B.O. Roundup, January 31- February 2: 'Ride Along' Reigns Again

Sunday, 02 February 2014 12:48 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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B.O. Roundup, January 31- February 2: 'Ride Along' Reigns Again

The attention of the populace was focused squarely on some sort of annual sporting event this weekend, making for a quiet frame at the domestic box office.

With only two new films joining the fray in wide release, Ride Along managed to retain the top spot for the third consecutive weekend.  Thanks largely to the introduction of a sing-along feature to more than 1,000 theaters, Disney kept the Frozen train a-chugging, claiming second place ahead of new releases That Awkward Moment and Labor Day.

Since opening to a record-breaking MLK Holiday several weeks back, Ride Along has continued to dominate the domestic box office.  The action-comedy pairing Ice Cube and Kevin Hart notched up its theater count just a little bit to 2,867 this time.  It added an estimated $12.3 million to its ever-growing haul, which now amounts to $92.9 million nationwide.  None too shabby for a $25 million production price tag.  Universal's early start to development on Ride Along 2 looks like a better idea every weekend that the buddy cop adventure stays strong.

Going into this weekend, many box office prognosticators expected That Awkward Moment to unseat Ride Along.  Instead, the R-rated romantic comedy debuted at number three with an estimated $9.0 million from 2,809 locations in North America.

Focus Features marketed That Awkward Moment towards young women, playing against Sunday's particularly masculine football game and playing up rising stars Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, and Miles Teller.  While the strategy didn't result in a windfall, director Tom Gormican's feature debut did exceed its $8 million budget in its inaugural weekend.

The only other new wide release didn't fare so well.  That would be Labor Day, a romantic drama starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin.  Given director Jason Reitman's track record (Thank You for Smoking, Up in the Air, Juno, Young Adult), this one was expected during awards season, but a critical whalloping demonstrates why it was instead released in late January.  Playing at 2, 584 locations, Labor Day earned an estimated $5.3 million.


Check out the top ten movies for the weekend of January 31st through February 2nd:

1. Ride Along.........................................$12.3 million.............$92.9 million

2. Frozen................................................$9.3 million..............$360.0 million

3. That Awkward Moment....................$9.0 million..............New Release

4. The Nut Job.......................................$7.6 million..............$50.2 million

5. Lone Survivor....................................$7.1 million..............$104.8 million

6. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.............$5.4 million..............$38.9 million

7. Labor Day..........................................$5.3 million..............New Release

8. American Hustle...............................$4.3 million..............$133.6 million

9. The Wolf of Wall Street....................$3.5 million..............$104.0 million

10. I, Frankenstein...............................$3.5 million..............$14.4 million

Joining the ten movies above in wide release this Friday, February 7th are The Monuments Men, The Lego Movie, and Vampire Academy.

Will any of these three manage to snatch the top spot for Ride Along?  Stay tuned to find out.


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