Kevin Hart, who has four movies coming out this year and will likely be a player in many coming box office updates, and Ice Cube topped Friday’s box office with their new buddy cop comedy Ride Along. The Universal picture, made for a lean $25 million, earned $14.5 million on its first night and should continue to stir up brisk business over the long MLK Jr. holiday weekend.
Meanwhile, Lone Survivor, buoyed by exceedingly strong word of mouth, shows true grit in the No. 2 spot, with $6.7 million on Friday. Director Peter Berg’s real-SEAL heart thumper now stands tall at $57.5 million in domestic totals.
The remainder of the top five is filled out by three newcomers. Paramount’s $60 million Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit earned the studio a rather meek third place showing. The espionage thriller, a franchise reboot gambling on the drawing power of Star Trek’s Chris Pine, debuts with a modest $5.4 million.
Parents, perhaps sick of taking their children to see Frozen multiple times already in the theater, weren’t as driven to turn out for the new animated squirrel comedy The Nut Job. Open Road Films’ kid-seeker coughed up less than $5 million in 3,427 theaters.
On the subject of kids, you’d be hard pressed to find a moviegoer who hadn’t blanched at the macabre madness that was the Devil Baby, the ubiquitous subject of Fox’s viral “Devil Baby Attack” campaign for its new found-footage horror movie Devil’s Due. Perhaps it was the power of the baby’s creepy red eyes that convinced horror fans to scare up a fifth-place showing for the flick, made for just $7 million. It earned $3.5 million in its opening frame.
The top five:
1. Ride Along — $ 14.5 million
2. Lone Survivor — $6.7 million
3. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit — $5.4 million
4. The Nut Job — $4.8 million
5. Devil’s Due— $3.5 million
Check back in tomorrow with EW.com for a full weekend box office report.