Box Office: Ice Cube’s ‘Ride Along’ Debuts At #1

By Staff  |  01/20/2014

Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in RIDE ALONG

Ice Cube has another hit on his hands, as his comedy Ride Along tops the weekend box office.

The film, which stars Cube alongside comedian Kevin Hart, opened at #1 with $41.2 million to start. It's the biggest debut for a film released during Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend. In Ride Along, security guard Ben (Hart) joins his cop brother-in-law James (Cube) on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta in order to prove himself worthy of marrying Angela, James' sister.

In second place this weekend was Universal's Navy SEAL drama Lone Survivor, starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster. It earned $23.2 million in its second weekend in wide release, bringing its domestic total to $74 million.

Open Road Films' animated film The Nut Job, featuring the voices of Will Arnett and Brendan Fraser, opened in third place with $20.6 million.

Paramount's spy series reboot Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and the Fox horror flick Devil's Due opened in fourth and seventh place, respectively. Jack Ryan stars Chris Pine in the titular role, debuting with a disappointing $17.2 million. And, Devil's Due opened with just $8.5 million. It stars Zach Gilford and Allison Miller as parents expecting their first child amid spooky occurrences.

That's a wrap for this weekend. This upcoming week, look out for the release of the Lionsgate action horror, I, Frankenstein.

This weekend's top 10 is as follows:

1. "Ride Along," $41.2 million
2. "Lone Survivor," $23.2 million.
3. "The Nut Job," $20.6 million.
4. "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," $17.2 million.
5. "Frozen," $12 million.
6. "American Hustle," $10.6 million.
7. "Devil's Due," $8.5 million.
8. "August: Osage County," $7.6 million.
9. "The Wolf of Wall Street," $7.5 million.
10. "Saving Mr. Banks," $4.1 million.