The movie adapation of Steve Harvey's "Think Like A Man" made $33 million in its opening weekend to claim the top spot, knocking off long-running champ "The Hunger Games" and posting one of the best numbers ever for an African-American ensemble.
Only "Tyler Perry's Madea Goes To Jail" had a better opening weekend among African American ensemble comedies, according to the genre ranking at BO MOJO.
Audiences apparently like the "Think Like a Man" combination of light comedy and an attractive cast sprinkled with comic talent -- Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Taraji Henson, Romany Malco.
It's the same basic formula that has worked for Hollywood in the Judd Apatow movies (Malco, remember, was part of the "40-Year-old-Virgin" ensemble), in many variations, including last years mostly female "Bridesmaids."
The Steve Harvey brand obviously boosted the numbers, and the movie's success probably means that Harvey will become a new Hollywood commodity -- expect work to commence on a direct sequel, or another Harvey-inspired comedy within a year.