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Weekend Box Office Report: January 17-19, 2014

Jan. 19, 2014by:

Ride Along drives away with the dough!

I guess you could say it was a good day for Ice Cube, whose new movie RIDE ALONG opened at the top of the box office with an estimated $41.2 million!

Fans of miniature comic Kevin Hart came out to see his pairing with appropriately winter-themed actor-rapper Ice Cube, pushing the PG-13 flick to the biggest January opening weekend ever (beating CLOVERFIELD's $40 million opening in 2008) -- and it did it on several hundred fewer screens than the weekend's other big new movies. (All the releases will get a bonus day of big business thanks to Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.)

Moviegoers were obviously looking for some laughs to help warm up the frosty season, and audiences enjoyed their time with the surprise hit, giving it a solid 'A' CinemaScore (although critics were not amused judging by the 16% at Rotten Tomatoes). But the cop comedy from Cube's BARBERSHOP director Tim Story (who also helmed the FANTASTIC FOUR movies) only carried a reported cost of $25 million, so we can expect a sequel announcement at any moment...

LONE SURVIVOR stoically demonstrated its survival skills in second place with $23.2 million, a drop of only 38% from its wide opening last weekend. The total for Peter Berg's military action movie has already surpassed the last time Navy SEALs were front-and-center on screen -- ACT OF VALOR ended with $70 million, though it also didn't have the benefit of familiar and experienced actors like Mark Wahlberg and Ben Foster. (With the top two movies in release, Universal must be cheering at the moment.)

Opening in third was the new computer-animated offering THE NUT JOB with $20.5 million. The critter heist movie (which got a 'B' CinemaScore from paying crowds) was the only family option for everyone who's already seen FROZEN in the nine weeks since it first skated into theaters, although Disney's new fave chilled in fifth with another $11.9 million as its global total surged to $759 million.

It seems questionable if actor Chris Pine has found a non-TREK franchise with Tom Clancy's famous CIA analyst -- JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT opened in fourth place with $17.2 million. Critics liked the action-thriller (61% on RT) better than audiences, who gave it a mediocre 'B' CinemaScore.

The latest reboot of the Ryan character, directed by Kenneth Branagh (who also plays the villain), did only have a reported budget of $60 million. So perhaps if the international totals are impressive enough, Paramount might give Pine another leading opportunity outside Starfleet.

Getting a bump from the Oscar nomination attention, AMERICAN HUSTLE disco danced in sixth with another $10.6 million (jumping up 27% from last weekend), keeping it ahead of the new low-budget horror movie DEVIL'S DUE with its $8.5 million opening. While January has proven a good time for horror releases (TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D, MAMA and HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS all scored in this month last year), there wasn't much interest in this star-free supernatural cheapie -- and the customers it did attract only slammed it with a dreadful 'D+' CinemaScore.

Oscar-recognized films AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (now on 2000 screens) and THE WOLF OF WALL STREET closed out the list along with Oscar-ignored SAVING MR. BANKS, while again hovering just outside the chart was Spike Jonze's wondrously odd romance HER with $4 million. THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG saw its last days on the chart, along with PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES, ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES, and after a single week in the Top 10, THE LEGEND OF HERCULES.

Next weekend only offers one new wide release, the Aaron Eckhart monster-hunting action flick I, FRANKENSTEIN (or as it's known in Spanish-speaking territories: YO, FRANKENSTEIN). Also beginning on Tuesday, the long-delayed comedy THE KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM opens on random screens around the country if you can find it.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Ride Along $41.2 M
NEW
2. Lone Survivor $23.2 M $74 M
3. The Nut Job $20.5 M
NEW
4. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit $17.2 M
NEW
5. Frozen $11.9 M $332.6 M
6. American Hustle $10.6 M $116.4 M
7. Devil's Due $8.5 M
NEW
8. August: Osage County $7.5 M $18.1 M
9. The Wolf of Wall Street $7.5 M $90.2 M
10. Saving Mr. Banks $4.1 M $75.3 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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8:53AM on 01/20/2014
Jack Ryan is as by the numbers as they come, but it is extremely well paced, very watchable. No surprises here.
Jack Ryan is as by the numbers as they come, but it is extremely well paced, very watchable. No surprises here.
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7:30AM on 01/20/2014

