Kevin Hart, Ice Cube ride along to No. 1 at the box office

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

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“Ride Along,” an action comedy pairing Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, is the No. 1 movie of the weekend. That could mean a sequel will be in the offing. 
The movie about a high school security guard on a ride along with a hard-nosed Atlanta police detective grossed an estimated $41,236,555, edging aside “Lone Survivor” and the so-so animated “The Nut Job.” 
Rentrak reports the box office is up 30 percent from the Martin Luther King weekend a year ago, and the industry should see the best overall such weekend in history with a projected $180 million for Friday through Sunday and roughly $215 million once the Monday box office is added.
Here are the early estimates:  
1. “Ride Along” — $41,236,555.
2. “Lone Survivor” — $23,239,475, bringing its total to $74,049,596.
3. “The Nut Job” — $20,550,000.
4. “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” — $17,200,000.
5. “Frozen” — $11,971,000, for $332,602,000 to date. 
6. “American Hustle” — $10,600,000, or $116,431,191 since release. 
7. “Devil’s Due” — $8,500,000.
8. “August: Osage County” — $7,592,000, for $18,181,270 so far. 
9. “The Wolf of Wall Street” — $7,500,000, or $90,276,598 since Christmas Day. 
10. “Saving Mr. Banks” — $4,147,000, bringing its gross to $75,391,000 since release. 
So, what movies open this week in Pittsburgh? “I, Frankenstein” starring Aaron Eckhart, “Gimme Shelter” with Vanessa Hudgens and, on Saturday, a documentary called “American Promise.”

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