The box office was not kind to this week's lone new release, as most of the top 10 remained the same.
Ride Along is the number 1 film for the second week in a row with a healthy $21.1 million. Now at $75 million and well on its way to $100M+, this buddy comedy has become the first true hit of 2014 and is poised for a sequel. Also, be prepared for Kevin Hart to dominate the comedy scene for the foreseeable future.
Coming in at number 2 is Lone Survivor with $12.6 million. With $93.6 million after 5 weeks, four of which were spent at or near the number 1 spot, Lone Survivor is steadily declining, but not as fast as some other films. The film should pass the $100 million mark during the week.
The Nut Job is the number 3 film with $12.3 million, which brings its domestic total up to $40 million. The animated film is doing decent business, but it needs a little more to pass its $42 million budget. That said, a sequel has already been greenlit, so clearly Open Road Films is happy with The Nut Job's performance.
In at number 4 is Frozen with $9 million. With $347 million over 10 weeks, Frozen has now become the highest grossing original animated film ever, surpassing the previous title-holder Finding Nemo. If the film stays strong, and if its re-release in sing-along format does well, Frozen should pass Despicable Me 2's $368 million domestic total to take the number 3 spot on the 2013 top grossers list.
Rounding out the top 5 is Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit with $8.8 million. Although the film held a little better than most in its second weekend, its $30 million after two weeks is a far cry from the four other Jack Ryan films. Chances are this is the last we will see of the character for a while.
Coming in at a disappointing number 6 is I, Frankenstein (read our review) with $8.7 million. Hopes weren't too high with regards to I, Frankenstein's quality, but most expected the film to open a little stronger than this.
I, Frankenstein's opening is by no means the worst of the year (even in January), but it did open with a lower total than The Legend of Hercules, which flopped big time. When all is said and done, the film will likely finish with about half of its $65 million budget.
The number 7 film this weekend is American Hustle with $7.1 million. After seven strong weeks at or near the top 10, American Hustle has grossed a very impressive $127 million. It's unclear how much awards show hardware is still in the film's future, but it has certainly found success with audiences.
August: Osage County takes the number 8 spot with $5.04 million. The Meryl Streep-led family drama is now at $26 million domestic.
In at number 9 is The Wolf of Wall Street with $5 million. Now at $98 million, Wolf of Wall Street is poised to become Martin Scorsese's fourth $100 million earner – a surprising stat considering the legendary director's filmography. And, if the film can hold on long enough, it might surpass The Departed ($132 million) as Scorsese's highest grossing film ever.
Rounding out the top 10 is Devil's Due with $2.7 million. The good news is this found footage horror film, centered on a disturbing pregnancy, has surpassed its $7 million budget. The bad news it has only made $12 million after two weeks.
Outside the top 10: the Vanessa Hudgens-led Gimme Shelter (read our review) pulled in a paltry $721,000 on 385 screens. Screen Rant's Sandy Schaefer did not take kindly to the film and neither did audiences.
[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 Monday, January 26th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo
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