New date-night movies run one and two at box office
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The date-night movies "Think Like a Man" and "The Lucky One" finally have knocked "The Hunger Games" off its No. 1 box-office perch.
"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.
The Warner Bros. drama "The Lucky One," starring Zac Efron in an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' romance novel, opened at No. 2 with $22.8 million.
"Think Like a Man" was produced for about $13 million and took in nearly that much Friday alone.
Lionsgate's blockbuster "The Hunger Games" took in $14.5 million, slipping to third place after four weekends at No. 1. The film raised its domestic total to $356.9 million.
Disney's nature documentary "Chimpanzee" opened at No. 4 with $10.2 million.
Despite some healthy newcomers, Hollywood's overall revenues dipped for the second weekend in a row. Domestic receipts totaled $129 million, down 5 percent from the same weekend last year, when "Rio" led with $26.3 million, according to box office tracker Hollywood.com.
Revenues likely will decline again next weekend, with no huge newcomers expected to come close to the $86.2 million debut of "Fast Five" over that same weekend last year.
So far in 2012, domestic revenues are at $3.1 billion, up 16.6 percent from last year's, according to Hollywood.com.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com: (Where available, latest international numbers are also included.)
1. "Think Like a Man," $33 million.
2. "The Lucky One," $22.8 million.
3. "The Hunger Games," $14.5 million.
4. "Chimpanzee," $10.2 million.
5. "The Three Stooges," $9.2 million.
6. "The Cabin in the Woods," $7.8 million.
7. "American Reunion," $5.2 million ($9.5 million international).
8. "Titanic" in 3-D, $5 million.
9. "21 Jump Street," $4.6 million.
10. "Mirror Mirror," $4.1 million.
School buses face scrutiny
DETROIT (AP) -- The federal government is investigating 5,000 school buses from the 2008 model year that could stall without warning.
There have been no accidents or injuries reported. But in at least three cases, high-pressure oil lines that connect the oil pump to the fuel injectors allegedly failed on International CE-brand buses.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration posted a notice about the investigation on its website Sunday.
Egypt ends Israel gas deal
CAIRO (AP) -- The head of the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company said Sunday it has terminated its contract to ship gas to Israel because of violations of contractual obligations, a decision Israel said overshadows the peace agreement between the two countries.
The 2005 natural gas deal has become a symbol of tensions between Israel and Egypt since the uprisings in Egypt began.
Critics charge that Israel got the gas at below-market prices and that cronies of deposed Prime Minister Hosni Mubarak skimmed millions of dollars off the proceeds, costing Egypt millions of dollars in lost revenue.
Egyptian militants have blown up the gas pipeline to Israel 14 times since the uprising more than a year ago.
Business this week...
These are the major business and economic events scheduled this week:
Tuesday: The National Association of Realtors on Tuesday releases data on the number of new homes sold in March.
Wednesday: The Census Bureau releases data on durable goods orders, which measure manufacturers' orders for factory goods; the Federal Open Market Committee issues its statement, followed by interest rate forecasts and a news conference with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.
Friday: The Bureau of Economic Analysis publishes final data on gross domestic product growth during the last quarter of 2011.