Box office report for April 30, 2012: “Think Like a Man” stays No. 1 at dometic box office, “Avengers” makes $185 million overseas
The domestic box office stayed relatively quiet over the weekend, but “The Avengers” already are making plenty of noises overseas.
“The Avengers” isn’t playing yet on U.S. movie screens until 12:01 a.m. Friday, but director Joss Whedon’s superhero mashup Marvel Comics movie has made $185.1 million since it began opening in 39 markets last week, reports the Associated Press. That’s nearly $7 million more than the studio had estimated Sunday.
Among the revenue highlights for “The Avengers”: $25.5 million in Great Britain, $19.8 million in Australia, $16.9 million in Mexico and $13.9 million in France.
Starring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Tom Hiddleston as Loki, “The Avengers” is tracking better than Lionsgate’s blockbuster “The Hunger Games,” which posted a record March bow of $152.5 million.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The Avengers” has even been pacing ahead of “The Dark Knight,” which opened in July 2008 with $158.4 million to become the top opener of all time at the domestic box office. The Batman film held the record until fellow Warner Bros. title “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2″ debuted to nearly $170 million in July 2011.
At the domestic box office, the ensemble comedy “Think Like a Man” remained the No. 1 draw for the second-straight weekend with $17.6 million, holding off a rush of new movies that did only modest business at U.S. theaters, according to the AP.
Here are the top 10 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as reported by the AP:
1. “Think Like a Man,” Sony Screen Gems, $17,604,141, 2,015 locations, $8,737 average, $60,472,199, two weeks.
2. “The Pirates! Band of Misfits,” Sony, $11,137,734, 3,358 locations, $3,317 average, $11,137,734, one week.
3. “The Hunger Games,” Lionsgate, $10,814,271, 3,572 locations, $3,028 average, $372,019,021, six weeks.
4. “The Lucky One,” Warner Bros., $10,808,023, 3,175 locations, $3,404 average, $39,409,719, two weeks.
5. “The Five-Year Engagement,” Universal, $10,610,060, 2,936 locations, $3,614 average, $10,610,060, one week.
6. “Safe,” Lionsgate, $7,892,539, 2,266 locations, $3,483 average, $7,892,539, one week.
7. “The Raven,” Relativity Media, $7,289,642, 2,203 locations, $3,309 average, $7,289,642, one week.
8. “Chimpanzee,” Disney, $5,227,862, 1,567 locations, $3,336 average, $18,920,794, two weeks.
9. “The Three Stooges,” Fox, $5,167,421, 3,105 locations, $1,664 average, $36,907,965, three weeks.
10. “The Cabin in the Woods,” Lionsgate, $4,619,480, 2,639 locations, $1,750 average, $34,783,320, three weeks.
Oklahoma country music star Carrie Underwood will be the musical guest tonight on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” which starts at 10:35 p.m. on CBS. She will perform a song from her highly anticipated fourth album, “Blown Away,” due out Tuesday. To read my review of “Blown Away,” click here.
The Checotah native also will perform on the “Live On Letterman” webcast concert series streaming live online starting at 7 tonight from the world-famous Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City.
The Checotah native already has been featured last week on “Nightline,” and earlier today, “Good Morning America” aired an exclusive interview.
On Tuesday, Underwood will return to Good Morning America to perform a special live outdoor concert in Times Square, followed by an iHeartRadio Live performance streaming live online that night.
The 2005 “American Idol” winner will then head west to Los Angeles to perform on “Idol” Thursday; “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on May 9; “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on May 10, and “Dancing With The Stars” on May 15, followed by the Billboard Music Awards live from Las Vegas on May 20.
She also will make appearances across various programs on the CMT, GAC, VH1, and MTV networks throughout the month of May.
Blake Shelton to debut new single “Over” on tonight’s “The Voice,” while the semifinalists cover The Killers and Lady Gaga in group performances
The semifinals kick off on “The Voice” Performance Show from 7 to 9 tonight on NBC as all eight semifinalists will each perform one song in addition to a group performance.
