We are officially living in a golden Hart and Cube era: Universal’s comedy Ride Along continues to dominate the box office – after breaking the record for a January opening in its first two weekends – bringing in an additional estimated $4 million on Friday night. This brings the Kevin Hart/Ice Cube $25 million comedy up to a total of $84.7 million.
But That Awkward Moment is definitely in Ride Along’s rearview mirror: for its opening weekend in 2,809 locations, the bromantic comedy took in an estimated $3.9 million on Friday. Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, and Zac Efron are nice counter-programming for women on Super Bowl weekend, but Focus Features was probably hoping for a bigger debut.
Meanwhile, in addition to claiming the No. 1 slot, there’s more good news for Universal: Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor took in an estimated $2.3 million on Friday, bringing its domestic total to just about the magical $100 million dollar mark.
Disney’s Frozen drops to fourth place, but continues its own global domination, taking in an estimated $2.2 million to raise its domestic total to $353.0 million in its 10th week of wide release. This weekend marks the debut of the sing-along shows, available in 2,057 of this week’s 2,754 locations, where a small snowflake bounces above the lyrics, encouraging the film’s many ardent fans to join in.
Another Super Bowl alternative, Paramount Pictures and Indian Paintbrush’s Labor Day – adapted from the Joyce Maynard novel and starring Kate Winslet as a fragile single mother and Josh Brolin as an escaped convict who takes refuge in her home – took in an estimated $1.9 million on Friday. The film marks a departure in tone for director Jason Reitman, best known for his buzzy hits like Juno and Up in theAir and has been taking a bit of a beating from critics (two words: peach pie) with a current 32 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
Here’s the top five:
1. Ride Along — $4 million
2. That Awkward Moment — $3.9
3. Lone Survivor — $2.3
4. Frozen — $2.2 million
5. Labor Day— $1.9 million
Check back in tomorrow with EW.com for a full weekend box office report.