Screen Gems’ rom-com Think Like A Man grossed an estimated $18m for an excellent $61m. Overall box office fell around 30% against the same weekend last year, although things should pick up when The Avengers opens.

Sony/Aardman Animation’s family release The Pirates! Band Of Misfits opened in second place on $11.4m as Warner Bros’ romance The Lucky One slipped to number three.

Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games added a terrific $11.3m in its sixth weekend and ranks fourth on $372.5m. Combined with the $228.5m the film has passed $600m at the worldwide box office.

Three other new releases debuted in the mid-table, led by Universal’s recent Tribeca Film Festival opener The Five-Year Engagement from the Judd Apatow factory. The comedy stars Emily Blunt, Jason Segel and Rhys Ifans arrived in fifth place on $11.2m.

The independent thriller Safe starring Jason Statham opened in sixth place through Lionsgate on $7.7m and another independent feature, The Raven with John Cusack, opened one place below on $7.3m.

Richard Linklater’s dark comedy Bernie starring Jack Black and the in-form Matthew McConaughey opened outside the top 20 through Millennium Entertainment on $90,400 from three sites for a tremendous $30,133 per-site average.

Sound Of My Voice opened through Fox Searchlight n $40.100 from five sites. The 2011 Sundance pick-up stars Brit Marling in the story of a cult.

Next weekend’s only new wide release is Marvel Studios’ The Avengers through Buena Vista.

Estimated Top 10 North America Apr 27-29 2012
Film (Dist) / Est wkd gross / Est total to date

1 (1) Think Like A Man (Screen Gems) SPRI $18m $60.9m

2 (-) The Pirates: Band Of Misfits (Sony) SPRI $11.4m –

3 (2) The Lucky One (Warner Bros) WBPI $11.33m $39.9m

4 (3) The Hunger Games (Lionsgate) Lionsgate $11.25m $372.5m

5 (-) The Five-Year Engagement (Universal) UPI $11.2m –

6 (-) Safe (Lionsgate) IM Global $7.72m –
7 (-) The Raven (Relativity) Relativity/FilmNation $7.25m –

8 (4) Chimpanzee (Buena Vista) WDSMPI $5.5m $19.2m

9 (5) The Three Stooges (Fox) Fox Int’l $5.4m $37.1m

10 (6) The Cabin In The Woods (Lionsgate) Lionsgate $4.5m $34.7m

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