Four new releases hit theaters over the four day Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, but none hit quite as hard as Ride Along, which is on its way to breaking records for the month of January. According to Box Office Mojo, the film grossed $48 million over the four day weekend, and $41.6 million over the three day weekend. Also released were Devil’s Due, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, and The Nut Job.
While Ride Along managed to beat out Cloverfield, which had a record of $40.1 million grossed in January, the other releases did not share its success, proving that at least for January, comedy won out, based on figures from Box Office Mojo. Jack Ryan made $15.58 million on opening weekend, a real disappointment when held up to its $60 million production budget.
Devil’s Due may have had the advantage of some creative advertisement — a terrifying automotive demon baby carriage riding around New York to promote the film — but its film gross didn’t measure up to those efforts, making a mere $8.38 million opening weekend, on a $7 million budget, according to Box Office Mojo.
Ride Along starred Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, and beat out both Lone Survivor and The Nut Job, which were both more successful fellows showing alongside it in theaters. The Nut Job, grossing $19.4 million, came in third place, another comedy success.
“You have to sit back because you don’t want to step on the magic,” said Ice Cube of working with Kevin Hart’s comedic genius. “Kevin, he always comes with it. He’s one of the most witty, quick-witted comedians that I’ve ever seen, let alone worked with,” he said to On The Red Carpet.
Considering the film’s success, it’s hardly surprising that Comcast’s (NASDAQ:CMCSA) Universal Studios is ready to start looking into a sequel. In fact, according to Deadline Hollywood, a second film has been on the table for a while now — likely to be encouraged further by solid revenue.