“Ride Along” Is #1 Box Office Hit With $41 million In Ticket Sales

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January 20, 2014 ‐ By Ann Brown
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Kevin Hart can do no wrong at the box office.

“Ride Along,” the buddy cop comedy he stars in with Ice Cube, was number one at the box office this weekend.  The film earned $41.2 million in ticket sales, out-grossing another new release, political thriller “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” reports Reuters. The Tom Clancy CIA flick pulled in $17.2 million over the first three days of the Martin Luther King holiday weekend, making it No. 4.  “Jack Ryan” played in about 3,400 theaters, while “Ride Along” was only in around 2,700, according to the site Box Office Mojo,

Afghanistan war story “Lone Survivor ” landed in second with ticket sales of $23.2 million, according tracking firm Rentrak. It was number one last week.

“Ride Along,” which was produced by Ice Cube, did better than industry predictions of $28 million. In fact, it had the biggest three-day MLK holiday weekend opening ever.

Despite the box office win, the reviews haven’t been kind to the film. Only 10 of 47 reviews were favorable, according to the site Rotten Tomatoes. People don’t seem to care. Ninety-four percent of the audience polled on the movie review site wanted to see it.

“The timing was really right on this one,” said Nikki Rocco, president for domestic distribution at Universal Pictures which released the film. The budget for the movie was about $25 million.

Another surprising stat for the movie: It was really popular with women, turning it into a date movie.

And more good news. Audiences who have seen the movie graded it an A, according to CinemaScore, meaning it will continue to have box office power.

No one can deny Hart is on a movie roll. His stand-up comedy documentary “Let Me Explain” killed “The Lone Ranger” in per-theater earnings this past summer.  Hart’s comedy “opened in theaters during the fourth of July weekend and pulled in an impressive $10 million. That’s a lot considering that it only debuted in 876 theaters, compared to The Lone Ranger‘s 3,904 locations,” reports Forbes.

In its first two weeks, the movie earned a total of $27 million, turning it into the fourth top-grossing stand-up film of all time. (Eddie Murphy’s Raw, which grossed $50.5 million, is still No. 1.)

It’s obvious Hart has come a long way since “Soul Plane.” Did you see “Ride Along”?

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