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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Think of it as the quiet before the storm.

“Think Like a Man” took first place in back-to-back weekends with $18 million. It was a decrease of 46.5 percent from the previous weekend. Its total gross is now over $60 million with a humble film budget of $12 million.

Columbia Pictures’ “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” received some booty of $11.4 million. The animated film is from Aardman Animations with a budget of $55 million. The voice cast included Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, Imelda Staunton, David Tennant, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek, Anton Yelchin and Brendan Gleeson.

“The Pirates” is about a pirate captain trying to score more booty and capture the Pirate of the Year Award.

Universal Pictures’ “The Five-Year Engagement” opened in fifth place with $11.157 million. The $30-million budgeted film starred Jason Segel and Emily Blunt about a couple’s prolonged and delayed wedding arrangement.

Lionsgate Films’ action film “Safe” made its debut in sixth place with $7.72 million. “Safe” starred Jason Stathem as a man who tries to protect a young Chinese girl from the Triads, Russian mob and corrupt cops.

And the final film that premiered this past weekend was Relativity Media’s “The Raven.” The film landed in seventh place with $7.25 million. It starred John Cusack as the poet Edgar Allen Poe and tried to solve a bizarre case of murders based on the writings of Poe.

In rounding out the top five, romantic film “The Lucky One” was in third place with $11.325 million, a drop of 49.7 percent from the previous weekend. And “The Hunger Games” still has some endurance in the box office with $11.25 million, a decrease of 23.3 percent and good enough for fourth place. “The Hunger Games” has surpassed $372 million.

In other box office result news, the anticipated comic book movie “The Avengers” assembled with $178.4 million in its overseas debut of 39 foreign territories. The film broke opening weekend records in a dozen territories, which included Mexico with $15.9 million, $11.3 million in Brazil, $7.7 million in Taiwan, $6.5 million in the Philippines and $4.6 million in Hong Kong. It also had the second-highest opening in Australia with $19.7 million.

“The Avengers” debut overseas ranked the film ninth on the all-time foreign box office chart, according to Box Office Mojo. And the film has not even made its debut in the major markets yet including China, Russia, Japan and here domestically in the United States.

And for next weekend, the only major film that will make its debut domestically is “The Avengers.” Nuff’ said.

Here is the WEEKEND BOX OFFICE REPORT for April 27-29, 2012:

1. Think Like a Man $18 million
2. The Pirates! Band of Misfits $11.4 million
3. The Lucky One $11.325 million
4. The Hunger Games $11.25 million
5. The Five-Year Engagement $11.157 million
6. Safe $7.720 million
7. The Raven $7.25 million
8. Chimpanzee $5.46 million
9. The Three Stooges $5.4 million
10. The Cabin in the Woods $4.5 million

Source: BoxOffice.com, Box Office Mojo