411 Box Office Report: Ride Along Sets Records at #1
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 01.19.2014
Buddy comedy has the biggest January opening ever...
Kevin Hart and Ice Cube came out of nowhere to take the box office by storm this weekend. The duo's buddy comedy Ride Along stormed into the #1 position with $41.2 million, dominating the box office and scoring the highest January opening weekend of all-time. The film was well above what was being predicted, which was estimating in the high twenties, and scored a $15,485 per-screen average. While the film may take a big drop in the second weekend (big opening weekends usually do), the A CinemaScore it received could certainly help via word of mouth. The film is a welcome hit for Universal, who just suffered through the 47 Ronin debacle, and will be quite profitable considering the $25 million budget.
Mark Wahlberg's Lone Survivor held on strong, slipping down a spot to #2 with $23.2 million. The fact-based film followed up on its impressively strong opening weekend with a mere 38% drop, which is exceptional when you consider the overperformance of its first weekend and the fact that action and war films average about 50%. The film has already brought in $74 million from a budget of $40 million.
The Nut Job acquitted itself well in its opening weekend, finishing at #3 with $20.6 million. That number is pretty solid for the family film, which Open Road was pegging for somewhere in the mid-teens, and it should end up performing well considering the relatively empty market for family films. The squirrel-themed animated feature averaged $5,996 from 3,427 theaters with an okay B CinemaScore. The film's budget is $42 million, a number that will be easily attainable should the film's profits not inexplicably collapse in subsequent weeks.
Meanwhile, the latest in the Jack Ryan films slightly underwhelmed as Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit opened at #4 with $17.2 million. Paramount was hoping for something in the low to mid-twenties over the three day weekend, though it isn't a huge disappointment. The Chris Pine-starring film averaged $5,078 from 3,387 theaters and added another $22.2 million overseas for a total worldwide first weekend of $39.4 million. A B CinemaScore and okay reviews mean this should get into the black for Paramount, though whether it will become a new franchise is still in question. The budget was $60 million.
Frozen slipped three spots to #5 in its ninth week, bringing in $12 million. The Walt Disney Animation film is continuing its impressive run at the box office with a mere 19% drop; it has now grossed $332.6 million domestically and $759.1 million worldwide on a budget of $150 million. It is the sixth-highest grossing animated film of all-time, with Despicable Me 2 just ahead of it with $368 million.
American Hustle rode its Golden Globe wins and Oscar nominations to a nice bump at the box office. The film dropped a spot to #6 in its fifth week but saw a 28% weekend-to-weekend increase to $10.6 million. The David O. Russell ensemble film has now grossed $116.4 million domestically and $142.1 million worldwide. As it continues to rack up award wins the grosses will continue to climb; $200 million domestic is not out of the question at this point. The film had a $40 million budget.
Devil's Due was sent back to Hell by moviegoers, finishing at #7 with $8.5 million. That number is not at all impressive when you compare it to Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones with $18.3 million a couple weeks ago, Mama's $28.4 million last January and The Devil Inside's $33.7 million a couple years back. The film averaged just $3,341 in the 2,544 theaters it opened in and added $2.5 million overseas for a worldwide opening weekend of $11 million. Terrible reviews and a miserable D+ CinemaScore means this one won't be in the top 10 next week and will just scrape by for Fox, even with the budget of just $8 million.
Coming in at #8 in its second weekend of wide release was August: Osage County. The Julia Roberts/Meryl Streep dramedy brought in $7.6 million, up 6% from its opening weekend as it added more theaters and picked up attention thanks to Meryl Streep's awards nominations. The film has grossed $18.2 million domestically and $24.6 million worldwide on a budget of $20 million.
Coming in at #9 in its fourth week, down five from last week, was Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street. The film brought in $7.5 million, bringing its total to $90.3 million domestically and $128.4 million worldwide on a budget of $100 million.
Disney's Saving Mr. Banks fell two spots to #10 in its sixth weekend with $4.1 million. The fact-based film has grossed $75.4 million domestically and $84.5 million worldwide from a budget of $35 million.
The weekend box office tally was $182.4 million, up a huge 30% from last year's take of $139.7 million that was led by Mama's $28.4 million opening.
Note: Numbers include Sunday estimates and are three-day estimates. A studio recoups 55% of a film's grosses on average, meaning it needs to approximately double its budget to be profitable during its theatrical run.
BOX OFFICE TOP TEN (Three-Day Numbers)
1. Ride Along - $41.2 million ($41.2 million total)
2. Lone Survivor - $23.2 million ($74 million total)
3. The Nut Job - $20.6 million ($20.6 million total)
4. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - $17.2 million ($17.2 million total)
5. Frozen - $12 million ($332.6 million total)
6. American Hustle - $10.6 million ($116.4 million total)
7. Devil's Due - $8.5 million ($8.5 million total)
8. August: Osage County - $7.6 million ($18.2 million total)
9. The Wolf of Wall Street - $7.5 million ($90.3 million total)
10. Saving Mr. Banks - $4.1 million ($75.4 million total)