Bust out the confetti and the party hats! After a pretty solid promotion run of cast interviews, behind-the-scenes photos and commercial slots, Steve Harvey’s ‘Think Like A Man’ came in at #1 at the weekend box office. The film did so well that it butted ‘The Hunger Games’ out of the top spot:
“Think Like a Man,” based on Steve Harvey’s dating-advice best-seller, debuted as the top weekend draw with $33 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. That’s almost double what studio executives had expected for the Sony Screen Gems ensemble movie, which features Michael Ealy, Taraji P. Henson and Gabrielle Union.
“Think Like a Man” was produced for about $13 million and took in nearly that much on opening day Friday alone, with business getting even better on Saturday. Sony executives had figured the movie might pull in about $17 million for the whole weekend. [SOURCE]
After four weekends at the #1 spot, ‘The Hunger Games’ came in at third place with $14.5 million with the romantic drama ‘The Lucky One’ taking slot #2…
OPRAH WINFREY TO STAR IN ‘THE BUTLER’
It’s no surprise that Oprah Winfrey is making her way back into the world of acting. The former talk show host has been confirmed to play a lead role in the upcoming Lee Daniels-directed film, ‘The Butler.’ In a recent interview with USA Today, the ‘Precious’ director shared more about Oprah’s return to the silver screen:
“It’s a true story of a man (Eugene Allen) who served several decades in the White House,” says Daniels. “Forest (Whitaker) plays the butler who serves many presidents and Oprah plays his wife.” Oprah, he adds, “was looking for something and we’re friendly and we were just trying to figure out the right thing.” It will be the first time Oprah takes on an acting role since 1998′s Beloved, which she produced and starred in. [SOURCE]
Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker in one movie sure sounds like a good combo. The cast will also include Jane Fonda (as Nancy Reagan), John Cusack (as Richard Nixon) and Liam Neeson, who will be playing Lyndon B. Johnson. The film is expected to begin filming this summer in New Orleans, Louisiana.
LARENZ TATE TO PLAY TWIN ON BET ORIGINAL MOVIE
Two Larenz Tates in one movie? We’ll take it! The longtime actor will be starring in an upcoming BET original film entitled ‘Gun Hill.’ In the movie, Tate plays twin brothers, Trane (the cop) and Bird (the con):
For the adults who go to the movies mostly on premiere weekends, this original film with beloved leading man Larenz Tate is sure to satisfy their fresh tastes. From the executive producers of New York Undercover, this high-powered cop drama is about identical twins on opposite sides of life: Trane, a cop, and Bird, a con. On one fateful night, Trane is killed. Bird assumes his identity and begins his own search for redemption. Set in the mean streets of New York, this smart, gritty two-hour movie event features an ensemble cast of characters operating on all sides of the law, where no one is quite what they seem. [SOURCE]
‘Gun Hill’ is under the direction of Reggie “Rock” Bythewood, who also directed the 2003 movie, Biker Boyz. The cast includes Michael Aronov, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney (“How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” “Haitian Nights”), Tawny Cypress (“Heroes,” “Rescue Me”) and Aisha Hinds (“True Blood,” “Hawthorne”). No word on when the film will air on BET.