Ride Along maintains number 1 position

2014-02-03 15:19
Los Angeles — With Super Bowl XLVII weekend in full swing, Ride Along remained strong, steering Universal Pictures into the No. 1 slot in a surprising three-week takeover at the box office.

Topping multiplex sales since setting a January debut record when opening over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend with $48.6m, the buddy cop comedy, starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, made $12.3 million, as it nears a $100m domestic total, according to studio estimates Sunday.

In the world of animation, Disney's Frozen, now the fourth highest-grossing domestic animated release ever, is in second place with $9.3m. The studio rereleased a singalong version of the film, as the movie's soundtrack remains No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The film's signature track Let It Go, sung by Idina Menzel, sits on the Billboard Hot 100 among the top 30. Frozen singalong shows, featured in 2,057 theatres out of 2,754, added $2.2m, as the film crossed the $360m mark domestically.

Another family film, Open Road Films' squirrel comedy The Nut Job, took the fourth-place slot with $7.6m, bringing its domestic total to $50m over a three-week span.

Focus Features' chick flick from a male point of view, That Awkward Moment, starring Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller, has taken third place in its opening weekend with $9m.

Rounding out the top 10

Universal's Lone Survivor stands strong in the fifth slot with $7.2m, as it notably crosses the $100m mark, making this Mark Wahlberg's 7th film to cross that milestone. Others have included Planet of the Apes, Ted, 'The Departed, 'The Other Guys and The Italian Job.

Paramount's resurgence of the film adaptations of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series, "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, this time starring Chris Pine as the resourceful CIA analyst, came in at No. 6 with $5.4m in its third week.

In its opening weekend, the Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin-starring drama Labor Day, also distributed by Paramount, opened in 7th place with $5.3m.

Riding the Oscar nominations wave were the No. 8 and 9 films: American Hustle, leading the Oscar pack with 10 bids, and The Wolf of Wall Street, which has five nods. David O. Russell's con-artist comedy earned $4.3m, while Martin Scorsese's provocative stockbroker fete gained $3.6m.

Rounding out the top 10, and dropping from last week's position six, was Lionsgate's big-budget I, Frankenstein, with $3.5m in its second weekend. With an estimated $65m price tag, I Frankenstein, in 3-D and starring Aaron Eckhart, has only a $14.5m domestic total. But the film could gain a spike in sales overseas over the coming weeks, as it earned $13 million internationally when it hit theatres.

(Photo: AP)

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