By Alan Markfield, Screen Gems
Kristen (Gabrielle Union) reads Steve Harvey's book in a scene from 'Think Like a Man.'
There's less turnover at the top of the box office.
After toppling The Hunger Games from its month-long No. 1 perch, Think Like a Man claimed the top spot again this weekend.
The Steve Harvey comedy made $18 million, according to studio estimates from box-office tracking firm Hollywood.com.
The encore weekend lifts the $12 million film's overall revenue to $60.9 million, more than twice what analysts anticipated.
Among the weekend's newcomers, the biggest surprise was The Pirates! Band of Misfits, which took second place with $11.4 million, almost $2 million above projections.
Also turning in a strong second weekend: the Zac Efron romance The Lucky One, which was third with $11.3 million. The Lucky One has made $39.9 million in 10 days.
And while The Hunger Games has slowed its breakneck pace, the film took fourth place with $11.25 million, lifting its box-office total to $372.5 million.
The Jason Segel comedy The Five-Year Engagement didn't get far down the aisle. The movie made $11.2 million for fifth place. Analysts expected Engagement, which got solid reviews, to be the top film with about $15 million.
Think Like a Man was "the worst thing that could have happened to The Five-Year Engagement," says Tim Briody of Boxofficeprophets.com. He says Think Like a Man became "the date movie of choice this weekend as opposed to the newer release."
The only other major releases couldn't crack the top five. Jason Statham's action film, Safe, took sixth with $7.7 million, followed by John Cusack's The Raven with $7.3 million.
Final figures are due Monday.
By Scott Bowles, USA TODAY