After “22 Jump Street” maintained its no. 1 spot at the North American box office with $29 million on its second weekend, Sony made its way again on straight win with Kevin Hart’s comedy “Think Like a Man Too,” which debuted with a show-stopping $30 million.
Compared with Clint Eastwood’s “Jersey Boys” $13.5 million opening, The launch of “Think Like a Man Too” was more than double, throwing the rival away from the top spot. The producer of “Jersey Boys,” Warner Bros., on the one hand, predicted that the movie could catch up with the number of its expected audience. On the other hand, it remained disappointed with the movie’s sluggish start.
“Think Like a Man Too” was the sequel of the 2012 box-office hit “Think Like a Man,” which was based on Steve Harvey’s bestselling comical digest of relationship advice, “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.” Unsurprisingly, the sequel hit the box office the same way as the first, but it had two apparent divergences from its antecedent. First, it could not match the $33.6 million day one earnings of “Think Like a Man.” Box-office revenue consequently tumbled more than 38 percent when contrasted with the $82.4 million and $66.4 million debut of “Monsters University” and “World War Z,” respectively, last year according to the Hollywood Reporter. Second, it did not stick very closely to the wisdom of the relationship guru.
The entire original ensemble and some new additions—together with Maegan Good, Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, La La Anthony, Romany Malco, Michael Ealy and Dennis Haysbert—gave the sequel its gaudy appeal, even more revealing than its predecessor. Seattle Times’ Soren Anderson complimented the characters who gave their enthusiastic performances and who, for him, were “outstandingly good-looking.”
Furthermore, in the E! Online report, the movie critics Steve Persail (Tampa Bay Times) and Mercedez J. Howze (Chicago Defender) praised Hart for being “beyond hilarious” in the movie, but Howze felt at times that the movie turned into “The Kevin Hart Show.” The same as the original which toppled “The Hunger Games” from the top spot, “Think Like a Man Too” received not-so-good reviews.
The audiences rated both “Think Like a Man Too” and “Jersey Boys” with an A-CinemaScore.
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