By Will Ashton
I always wonder why Hollywood would never let the buddy cop formula die, and I think the reason is because even uninspired ones like Ride Along are still able to make a new record with $41.2 million.
Breaking the $40 million record from Cloverfield, the film is now the highest January opening weekend ever. With a budget of only $25 million, it’s safe to say that this one is in the clear. I guess that sequel is going to happen after all.
Meanwhile, the other debuts of the weekend didn’t come in as strong. The Nut Job opened in third this weekend with $20.5 million. Meanwhile, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit came in fourth with $17.2 million — which, given its $60 million budget, has a little ways to go to make back its money.
Also opening this weekend was Devil’s Due. That came in seventh place with $8.5 million. Though, considering the budget on that one was only $7 million, I doubt the studio is that worried.
Last week’s number one, meanwhile, Lone Survivor, came in second this weekend with a respectable $23.2 million, making its domestic total $74 million thus far.
Next week sees the releases of I, Frankenstein and Gimme Shelter. Let’s see what’s number one this time next week.
Check out the full box office below:
Weekend: Domestic Total:
1. Ride Along $41.2 million $41.2 million
2. Lone Survivor $23.2 million $74 million
3. The Nut Job $20.5 million $20.5 million
4. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit $17.2 million $17.2 million
5. Frozen $11.9 million $332.6 million
6. American Hustle $10.6 million $116.4 million
7. Devil’s Due $8.5 million $8.5 million
8. August: Osage County $7.59 million $18.1 million
9. The Wolf of Wall Street $7.5 million $90.2 million
10. Saving Mr. Banks $4.1 million $75.3 million