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The weekend of Jan. 17-19th was a bit of a surprise to say the least. Four new movies were released in theaters nationwide, along with the wave of Oscar-buzz films. While the new flicks outweighed the theater vets, the overall weekend totals were something people might not have expected.
The buddy-cop comedy Ride Along, starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, brought in a whopping $41.2 million in its opening weekend, setting a new record for a January release. It slightly beat out Cloverfield (2008), which brought in a similar $40.1 mil. Not many people could’ve predicted Ride Along to do this well.
Taking second place was Lone Survivor, making an impressive $23.2 in its’ sophomore week. In third place was The Nut Job, another new release. The animated squirrel adventure finished with $20.5 million.
Unfortunately, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, the latest installment to the series featuring Jack Ryan, a fictional CIA Agent created by Tom Clancy, only managed to bring in $17.2 million. Again, it’s not surprising given the fact that it is January, but still a shame to see with its well-known cast.
Disney’s box office juggernaut Frozen came in fifth place with $11.9 million, bumping its total domestic gross up to a stellar $332.6 million since its November release. The Oscar-studded American Hustle brought in $10.6 million, still holding strong after a month in theaters.
Then, there’s the big bomb. New horror-release Devil’s Due managed a mere $8.5 million, an upset yet not all that surprising.
Oscar-nominated films rounded out the Top 10. August: Osage County with $7.59 million, The Wolf of Wall Street with $7.5 mil, and Saving Mr. Banks with $4.14 mil.
Overall, it was a good weekend for the box office, especially in the middle of the barren month of January. Records were set, Oscar buzz took over, and horror movies flopped.
Written by Josh Sazin on January 19th, 2014, with box office numbers from Box Office Mojo.