Box Office: ‘Ride Along 2’ Shoots for $38 Million, Topping ‘The Revenant,’ ‘Star Wars’

Ride Along 2
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Kevin Hart and Ice Cube’s cop sequel “Ride Along 2” will top the box office over the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday weekend, with studio estimates projecting the laffer will have taken in $38 million by Monday’s end.

“Ride Along 2” nabbed $12 million on Friday from 3,175 locations. The Universal comedy, a follow-up to the 2014 original, which grossed $135 million at the domestic box office, kicked off the weekend with a take of $1.26 million in Thursday night previews, portending a healthy four-day total.

Just behind “Ride Along 2” is Fox’s survivalist drama “The Revenant,” which pulled in $9 million from 3,559 locations on Friday, putting it on track for a four-day haul of $37 million. The brutal epic was nominated for a year-best 12 Oscars, including nods for best picture, director Alejandro Inarritu and lead actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

In third place for the weekend is “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which generated $6 million on Friday from 3,822 locations in its fifth frame. The space opera will finish the four-day period with $32 million, which will push its domestic cume well past $850 million, further securing its position as the biggest stateside grosser ever.

Paramount’s war drama “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” should finish behind “Force Awakens.” The Michael Bay pic took in $6 million Friday from 2,389 sites, suggesting a four-day total around $18 million. The controversial film has not been without its detractors; a CIA spokesman called it a “distortion of the events and people who served in Benghazi that night.”

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg’s comedy “Daddy’s Home,” also from Paramount, continues to pull in viewers in its fourth frame; it’s tracking for a four-day total above $10 million from 3,322 locations.

Animated romp “Norm of the North” from Lionsgate rolled out Friday in 2,411 locations, generating $1.5 million on Friday. It should pull in more than $8 million by Monday’s end. Rob Schneider, Heather Graham and Ken Jeong star.

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  1. Sal U. Lloyd says:

    More proof of the dumbing down of America.

  2. Smooth says:

    This picture is photo shopped, I guess it’s to promote the girl.

  3. The Cookbook Artist says:

    That’s some awfully fishy forecast math compiled in MZ’s box office report!?! Revenant’s four day numbers are the only ones that seem remotely conceivable. Is every other movie in the top five expected to suddenly collapse over the holiday weekend? Why? If Ride Along 2 opened to 12 million Friday, and this is a 4 day weekend, Ride Along 2 should easily surpass $40 million; with $45 million seeming even more likely. 13 HOURS: THE BENGHAZI STORY should approach $30 million. Daddy’s Home should get closer to the $13-$15 million mark with an extra holiday of box office attendance. Well, now that I think about it, The Star Wars numbers look inflated as well. It barely made more money than 13 Hours: Benghazi, and yet it has a forecast of nearly $33 million????

  4. John Th says:

    Let me get this right. 13 Hours made $6 million Friday in 2,389 theaters. Star Wars made $6 million in 3,822 theaters?

    Sounds like Paramount should have opened 13 Hours in more theaters. I’m seeing a lot of tweets from people who are saying 13 Hours theaters are sold out and they have to go to another movie.

    C’mon Paramount

    • aSmith says:

      For some strange reason it’s playing in almost as many theaters as Norm of the North. Why, I’ve no idea. The audience is down for something like this especially in the Midwest and South yet it’s underserved. Maybe more theaters will have it next week but by that point who cares.

  5. Luckie Day says:

    Revenant, killin it

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