Teams Adam and CeeLo will come together to sing “All These Things I’ve Done” by The Killers, while Teams Blake and Christina unite to sing Lady Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory.”
Plus, “The Voice” presents Oklahoma country music star Blake Shelton, one of the show’s celebrity coaches, in the world television premiere performance off his new single, “Over,” off his Grammy-nominated 2011 album, “Red River Blue.”
The finalists will then be revealed on “The Voice” Elimination Show, airing live from 8 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, as only one artist per team will advance to represent their coach in the finals, narrowing the field down to four. The artist on each team with the highest score based on a combined percentage of viewer votes and coach’s score from the previous night’s Performance Show will move on for a chance to be crowned “The Voice.”
But first, “The Voice” welcomes back its Season 1 finalists to join forces with three of music’s biggest talents: Cyndi Lauper, Kid Cudi and Coach CeeLo Green himself.
Blake’s Season 1 finalist, Dia Frampton, is set to perform her single “Don’t Kick the Chair,” featuring Kid Cudi off her debut album, “Red,” while Vicci Martinez sings “Come Along,” featuring her former coach, CeeLo. Also, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, Cyndi Lauper, graces “The Voice” stage for the first time to perform her classic hit, “Money Changes Everything,” alongside Coach Christina Aguilera’s Season 1 finalist, Beverly McClellan.
And reigning champ Javier Colon performs his new single, “A Drop in the Ocean,” off his current album, “Come Through for You.”
“The Voice” is a vocal competition show featuring celebrity musician coaches Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Carson Daly hosts and serves as producer, and Christina Milian serves as social media correspondent. The show’s innovative format features three stages of competition: The first begins with the blind audition, then the competition enters into a battle phase, and finally, the live performance shows. In the end, each coach will have one star artist left ready to compete against the other teams’ finalists to be named “The Voice,” with the winner receiving the grand prize of a recording contract.
The hit NBC reality TV show “The Voice” has narrowed its field of competitors to an “Elite 8″ of vocalists who will compete in the live semifinals at 7 tonight and 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Check out the “Elite 8″ in over-the-top action in this trailer:
A catchy quote from a movie, TV show or other source to brighten the beginning of your week:
Marty: I’m a professional killer.
Paul: Do you have to do postgraduate work for that?
- Click here to learn the source.
What to do in Oklahoma on April 30, 2012: Watch the OKC Thunder take on the Dallas Mavericks as the NBA playoffs continue at Chesapeake Arena
Today’s featured event:
Watch the hometown heroes the Oklahoma City Thunder take on the Dallas Mavericks at 8:30 tonight at Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno.
Tonight’s game will mark the second in their first-round playoff series. OKC leads the series 1-0 after beating the Mavs 99-98 Saturday.
If you can’t see it in person, the game also will air on Fox Sports Oklahoma.
For continuing coverage of the Thunder, go to www.facebook.com/NewsOKThunder and don’t forget to like the page.
For more information, go to www.nba.com/thunder. For more events, go to www.wimgo.com.
The 46th annual Festival of the Arts celebrating the visual, performing and culinary arts concludes today, with hours from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Festival Plaza, on Hudson Avenue and at the revamped Myriad Botanical Gardens.
The event includes 144 juried artists showcasing their wares, 31 fabulous food booths, many Oklahoma performers providing live entertainment on four stages, plus a sculpture park, the South Hudson Gallery’s pro-am exhibition, children’s activities and exhibits and more. Oh, and admission is FREE.
To see photos of the event, check out my festival board on Pinterest by going to http://pinterest.com/bamok.
For more information, call 270-4848 or go to www.artscouncilokc.com.
