Every box office headline the passed few weeks have all been about Star Wars breaking yet another record, well this week that changes.
Kevin Hart and Ice Cube’s cop sequel “Ride Along 2” will top the box office over the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday weekend, with studio estimates projecting the laffer will have taken in $38 million by Monday’s end.
“Ride Along 2” nabbed $12 million on Friday from 3,175 locations. The Universal comedy, a follow-up to the 2014 original, which grossed $135 million at the domestic box office, kicked off the weekend with a take of $1.26 million in Thursday night previews, portending a healthy four-day total.
Just behind “Ride Along 2” is Fox’s survivalist drama “The Revenant,” which pulled in $9 million from 3,559 locations on Friday, putting it on track for a four-day haul of $37 million. The brutal epic was nominated for a year-best 12 Oscars, including nods for best picture, director Alejandro Inarritu and lead actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
In third place for the weekend is “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which generated $6 million on Friday from 3,822 locations in its fifth frame. The space opera will finish the four-day period with $32 million, which will push its domestic cume well past $850 million, further securing its position as the biggest stateside grosser ever.
The movie was definitely very funny, I'd even go as far as saying it was better than the first. The first week performance is even more impressive considering that it cost 4 million to make the movie.
At this rate, it's not a stretch to believe that this could possibly be a trilogy.
Congrats to Ice and Kevin Heart.