Rounding out the weekend of January 17-19, 2014, Ride Along dominated over the competition, leaving the box office battlefield victorious. Box Office Aftermath is an ongoing column dedicated to recapping the weekend’s total ticket sales. Each week, combatants enter the cinematic war zone, bloodthirsty for your cash. But there can only be one true winner. In Box Office Aftermath, we will take a look at the numbers, how previous contenders fared, and provide a brief analysis of the results.
Setting a new January record with an estimated $41.6 million, and the number one film of the weekend, is Ride Along. Commandeering the top spot away from Cloverfield ($40.05 million), Ride Along is now crowned the king of the January wasteland. It will be interested to see the actually count once the numbers come in.
Falling from first place to second this weekend, and from second to third in top January grossing openers, is Lone Survivor. The military biopic stayed strong in its second weekend with a respectable $22 million and change. Another Universal film that is having the studios rake in the cash this month.
The Nut Job opened to an estimated $19.05 million in third place. Since it’s a new animated movie I would assume parents are sick of hearing “Let it Go” and the polar vortex they want to get away from winter. As the first animated feature for the year, it didn’t really fill seats.
Also opening this weekend was Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, which earned an estimated $15.58 million and placed fourth. Not a very good debut for a property that has been trying to get off its feet for the past 24 years. As a Jack Ryan movie, Shadow Recruit’s debut is at the bottom of the totem pole, right behind The Hunt for Red October ($17.16 million).
And rounding out the top five, still holding on to that sweet glory is Frozen. Earning an estimated $11.85 million this past weekend, Frozen continues to dominate in its eighth full weekend as a wide release. In fact, Frozen is the fourth highest grossing film for a film in its eighth weekend ever.
Horror fans were treated to another found footage movie in Devil’s Due. This sad excuse for a movie opened in seventh with an estimated $8.38 million. I think fans are getting pretty worn out by these found footage films and saw nothing of value here. The whole film is practically shown in the trailer.
August: Osage County made a big splash in its second weekend as a wide release. Coming in eighth, Devil’s Due opened up in another 1,146 theaters to $7.36 million.
Now with the SAG, Critics’ Choice, and Golden Globes out of the way, audiences are making their way to see the big Oscar contenders and what all the hubbub is about. Gravity and 12 Years a Slave released to a bunch of screens this weekend, pumping in some more revenues north of $1 million each. And with the recent PGA Awards outcome, I would suspect that number to rise.
And then Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, only in its third weekend lost 1,314 theaters and fell 77 percent. Going from ninth to eighteenth, the sequel spin-off is not finding itself in a good spot. Only earning an estimated $1.4 million, this is the worst performing film of the series. Paranormal Activity 5 has to bring its A-game if it wants to captivate and bring the series to the close it deserves.
(Click the image below to enlarge the charts. All figures are domestic box office.)
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Source: Box Office Mojo