It was a relatively quiet box office this weekend, but that's to be expected when the Super Bowl's on the horizon.
In at number 1 for the third weekend in a row is Ride Along with $12.3 million. Now at a whopping $93 million, Ride Along is Kevin Hart's highest grossing film in which he was the star.
Jumping up two spots to number 2 is Frozen with $9.3 million. The slight up-tick is due in part to the Sing-Along Edition of film hitting theaters, and all told the film is now at $360 million. Frozen is not only on pace to pass Despicable Me 2 for number 3 on the 2013 domestic highest grosser list, but it has also already taken the number 3 spot on the worldwide list with $864 million.
That Awkward Moment (read our review) comes in at number 3 with a modest $9 million. While the play for the female demographic over Super Bowl weekend seemed like a smart one, expectations were a little higher for this one. Not only that, That Awkward Moment is the lowest opening weekend for a wide release starring Zac Efron. Maybe the R-rating wasn't a good idea.
In at number 4 is The Nut Job with $7.6 million, which brings its domestic total up to a solid $50 million. We already know there's going to be a Nut Job 2, but the film passed its $42 million budget over the weekend.
Rounding out the top 5 is Lone Survivor with $7.1 million. Now at $104 million, Lone Survivor is the 35th 2013 release to cross the $100 million mark. That surpasses the previous record from 2009 of 32 films.
Coming in at number 6 is Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit with $5.4 million. There isn't much to say about the action flick at this point - the franchise potential is likely gone - and there's little chance Jack Ryan will make back its full $60 million budget. To-date, the film has accrued $38 million domestic.
The number 7 film this weekend is Labor Day (read our review) with $5.3 million. Like That Awkward Moment, Labor Day was hoping to capture the female audience on Super Bowl weekend, but it wasn't meant to be.
Although the film was made for a modest $18 million budget and will likely break about even when all is said and done, many were expecting more (quality-wise) from this Jason Reitman-directed feature. Moreover, the film's performance compared to other Reitman releases like Young Adult ($3.4M) and Thank You For Smoking ($4.5M), which were on far less screens, is a disappointment.
American Hustle is the number 8 film with $4.3 million, which brings its domestic total up to $133 million. The film is now director David O. Russell's highest grossing feature ever, surpassing last year's Silver Linings Playbook. O. Russell has clearly found the recipe for success in a tight knit group of actors, so don't expect him to change that formula any time soon.
In at number 9 is The Wolf of Wall Street with $3.55 million. Martin Scorsese's latest film is now his fourth $100 million earner and is hanging in there. All told, The Wolf of Wall Street has made $104 million thus far.
Rounding out the top 10 is I, Frankenstein with $3.52 million. Now at $14 million (compared to a $65 million budget), it looks like this is the last we will see of Adam the demon hunter.
[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, February 2nd - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo
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