‘Ride Along’ Cruises to Jan Record

January 21, 2014 - box office

by Ray Subers
Ride Along 


 January 19, 2014

Over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, Kevin Hart/Ice Cube comedy Ride Along drew outrageous crowds and set a new Jan opening record. Meanwhile, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit missed a symbol and Devil’s Due bombed.

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Playing during 2,663 locations, Ride Along scored a illusory $41.6 million over a three-day weekend. That’s a tad aloft than Cloverfield, that had formerly hold a Jan record with $40.1 million. Among strange comedies, Ride Along had a tip opening given Ted ($54.4 million) behind in Jun 2012. For a four-day holiday, Ride Along warranted $48.1 million.

Ride Along
‘s overwhelming entrance can be attributed to a series of factors. First and foremost, a film had a strong, broadly-appealing grounds that was put front-and-center in all of a selling material. That would be worthless, though, if a film looked like a dud: fortunately, a Ride Along previews were packaged with plain laughs, including a really noted shotgun bit. All of this was brought to life by stars Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, both of whom have clever brands that aligned easily with a Ride Along material.

Ride Along
‘s assembly was 57 percent female, and 54 percent over a age of 25. The racial relapse was 50 percent African American, 30 percent Hispanic, and 12 percent Caucasian. With an “A” CinemaScore, Ride Along is guaranteed to acquire over $100 million by a finish of a run.

Fellow Universal Pictures recover Lone Survivor took second place this weekend with an estimated $22.1 million. The movie’s light 42 percent decrease can be attributed to clever word-of-mouth (“A+” CinemaScore) and an ongoing selling push. Including Monday grosses, a Afghanistan fight play has warranted $77.2 million.

Animated comedy The Nut Job non-stop in third place this weekend with a surprisingly clever $19.4 million. That’s a second-highest entrance nonetheless for Open Road Films (just behind 2012’s The Grey) and is a conspicuous alleviation over Nov charcterised crack Free Birds ($15.8 million).

The Nut Job
‘s success can be chalked adult during slightest partly to clever scheduling: Frozen was a final viable square of family entertainment, and that non-stop scarcely dual months ago. It also helped that Open Road’s selling was focused on a movie’s humor, that is traditionally a recipe for success with charcterised movies.

Unfortunately, audiences weren’t quite smitten with The Nut Job: they awarded a film a “B” CinemaScore, that is really bad for charcterised fare. Still, The Lego Movie doesn’t open until Feb 7th, definition The Nut Job has another dual weekends to play to families. The film should eventually breeze adult with during slightest $60 million, that will be a new record for Open Road Films.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
non-stop to an estimated $15.6 million, that was usually good for fourth place this weekend. The fifth Jack Ryan movieand initial with Chris Pine in a leadopened a bit subsequent The Hunt for Red October. Unfortunately, Red October strike theaters 24 years ago, when normal sheet prices were about half of what they are right now.

The movie’s assembly was 52 percent masculine and 85 percent over a age of 25. It perceived a diseased “B” CinemaScore, and will have a tough time removing past $60 million.

Even with approach foe from The Nut Job, a Frozen materialisation kept going clever this weekend. The film fell 20 percent to an estimated $11.9 million, that is a fourth-highest eighth weekend ever. Through Monday, Frozen has warranted $336.9 million, and it stays on gait to eventually kick Despicable Me 2 ($368 million).

In seventh place, Devil’s Due inebriated with usually $8.4 million. Among past abnormal fear cinema in January, that entrance is a fragment of Mama‘s $28.4 million and The Devil Inside‘s $33.7 million, and is also noticeably reduce than The Rite‘s $14.8 million. While a abnormal fear genre is still thriving, a unsatisfactory opening of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and Devil’s Due suggests audiences are overpowering of a found footage subgenre.

Dating behind to Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, distributor 20th Century Fox has now had seven-straight cinema open subsequent $15 million during a domestic box office. That’s a severe streak, nonetheless it will finish with possibly Son of God (Feb. 28th) or Mr. Peabody Sherman (March 7th).

Among a Oscar nominees, American Hustle led a approach with $9.9 million this weekend (up 19 percent from final weekend). The David O. Russell garb film has already warranted $115.7 million, and could make a run during $150 million before all is pronounced and done.

August: Osage County
stretched to 2,051 locations and combined $7.4 million. To date, a family play (which scored Oscar nominations for Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts) has grossed $18 million.

The Wolf of Wall Street
eased 20 percent to $7.1 million. On Monday, it upheld $90 million total. Meanwhile, Her (2013) dipped 25 percent to $4.02 million (new sum of $15 million).

To take advantage of a 10 Oscar nominations, Gravity was re-released in to 944 theaters this weekend. The film combined $1.87 million for a new sum of $258.3 million; with an IMAX re-release scheduled for Jan 31st, demeanour for this to continue creation income for during slightest a subsequent month. 12 Years a Slave also perceived a national re-release, and in a routine upheld $40 million.

Around-the-World Roundup


Frozen
continued to stir abroad this weekend. The charcterised strike non-stop to $8.9 million in South Korea, that is a second-biggest charcterised opening ever there behind Kung Fu Panda 2. This is a clever indicator of how a film will perform when it reaches China (Feb. 5th) and Japan (March 15th).

Overall, Frozen combined $24.6 million for a new unfamiliar sum of $426.5 million. Worldwide, a reached $759 million, that ranks fifth among 2013 releases forward of Monsters University.

Coinciding with a domestic debut, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit non-stop to $22.2 million from 29 unfamiliar markets. According to Paramount, it was about on standard with Jack Reacher, that wound adult earning $138 million.

Its tip marketplace was China, where it warranted a plain $9.5 million. It also took initial place in Russia with $2 million, that is rather unsatisfactory deliberation how most of a film is set in Moscow. Other vital markets enclosed Australia ($2 million), South Korea ($1.8 million) and Mexico ($1.2 million). It expands in to a U.K. and a few smaller markets subsequent weekend.

Foreign rights to The Wolf of Wall Street go to a series of opposite distributors, so altogether grosses aren’t accessible on Sunday. However, a film did acquire an considerable $20.6 million in a European markets that are being rubbed by Universal Pictures. It set new Martin Scorsese opening weekend annals in a U.K. ($7.6 million), Germany ($6.4 million) and Spain ($3.4 million).

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
combined $10.9 million this weekend, that brings a abroad sum to $585 million. Including a domestic earnings, a film has so distant banked $833.7 million worldwide; even with China and Japan on a way, it’s now doubtful that Smaug will join An Unexpected Journey in a $1 billion club.

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Forecast:
‘Jack Ryan’ to Take Back Seat to ‘Ride Along’

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