‘Think Like a Man’: box-office bonanza
Hollywood by Choice
According to the Hollywood Reporter (THR) “Think Like a Man” scored one of the best openings in recent memory for an African American-themed film in debuting at $33 million.
Futhermore, “Think Like a Man,” adapted from Steve Harvey’s best-selling advice book, “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man,” gets bragging rights to being the film to topple Lionsgate’s blockbuster “The Hunger Games”—which has now grossed $357 million domestically—from it’s No. 1 perch.
The film stars Gabrielle Union, Taraji P. Henson, Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Regina Hall and Kevin Hart, and is about four men whose love lives are disrupted when their partners begin using advice from Harvey’s book.
Statistics reports that males turned out in force, making up 63 percent of the audience. “Think Like a Man” skewed older, with 62 percent older than 30.
It’s a relationship movie, and we’re all trying to figure things out, and if we see any part of our lives reflected in the movie, we either breathe a sigh of relief, thinking, “Well, I’m not so weird, or off base,” or we hide our heads in shame. Whatever the case may be, we want to see how the opposite sex handles the various situations that crop up in relationships. This topic is a recipe for success. And what a great cast to make the point.
Critics rushed to compare “Think Like a Man’s” box-office bingo to Tyler Perry films. Perry’s latest film, “Good Deeds,” pulled in $15.6 million in its debut. However, a number of Perry’s films debuted at $25 million . . . And “Madea Goes to Jail” brought in $41 million on its opening weekend.
Perry, in a recent email had this to say about the film: “Steve Harvey has a movie opening today called, ‘Think Like a Man.’ I went to the premiere about a week ago, and it’s hilarious. Hope you’re planning to go see it. It’s so important that we all win!”
Get out if you can. Kevin Hart is hysterical in this film. Keep an eye on him. That kid is going to be huge.
The big question is did non-Blacks also attend this film? Those box-office stats are not in yet, but Harvey’s presence on TV and radio has drawn a cross-over appeal, especially TV’s “Family Feud,” which targets all racial groups. And remember his book got a big push on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” when he sat down and talked to her about why he wrote it, and what men might think of him after their “trade secrets” were put out in the open.
There are a number of African American-themed movies in production, but not on the studio level. These films suffer because there is little money to dedicate to publicity and promotion, which Sony poured into hyping “Think Like a Man.” Although the reviews for this movie were mixed, it clearly didn’t stop folks from seeing the movie for themselves, proving that everyone doesn’t have to love a film to make it a success.
Hollywood is stunned that an African American-themed movie was the first film in four weeks to topple “The Hunger Games,” leaving a number of Black critics hoping that the industry views the success of this film as an example of what attracts a large audience. And hopefully, as a result, more African American-themed movies will get the greenlight for production. Well, we can only hope.
“Think Like a Man” is in theaters now.
Gail can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When we hear that a movie went straight to DVD we figure the movie was somehow lacking, and wasn’t good enough to be shown on the big screen. Or if a Black movie had a limited run in theaters and went to DVD we naturally think it couldn’t attract an audience. We’ve been fed this information by the media, from those fortunate few who look down on their fellow filmmakers who haven’t received the big break yet, but who, by any means necessary, get their films to the public. “Straight to DVD” is the breeding ground of Black cinema.
I recently ran across an article promoting Black movies that I found interesting. The writer exhorts moviegoers to check out independent films.
In this light, I urge you to check out the Reel Black Men Film Festival 2012 this Friday.
Do you want to know what it’s like to be a dark-skin girl in America? The documentary “Dark Girls” produced by veteran actor and filmmaker Bill Duke and documentary director and producer D. Channsin Berry opens a window to a world that everybody has an opinion on, an opinion that sometimes manifests itself in insults and shame.
“Dark Girls” is a documentary exploring the deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color, particularly concerning dark-skinned women, outside of and within Black American culture.
Yes, indeed we are at war—with Hollywood. It’s our call to arms. Make history at the box office on opening day and/or weekend for “Red Tails.” A major email campaign has been on the way since December, and honestly, any and everywhere Black folks are gathered, including church, they should be asked to go to the theaters to see and support it.
Every now and then we all deserve a good, cleansing laugh and I suggest that you go see “Peeples” and laugh yourself silly.
Tyler Perry presents “Peeples,” starring Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, David Alan Grier, S. Epatha Merkerson, Tyler Williams, Melvin Van Peebles and Diahann Carroll, and written and directed by Tina Gordon Chism.