Universal's Ride Along took in $2.10 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a fifth consecutive day. In the process the break-out action comedy starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube surpassed the $50 million domestic mark. Ride Along continues to outpace its lofty pre-release expectations with a very strong five-day start of $50.73 million. That places the film 24 percent ahead of the $40.93 million five-day start of 2010's The Book of Eli (which fell 56 percent on its first Tuesday to gross $2.49 million). Ride Along did fall a sharp 70 percent from Monday's Martin Luther King Day performance, but is still in good shape to remain in first place over the upcoming weekend.
Universal also claimed second place on Tuesday, as its Lone Survivor grossed $1.54 million for the day. The Peter Berg directed war film starring Mark Wahlberg was down 60 percent from Monday and down 57.5 percent from last Tuesday. Lone Survivor has grossed an impressive $78.28 million after twelve days of wide release. That places the film 34 percent ahead of the $58.15 million Zero Dark Thirty had grossed at the same point in its run last January.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit placed in third with $1.28 million. Paramount's attempted franchise re-launch starring Chris Pine and Keira Knightley was down an encouraging 50 percent from Monday. However, the film's overall performance remains underwhelming thus far with a five-day start of $19.32 million. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is currently running 10 percent softer than the $21.36 million grossed by 2012's This Means War during its first five days of release.
The Nut Job took fourth place with $0.88 million. Open Road's 3D computer animated film was down a sharp 86 percent from Monday, a sure sign of just how heavily the film is skewing towards family audiences. The Nut Job has grossed a much stronger than expected $26.58 million in its first five days. That places the film 13 percent ahead of the $23.57 million five-day start of 2009's Hotel for Dogs (which fell 88 percent on its first Tuesday to gross $0.70 million).
Sony's American Hustle rounded out the day's top five with $0.83 million. The David O. Russell directed Oscar nominated film was down 56 percent from Monday and down 36 percent from last Tuesday. American Hustle has grossed $118.43 million to date, which makes it the second highest grossing film among this year's nine Best Picture nominees (behind only Gravity).