“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has been knocked off the top of the box-office at last with the Ice Cube and Kevin Hart comedy “Ride Along” set to take the crown for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.
The follow-up to the 2014 surprise hit opened to $34 million over Friday to Sunday, not bad for a film boasting a $40 million budget. It beat out “The Revenant” in its second week of wide release. That film, coming off its Golden Globes win last Sunday and twelve Oscar nominations on Thursday, stayed in second place with $29.5 million.
‘Force Awakens’ slipped to third with a further $25 million and has begun finally shedding some of its screens – dropping down to below 4,000 for the first time since opening. Its domestic total now stands at $851 million, with the worldwide total at $1.87 billion – the film crossing the $1 billion international gross mark this weekend. However in China it might prove a disappointment as it now stands at $95 million in that country after two weekends and saw its screen count massively cut back this weekend to make way for a local film.
Despite all the debate about the politics of the film, Michael Bay’s patriotic military drama “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” was a dud, opening in fourth place with $16 million which pales compared to the $37M opening of “Lone Survivor” in the slot in 2014 and the $107M opening of “American Sniper” in the slot last year.
The other new wide entry, family film “Norm of the North,” opened to $6.7 million in sixth place.