Here is today’s performing arts schedule:
Sunday, April 29
11 a.m. A Mirage Dancing Company – Dance
Noon Mariachi Lopez – Mariachi
1 p.m. Edgar Cruz – Classical Guitar
2 The Talk of the Town Orchestra – Instrumental
3 Highland East JH – Choral
4 Charlie Hill – Acoustic
5 Shortt Dogg – Variety
Great Lawn Stage
11 a.m. Range of Motion – Dance
Noon Gravity Dance – Dance
1 p.m. Sugar Free AllStars – Variety
2 Metropolitan School of Dance – Dance
3 Oklahoma Children’s Acting Guild – Variety
4 Velocity Dance Center – Dance
5 OKC Symphonic Band – Instrumental
11 a.m. Random Order – Rock
Noon ONG – Rock
1 p.m. Gotcha Covered – Variety
2 At Long Last – Rock/Pop
3 Eden – Indie/Folk
4 The Refreshing – Pop
5 Howard Brady Band – Rock
Art Moves Stage
11 a.m. Multiple Artists – Jewelry-Making Demonstration
Noon Hartel Dance Group – Modern Dance
1 p.m. Albert Gray Eagle – Ceramic Flute-Making Demonstration
4 Mariachi Orgullo de America – Mariachi
5 Son del Barrio – Salsa/Merengue
Today’s featured event:
Listen to blues-rock guitarist/singer/songwriter Joe Bonamassa at 8 p.m. today at Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker. Information: 297-2264 or www.myticketoffice.com.
For more information, go to www.wimgo.com.
The Oklahoma City Thunder will open the 2012 NBA Playoffs at 8:30 tonight at home at Chesapeake Energy Arena with a rematch against the defending champion Dallas Mavericks.
The game will mark the return of OKC’s superstar sixth man James Harden, who has been out with a concussion following L.A. Laker Ron Artest’s (note my refusal to call him Metta World Peace) vicious elbow jab to the head during a game last week. To The Oklahoman‘s Berry Tramel interview with Harden, click here.
If you’re planning to attend the Thunder game, make sure to get downtown early since the Festival of the Arts is happening and the Oklahoma RedHawks also are playing tonight.
The Thunder game also can be seen on ESPN and FSN Oklahoma.
NORMAN — Top local and national indie bands will rock Main Street when the fifth annual Norman Music Festival enters its grand finale today, with free music throughout the day and into the wee hours.
Covering the festival Friday night, The Oklahoman Assistant Entertainment Editor George Lang reports that the event is seeing bigger crowds this year. To read his story, click here.
The event will have music playing on more than a dozen local stages and include headliners Portugal. The Man on the festival’s Main Stage and Hayes Carll on its Jack Daniels stage. The Oklahoman Entertainment Editor Gene Triplett talked to both headliners as well as breakout Oklahoma band Other Lives and Ohio alternative pop-rockers Red Wanting Blue. To read his story, click here.
The festival is in downtown Norman, on Main Street in the Arts District, extending from the 300 block of E Main Street and the 100 block of W Main Street.
Along with Portugal. The Man, Other Lives (fresh off a support tour with Radiohead) and Red Wanting Blue, the Main Stage lineup includes Weekend Hustler, the Tulsa-based Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Oklahoma City’s Modern Rock Diaries and Norman’s Rainbows Are Free and Crown Imperial.
The Norman Music Festival’s Jack Daniels Stage includes nationally known artists Carll, Alejandro Escovedo, the Giving Tree and the Possum Posse, as well as locally based artists Parker Millsap, The Damn Quails, Krystal Keith (daughter of Toby Keith), Camille Harp and John Calvin.
In addition, NMF5 boasts classical and garage stages, the Wild Prairie Family Park and the Spectacle Stage.
The Dustbowl Arts Market will be an added attraction on Saturday in the 100 block of Main Street, featuring the work of local and regional artists and handmade vendors. Photography, jewelry, prints, screen-printing, clothing, accessories and textiles will be among items for sale.
See the full NMF5 musical lineup for today after the break. For more information, go online to normanmusicfestival.com.