January 22, 2014 by Vinnie Leduc
The little guy is officially a big star. Starring comedian Kevin Hart, Ride Along took down reigning champ Lone Survivor at the domestic box office over the extended Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend in a huge way. While Peter Berg’s war movie scored a couple of Oscar nominations and enjoyed another strong take, Ride Along accomplished what Lone Survivor couldn’t the previous weekend: beat Cloverfield for highest January opening ever.
Debuting in third place very closely behind Lone Survivor was The Nut Job. The computer-animated family flick surprisingly topped fellow opener Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, a second reboot of the Tom Clancy series. Shadow Recruit, which was the fifth film in the franchise and introduced Chris Pine as the fourth actor to play the CIA character, appropriately settled for fourth place.
Finally, Devil’s Due had the weakest opening of the four new major releases, but its $9.1 initial take has already surpassed its low budget of $7 million. Here are the numbers for the top five over the extended four-day weekend via BOM:
- Ride Along — Weekend Gross: $48.6 million — Total Gross: $48.6 million (new)
- Lone Survivor — Weekend Gross: $25.9 million — Total Gross: $76.7 million (#1 last week)
- The Nut Job — Weekend Gross: $25.7 million — Total Gross: $25.7 million (new)
- Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit — Weekend Gross: $18.0 million — Total Gross: $18.0 million (new)
- Frozen — Weekend Gross: $16.1 million — Total Gross: $336.7 million (#2 last week)