Posts Tagged: Kevin Hart

Emily Blunt & Jason Segel, Hugh Grant, Jason Statham, John Cusack Try To Knock Off Kevin Hart –’s WHO WON THE WEEK

29, 2012 12:40pm

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 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 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’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.

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Zac Efron vs Kevin Hart vs A Chimpanzee –’s WHO WON THE WEEK

22, 2012 1:43pm

Many thought with “The Hunger Games” coming into its fifth week in theaters that we’d see a dip in box office numbers this weekend.

Boy were they wrong!

Kevin Hart proved with the ensemble comedy “Think Like A Man” that he can bring crowds to theaters as the film topped the box office with a surprising $33.3 million; Zac Efron(‘s abs) starring in the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation “The Lucky One” seems to be a perfect match, coming in at #2 with $23.4 million; and Disney’s latest documentary “Chimpanzee” is making us fall for the lovable primate, as it took an impressive $10.5 million.

Kevin Hart – “Think Like A Man”

Though Kevin Hart has been dominating the stand-up comedy circuit for years now, it’s just recently that Hollywood has taken notice of the funnyman’s box office potential.

Last year, his stand-up feature “Laugh At My Pain” showed how loyal his fan base is, as the film made close to $2 million its opening weekend in only 98(!) theaters.

Now starring in the adaptation of Steve Harvey best-selling book, “Think Like a Man,” Screen Gems used Hart’s 3.8 million twitter followers to drive a modestly released urban comedy (in only 2,015 theaters as compared to “The Hunger Games’” 3,700) to double the figures that executives predicted. Hart’s tweet yesterday sums it up best: “I really don’t think y’all understand what’s going on right now! #ThinkLikeAMan is destroying the country…WE ARE MAKING HISTORY PEOPLE.

Zac Efron – “The Lucky One”

Efron returns to the WWTW conversation, this time not only in voice but physical form as well (you’re welcome ladies).

After lending his voice to the hit animated feature “The Lorax,” the heartthrob shows a little more of his adult side for this Nicholas Sparks (“The Notebook”) adaptation. Combining Efron’s fanatical fans with the Sparks pedigree proved a successful combination. And, as NPR opines, his rugged look in the film evidences the evolution of the actor.

Oscar the chimp – “Chimpanzee”

If, like us, seeing the chimp in the trailers for Disney’s “Chimpanzee” documentary got ya a little choked up, it’ll come as no surprise that many others were also motivated to meet the little primate named Oscar (a precursor of things to come?) on the big screen.

Dominating the morning and afternoon talk circuit for the week, the film also had a welcome philanthropic angle as for every ticket purchased during opening week the Disneynature label made a donation to the Jane Goodall Institute’s “See ‘Chimpanzee,’ Save Chimpanzees” program. On a different note, Forbes commented on the missed opportunity by Dole and Chiquita for not attempting a banana marketing campaign around the movie.  (That would have made for a slipperier-than-usual theater floor!)

AND… drumroll, please… the’s Winner of the Weeks is…

We gotta give props to Kevin Hart. Watching the comic rise from bit parts in movies like “Scary Movie 3″ & “4″ and “Soul Plane” to the verge of being considered with the next wave of bankable comedians is an impressive success story. And he’s not slowing down. You’ll see him this weekend in the Jason Segel/Emily Blunt romantic comedy “The Five-Year Engagement” and he’s got a comedy pilot in the works at BET. Check out the interview from the Tribeca Film Festival below! Congratulations KH!

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