B.O. Roundup, January 24-26: 'Ride Along' Repeats and 'I, Frankenstein' Struggles

Sunday, 26 January 2014 11:48 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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B.O. Roundup, January 24-26: 'Ride Along' Repeats and 'I, Frankenstein' Struggles

Only one new wide release, I, Frankenstein, entered the fray at multiplexes following last weekend's record-setting MLK holiday frame.

The sight of Aaron Eckhart as a stitched-up gothic superhero couldn't lure audiences away from Ride Along, however, and he action-horror-fantasy debuted without ostentation in sixth place on the domestic box office chart.

I, Frankenstein, based on the comic book by Kevin Grevioux refashions the tragic monster of Mary Shelley's 19th century literary classic as a superpowered immortal involved in a centuries'long war between gargoyles and immortals.  The film, directed by Stuart Beattie, was marketed very similarly to Underworld, which was written by Grevioux.  Instead of post-Matrix gunplay and leather, however, I, Frankenstein subs in some more current comic book style action.

The critically-maligned result failed to catch fire at the box office, drawing an estimated $8.2 million from 2,753 locations across the U.S. and Canada.

Faring far better is Ride Along in its second consecutive weekend unchallenged atop Mount Box Office, bringing its ten day total to a whopping $75.4 million.  The second weekend of this Ice Cube-Kevin Hart buddy cop comedy represented $21.1 million of that domestic total, according to estimates.  After Ride Along set a January record last weekend, Universal Pictures is once again laying claim to the top two spots, with Lone Survivor again in second place with an estimated $12.6 million.

There's a chance that Lone Survivor will swap places with the current number three when the actual figures are released on Monday.  That's because the margin between Lone Survivor and animated comedy The Nut Job is just $300,000.  So if The Nut Job has an especially busy Sunday, it may very well snatch second place from Mark Wahlberg.

Anyways, here are the top ten movies in the country for the weekend of January 24th through 26th:

1. Ride Along.................................................$21.1 million..............$75.4 million

2. Lone Survivor............................................$12.6 million..............$93.6 million

3. The Nut Job...............................................$12.3 million..............$40.2 million

4. Frozen........................................................$9.0 million................$347.8 million

5. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.....................$8.8 million................$30.1 million

6. I, Frankenstein..........................................$8.2 million................New Release

7. American Hustle........................................$7.1 million................$127.0 million

8. August: Osage County.............................$5.0 million................$26.5 million

9. The Wolf of Wall Street............................$5.0 million................$98.0 million

10. Devil's Due..............................................$2.7 million................$12.8 million

Note, at numbers seven through nine, what we'll call the "Oscar cluster."

The coming Friday finds the romantic comedy That Awkward Moment hitting theaters nationwide alongside Labor Day, Jason Reitman's drama starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin.

To check out an exclusive interview with Kevin Grevioux, click this link right here.  And take a look at the writer's mug as it appears in I, Frankenstein:


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