Think Like a Man topped the box office this weekend, bringing in $33 million in ticket sales and knocking four-week champ The Hunger Games from the number one spot. Starring a mainly black cast, including Gabrielle Union, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Taraji P Henson, Kevin Hart and Michael Ealy, Think Like a Man proves that all-black cast films can sell. Based on Steve Harvey’s bestselling book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, the film’s success has come as a shock to the movie industry.
There’s a common understanding amongst studio executives in Hollywood that films with black protagonists don’t make money and as a result they won’t take risks with films. But the opening weekend success of the film surpassed the expectations of film critics and has created a swell of positive press for primarily black cast movies. Think Like A Man opened to roughly 2,000 screens, 1,000 fewer screens than the Zac Efron romance The Lucky One which debuted at number two. And the film made back it’s entire production budget of $12 million in its first day in theaters.
Think Like a Man will be released in the UK on 22 June 2012.