Box Office: Kevin Hart Rides Along for Third Weekend at No. 1
After two weekends in the No. 1 spot at the box office, according to Box Office Mojo, Universal Studios’ Ride Along hasn’t given an inch to its competitors. Although the film’s box office earnings have declined steadily since its release, no other film has stepped up to challenge it at the theaters.
Starring comedian Kevin Hart, Ride Along follows a day in the life of Hart’s security guard character, Ben, as he attempts to prove that he’s worthy to marry the love of his life. Of course, to do so, Ben has no choice but to join his full-fledged policeman future brother-in-law, played by rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube, on a twenty-four-hour patrol of Atlanta, Georgia. Naturally, hilarity ensues, and it has continued unfalteringly since its release on January 17.
With an opening weekend box office take of $41.5 million, Ride Along easily trumped the second place feature, Universal’s Lone Survivor, which was on its fourth weekend and made $22 million. Other films made their debut on the same weekend as Ride Along, but none followed along with the same kind of success.
Paramount’s action-thriller, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, is a rehashing of Tom Clancy’s titular character, Jack Ryan. It took the No. 4 spot and $15.4 million on its opening weekend, falling well behind Ride Along. In its second weekend, it fell to the No. 5 spot and took $9 million. Last weekend, it continued its downward slide, hitting No. 6 and pulling $5.4 million.
Another film that opened the same weekend as Ride Along was Open Road Films’ The Nut Job. While the plot followed squirrels in a food caper somewhat similar to that of Pixar’s Ratatouille, the film has not followed along with the same kind of success. The Nut Job opened at No. 3 in the box office and held that spot for a second weekend. This past weekend it slipped to the No. 4 spots, and its earnings fell from an opening-weekend $19.4 million to a much smaller $7.1 million.