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Box Office: ‘Ride Along’ Riding High to $35 Million-Plus Weekend

'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' headed for second

Universal’s opening of “Ride Along” is heading for a decisive victory at this weekend’s U.S. box office, expected to take in between $35 and $38 million over the four days of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

The comedy, starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, was heading for a Friday gross between $11 million and $14 million based on forecasts from early shows, including the $1.05 million from late-night screenings on Thursday.

Paramount’s launch of “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” starring Chris Pine, is heading for the second slot with around $7 million Friday and $25 million for Friday-Monday.

That should be enough to edge out Universal’s second weekend of Navy SEAL thriller “Lone Survivor,” with projections from $5 -$6 million, and four-day weekend total in the $20-$22 million range.

“Lone Survivor” won last weekend with $37.8 million and led the chart on Thursday with $2.8 million for a U.S. cume of $50.8 million.

Open Road’s launch of the family-friendly toon “Nut Job” is forecast to harvest $3.5 million to $4 million on Friday, for a four-day total in the vicinity $18-$20 million.

The frame’s other wide opener, Fox’s horror vehicle “Devil’s Due,” is scaring up only moderate business, with $3 million Friday with a $10 million weekend likely.

The weekend is also seeing the expansion of several of the most Oscar-nominated films — Warner Bros.’ “Gravity,” Fox Searchlight’s “12 Years a Slave” and Sony’s “Captain Phillips.”

Sony’s “American Hustle,” with 10 nods, and Paramount’s “Wolf of Wall Street,” with five, have been performing solidly at the box office. “American Hustle” took in $1.25 million on Thursday for a $105.8 million domest cume and “Wolf” took $1 million for an $82.7 million cume.

“Gravity” has gone past $256 million and “Captain Phillips” has topped $105 million. “12 Years” has cumed $39.1 million.

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