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Box Office Breakdown: ‘Ride Along’ Nabs Top Spot, New Record

Kevin Hart and Ice Cube in 'Ride Along'
 

Although Ride Along seemed like it was going to face stiff competition this weekend, the Kevin Hart and Ice Cube buddy cop comedy not only came out on top but also set a new record for the biggest January opening (a title held previously by Cloverfield, which had made $40.1 million in 2008.

Ride Along's record-breaking opening for the weekend was $41.6 million, dropping last week's top box office earner, Lone Survivor, down to number two with $22 million. The animated film Nut Job debuted third with $19.4 while the other newcomer, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, came in fourth place with $15.5 million. Last week's number two earner, Frozen, fell three spots to number five with $11.8 million.

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Box Office Breakdown: ‘Lone Survivor’ Defeats ‘Frozen,’ ‘Wolf’

Lone Survivor

Although Frozen made a triumphant journey to the top spot last weekend, the release of Mark Wahlberg's war drama Lone Survivor brought the animated film to its knees, relegating it to second place.

Lone Survivor gained the most with its wide release this week, bringing it from 38th place to the top with its $38.5 million while Frozen earned $15 million. Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street made it to third place - one spot up from last week - with $9 million. The Legend of Hercules bombed with its debut of $8.6 million, marking it at number four. American Hustle stayed put at number five with $8.6 million.

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Box Office Breakdown: ‘Frozen’ Reigns Over ‘Paranormal’ and ‘Hobbit’

Frozen

After weeks at the box office under the shadow of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Frozen finally reached number one this weekend, despite the ambitious debut of the latest Paranormal Activity installment.

Frozen took in $19.5 million to earn its number one title while Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones placed number two in its first weekend with $18.3 million. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug fell two spots to number three with $15.6 million while The Wolf of Wall Street jumped from fifth to fourth place with $13.2 million. Lastly, American Hustle rounded out the top five with $12.4 million, having also jumped one spot from last weekend.

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Box Office Breakdown: ‘Wolf’ Is No Match for ‘The Hobbit’

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Despite the formidable opponent Scorsese's Oscar buzz-generating The Wolf of Wall Street appeared, it did not have enough pull to say The Lord of the Rings fans who flocked for the third consecutive week to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug remain at number one.

The sequel to last year's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey earned $29.8 million this week, while Frozen was bumped up one spot from last week to number two with $28.8 million. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues fell to number three with its $20.1 million draw, and American Hustle stayed put at number four with $19.5 million. The Wolf of Wall Street debuted at number five with $18.5 million.

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Box Office Breakdown: ‘Hobbit’ Sequel Victorious Over ‘Anchorman 2’

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

Athough much buzz was drummed up for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (not to mention all the appearances Will Ferrell made as Ron Burgundy for promotional purposes), it was not enough to overshadow the draw of the sequel to last year's The Hobbit.

The latest installment of the Lord of the Rings series took in $31.5 million, securing its second consecutive week at number one. Anchorman 2 took in a respectable $26.7 million in its debut weekend while Frozen fell one spot to number three with $19.6 million. After having been added to more than 2,500 theaters this weekend, American Hustle jumped from #15 to #4 with $19.1 million. Saving Mr. Banks also received quite a bit of help with an increased theater count, taking in $9.3 million to round out the top five.

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Box Office Breakdown: ‘Frozen’ Proves No Match for ‘Catching Fire’

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Despite an impressive jump from its debut at the twenty-second spot to number two this week, Frozen didn't make enough money to overtake last week's number one winner The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

The sequel to The Hunger Games took in $74.5 million, a good $8 million more than Frozen, which earned $66.7 million this weekend. Thor: The Dark World fell one spot to number three with $11.1 million while The Best Man Holiday also fell one spot to number four with $8.4 million. Newcomer Homefront debuted at number five with $6.9 million.

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Box Office Breakdown: ‘Catching Fire’ Takes Down ‘Thor 2’

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Although Thor: The Dark World had a fairly good two-week run at the top, we all knew that it was short-lived with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on its way to theaters.

The sequel to last year's huge hit The Hunger Games took in $158 million, which makes it the biggest opening for a film in the month of November and the sixth biggest opening for a film overall (right behind The Dark Knight and above its predecessor by $6 million). Thor: The Dark World came in second with $14.1 million while The Best Man Holiday also slipped one position down to number three with $12.4 million. Vince Vaughn's Delivery Man debuted at number four with $7.9 million, and Free Birds hung in there dropping one spot to number five with $5.3 million.

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Box Office Breakdown: ‘Best Man’ No Match for ‘Thor 2’

Thor: The Dark World

Despite The Best Man Holiday beating Thor: The Dark World at the box office on Friday, the Marvel sequel came out on top overall this weekend, making it number one for a second consecutive week.

The superhero flick - which stars Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman - took in $36.5 million, just enough to get it ahead of The Best Man Holiday's $30.1 million debut. Last Vegas - which came in fourth last week - placed third this week with $8.4 million. Free Birds dropped one spot to number four with $8.1 million while Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa fell three spots from last week's second place with $7.4 million.

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Box Office Breakdown: ‘Thor 2’ Seriously Dethrones ‘Ender’

Thor 2

Talk about a sci-fi takedown! Although Ender's Game was the big winner at the box office last week, Thor: The Dark World came in even stronger (though imagine how much more dough a film starring Loki would bring Disney?).

Thor: The Dark World took in $86.1 million while Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa remained at number two with $11.3 million. The animated film Free Birds moved up one spot to number three with $11.8, taking last week's number three film Last Vegas down to number four with $11.1 million. Lastly, Ender's Game fell four spots to number five with $10.2 million.

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Box Office Breakdown: ‘Ender’ Beats ‘Bad Grandpa’

Ender's Game

Though last week's number one film, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, had movie-goers paying plenty of money for the laughs, newcomer Ender's Game was more appealing to them in this box office weekend.

The sci-fi film - Starring Harrison Ford - earned $27 million, pushing Bad Grandpa down to second place with its $20 million. Last Vegas and Free Birds also debuted this weekend, landing respectively at number three and four with $16.3 million and $15.8 million. Rounding out the top five was Gravity, which slipped three spots from its position at number two last week due to its $12.8 million take.

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