B.O. Roundup, January 17-19: 'Ride Along' Zips to an MLK Weekend Record

Sunday, 19 January 2014 09:44 Written by  iamrogue
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B.O. Roundup, January 17-19: 'Ride Along' Zips to an MLK Weekend Record

Universal started the ball rolling on Ride Along 2 months ago.  That now looks like one hell of a sharp idea, because Ride Along collected $41.2 million from 2,663 locations in its debut weekend.

That was more than enough to put the action-comedy starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube in first place on the domestic box office chart.  It was also enough to put Ride Along in the record books.  The movie zipped past the $40.8 million Cloverfield pulled in back in 2008, making it the biggest January opening ever.  The studio is projecting that it will rake in $47.7 million over the three-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

So Ride Along, Hart's first test as a cinematic leading man, also has the distinction of being the biggest debut over the MLK frame.  Good news for Hart, Cube, and director Tim Story

And, of course, Universal Pictures, which spent a reported $25 million on the film's production. The studio is behind the number two movie in America as well.  That would be Lone Survivor, which dominated the box office last weekend.

This weekend, Lone Survivor was wedged between new releases, with the animated comedy The Nut Job coming in third.  With only Disney's Frozen (in its eight week of wide release) as competition for the family dollar, The Nut Job earned an estimated $20.5 million from 3,427 locations across the country.  The Nut Job, distributed by Open Road Films, also got itself a record: it's the highest-opening animated film not distributed by a major studio.

In fourth place we find Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Paramount's attempt to rejuvenate the hero of four previous films based on novels by the late Tom Clancy, from The Hunt for Red October to The Sum of All Fears.  The heavily promoted espionage adventure debuted to an estimated $17.2 million from 3,387 theaters.

With Chris Pine in the title role for an origin story reboot, this was clearly intended to kick off a new CIA series.  Whether we'll see Jack Ryan sequels is up in the air, though, and we're guessing it will depend on how well the reboot performs internationally.

The last new wide release of this crowded holiday frame, Devil's Due, opened in seventh place with an estimated $8.5 million from 2,544 locations.  A found footage horror movie, Devil's Due only cost $7.0 million to produce, so that's not too shabby.

Overall, this weekend saw a 30% increase from MLK weekend last year and marks the second-biggest Martin Luther King Jr. holiday frame on the books.  Check out the top ten movies in America for the weekend of January 17th through 19th:

1. Ride Along.$41.2 million.New Release

2. Lone Survivor........................................$23.2 million............$74.0 million

3. The Nut Job...........................................$20.5 million.............New Release

4. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit..................$17.2 million.............New Release

5. Frozen....................................................$11.9 million.............$332.6 million

6. American Hustle....................................$10.6 million.............$116.4 million

7. Devil's Due.............................................$8.5 million..............New Release

8. August: Osage County...........................$7.5 million..............$18.1 million

9. The Wolf of Wall Street.........................$7.5 million..............$90.2 million

10. Saving Mr. Banks.................................$4.1 million..............$75.3 million

Next Friday sees only one new wide release, I, Frankenstein, entering the fray.


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