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Top 3 films at box office are sequels

Top 3 films at box office are sequels

Top 3 films at box office are sequels

Kevin Hart, left, as Cedric is shown ...


    NEW YORK — The Las Vegas ensemble comedy "Think Like a Man Too" topped a slow weekend at the summer box office with $30 million, besting blockbuster holdovers from last week and Clint Eastwood's new Four Seasons musical "Jersey Boys."
    The Kevin Hart sequel "Think Like a Man Too" narrowly edged out "22 Jump Street," which earned $29 million in its second week of release, according to studio estimates Sunday. The DreamWorks animated film "How to Train Your Dragon 2" slid to third with $25.3 million.
    The top three films are all sequels that moved into the big box-office summer season following surprise hit originals released in the springtime.
    Moving into summer's bigger competition actually diminished Sony Screen Gems' "Think Like a Man Too." The first film, also directed by Tim Story and starring mostly the same ensemble led by Hart, opened with $33.6 million in April 2012.
    Warner Bros.' "Jersey Boys," Eastwood's adaptation of the Tony-winning Broadway musical about Frankie Valli's group, opened in fourth with $13.5 million. The film drew an overwhelmingly older audience, with 71 percent of its moviegoers over the age of 50.
    Overall business at the multiplexes was down considerably. "Think Like a Man Too" and "Jersey Boys" pale in comparison to the openings on the same frame last year, when "Monsters University" and "World War Z" led a weekend gross 38 percent higher.
    The box office will get a boost next weekend when Paramount's "Transformers: Age of Extinction" opens. The film, the fourth in the franchise and featuring a revamped cast led by Mark Wahlberg, is expected to be one of the summer's biggest grossers.
    Paul Dergarabedian, senior analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak, attributed the success of "Think Like a Man Too" to the draw of Hart, even in an ensemble. Following "Ride Along" and "About Last Night," the movie marks the comedian's third film to open with $25 million or more this year.
    "Jersey Boys," while made for a relatively little $40 million, performed weakly despite the broad popularity of the musical. While Eastwood's prestige attracted many moviegoers, the R-rated film didn't feature stars aside from Christopher Walken and drew mixed reviews. It performed similarly to jukebox musical "Rock of Ages," which opened with $14.4 million in summer 2012.
    Dan Fellman, head of distribution for Warner Bros., still called it a "really good result" that will provide counter-programming for older moviegoers amid the summer blockbusters.

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