Ride Along Leads for Second Week
Universal Pictures’ Ride Along remained in first place last weekend (Jan. 24-26) with $21.29 million. While the comedy starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube was down 49 percent from its debut weekend’s three-day frame, it was expected thanks to the rush out of Hart’s growing fanbase. In the bigger picture, Ride Along continues to perform especially well based on pre-release expectations and its modest cost. Its 10-day take totals $75.54 million.
Last weekend’s only new wide release, Lionsgate’s I, Frankenstein, debuted in sixth place with a disappointing $8.61 million. That was well below expectations and represented a poor start given the film’s cost and that late January is usually a good time of year to launch genre fare. While direct competition was clearly a factor in the film’s poor start, at the end of the day moviegoers simply weren’t drawn in by the marketing of I, Frankenstein, which also had the added advantage of playing in 3D and IMAX formats.
Universal’s Lone Survivor claimed second place with $12.90 million. The Peter Berg directed war film starring Mark Wahlberg was down 42 percent from the previous weekend. Lone Survivor has grossed a strong $93.91 million after 17 days of wide release and is quickly closing in on reaching the $100 million domestic milestone.
The 3D computer animated The Nut Job claimed third place with $12.10 million. The film from Open Road was down a 38 percent from the previous weekend. The Nut Job continues to exceed expectations in a big way with a 10-day start of $40.06 million. Open Road has already scheduled The Nut Job 2 to open on Jan. 15, 2016.
Fellow computer animated film Frozen held up last weekend with a fourth place take of $9.12 million. The blockbuster from Disney continues to display tremendous holding power as it was down only 23 percent from the previous weekend. With a massive total domestic gross of $347.89 million to date, Frozen is now only $20.18 million away from reaching the $368.07 million final gross of Despicable Me 2. Frozen should get an extra boost this coming weekend with the release of a sing-along version of the film.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit rounded out the weekend’s top five with $9.08 million. Paramount Studios’ attempted franchise re-launch starring Chris Pine and Keira Knightley was down 41 percent from the previous weekend. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit has grossed $30.45 million through 10 days of release. That is on the very low end of expectations.
Sony Pictures’ American Hustle finished in seventh with $7.06 million. The David O. Russell directed Oscar nominee for Best Picture was down 28 percent from the previous weekend and has now grossed $127.00 million to date domestically. Weekend grosses for other Best Picture nominees included $5.48 million for The Wolf of Wall Street, down 23 percent from the previous weekend; $2.29 million for Her, down 43 percent; $2.03 million for 12 Years a Slave, up 32 percent; $2.03 million for Dallas Buyers Club, up 116 percent; $2.03 million for Gravity, up 8 percent; $1.55 million for Nebraska, up 76 percent; and $1.08 million for Philomena, down 15 percent. Respective total grosses stand at $261.21 million for Gravity, at $98.51 million for The Wolf of Wall Street, $43.56 million for 12 Years a Slave, $25.81 million for Philomena, $20.36 million for Dallas Buyers Club, $19.18 million for Her and at $11.72 million for Nebraska.
|This Week||Last Week||Movie||Weekend Gross||Cumulative Gross||Weeks|
|3||3||The Nut Job||$12.10M||$40.06M||2|
|5||4||Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit||$9.08M||$30.45M||2|
|8||9||The Wolf of Wall Street||$5.48M||$98.51M||5|
|9||8||August: Osage County||$5.03M||$26.51M||5|
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