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'Ride Along 2' Takes Top Spot From 'Star Wars' at the Weekend Box Office

January 19, 2016

 The  buddy cop comedy "Ride Along 2"  starring Ice Cube, left, and Kevin Hart, took over the top spot in the weekend box office with $35.24 million (Photo by Universal Pictures).

 

LOS ANGELES - Universal's buddy comedy with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube took the top spot in the weekend box office from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which had reigned suprement the last four weekends. The comedy brought in $35.24 million on its opening weekend, well below the $49 million the original film brought in on its opening weekend in 2014.

 

The Oscar-nominated "The Revenant" starring Leonardo DiCaprio was second with $31.80 million for a four-week total of $89.97 million. The frontier-themed epic appeared to be reaping the rewards of the 12 Oscar nominations it received on Thursday- including Best Actor for DiCaprio. In third place was "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" with $26.34 million for a four-week total of $852.27 million.

 

In fourth place was Paramount's "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" with $16.19 million on its opening weekend. It was followed by the Paramount comedy "Daddy's Home," starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, with $9.55 million for a four-week total of $129.50 million.

 

The rest of the top 10 stacked up this way:

 

6. "Norm of the North" (Lionsgate) $6.84 million on its opening weekend

7. "The Forest" (Focus Pictures) $5.98 million for a two-week total of $21.31 million

8. "The Big Short" (Paramount) $5.30 million for a six-week total of  $50.62 million

9. "Sisters" (Universal) $4.68 million for five-week total of $82.12 million

10. "The Hateful Eight" (Weinstein Co.) $3.57 million for four-week total of $47.72 million

 

 

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