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Box office shows US moviegoers 'Think Like A Man'

LOS ANGELES--The romantic comedy "Think Like A Man" topped the North American box office for the second weekend in a row, industry estimates showed Sunday.

The ensemble date movie based on the best-selling book by actor and radio talk show host Steve Harvey made US$18 million in its second week despite mediocre reviews, according to Exhibitor Relations.

That brings its two-week total to US$60.9 million, the box office tracker said.

In second place was "The Pirates! Band of Misfits," a children's stop-motion animated film from the studio that produced the "Wallace and Gromit" series that earned US$11.4 million in its opening weekend.

Next came another date movie, the tearjerker drama "The Lucky One," an adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks book starring Zac Efron as a U.S. soldier back from Iraq. The movie made US$11.3 million in its second weekend.

Smash action hit "The Hunger Games" fell to the fourth spot in its sixth week on the big screen. The movie, starring Jennifer Lawrence, earning US$11.3 million but has raked in US$372.5 million total since its opening.

Legions of fans have flocked to see the movie, based on a book by Suzanne Collins, in which a teenage girl played by Lawrence fights to win a deadly television reality show featuring children in a post-apocalyptic world.

"The Five-Year Engagement," starring Emily Blunt and Jason Segel, opened in fifth place, pulling in US$11.15 million.

In sixth place was another opening, the Jason Statham action flick "Safe," which pulled in US$7.7 million.

It was followed by yet another debut with mediocre reviews, "The Raven" starring John Cusack as 19th century American author Edgar Allan Poe, which collected US$7.3 million.

"Chimpanzee," a true-life, child-friendly adventure about a special chimp in the jungles of Ivory Coast, sank to eighth place, pulling in US$5.5 million.

Ninth was the Farrelly brothers' comedy "The Three Stooges," in its third week. The tribute to the legendary U.S. comedy trio brought in US$5.4 million, and a total of US$37.1 million since opening.

Rounding off the top 10 was "The Cabin in the Woods," a horror movie co-produced by Josh Whedon of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" fame. The film, which plays with stereotypes from teen slasher movies, pulled in US$4.5 million.

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