The Screen Gems sequel should gross $30 million or more in ticket sales through Sunday, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. If it does as well as expected, the PG-13 comedy will probably unseat last week's victor "22 Jump Street" as the No. 1 movie in the U.S. and Canada.
The jukebox musical "Jersey Boys," directed by
The new movie's box-office run should start off much like its predecessor.
The sequel should take advantage of the rising popularity of Hart, the fast-talking comic who acted in the first "Think Like A Man" and has since delivered winners including the stand-up special "Let Me Explain" and "Ride Along."
It should provide another strong launch for Hart and Story, who previously worked together on "Ride Along" from earlier this year. That buddy cop comedy, co-starring Ice Cub, opened with about $49 million over the long
Hart's last movie, the rom-com remake
Last week's openers will rematch for second place. The R-rated Columbia Pictures-MGM comedy "22 Jump Street" and
Meanwhile, Eastwood's "Jersey Boys," adapted from the highly successful Broadway show about the 1960s rock 'n' roll group the Four Seasons, is poised to lag behind that pack. The $40-million music biopic has received generally mixed review from critics and lacks major stars other than Christopher Walken.
Musicals have proved a tricky business at the box office.
But Warner Bros. is betting that Eastwood's wide appeal, the popularity of the source material and its older target audience will give it a long life at the multiplex and a solid total result.
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