'Think Like a Man Too' looks for laughs while 'Jersey Boys' sing

Posted Jun 19, 2014 by Tim O'Brien
UPDATE: A solid Friday for comedy as "Think Like a Man 2" beat "22 Jump Street" at the box office. With a haul of $12.2 million for "Think Like a Man 2," it looks like laughs will win out for sure. "22 Jump Street" took in $9.3 million.
Laughs or songs. It is up to you.
Laughs or songs. It is up to you.
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The other new wide release, "Jersey Boys," is doing what was expected at around $4.2 million.
EARLIER: Comedy has not been hard at the box office of late and it may prevail when this weekend wraps up as well. "Think Like a Man Too" is surely primed to tickle the funny bones of audiences.
That means it could, and some say, should keep Clint Eastwood's latest from hitting the top spot. "Jersey Boys" will play the tunes but not enough to overtake the laughs. But, the theater counts so far would mean it would take a lot to push the comedy forward and beyond. But, it is possible.
The box office of late has also proved that winning a week is enough for now, whether be a comedy and sad drama, as with "Fault of Our Stars."
"Think Like a Man Too" stars Kevin Hart and Adam Brody, among others. It is a scene that has been played out over and over again but it will not stop people from going. A follow-up to the popular "Think Like a Man," the sequel had to happen. But, here we go again in Las Vegas, a place where weddings, bachelor parties, and fun happen. If it feels familiar, it is because it is.
The movies are based off of Steve Harvey's book "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man." Harvey has proved very funny and talented and is everywhere, too. One could say he has brought "Family Feud" back to its ratings heyday, and for good reason. He is the perfect host for it.
1. "Jersey Boys" - 3,000+ theaters
2. "Think Like a Man Too - 2,000+ theaters
3. "Third Person" - Limited
4. "Venus in Fur" - Limited
The two wide releases will have to contend with a crowded field which includes "22 Jump Street" and "How to Train Your Dragon 2." Both sequels themselves. But, even though "Jersey Boys" may feel like it has been done, that is only because of the popularity play.
"Jersey Boys" stars Christopher Walken and is produced by Eastwood. John Lloyd Young stars as Frankie Valli. It is also rated R.
With two comedies battling it out, it will be interesting to see if they cancel themselves out or help each other. Go to one and then the other, or one and not the other. With "22 Jump Street" and its over-achieving nature last weekend, one may wonder if everyone who wanted to see it, did so. For each of them, however, it is a "been there, done that" feel. That may help "Jersey Boys."
But, the comedies have been proving worthy in their first week out. They seem to have replaced the horror film on that note. Where they have tanked lately, the comedy has risen. Go figure. That means soon, the superhero film will fall hard, too.
The smaller films that get the per screen average look are "Third Person" and "Venus in Fur." "Third Person," written and directed by Paul Haggis, boast an impressive cast including Olivia Wilde, Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, James Franco, Adrien Brody, Maria Bello and Kim Basinger.
Haggis, who brought to life 'Crash," offers up three different stories here in "Third Person." Here they play out in New York, Rome and Paris. And they feature the usual subjects of love, loss and pain, which somehow are supposed to come together and make sense. It did with "Crash," but will it here?
With "Venus in Fur," it is based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway play by David Ives and directed by Roman Polanski. That alone will give it buzz.