Strong second weekend hold for ‘Ride Along’
Universal’s ‘Ride Along’ easily retained the No. 1 spot at the North American weekend box office after grossing a further $21.1m over the three days. This is a strong hold coming on the back of its MLK weekend record breaking launch and takes the action comedy’s domestic tally to an impressive $75m.
‘Lone Survivor’ came in second with a solid $12.6m from its third wide weekend on release and gave Universal the top two positions for the second consecutive weekend, being the first studio to achieve this feat in twenty years. The Afghan war drama now stands on $94m domestically.
It was a poor opening for the weekend’s only new wide release, ‘I, Frankenstein’, starring Aaron Eckhart. The $65m modernised adaptation of the gothic classic could only muster $8.2m during the weekend, falling below already depressed market expectations. First night audiences gave it an average ‘B’ CinemaScore, which is unlikely to have any impact on word of mouth.