‘Ride Along 2’ passes ‘Star Wars’ to top US box office

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Los Angeles, Jan 18 (IANS) New action comedy movie “Ride Along 2” rose to the peak of the US box office over the weekend as “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has finally begun to lose sizzle after four weeks atop the chart.

The Universal Pictures film opened in the No. 1 spot this weekend, according to studio estimates, with a $34 million premiere.

Starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, the sequel debuted 18 percent below the $41.5 million three-day start of its 2014 precursor, Xinhua reported.

“Ride Along 2” received a “B+” rating from first-night moviegoers on CinemaScore.

While that was a solid score, it was significantly softer than the “A” rating “Ride Along” received on CinemaScore.

“The Revenant,” which holds 12 Academy Award nominations, was in second place with $29.5 million in sales, down 26 percent from last weekend’s sales.

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Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, it went into wide circulation two weeks ago, and grossed an impressive $87.6 million after 10 days of wide release, according to Rentrak.

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 $25.1 million, 41 percent down from last weekend.

The seventh installment of “Star Wars” passed the $850 million mark this weekend and continues to firm up its position as the highest grossing film of all-time in the US with $851 million through 31 days of release.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” currently runs 72.5 percent ahead of $493.2 million 31-day take of “Avatar” and 44 percent ahead of the $590.7 million 31-day gross of last year’s “Jurassic World”.

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Globally, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has grossed nearly $1.9 billion.

Rounding out the 10 most-popular films in the US and Canada were “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers” ($16 million), “Daddy’s Home” ($9.3 million), “Norm Of The North” ($6.7 million), “The Forest” ($5.8 million), “The Big Short” ($5.2 million), “Sisters” ($4.4 million) and “The Hateful Eight” ($3.4 million).

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