Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: January 19, 2014

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Jan 19 Box Office Ride Along Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: January 19, 2014

At least one box office record was broken over the MLK holiday, but a few new releases struggled to stay afloat.

Coming in at number 1 is Ride Along (read our review) with a record-setting $41.2 million, besting the previous record-holder Cloverfield ($40.1 million) by a slight margin. Although Ride Along was the favorite to take the top spot heading into the weekend, few could have predicted the film would do this well, let alone set a record. It’s fair to say that Kevin Hart’s star is still on the rise, and his phone must be ringing nonstop.

Last week’s big winner, Lone Survivor, drops to number 2 with $23.2 million. Strong word of mouth based on the film’s performance last weekend likely helped Lone Survivor hold well. All told the film has grossed $74 million.

The Nut Job (read our review) is the number 3 film with $20.5 million. Open Road Films’ first animated release also surpassed expectations despite generally poor reviews. That likely wasn’t an issue for moviegoers, especially families desperate for something to keep kids occupied over the three-day weekend.

Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit Chris Pine Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: January 19, 2014

In at number 4 is Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (read our review) with $17.2 million. As far as Jack Ryan films go, Shadow Recruit‘s opening is the second worst behind only The Hunt for Red October, which opened back in 1990.

Although expectations weren’t very high for Jack Ryan, Paramount was likely hopping for better than a 4th place opening and $17 million. It’s obviously too early to say for sure, but Shadow Recruit‘s performance certainly puts any talk of a potential sequel into question.

Rounding out the top 5 is Frozen with $11.9 million. Disney Animation’s first $300 million earner is the front-runner for the Best Animated Feature Oscar and the fourth highest grossing 2013 release with $332 million.

The number 6 film this weekend is American Hustle with $10.6 million. David O. Russell’s latest came away with plenty of Oscar noms – as well as a few Golden Globes – this week, which resulted in a 27% uptick in its sixth weekend. The film has now accrued a whopping $116 million (on a $40 million budget) and is showing few signs of slowing down.

The Devils Due Reviews Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: January 19, 2014

Coming in at number 7 is Devil’s Due (read our review) with $8.5 million. Granted, not much was expected of this found footage movie centered on a disturbing pregnancy, but a sub $10 million opening for a horror film in January is a little low. Clearly, Devil’s Due couldn’t contend with the other big new releases.

In at number 8 is August: Osage County with $7.59 million. The star-studded adaptation of Tracy Letts’ play increased its theater count by about 1,000 screens and saw a slight uptick as a result. August: Osage County is now at $18 million after four weeks in limited release.

The Wolf of Wall Street is the number 9 film with $7.5 million, which brings its total up to $90 million. Though the film is still about $10 million under its production budget, The Wolf of Wall Street seemed like the big winner this past week, nabbing several surprise Oscar nominations including a Best Supporting Actor nod for Jonah Hill. We’ll see how much longer the film can ride that buzz.

Rounding out the top 10 is Saving Mr. Banks with $4.1 million. Although the film didn’t come away with any hardware this week, or very many Oscar nominations, Saving Mr. Banks has hung around for the past 6 weeks and accumulated $75 million.

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[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Tuesday, January 21st - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]

Source: Box Office Mojo

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TAGS: American Hustle, august: osage county, box office, devil's due, frozen, jack ryan, lone survivor, ride along, Saving Mr. Banks, the nut job, the wolf of wall street

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  1. Wow Jack Ryan did terrible..

    • I think it comes down to star power. ( or LACK of it )

      Chris Pine does well enough with the Star Trek flicks, but remember that they are still ensemble casts.

      With “Jack Ryan” it all basically falls upon Pine’s shoulders. He’s just not a big box office draw that guarantees people to buy a ticket.

      Other than Kevin Costner being in the flick, I doubt many movie goers know who is in the movie.

      The marketing campaign should have made a much bigger deal about Keira Knightley being in the film. She is the reason why I, personally, saw the thing.

      In fact, the marketing for the entire movie sucked. It was weak.

      • Very weak..they kept showing the same boring trailer a million times..its like the producers and the studio had no faith at all in project. Which is sad because Clancy is such a great writer.

        Also casting Chris Pine was a bad move and your right he’s not really known to the general audience like that

      • I completed disagree. Shadow Recruit was well-written and directed and I loved Pine in it. Felt that he lent great depth to the character and had terrific chemistry with Costner and Branagh, who is a fabulous director. I really have no idea why this film got beat by a substandard animated flick from Korea and an enjoyable comedy that forges no new ground.

        Shadow Recruit might not have killed it in its first week but I have to think that audiences are more intelligent and will eventually support a much smarter and stronger film like this one. It’s the best new film of 2014 next to Lone Survivor which technically premiered last year.

        • @ Matt

          There is actually no disagreement at all because, I too, thought the film was adequate enough and felt that Pine did a good job.

          My criticism is in the marketing campaign and, to a lesser extent, casting Pine in a major leading role. I would have preferred to see more Keira Knightley, as well.

          I can bet you that if Paramount had cast an A lister in the Jack Ryan role, this movie would have ended up on top. ( and Paramount would have had more confidence to promote it )

  2. i’m happy for Kevin Hart he deserves it

  3. Lone Survivor, Jack Ryan, and Mr. Banks are all on my Netflix list; they look like they have various possibilities for a good watch.

    • Lone Survivor is great! It’s hard to believe it’s from the same guy who directed Battleship!

      • hahah.. good point.

        However, Peter Berg has always been a very capable Director/Producer.. Hancock, The Kingdom, The Rundown.

        btw… i love the way he randomly appears in his movies.. Notice that he is one of the SEAL’s in the tent when “Patton” is about to do his initiation dance at the front of the movie.

  4. Saw Ride Along, it was pretty funny, but it was basically Kevin Hart playing Kevin Hart and Ice Cube playing Ice Cube.

  5. The success of ride along can be attributed to ice cube as his 21 jump street role invograted interest in him.

    Kevin hart didn’t play that much of a role as he bombed in grudge match.

  6. Yep no suprises about Jack Ryan.

    The character itself is an anonymous personality compared to Bond or Austin Powers for example. Yes Bourne too was void of charisma, but his movies went at a breakneck pace and were exciting.

    The fact is all previous installments were hits because of the leads playing the role. Harrison Ford and Sean Connery were massive in the 90s , but Pine doesn’t even have a quarter of that star power. Plus the Kirk association also doesn’t help matters.

    Had they gone with a more substantial, older lead actor they may have found greater success.

    On a better note glad to see Wolf of Wall Street heading towards $100 million domestic. DiCaprio is perhaps the most bankable leading actor in Hollywood today. Now he would have sold Jack Ryan for sure.

  7. Since when is 116 Million Whopping?

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