'Ride Along 2' Leads with $34.0M Start; 'The Revenant' Second with Strong $29.5M Hold; 'The Force Awakens' Third with $25.1M; '13 Hours' Debuts in Fourth with $16.0M

on January 17, 2016 by Daniel Garris
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Universal's Ride Along 2 debuted in first place over the three-day portion of the Martin Luther King holiday weekend with an estimated $34.04 million. The PG-13 rated comedy sequel starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart debuted on the low end of expectations and 18 percent below the $41.52 million three-day start of 2014's Ride Along. The film had been widely expected to debut a bit below Ride Along due in part to less pre-release excitement and the potential for sequel fatigue. With that said, Ride Along 2 still registered the fourth largest three-day Martin Luther King weekend debut of all-time and the eighth largest January opening ever. Universal's current four-day estimate for Ride Along 2 is $39.51 million.

Ride Along 2 opened with $12.0 million on Friday (which included an estimated $1.26 million from Thursday night shows), increased 13 percent on Saturday to claim $13.61 million and is estimated to decrease 38 percent on Sunday to gross $8.43 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.84 to 1. The audience breakdown for Ride Along 2 skewed slightly towards female moviegoers (52 percent) and towards moviegoers under the age of 25 (55 percent). Ride Along 2 received a B+ rating on CinemaScore. While that's a solid score, it's also significantly softer than the A rating Ride Along received on CinemaScore and suggests that the film will be more front-loaded than its predecessor was.

Thanks in part to healthy word of mouth and its 12 Academy Award nominations; Fox's The Revenant continued to exceed expectations with a close estimated second place take of $29.5 million over the three-day frame. The Alejandro González Iñárritu directed western starring Leonardo DiCaprio was down a slim 26 percent from last weekend's already stronger than expected debut. The Revenant has grossed an impressive $87.67 million after ten days of wide release (and an additional two weeks of platform release). That places the film 16 percent ahead of the $75.54 million ten-day start of 2010's Shutter Island (which fell 45 percent in its second weekend to gross $22.67 million). The Revenant represents another strong performer for DiCaprio and should continue to hold up well going forward. BoxOffice currently projects a four-day take of $35.0 million for The Revenant.

After leading the weekend box office for each of the past four frames, Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens fell to third place this weekend with an estimated three-day take of $25.12 million. The seventh chapter of the Star Wars franchise was down a solid 41 percent from last weekend. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation, The Force Awakens claimed the fourth largest fifth weekend gross of all-time (behind only 2009's Avatar, 1997's Titanic and 2013's Frozen). The Force Awakens passed the $850 million mark this weekend and continues to pad its total as the highest grossing film of all-time domestically with $851.05 million through 31 days of release. The film is currently running 72.5 percent ahead of the $493.25 million 31-day take of Avatar and 44 percent ahead of the $590.69 million 31-day gross of last year's Jurassic World. Disney's four-day estimate for Star Wars: The Force Awakens stands at $31.0 million.

Paramount's 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi debuted in fourth place with an estimated three-day start of $16.0 million. The Michael Bay action thriller debuted a bit below expectations. While it wasn't expected to do so, 13 Hours was unable to deliver the type of break-out performance that other war themed thrillers such as American Sniper, Lone Survivor and Zero Dark Thirty have delivered in recent years during the month of January. Potential for 13 Hours appears to have been weakened by the politics that have surrounded the 2012 Benghazi attack. 13 Hours opened 35 percent below the $24.48 million three-day launch of 2012's Act of Valor. Paramount's current four-day estimate for 13 Hours is $19.0 million.

13 Hours started with $5.93 million on Friday (which included an estimated $0.90 million from Thursday night shows), decreased 2 percent on Saturday to take in $5.79 million and is estimated to decline 26 percent on Sunday to gross $4.29 million. That gives the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.70 to 1. The audience breakdown for the film skewed towards male moviegoers (55 percent) and heavily towards moviegoers 25 years and older (79 percent). 13 Hours received a strong A rating on CinemaScore, which suggests that the film will hold up well going forward. 13 Hours will also be receiving an expansion into Canada next weekend (the film only opened in 7 locations in Canada this weekend).

Fellow Paramount release Daddy's Home rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated three-day take of $9.30 million. The PG-13 rated comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg was down a solid 38 percent. Daddy's Home continues to impress with a stronger than expected 24-day gross of $129.26 million. That places the film 30.5 percent ahead of the $99.02 million 24-day take of 2010's The Other Guys. Paramount's current four-day estimate for Daddy's Home stands at $11.35 million.

Meanwhile, Norm of the North was off to a soft sixth place start this weekend with an estimated three-day take of $6.68 million. The modestly budgeted computer animated film from Lionsgate opened on the lower end of its already low expectations. Martin Luther King weekend is typically a strong weekend for family films, but Norm of the North was unable to take advantage of the holiday frame. Norm of the North opened a very underwhelming 66 percent below the $19.42 million three-day start of 2014's The Nut Job.

Norm of the North took in $1.58 million on Friday, increased 90 percent on Saturday to gross $3.00 million and is estimated to fall 30 percent on Sunday to take in $2.10 million. That gives the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 4.22 to 1. Norm of the North received a lackluster B- rating on CinemaScore, which isn't a good sign going forward. Lionsgate is currently estimating a four-day take of $8.80 million for Norm of the North.

Thanks in part to the five Academy Award nominations it received; Paramount's The Big Short was down just 16 percent to claim an estimated eighth place three-day take of $5.20 million. The Adam McKay directed comedy drama passed the $50 million mark this weekend and has grossed $50.52 million in 38 days. Paramount's current four-day estimate for The Big Short is $6.25 million.

Four-Day Estimates

1. Ride Along 2 -- $39.51 m*
2. The Revenant -- $35.0 m**
3. The Force Awakens -- $31.01 m*
4. 13 Hours -- $19.0 m*
5. Daddy's Home -- $11.35 m*
6. Norm of the North -- $8.80m*
7. The Forest -- $6.75 m**
8. The Big Short -- $6.25 m*
9. Sisters -- $5.07 m*
10. The Hateful Eight -- $4.10 m**
11. The Road Chip -- $4.00m**
12. Joy -- $3.20m**
-- Brooklyn -- $2.00m**
-- Spotlight -- $1.90m*
-- Carol -- $1.65 m**

* Indicates an official studio estimate
** Indicates a BoxOffice.com estimate

Tags: Ride Along 2, The Revenant, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Daddy's Home, Norm of the North, The Big Short
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