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Overall it was a pretty dull weekend at the box office. Jan. 24th only saw one major release in I, Frankenstein, though it ended up doing horribly. The rest of January’s previous releases managed to stay atop the throne, as well as the handful of Oscar-buzz films.
Ride Along, the buddy cop film starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart which broke records for a January release last week, kept its place at #1 this weekend with $21.1 million. The comedy brought in a record-high $41.5 million on its opening weekend, and continues to be the fan favorite in its sophomore weekend.
Coming in second is Lone Survivor with $12.6 mil, which continues to bring in solid numbers. Since its release two weeks ago, the modern war film has made a domestic $93.6 million, and keeps on climbing. I actually saw it on Friday and really enjoyed it (read my review here)
Open Road Films animated comedy The Nut Job took third place with a similar $12.3 million, and fourth place saw Disney’s non-stop money-maker Frozen with $9 mil. Action thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit took in $8.8 million, which is a fairly solid number considering its opening weekend disappointment of just $15.4 mil. Not surprising given its January release, but still sad to see.
Then, there’s the big flop. Action/horror I, Frankenstein starring Aaron Eckhart, was the major new release of this weekend, and flopped big time, with just $8.27 million, on a projected $65 million budget.
Rounding out the Top 10 were Oscar-noms American Hustle with $7.1 mil, August: Osage County with $5.04 mil, The Wolf of Wall Street with $5 mil, and last week’s horror flop Devil’s Due with a mere $2.75 million.
Again, it was a pretty slow, uneventful, and pretty predictable weekend at the box office, and with only two new releases coming next week, I’m really just looking forward to February.
Written by Josh Sazin on January 26th, 2014. All box office numbers from Box Office Mojo