Weekend Box Office: “Ride-Along” Rolls Through Super Bowl Weekend

"Ride Along" (2014) - Weekend Box Office

by Matt Marshall

With the Super Bowl taking center stage Sunday night, the weekend box office saw its weakest frame since early September. Ride Along led the charts for a third consecutive weekend. The breakout cop comedy starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart grossed another $12.3 million.

Disney’s Frozen enjoyed it tenth stay on the Top 5 courtesy of a sing-along release. With another $9.3 million in its icy bank, Frozen is days away from becoming the top animated movie of 2013. Frozen has already grossed $360 million since its November opening.

That Awkward Moment featuring Zac Efron and Miles Teller broke onto the charts with a $9 million debut in third place. Holdovers The Nut Job and Lone Survivor rounded out the Top 5, while Kate Winslet’s Labor Day flopped in seventh place.

Note: These #’s are based on Sunday’s projections and can change with Monday’s actual #’s.

#1 – Ride Along (1)
$12.3 million / $93.0 million total

By the end of next weekend, 2014 is guaranteed its first $100 million film of the year. Ride Along has spent three weeks atop the weekend box office and it’s no surprise. None of the new releases from the past two weeks could open north of $10 million. Ride Along faces three challengers this coming Friday, shortening the film’s legs a bit. Regardless, Ice Cube and Kevin Hart have gotten Hollywood’s attention.

#2 – Frozen (4)
$9.3 million / $360.0 million total

In its 10th wide weekend, Frozen actually increased from last weekend’s haul. Thanks to a special sing-along engagement, the Disney juggernaut pulled in another $9.3 million. Frozen is about $8 million shy of Despicable Me 2’s $368 million run. It should have no problem passing the Illumination Entertainment sequel by Valentine’s Day.

#3 – That Awkward Moment (NR)
$9.0 million / $9.0 million total

That Awkward Moment won’t be doing Zac Efron any good for his career. This latest comedy also starring Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now) is a career low for Efron. Efron’s films such as Parkland and The Paperboy debuted much lower, but were released in under 300 theaters. Expect That Awkward Moment to have a short stay in theaters with a finish under $30 million.

#4 – The Nut Job (3)
$7.6 million / $50.2 million total

With Frozen still dominating the animation market, The Nut Job is certainly an afterthought. Open Road Films should still be celebrating as The Nut Job is on the verge of becoming the studio’s largest film. In a few days time, The Nut Job will pass studio champ The Grey’s $51.6 million. While far short of that magic $100 million run, a sequel is still on the horizon.

#5 – Lone Survivor (2)
$7.2 million / $104.9 million total

On Saturday, Lone Survivor made history, becoming the 35th film of 2013 to cross $100 million. The Mark Wahlberg war drama has plenty left in the tank to reach a $115-120 million finish. The film is expected to catapult ahead of 2001’s Black Hawk Down ($108.6 million).

Opening Next Week: The Lego Movie, The Monuments Men, Vampire Academy

Source: Box Office Mojo


Matt Marshall is a YouTube movie reviewer who hosts MNMreviews. He has a B.A. in Communications/Journalism from St. John Fisher College and resides in Rochester, NY.

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