You knew at some point someone would beat Star Wars at the box office. But if neither Jennifer Lawrence or Leonardo Dicaprio could do it, who would?
Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, and Olivia Munn, that’s who!
All right, so “Ride Along 2” was unable to top its predecessor but with an estimated $34 million, it was more than enough to top the weekend box office, and knock Star Wars from the top of the chart. And it gives Kevin Hart a much needed career boost after a less than stellar 2015.
Back in 2014, “Ride Along” debuted with a surprising $41.5 million over the three-day weekend and $48.6 million for what was a four-day, Martin Luther King weekend record. The original finished its domestic run with over $134 million. The sequel will need a little help over the coming weeks if it hopes to top $100 million domestically as word of mouth might not be as strong for this one considering its “B+” CinemaScore compared to the first film’s “A” score.
Landing in second place was “The Revenant,” which lead the 2015 Oscar nominations with twelve and earned an estimated $29.5 million this weekend. That’s only a 25.9% drop, for the movie’s second week of wide release. Meanwhile, Fox is predicting $35 million for the four-day holiday weekend, enough to become one of the all-time top ten Martin Luther King weekends. Add to that, the film brought in another $31.5 million internationally, bringing its worldwide earnings to over $151 million.
Falling from the top spot for the first time since its December 18 release, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” brought in an estimated $25.1 million for the three-day weekend and is looking at $31 million for the four-day weekend. The film’s domestic earnings have now grown to $856.9 million. Meanwhile, The Force Awakens has become the fifth highest grossing release internationally and only the fifth film to bring in over $1 billion from overseas territories.
Landing in fourth position is another one of the weekend’s new wide releases, Michael Bay’s “13 Hours,” which brought in an estimated $16 million for the three-day weekend with Paramount estimating $19 million for the four-days.
Looks like all the free publicity didn’t help this movie out. But if you ask me, the subject matter wasn’t the probem ehre. This had more to do with Michael Bay being attached than anything else. Its not as if he did wonders for Pearl Harbor.
And by the way, “13 Hours” is Michael Bay’s first film to gross less than $20 million in its first three days since “The Island” back in 2005.
And last but not least, Lionsgate’s “Norm of the North” managed to perform a little better than expected, which must be welcomed news for the studio, which is on the hook only for the cost of distribution rights and it’s limited marketing spend. The film ended up grossing an estimated $6.6 million over the three-day and is estimated to finish around $8.8 million for the four-day weekend.