Think Like A Man, the romantic comedy based on Steve Harvey’s best-selling book, has out performed all expectations at the box office this weekend. The film, which featured an almost all-black cast, managed to rake in 12.2 million at the box office on Friday, despite receiving little mainstream press.
Directed by Tim Story, Think Like A Man unseated the reigning box-office champion, The Hunger Games, which has maintained the top spot for four straight weeks. The movie is on track to bring in over $30 million this weekend compared to The Hunger Games‘ $14 million. Sony Studios only expected $17 million in revenue.
Earlier this month, Vulture reported that screening audiences gave Think Like A Man almost unanimous praise and approval making it “the best-testing film in Hollywood.” CinemaScores gave the film an unexpected “A.”
The romantic comedy stars Gabrielle Union, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Hart, Meagan Good, Romany Malco, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Taraji P. Henson, and Terrence Jenkins. The film’s remarkable success comes as a surprise, not only because its nearly all-black cast appealed to a white audience, but also because many of the actors were unknown to mainstream audiences. It’s also interesting to note that the movie played in just 2,015 theaters, compared to 3,752 venues allotted for The Hunger Games.