Weekend Box Office Report: January 24-26, 2014

Ride Along is still cruising on top!

The cold temperatures (and lack of competition) are keeping Ice Cube solid, and his comedy RIDE ALONG remained at the top of the box office with an additional $21.1 million!

The PG-13 movie, co-starring comedian Kevin Hart, dropped a little less than half its business from opening weekend, and is already up to a 10-day total of $75.4 million.

LONE SURVIVOR was once again in the second slot with another $12.6 million as it takes aim at the $100 million mark domestically. Director Peter Berg's account of a Navy SEAL mission gone wrong is currently the highest-grossing wide release so far this year (it initially opened on two screens during the last week of 2013 for award contention).

The computer-animated family flick THE NUT JOB kept its claws on third place with $12.3 million, but when it comes to Disney's FROZEN, audiences just can't seem to... let it go (hurr durr). The frosty favorite moved up a spot from last week, taking fourth with $9 million as its global total climbs to $810.3 million, keeping it ahead of last week's new Chris Pine-fronted JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT, which slipped to fifth with $8.8 million.

Sorry, doctor -- it's not alive, after all. The weekend's only new release I, FRANKENSTEIN opened in sixth place with just $8.2 million. The PG-13 action-horror flick, costing over $60 million and featuring Aaron Eckhart as a demon-fighting variation of Mary Shelley's classic literature creation, received a 'B' CinemaScore from paying customers but was brutalized with a 5% critical rating at Rotten Tomatoes -- just scraping past the 3% average of Lionsgate's other recent stiff, THE LEGEND OF HERCULES.

Between those two movies, it's not a promising start to the year for the studio... but at least they know they've got the next HUNGER GAMES movie (and possible highest-grossing release of the year, again) arriving later in 2014.

Director David O. Russell's AMERICAN HUSTLE had the best box office showing of the Oscar hopefuls, in seventh with $7.1 million and ahead of fellow award-seekers AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY and Martin Scorsese's THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, which is closing in on $100 million (its reported production cost). Last weekend's new horror cheapie DEVIL'S DUE holds on to the bottom of the list.

Outside the chart, other Oscar candidates NEBRASKA, GRAVITY, 12 YEARS A SLAVE and DALLAS BUYERS CLUB were pushed onto a few hundred more screens to capitalize on their nominations, each picking up an additional million or two. Spike Jonze's HER was also once again just outside the Top 10 with $2.2 million, while THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG crossed $250 million but stands as the lowest moneymaker of Peter Jackson's Tolkien adaptations (both globally and domestically).

Next weekend brings the Josh Brolin/Kate Winslet drama LABOR DAY (from JUNO director Jason Reitman), along with the romantic comedy THAT AWKWARD MOMENT.

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1. Ride Along $21.1 M $75.4 M
2. Lone Survivor $12.6 M $93.6 M
3. The Nut Job $12.3 M $40.2 M
4. Frozen $9 M $347.8 M
5. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit $8.8 M $30.1 M
6. I, Frankenstein $8.2 M
7. American Hustle $7.1 M $127 M
8. August: Osage County $5 M $26.5 M
9. The Wolf of Wall Street $5 M $98 M
10. Devil's Due $2.7 M $12.8 M


Source: Box Office Mojo



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