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Jersey Boys may have had a successful run on Broadway, but the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons struggled to find a wide audience in theaters. The Clint Eastwood-directed musical could not overcome the box office monster that is Kevin Hart.
Think Like A Man Too gave Hart his second box office hit of the year, following the success of Ride Along. The new movie scored $30 million in its first weekend, notes The Hollywood Reporter. While the $24 million film didn’t reach the $33.6 million that Think Like A Man made in April 2012, it was still enough to win this weekend.
Sony owned the box office, with 22 Jump Street earning $29 million in its second weekend.
How To Train Your Dragon 2 added $25.3 million. Despite the original film’s success and the critical praise for it, Dragon 2 has only made $95.2 million through two weeks.
Jersey Boys came in fourth, with just $13.5 million, reports TheWrap. The audience was overwhelmingly older, with 71 percent over the age of 50 and 84 percent over 35. Warner Bros. is hoping that the older crowd will continue seeing the film, especially since they gave it an A CinemaScore, despite the lukewarm critical response.
The issue with Jersey Boys is that the on-screen talent isn’t as big as the off-screen director. Eastwood films typically get at least one bankable star, but Jersey Boys’ biggest name is Christopher Walken, who isn’t exactly packing in theaters these days alone. The main cast of the film is John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza and Walken.
It is worth noting that this weekend’s numbers were 38 percent lower than the same weekend a year ago. But then again, this weekend didn’t have Monsters University and World War Z facing off against each other.
This weekend, Transformers: Age of Extinction rolls into theaters.
image of John Lloyd Young courtesy of Jennifer Graylock/INFphoto.com