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'Ride Along' steers way to top of MLK Jr. weekend box office

‘Ride Along’ drove by the competition at theaters to top the domestic weekend box office and set a new January record, according to industry figures released Tuesday.

The action comedy starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart grossed $41.5 million in ticket sales from Friday to Sunday, easily outdistancing the other three newcomers on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. The $41.5 million haul is the best January opening weekend ever, edging the $40 million debut of 2008 monster flick 'Cloverfield.'

Last weekend’s top film, Lone Survivor starring Mark Wahlberg, dropped to No. 2, earning $22 million for a total of $72.8 million since opening in limited release Christmas day.

Animated 3D adventure comedy The Nut Job debuted at No. 3 with $19.4 million.

CIA action thriller ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ based on the Tom Clancy character opened at No. 4 with $15.4 million.

Disney animated 3D comedy adventure ‘Frozen’ slipped three spots to No. 5 in its ninth weekend, earning $11.7 million for a total of $332.4 million since opening in limited release Nov. 22.

The only other nationwide release, horror film ‘Devil’s Due,’ debuted at No. 7 with $8.3 million.

FRIDAY’S NATIONWIDE RELEASE

  • Frankenstein’s monster is superhuman and involved in an ancient battle between demons and gargoyles in action fantasy ‘I, Frankenstein' starring Aaron Eckhart. Based on the graphic novel. Rated PG-13. Watch the official trailer here.

TUESDAY’S DVD/BLU-RAY RELEASES

  • A struggling New York socialite trying to recover returns to her estranged sister in San Francisco in Woody Allen dramedy ‘Blue Jasmine’ starring Cate Blanchett. Rated PG-13.
  • An American cargo ship is hijacked by Somali pirates in adventure drama ‘Captain Phillips’ starring Tom Hanks. Based on the true story of the 2009 hijacking. Rated PG-13.
  • A man and his daughter’s lives are threatened when the birth mother resurfaces six years later in Spanish language dramedy ‘Instructions Not Included.' Rated PG-13.
  • The U.S government recruits a former Mexican federale to take down an arms dealer trying to launch a weapon into space in R-rated action sequel ‘Machete Kills.’