Universal's Ride Along took in $1.74 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a seventh consecutive day. The break-out action comedy starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube was down 2 percent from Wednesday. Ride Along was easily the week's top film with a seven-day start of $54.25 million. That outpaced the film's already lofty pre-release expectations and was 21 percent stronger than the $45.00 million seven-day start of 2010's The Book of Eli. With expectations being modest for Lionsgate's I, Frankenstein; Ride Along will have a very strong chance of remaining in first place over the weekend.
Fellow Universal release Lone Survivor held steady in second place with $1.37 million. The Peter Berg directed war film starring Mark Wahlberg was up 1 percent from Wednesday and down 51 percent from last Thursday. Lone Survivor surpassed the $80 million mark yesterday and has now grossed $81.01 million after two weeks of wide release. That places Lone Survivor 35 percent ahead of the $60.10 million Zero Dark Thirty had grossed at the same point in its run last January. Lone Survivor took second place for the week with $30.20 million, which represented a 40 percent decrease from the previous frame.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit grossed $1.02 million to remain in third. Paramount's attempted franchise re-launch starring Chris Pine and Keira Knightley was down 1 percent from Wednesday. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit took in $21.37 million in its first week of release to place in fourth for the weekly frame. The film opened on the very low end of expectations and performed an underwhelming 9 percent softer than the $23.46 million first week take of 2012's This Means War.
Sony's American Hustle took in $0.74 million to continue to claim fourth. The David O. Russell directed Oscar nominated film for Best Picture was down 3 percent from Wednesday and down 41 percent from last Thursday. American Hustle placed in sixth for the week with $14.11 million, which was up 10 percent over the previous frame and brings the film's domestic total to a very strong $119.94 million.
The Nut Job was down two spots and 10 percent from Wednesday to place in seventh with $0.65 million. Open Road's 3D computer animated film grossed a much stronger than anticipated $27.96 million in its first week of release. That placed the film in third for the frame and was 14 percent stronger than the $24.59 million seven-day start of 2009's Hotel for Dogs. After the strength of this week's performance Open Road has already announced a sequel, The Nut Job 2, which is scheduled to open on January 15, 2016.