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Ride Along took in $12.3 million to top the chart three weekends in a row, cementing Kevin Hart‘s rising star status. The Universal buddy cop comedy, also starring Ice Cube, has grossed a total of $93 million.
Disney’s Frozen sing-along, playing in more than 2,000 theaters, sparked a renewed wave of interest in the film, which was up slightly from last weekend, grossing $9.3 million from a total of 2,754 locations, including $2.2 million from the sing-along shows.
Frozen ended the weekend with a massive worldwide haul of $864.4 million — edging past The Hunger Games: Catching Fire — including a domestic total of $360 million and international cume of $504.4 million. Also over the weekend, the movie swept the Annie Awards, including taking home best feature.
The animated family film edged out new comedy That Awkward Moment, starring Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan. The movie took in $9 million, versus the $10 million to $12 million that was expected, marking one of the lowest Super Bowl openings in years.
Still, Awkward Moment, the first release from Focus Features under Peter Schlessel‘s rule, turned in an OK performance, considering it is an $8 million indie film. As expected, the R-rated comedy skewed female (64 percent), while 61 percent of ticket buyers were under the age of 25.
Schlessel acquired rights to Awkward Moment for roughly $1.5 million when he was running FilmDistrict and brought the title with him to Focus. The film, launching in 2,809 theaters and earning a B CinemaScore, revolves around three friends facing that awkward turning point in their respective relationships.
Jason Reitman‘s Labor Day also underperformed, opening to $5.3 million and coming in No. 7 after receiving a B- CinemaScore and the worst reviews of any of Reitman’s films (Awkward Moment received even worse reviews). Both films tried to counterprogram against Sunday’s football game by going after females.
From Paramount and Indian Paintbrush, Labor Day cost $18 million to make and stars Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith and Tobey Maguire. It’s the first time that one of Reitman’s movies has opened nationwide; the rest have all opened in limited runs before slowly expanding. Labor Day, about a woman and her son who bring a stranger home over the holiday, was originally supposed to debut in theaters late last year, but its release was pushed back.
Labor Day skewed notably older, with 55 percent of the audience over the age of 35, including 42 percent over the age of 50. Females made up 59 percent of ticket buyers.
Elsewhere, Peter Berg‘s Lone Survivor jumped the $100 million mark domestically, earning $7.2 million for a total $104.9 million. The Universal release placed No. 5, just behind Open Road Films’ animated pic The Nut Job, which took in $7.6 million for a hearty domestic total of $50.2 million.
Sony’s American Hustle continues to outpace other Oscar frontrunners (aside from Gravity) and has become David O. Russell‘s most successful film at the domestic box office, surpassing the $132.1 million earned last year by Silver Linings Playbook. The film ended the weekend with a domestic total of $133.6 million.
Thanks to a well-balanced menu of films overall, revenue was still up slightly from last year’s Super Bowl weekend.
Teller‘s documentary Tim’s Vermeer , about inventor Tim Jenison‘s quest to copy the painting techniques of Johannes Vermeer, made a solid showing in its debut at the specialty box office, grossing $57,873 from four theaters in New York and Los Angeles for a location average of $14,468, the best of the weekend. Sony Pictures Classics is handling the film, which premiered last fall at the Telluride and Toronto film Festivals.
In its second weekend, Roadside Attractions’ Gloria took in $180,750 from 29 locations for a location average of $6,233 and cume of $259,151.
Here are the top 10 estimates for the weekend of Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at domestic box office:
Title, Weeks in Release/Theater Count, Studio, Weekend Total, Percentage Drop, Cume
1. Ride Along, 3/2,867, Universal, $12.3 million, -42.2%, $93 million.
2. Frozen, 11/2,754, Disney, $9.3 million, +2.1%, $360 million.
3. That Awkward Moment, 1/2,809, Focus Features, $9 million.
4. The Nut Job, 3/3,472, Open Road Films, $7.6 million, -37.1%, $97.3 million.
5. Lone Survivor, 6/3,285, Universal, $7.2 million, -44.5%, $104.9 million.
6. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, 3/2,907, Paramount, $5.4 million, -40.6%, $6 million.
7. Labor Day, 1/2,589, Disney, $5.3 million.
8. American Hustle, 8/2,216, Sony, $4.3 million, -39.1%, $133.6 million.
9. The Wolf of Wall Street, 6/1,607, Paramount, $3.6 million, -35.2%, $104.1 million.
10. I, Frankenstein, 2/2,753, Lionsgate., $3.5 million, -59.1%, $14.5 million.
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