Universal’s ‘Ride Along’ Tops Box Office With $21.2 Million

February 8, 2014 - box office

“Ride Along,” a friend comedy
with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, placed initial in U.S. and Canadian
theaters for a second weekend, collecting $21.2 million for
Comcast Corp. (CMCSA)’s Universal Pictures.

“I, Frankenstein,” a revisiting of Mary Shelley’s classic
monster story, flopped. It took in $8.3 million to place sixth
for Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (LGF) in a usually far-reaching release
debut this past weekend, Rentrak Corp. (RENT) pronounced in an e-mailed
statement yesterday. The film, starring Aaron Eckhart, had a
production bill of $65 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

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Receipts of “Ride Along,” together with those of the
military play “Lone Survivor” have carried Universal to No. 1
in domestic sales so distant in 2014. The recognition of both films
have been aided by a interest of their heading actors —
comedian Hart in “Ride Along” and Mark Wahlberg in “Lone
Survivor,” a film about Navy SEAL commandos.

“Universal has to be anxious by a approach they’ve started
the year,” pronounced Phil Contrino, arch researcher for researcher

In “Ride Along,” Hart’s character, a confidence guard,
agrees to join his girlfriend’s brother, an Atlanta patrolman played
by Ice Cube, on a 24-hour unit to infer he’s estimable of
marrying his sister and fasten a force. The film got a 73
percent assembly capitulation rating, according to aggregator site
RottenTomatoes.com, and has benefited from Hart’s growing
popularity with cinema goers.

‘Ho-Hum Film’

“Ride Along” was projected to take in $20.5 million in
its second weekend, according to BoxOffice.com.

“I, Frankenstein” is formed on a novel by Kevin
Grevioux. Eckhart plays Adam Frankenstein, who finds himself in
the center of a fight between dual imperishable clans. It also features
Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto and Grevioux. Stuart
Beattie, a author on a “Pirates of a Caribbean” movies,
wrote and directed.

The film was projected to hoard $15.3 million in sales
and got a 5 percent certain rating in reviews gathered by

“Beattie’s solemn, ho-hum film mostly shuns Shelley’s
anguished creator as a impression and turns his waste monster
into a football between a army of good and evil,” wrote
Nicolas Rapold in a New York Times.

‘Nut Job’

Among returning films, “Lone Survivor,” about a failed
U.S. goal to lane down an al-Qaeda personality in Afghanistan,
generated $12.6 million for Universal to place second in its
fifth week. It has collected $93.6 million in domestic ticket
sales given Dec. 25.

With $152 million as of Jan. 23, Universal has ordered a
21 percent share of a U.S. and Canadian box bureau this year,
according to Box Office Mojo. Viacom Inc. (VIAB)’s Paramount Pictures
was second with 20 percent.

“The Nut Job,” an charcterised design from Open Road Films,
placed third with $12.3 million in a second weekend, according
to Rentrak. About a churlish squirrel called Surly who’s
banished from his park and forced to tarry in a city, the
movie has generated $40.3 million to date in domestic theaters.

“Frozen,” a charcterised underline from Walt Disney Co. (DIS),
placed fourth with $9 million. The film has collected $347.8
million domestically, according to Box Office Mojo.

Weekend income for a tip 10 films rose 13 percent to
$92.1 million from a year-earlier period, Rentrak said.
Domestic box-office sales year to date are $824.9 million, adult 8
percent from a year earlier.

The following list has U.S. film box-office figures
provided by studios to Rentrak. The amounts are formed on gross
ticket sales for Jan. 24 and Jan. 25, and estimates for

                   Rev.   Pct.             Avg./    Total
   Movie           (mln)  Chg.   Theaters  Theater  (mln)   Wks
1 Ride Along      $21.2   -49    2,759    $7,670    $75.4    2
2 Lone Survivor    12.6   -43    3,131     4,024     93.6    5
3 Nut Job, The     12.3   -37    3,472     3,547     40.3    2
4 Frozen            9.0   -23    2,757     3,277    347.8   10
5 Jack Ryan         8.8   -43    3,387     2,598     30.2    2
6 I, Frankenstein   8.3    --    2,753     3,006      8.3    1
7 American Hustle   7.1   -28    2,304     3,082    127.0    7
8 Osage County      5.04  -32    2,411     2,091     26.5    5
9 Wolf Of Wall St.  5.0   -29    1,804     2,772     98.0    5
10 Devil’s Due      2.8   -67    2,544     1,081     12.9    2

Top 10 Film Grosses:

  This Week     Year Ago      Pct.
    (mln)         (mln)       Chg.
   $92.1        $81.2         +13

Year-to-date Revenue:

     2014          2013
      YTD           YTD        Pct.
     (mln)         (mln)       Chg.
    $824.9        $764.5         +8

Source: Rentrak Corp.

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