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It was a busy weekend at the box office, with Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and Ride Along both opening. Meanwhile, Oscar-nominated films got sizeable boosts, especially American Hustle.
As previously noted, Ride Along, which stars Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, topped the box office easily. Through three days, it has made $41.2 million and Entertainment Weekly notes that it should $47.8 million by the end of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday. That’s impressive for Universal’s $25 million film and will set the record for the top-grossing January debut in history. The film also earned an A CinemaScore grade from audiences, who clearly loved seeing Ice Cube and Hart paired together.
Universal held the top two spots, as Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor also continues to exceed expectations. The war film dropped only 38 percent to $23.2 million in its second weekend of wide release. It’s already made $74 million domestically.
The Nut Job, Open Road’s first animated release, grossed $20.55 million, topping Jack Ryan. Paramount tried to reboot the Tom Clancy character with a story not based on one of the late author’s novels and it didn’t work. Despite starring Star Trek’s Chris Pine, the film only grossed $17.2 million.
Disney’s Frozen rounded out the top 5 with $12 million and the Eli Roth-produced Devil’s Due made $8.5 million in its first weekend.
As for the Oscar nominees, American Hustle, which earned 10, made $10.6 million. According to Box Office Mojo, that’s a 28 percent jump from its previous weekend and brings its total to $116.4 million. August: Osage County added $7.6 million and The Wolf of Wall Street added $7.5 million.
Thanks to a re-release, Gravity added $1.95 million. 12 Years A Slave has also been re-released and finally reached a total of $40 million.