Universal’s ‘Ride Along’ Tops Box Office With $21.3 Million

January 27, 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 $21.3 million for
Comcast Corp. (CMCSA)’s Universal Pictures.

“I, Frankenstein,” a revisiting of Mary Shelley’s classic
monster story, took in $8.6 million to place sixth for Lions
Gate Entertainment Corp. (LGF)
, Rentrak Corp. (RENT) pronounced in an e-mailed
statement today. The film was a usually entrance in far-reaching release
this past weekend and took in about half what was projected.

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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
has 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. Aaron Eckhart plays Adam Frankenstein, who finds
himself in a center of a fight between dual imperishable clans.

The film had a prolongation bill of $65 million, according
to Box Office Mojo. It also facilities Bill Nighy, Yvonne
Strahovski, Miranda Otto and Grevioux. Stuart Beattie, a writer
on a “Pirates of a Caribbean” movies, wrote and directed.

“I, Frankenstein” was projected to hoard $15.3 million
in sales and got a 5 percent certain rating in reviews compiled
by RottenTomatoes.com.

“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 $12.9 million for Universal to place second in its
fifth week. It has collected $93.9 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 $12.1 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 $40.1 million to date in domestic theaters.

“Frozen,” a charcterised underline from Walt Disney Co. (DIS),
placed fourth with $9.1 million. The film has collected $347.9
million domestically, according to Box Office Mojo.

Weekend income for a tip 10 films rose 15 percent to
$93.5 million from a year-earlier period, Rentrak said.
Domestic box-office sales year to date are $828 million, adult 8.4
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 – Jan. 26.

                    Rev.    Pct.             Avg./    Total
   Movie            (mln)   Chg. Theaters  Theater    (mln)  Wks
 1 Ride Along       $21.3    -49   2,759    $7,720    $75.5    2
 2 Lone Survivor     12.9    -42   3,131     4,120     93.9    5
 3 Nut Job, The      12.1    -38   3,472     3,485     40.1    2
 4 Frozen             9.1    -23   2,757     3,308    347.9   10
 5 Jack Ryan          9.1    -41   3,387     2,682     30.5    2
 6 I, Frankenstein    8.6     --   2,753     3,128      8.6    1
 7 American Hustle    7.1    -28   2,304     3,065    127.0    7
 8 Wolf Of Wall St.   5.5    -23   1,804     3,037     98.5    5
 9 Osage County       5.0    -32   2,411     2,086     26.5    5
10 Devil’s Due        2.8    -66   2,544     1,095     12.9    2

Top 10 Films Grosses

   This Week     Year Ago      Pct.
     (mln)         (mln)       Chg.
     $93.5         $81.2       +15

Year-to-date Revenue
     2014          2013
      YTD           YTD        Pct.
     (mln)         (mln)       Chg.
      $828          $765      +8.4

Source: Rentrak Corp.

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