The big winner on Friday appears to be a movie that isn't even out yet—audiences largely rejected all four brand-new movies, which may be the latest sign that anticipation for The Avengers is reaching a fever pitch. Thanks to the middling performance of the newcomers, Think Like a Man and The Lucky One easily held on to the top two spots.
Think Like a Man fell 55 percent to an estimated $5.5 million on Friday. It's now made $48.4 million, and is just two days away from topping Titanic 3D to become April 2012's highest-grossing movie. Meanwhile, The Lucky One dropped a slightly steeper 57 percent to $3.9 million. The Zac Efron-Nicholas Sparks romantic drama has earned a solid $32.5 million through eight days.
The Hunger Games added $2.7 million on Friday, which is a light 26 percent decline from last Friday. The movie reached a significant milestone yesterday—with a $364.2 million total, it's now tracking ahead of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($362.7 million) for the first time in its run.
The Raven wound up in seventh place with an estimated $2.52 million. That doesn't hold a candle to practically all comparable movies, including Hannibal Rising ($4.75 million) and Zodiac ($4.2 million), not to mention V for Vendetta ($8.7 million).
Both Safe and The Raven should wind up between $6 and $7 million this weekend.
Chimpanzee fell 55 percent to an estimated $1.6 million. It has now made $15.3 million, and by the end of the weekend it will be close to passing Disneynature's Oceans ($19.4 million).