"Think Like a Man" Likely to Win Weekend Box Office
1 year ago
It's already dethroned "The Hunger Games"
Is the plight of black romance comedies over?
In 24 hours of its theater debut, “Think Like a Man” is a trending topic on Google, is projected to gross a total of $30 million over the weekend — more than its competitor “The Lucky One” (an all white cast) -- and it earned a muscular $12.2 million at the box office on Friday, dethroning four-week top grosser “Hunger Games.”
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It’s fare to say that the movie adaptation of Steve Harvey's best-selling book will rake in Tyler Perry figures.
The overall plot has received mediocre reviews, but there’s a shared sentiment that the movie’s predominantly black cast is great. And, more importantly, that “Think Like a Man” has allowed black actors and actresses to work. Could this revive African American themed movies?
Here’s what some critics had to say:
Alonso Duralde for The Wrap: “Perhaps the greatest achievement of ‘Think Like a Man’ is that it gives criminally underused actresses like [Gabrielle] Union, [Meagan] Good and [Taraji P.] Henson the chance to star in a movie that appreciates their talents. So often wasted in small roles, these three get to flirt, crack wise and be the focus of attention.”
Claudia Puig for USA Today: “While the outcomes of the individual romances portrayed are fairly predictable, the chemistry among the cast members makes this more entertaining than most ensemble rom-coms.
Owen Gleiberman for Entertainment Weekly: “And the actors make good company. I especially liked Romany Malco as the velvet-smooth player Zeke; Meagan Good as the spiky Mya, who finds it hard to stick to her dating-war codes; and Kevin Hart as the hilariously raging Cedric, who can't stop jabbering about the divorce he only thinks he wants.”
Stephen Whitty for the Star-Ledger: “It’s also overcomplicated, with at least two too many characters. Yet in a way, the overabundance of roles is a good thing, because it means a lot of work for underused African-American actors. The always terrific Taraji P. Henson, for example, is marvelous as the MBA who’s set her sights so high, she doesn’t realize what a diamond in the rough Michael Ealy is.”
Will you go support this black romantic comedy?