Interesting Weekend

Ride Along would have gotten my money if it was rated R but there is no way in hell I'd go to a pg 13 movie like this on opening weekend... Far too many little shits in the theaters! What I did go see was 'Her' and I came in expecting to be blown away but I was not. I knew what was gonna happen 10 minutes in and in took over two hours to get there. However, Joaquin was fantastic as well as the cinematography so it was about a 7/10 for me. I felt like the first half hour was brilliant but it
Ride Along would have gotten my money if it was rated R but there is no way in hell I'd go to a pg 13 movie like this on opening weekend... Far too many little shits in the theaters! What I did go see was 'Her' and I came in expecting to be blown away but I was not. I knew what was gonna happen 10 minutes in and in took over two hours to get there. However, Joaquin was fantastic as well as the cinematography so it was about a 7/10 for me. I felt like the first half hour was brilliant but it just slowly lost steam till the end. Glad Lone Survivor is still doing well and I hope to be mediocre'd by Jack Ryan by the end of the week!!
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11:07PM on 01/19/2014
Not so sure I would agree that critics, rating at an average 61%, is better than a B from audiences when it comes to Jack Ryan.
I'm still curious to check it out. Not expecting to be blown away, but it looks entertaining enough.
Not so sure I would agree that critics, rating at an average 61%, is better than a B from audiences when it comes to Jack Ryan.
I'm still curious to check it out. Not expecting to be blown away, but it looks entertaining enough.
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10:26PM on 01/19/2014
Went to see Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (still not a fan of that title). It was good, and I liked the cast in their roles, but the villain plot was something we've seen too many times already. I would say it was on par with the Harrison Ford Jack Ryan films. Better than Sum of all Fears, but Hunt for Red October is still the best in my book.
Went to see Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (still not a fan of that title). It was good, and I liked the cast in their roles, but the villain plot was something we've seen too many times already. I would say it was on par with the Harrison Ford Jack Ryan films. Better than Sum of all Fears, but Hunt for Red October is still the best in my book.
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10:01PM on 01/19/2014
Good job America.

Still hoping to see Dallas Buyer's Club and Inside Llewyn Davis. Those are the only two films that I REALLY want to see before Labord Day comes out.
Good job America.

Still hoping to see Dallas Buyer's Club and Inside Llewyn Davis. Those are the only two films that I REALLY want to see before Labord Day comes out.
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7:16AM on 01/20/2014
Dallas Buyer's Club is WONDERFUL. Seeing Llewyn Davis on Tuesday.
Dallas Buyer's Club is WONDERFUL. Seeing Llewyn Davis on Tuesday.
8:29PM on 01/19/2014
"appropriately winter-themed actor-rapper Ice Cube"
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"appropriately winter-themed actor-rapper Ice Cube"
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7:26PM on 01/19/2014
Went to see Her this weekend. One of my very favorites of the year. I'm not usually one to make a big deal about Oscar noms, but Joaquin Phoenix was totally robbed. At least there's a good chance Spike Jonze will walk away with Best Original Screenplay.
Went to see Her this weekend. One of my very favorites of the year. I'm not usually one to make a big deal about Oscar noms, but Joaquin Phoenix was totally robbed. At least there's a good chance Spike Jonze will walk away with Best Original Screenplay.
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9:59PM on 01/19/2014
Phoenix AND Jonez were both robbed for Best Actor and Director. Her is also one of my top five favorite films of the year and is a film that will be talked about for a LONG time.
Phoenix AND Jonez were both robbed for Best Actor and Director. Her is also one of my top five favorite films of the year and is a film that will be talked about for a LONG time.
3:48PM on 01/19/2014
Dallas Buyers Club opened near me, so I went and saw it. McConaughey deserves every bit of the Oscar. I also liked it more than best pic-favorite American Hustle (which I need to watch again, since I went in with overly high expectations and might've been let down as a result.) But DBC is a movie that everyone should see, despite being uncomfortable to watch in some moments.
Dallas Buyers Club opened near me, so I went and saw it. McConaughey deserves every bit of the Oscar. I also liked it more than best pic-favorite American Hustle (which I need to watch again, since I went in with overly high expectations and might've been let down as a result.) But DBC is a movie that everyone should see, despite being uncomfortable to watch in some moments.
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2:53PM on 01/19/2014
Saw Lone Survivor this weekend and it was fantastic. I am glad it is holding up reasonably well.
Saw Lone Survivor this weekend and it was fantastic. I am glad it is holding up reasonably well.
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2:47PM on 01/19/2014
Not surprised. People are suckers for these bad comedies. I like both Cube and Hart, but this movie looked like crap from the beginning. But audiences like crap, so no surprise. Kind of disappointed by Jack Ryan. It's a decent action thriller that probably deserved better than it got, certainly better than Ride Along. I hate January's for cinema. We typically only get crap at the theaters. With the exception of Lone Survivor and Her, which I already saw, there's not much to look forward to this
Not surprised. People are suckers for these bad comedies. I like both Cube and Hart, but this movie looked like crap from the beginning. But audiences like crap, so no surprise. Kind of disappointed by Jack Ryan. It's a decent action thriller that probably deserved better than it got, certainly better than Ride Along. I hate January's for cinema. We typically only get crap at the theaters. With the exception of Lone Survivor and Her, which I already saw, there's not much to look forward to this month.
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6:00PM on 01/19/2014
I'm totally agree with you
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