It was bound to happen. This weekend sees one of the worst box office totals of the year (a 27% downfall from last year) as the latest Judd Apatow-produced comedy, “The Five-Year Engagement,” starring Emily Blunt and Jason Segel, underperformed. This opened the door for last week’s surprise winner, the Kevin Hart comedy “Think Like A Man,” to top the list once more. There were disappointing numbers from the rest of the heap as well, including John Cusack’s fantastical take on the last days of Edgar Allan Poe, Hugh Grant as an animated pirate and Jason Statham being, well… Jason Statham.
Kevin Hart – “Think Like A Man”
Don’t think that with his surprise #1 box office win last weekend that Kevin Hart would just sit on his laurels and take it all in. He’s back out working the publicity tour, which led to the urban comedy based on comedian Steve Harvey’s relationship book to top the box office for a second straight weekend with over $17 million (making its two week total at $60.6 million). This week Hart told EW.com some of his social media secrets to get word out about the film, EW also posted a funny gag reel, and Hart filmed himself going to theaters around the country to thank fans for seeing “Man.”
Emily Blunt / Jason Segel – “The Five-Year Engagement”
With the pedigree of Judd Apatow behind it and selected to open the glitzy Tribeca Film Festival last week, it looked like the Emily Blunt/Jason Segel rom-com was set to make some nice coin this weekend. But with only an $11 million take it’s turning out to be a disappointment. However, it’s not the fault of the film’s two leads. Segel showed up on “The Daily Show” and had a funny moment on Jimmy Fallon about Hillary Clinton rejecting a role on “How I Met Your Mother” (though she was never offered it). And let’s not forget the continued buzz of his relationship with Michelle Williams. While Blunt gave out relationship advice and talked about her upcoming role opposite Tom Cruise. Can’t win ’em all.
Hugh Grant – “The Pirates! Band Of Misfits”
Coming off a three year absence from movies, Hugh Grant returns as the voice of a pirate captain in the animated kids comedy “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” (from the creators of the popular “Wallace and Gromit” franchise). With an 88% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the film brought in a modest $11.5 million (which could push it to second place this weekend once all the numbers are final). Grant worked the morning talk show circuit this week going on “Live with Kelly” and having tea on “Ellen.” He also revealed that he’s not totally against another “Bridget Jones” sequel.
Jason Statham – “Safe” & John Cusack – “The Raven”
Rounding out the rest of this week’s new releases: Jason Statham returns to kick ass in a new film, “Safe” (which took in $7.7 million). He answered some random fan questions for NextMovie.com. And John Cusack plays Edgar Allan Poe in “The Raven” ($7.5 million), which follows the famous author as he tries to hunt down a killer who has taken inspiration from his works. Cusack discussed the role and his career for Rolling Stone.
And the winner of this week’s Celeb.com’s WHO WON THE WEEK…
Yes, it was a down week, but Hugh Grant proved to shine. Known for his heart-throb roles for most of his career, crossing over to children’s films for the first time may lead to a new fan base (and extended career path) for the 51 year old Brit. And as he tells People, only having to show up to a recording booth for work isn’t a bad gig.