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'Ride Along' will cruise again

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Heading in to the last weekend of January has one slight advantage for moviegoers and that is no football. But, that will not last long as the Super Bowl will take over and leave nothing in its wake.

The game and all that is associated with it will be the main thing on people's minds in the United States. So, get those movies watched now and then take in a party next weekend.

This weekend only one major new release is noted with "I, Frankenstein." Based on the novel of the same name by Kevin Grevioux. It comes from those who brought "Underground" to the surface. It stars Aaron Eckhart as Adam Frankenstein. All eyes will most likely be on the road again with "Ride Along."

1. "I, Frankenstein" - 2,700 theaters
2. "Gimme Shelter" - 384 theaters
3. "Gloria" - 3 theaters
4. "Run and Jump" - 2 theaters

This month, usually dull in the movie business, has two bright stars in "Ride Along" and "Lone Survivor." Not known for its blockbuster status, January rides along with those films that are often dumped here. However, when a film hits, it shines and can do so without being huge by blockbuster standards.

"Ride Along" opened to the biggest January with over $41 million while "Lone Survivor" sit at No. 3 all-time for the month ($37.8 million). Meanwhile, the success of "The Nut Job" has helped fuel the squeal, noted The Wrap. Look for "The Nut Job 2" in 2016.

On the Oscar front: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has determined the individual nominees for “The Wolf of Wall Street” in the Best Picture category. Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joey McFarland and Emma Tillinger Koskoff are officially listed as producers.

What that means is, if that film wins best picture, DiCaprio can head on stage to accept.


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