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On second thought, maybe it's a good thing The Avengers hasn't opened here yet.
The surprise romantic-comedy hit Think Like a Man was a surprise No. 1 for a second weekend.
The Five-Year Engagement, pegged by some to rule the rankings, managed only a fifth-place debut.
The animated The Pirates! Band of Misfits bowed in second place, but really wasn't any bigger than those other films. For all its theaters, 3-D ticket prices and family-friendly selling points, it only grossed $11.4 million. Â
With a $11.2 million start, The Five Year-Engagement failed to meet expectations, and was more Drillbit Taylor than Forgetting Sarah Marshall. All three comedies were produced by Judd Apatow; Five-Year Engagement and Sarah Marshall starred Segel.
If there's one box-office bright spot for Five-Year Engagement, it's this: The comedy probably will be saved from flop status by its non-pricey budget of only about $30 million.
Among the holdovers, Think Like a Man upped its overall domestic take to $60.9 million, while the six-week-old The Hunger Games continued to show staying power.
21 Jump Street dropped out of the Top 10 after a hit domestic run of $132 million.
American Reunion also fell from the standings. It was gassed after a three-week stay, and, worse, with only $53.6 million in the domestic bank to date, it'll become the first American Pie big-screen comedy to fail to top $100 million.
Titanic 3D neared the end of its run, having added another $52.9 million to the 2-D Titanic's soaring domestic total.
In limited release, the Jack Black black comedy Bernie was a big litle hit, averaging a whopping $30,109 at each of its three theaters.
Overall, ticket sales were down one-third from the same weekend last year, Exhibitor Relations reported.
Lucky for Hollywood, The Avengers is (finally) opening here next weekend. Already, the Marvel comics team-up adventure has pulled in more than $175 million overseas.
Here's the complete rundown of the weekend's top movies, per Friday-Sunday domestic estimates as reported by the studios and Exhibitor Relations:
- Think Like a Man, $18 million
- The Pirates! Band of Misfits, $11.4 million
- The Lucky One, $11.3 million
- The Hunger Games, $11.3 million
- The Five-Year Engagement, $11.2 million
- Safe, $7.7 million
- The Raven, $7.3 million
- Chimpanzee, $6.5 million
- The Three Stooges, $5.4 million
- The Cabin in the Woods, $4.5 million