Ride Along Cruises to $41.2M
'Lone Survivor' not even a close second
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 19, 2014 1:04 PM CST
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(Newser) Ride Along arrived in first place at the weekend box office. The buddy cop comedy featuring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube debuted with $41.2 million, according to studio estimates today. The strong opening for Ride Along marks the biggest opening for a film released during Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend and puts it on track to top the $46.1 million record set by Cloverfield in 2008 for the biggest opening of January.

Universal's Navy SEAL drama Lone Survivor, starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, and Ben Foster, earned $23.2 million in second place in its second weekend in wide release. Open Road Films' animated film The Nut Job featuring the voice of Will Arnett opened in third place with $20.5 million.