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.
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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.