It was a tale of two Sony sequels at the box office this weekend.
“Think Like a Man Too” proved to be a no-brainer for moviegoers, topping the box office with $30 million in the U.S. and Canada, according to estimates from its distributor Sony.
Headlined by Kevin Hart and directed by Tim Story, “Think Like a Man Too’s” debut is in line with the $33 million the original film, based on Steve Harvey’s book “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man,” brought in during its April 2012 opening.
“I think this proves that funny is funny,” said Rory Bruer, head of distribution at Sony, in regards to media’s tendency to qualify the success of films with minority-heavy casts. “There is no doubt that Kevin Hart spreads a wide net to a very diverse audience, as does the rest of that cast.”
The Sony/Screen Gems battle-of-the-sexes comedy, which cost $24 million to produce, played in 2,225 theaters and earned an A- CinemaScore despite little critical praise. Females made up the bulk of the audience at 63%, with 41% of the crowd under the age of 30.
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.
“Universal has been through a couple of drafts and now is very high on the current draft. The first stop is the director. This is before any conversations on talent or timing.” I’ve learned that the studio is in final talks with British director David Yates who directed the final four films in the Harry Potter film series (#s 5, 6, 7, and 8 from 2007-2011) – and in my opinion should have won some Oscar nominations for them as the franchise grew dark and interesting under his helming. Though he normally works at Warner Bros, Yates has been the subject of considerable chatter over which film projects he’d do next.
A prolific TV
director known for his gripping British TV six-part political thriller State Of Play(2003) and the Emmy-winning The Girl In The Café (2005), Yates is a founding member of Directors UK. He now is much in demand with the finish of the Harry Potter franchise. On Scarface, he will be tasked with updating the crime saga so it lives up to the Ben Hecht/Howard Hawks/Paul Muni and Oliver Stone/Brian De Palma/Al Pacino classics since both became part of popular culture. This is not a remake or sequel but a reboot of a crime kingpin who through a ruthless campaign of ambition goes in hot pursuit of his American Dream – whatever that is in this decade. Ethnicity and geography were important in the first two versions so expect the same here. Former Universal head Marc Shmuger and his Global Produce banner is producing along with Martin Bregman who produced the Pacino version.