After Lone Survivor almost had it the week before, Ride Along finally took the January record from Cloverfield ($40.1 million). With this being the second biggest Martin Luther King Jr. weekend ever, 2013 is so far off to a great start.
Since Monday was a holiday in the US, we are dealing with an extended weekend that’s four days instead of the normal three.
The Kevin Hart and Ice Cube comedy opened with $41.5 million over the normal weekend and a total of $48.6 million for the 4-day one. As the title might suggest, that’s the biggest debut ever for the month. We haven’t had a January this hot since 2009 when Gran Torino and Paul Blart: Mall Cop were doing the rounds (the biggest M.L.K. Jr. weekend ever). That’s actually a brilliant parallel I just made, should pat myself on the back. Lone Survivor, like Gran Torino, is a movie that first opened at the end of December in limited release and expanded on the second weekend of January. Paul Blart was a comedy that won the M.L.K. Jr. weekend with a surprisingly strong debut, just like Ride Along today. If Paul Blart‘s January success is any indication, expect big numbers for Ride Along by the time it leaves cinemas, $120-150 million.
Lone Survivor is holding on tight in second place, $22 million over 3 days and $25.9 million over 4 days. Rock solid so far, the war drama is at $76.7 million right now. If it can keep this up then Lone Survivor might be looking at over $120 million.
The Nut Job took $19.4 million for the 3-day weekend and an estimated $25.7 million with Monday included. That’s very impressive actually for an animated movie that doesn’t come from any big studio like Walt Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks, Illumination, Blue Sky or Sony. It only cost $42 million to make apparently so it should be profitable for Open Road Films by the end of its run.
Not as profitable could end up being Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, the latest entry in the Jack Ryan series. Made for $60 million Shadow Recruit could only grab $15.4 million or $18 million with Monday numbers. Disappointing for what seems to be a decent spy flick, not to mention a new low for Jack Ryan. Seems the rebooted spy will have to earn most of his keep overseas this time around.
Frozen rounds out the …how is this still in the top 5? $11.7 and $16 million, that’s how. Came awfully close to Shadow Recruit and didn’t seem to be impacted at all by the debut of another animation (The Nut Job), in its 9th weekend no less (8th in wide release). So it’s at $336.7 million domestically and just for a few laughs here’s a video you might like if you’re into twisting words with a simple beep at the right time. If you haven’t seen Frozen yet, well, you’ll definitely have a different experience now.