Weekend Box Office: ‘Ride Along 2’ Beats Out ‘Star Wars’

The Martin Luther King Weekend

Ride Along 2 took the top spot at the weekend box office and beat out Star Wars: The Force Awakens after four weeks atop box office charts.

Scoring a B+ CinemaScore, the comedy sequel starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube has debuted to $34 million over three days and an estimated $39.5 million over the four-day Martin Luther King weekend. That was enough to knock out The Force Awakens of the No. 1 spot, but it grossed about $6 million less than its predecessor. The Ride Along follow-up cost $40 million to make.

The Force Awakens placed third and only pulled in $25.1 million over three days and roughly $30 million for the four-day period. The sci-fi blockbuster has now earned $851 million Stateside and $1.86 billion globally, making it the third-highest-grossing movie ever behind only Avatar ($2.8 billion) and Titanic ($2.2 billion).

Following 12 Oscar nominations on Thursday, including ones for Best Picture and for Best Actor, The Revenant remained in second place with another $29.5 million for the three days to bring its four-week total to $87.7 million.

Scoring an A CinemaScore from audiences, Michael Bay’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi debuted in fourth place with $16 million over the three days, well below the national releases of other true-life modern war films American Sniper ($89.3 million) and Lone Survivor ($37.8 million).

Daddy’s Home rounded out the top five with $9.3 million through Sunday and has earned $129.3 million after four weeks.

This week’s other new release, Lionsgate’s uninspired animated film Norm of the North, debuted with just $6.7 million over the three days from 2,411 theaters. Here are top ten at the box office, through Sunday.

The Martin Luther King Weekend

Next weekend we have Dirty Grandpa and The 5th Wave coming out, so I’m going with Ride Along 2 taking the box office again.