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Box Office: ‘Ride Along 2’ Speeding Past ‘The Revenant,’ ‘Star Wars’ Over Holiday Weekend

Universal’s “Ride Along 2” is heading for the top spot at the U.S. box office with an estimated $41.5 million at 3,175 venues over the four-day Martin Luther King holiday weekend.

Monday estimates showed the comedy sequel, re-teaming Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, will come in ahead of Fox’s “The Revenant,” which has been over-performing during the weekend with an estimated $39 million at 3,559 locations.

Ride Along 2” has already grossed more than its $40 million production cost. Cube and Hart play bickering police officers working to bring a Miami drug ring to justice.

Both titles are seeing significant boosts from Sunday’s estimates — over 10% for “The Revenant.” The wilderness epic has gained significant traction in the wake of its strong showing at the Oscar nominations on Thursday with 12 nods, including best picture, best director for Alejandro G. Inarritu and acting noms for Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy.

“The Revenant” will hit $97 million in its domestic total at the end of Monday. New Regency financed the film, which saw its budget balloon from $90 million to $135 million due to production delays.

Disney’s fifth weekend of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will finish third with an estimated four-day gross of $32.6 million from 3,823 locations for a domestic total of $858.5 million. The holiday weekend total — about 8% above Sunday’s estimates — will leave the space saga at nearly $100 million above the domestic total for “Avatar,” pushed back to second place on the list after six years in the top spot.

Paramount’s “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” which has received plenty of publicity from political controversy, will finish fourth with an estimated $19.7 million over the holiday at 2,389 locations. Michael Bay’s actioner recaps the 2012 attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the killing of U.S. ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

The original “Ride Along” opened with $48.6 million during the four-day Martin Luther King holiday weekend two years ago.

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