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Ride Along 2 dethrones Star Wars: The Force Awakens from top of US box office

Ride Along 2

Story by Jack Foley

ACTION-comedy sequel Ride Along 2 has toppled Star Wars: The Force Awakens from the No.1 spot at the US box office over the long Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

The Kevin Hart-Ice Cube partnership took an estimated $39.5 million, well behind the first film but easily enough to win the four-day weekend ahead of both Star Wars and The Revenant.

It opened exactly two years after the first Ride Along, which debuted to a record-breaking $48.6 million, but faced a lot more competition this time around.

This primarily came from Alejandro G. Inarritu’s awards front-runner The Revenant, the survival thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio that placed second with an estimated four-day gross of $35 million. The film may be in its second weekend of wide release but it is far exceeding expectation, having now reached a US total of $93.2 million, and was undoubtedly buoyed by its Oscar nominations.

The Force Awakens, meanwhile, slipped from first to third with a four-day gross of $31 million, thereby bringing its US total to $851 million. Part of the reason for its drop-off could be because fewer cinemas are showing it now that it has been on release for over a month.

Internationally, JJ Abrams’ Star Wars blockbuster became only the fifth film in history, after Avatar, Titanic, Jurassic World and Fast & Furious 7, to cross the $1 billion mark. Worldwide – not including the US – The Force Awakens has now grossed $1.86 billion.

Elsewhere in the US, Michael Bay’s patriotic themed war movie 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi opened in fourth spot with an estimated $19 million-$20 million, some way behind Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, which launched to a massive $107.2 million on the same weekend a year ago.

And rounding out the top five was hit Christmas comedy Daddy’s Home, which earned $9.3 million for the four days for a US total of $131.3 million and world-wide haul of $181.7 million. The comedy marks a sizeable success for the reunion of Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell.

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