which falls on Sunday this year (Chimpanzee should expect a nice bump that day). Chimpanzee also scored the best opening day for a Disneynature movie since Earth debuted to $4 million on Earth Day 2009. For the weekend, Chimpanzee should end up with over $10 million.
The Cabin in the Woods dropped 55 percent to an estimated $2.48 million on Friday. That's not terrible considering the horror comedy is coming off a Friday the 13th opening and had a terrible "C" CinemaScore. Through eight days in theaters, the Joss Whedon production has earned $21.7 million.
With Chimpanzee taking more of the family audience than expected, The Three Stooges plummeted 59 percent to an estimated $2.3 million. The Farrelly Brothers adaptation has so far grossed $22.4 million.