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Ride Along Takes Front Seat at Weekend Box Office

Still of Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in Ride Along (2014).

It may have seemed destined for mediocrity, but the buddy drama Ride Along took a detour on its way to the the Rite Aid bin and shot to the top of the box office, bringing in $48.1 million its first week out — a record amount for the long MLK weekend. Lone Survivor earned $27.5 million this weekend but fell to the number two. After a month in theaters, Mark Wahlberg’s Navy SEAL drama has made $78.3 million. Also new this weekend is The Nut Job — another animated family favorite that opened in number three and is predicted to make somewhere between $26.6 million and $27.2 million — while the Tom Clancy adaptation Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit got $19.4 million. Frozen rounded out the box office top five with a haul of $16 million, bringing its nine-week total to $336.6 million.

Photo: Universal Pictures