Ride Along



 Say what you will about the film itself, Ride Along is a huge, huge hit, and Universal was right to start working on a sequel months ago. Perhaps they’ll have a follow up ready for next year, regardless, the film is going to get over a hundred million and should do so next weekend. As for the other new films…

Film Weekend Per Screen Total
1 Ride Along $12,314,000 (-42.2) $4,295 $92,977,000
2 Frozen $9,310,000 (+2.1) $3,381 $360,013,000
3 That Awkward Moment $9,010,000 $3,208 $9,010,000
4 The Nut Job $7,613,000 (-37.1) $2.193 $50,246,000
5 Lone Survivor $7,161,000 (-44.5)
$2,180 $104,855,000
6 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit $5,400,000 (-40.6) $1,858 $38,968,000
7 Labor Day $5,300,000 $2,051 $5,300,000
8 American Hustle $4,300,000 (-39.1) $1,940 $132,100,000
9 The Wolf of Wall Street $3,550,000 (-35.2) $2,209 $104,077,000
10 I, Frankenstein $3,520,000 (-59.1) $1,279 $14,490,000

Lone Survivor cleared the nine digit hurdle this weekend, joining recent entry The Wolf of Wall Street in the hundred million dollar club. That the good news, and that Frozen, the powerhouse, was able to go up in gross by introducing a sing along version. With this film we could see it get to $400 Million domestic, though the last forty are going to be the hardest.

As for the bad news, That Awkward Moment didn’t open at all. That’s not really surprising when the reviews skewed negative, and Zac Efron has yet to establish himself as an adult performer, but this failure is tempered by the film’s low budget, which means the film could be profitable if the ad buy was modest. Labor Day is just a total botch job, the results of a failed Oscar campaign, or — perhaps more to the point — a crowded Paramount Oscar season that saw Nebraska and Wolf as better films to push for awards.

As for the rest, American Hustle is going to be David O. Russell‘s highest grossing film ever, and nothing can save the dregs like Jack Ryan, or I, Frankenstein. Hollywood basically said “enjoy the game, fellas.”

Reality Check: I underestimated the power of the sing along, which — honestly — I had forgotten about while I was putting my numbers together. But otherwise, it’s pretty close.

What did you watch this weekend?