Remaining at the top of the box office race for a third week in a row was the action comedy "Ride Along." The film earned an additional $12.3 million and has garnered a total of $93 in domestic receipts since its release. Amazingly, Disney's "Frozen" rose from fourth to second place during this slow week at theaters. The animated film took home an additional $9.3 million and has grossed a total of $360 million. The new romantic comedy "That Awkward Moment" had a disappointingly debut in third place. The filmed earned only $9 million. The animated film "The Nut Job" dropped from third to fourth place this weekend, adding $7.6 million to its bottom line and "Lone Survivor" dropped from second to fifth place. The film starring Mark Wahlberg earned an additional $5.4 million.
Next weekend watch for three new films to take the box office race by storm. The animated film "The Lego Movie," the war drama starring George Clooney "The Monuments Men" and the horror flick "Vampire Academy" will make an effort to topple the top films.
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The comedy action picture "Ride Along" took top spot at the box office for a third week in a row. The film earned an additional $12.3 million and has grossed a domestic total of $93 since its debut last weekend..
In "Ride Along," a fast-talking security guard Ben (Kevin Hart) joins his cop brother-in-law James (Ice Cube) on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta in order to prove himself worthy of marrying Angela (Tika Sumpter), James' sister.
"Ride Along" is rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, sexual content and brief strong language and has a run-time of one hour and 40 minutes.
Disney's animated classic "Frozen" rose from fourth to second place at the box office this weekend. The film earned an additional $9.3 million and has garnered a domestic total of $360 million.
In "Frozen," a fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.
The film stars Kristen Bell, Josh Gad and Idina Menzel.
"Frozen" is rated PG for some action and mild rude humor and has a run-time of one hour and 42 minutes.
'That Awkward Moment'
The young romantic comedy "That Awkward Moment" debuted in third place at the box office this weekend. The film earned $9 million in its first week out in theaters.
In "That Awkward Moment," Three best friends find themselves where we've all been - at that confusing moment in every dating relationship when you have to decide "So...where is this going?"
"That Awkward Moment" is rated R for sexual content and language throughout and has a run-time of one hour and 34 minutes.
'The Nut Job'
The animated film "The Nut Job" dropped from third to fourth place at the box office during its third week in theaters. The film earned an additional $7.6 million and a total of $50.2 since its debut.
In "The Nut Job," Surly, a curmudgeon, independent squirrel is banished from his park and forced to survive in the city. Lucky for him, he stumbles on the one thing that may be able to save his life, and the rest of park community, as they gear up for winter - Maury's Nut Store.
The film stars Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser and Liam Neeson.
"The Nut Job" is rated PG for mild action and rude humor and has a run-time of one hour and 46 minutes.
"Lone Survivor" dropped from second to fifth place on the box office leaderboard during its fourth week in theaters. The film earned $7.2 million this weekend and has garnered a total of $104.9 million.
"Lone Survivor" is the true story of Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious al Qaeda leader Ahmad Shahd, in late June 2005. Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare.
The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch and Emile Hirsch.
"Lone Survivor" is rated R for strong bloody war violence and pervasive language and has a run-time of two hours and one minute.
'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit'
"Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," based on the Tom Clancy novels, dropped from fifth to sixth place at the box office this weekend. The action thriller earned an additional $5.4 million and has grossed $39 million since its debut.
In "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," Jack Ryan, as a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.
The film stars Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley and Kenneth Branagh.
"Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" is rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and intense action, and brief strong language and has a run-time of one hour and 45 minutes.
The romantic film "Labor Day," starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, debuted in seventh place at the box office this weekend. The film earned a disappointingly $5.3 million.
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Jason Reitman ("Juno") brings a sensitive love story to the screen with "Labor Day." The film features the story of a reclusive widow Adele (Kate Winslet) and her son (Gattlin Griffith). After a shopping trip they give a stranger in need, Frank (Josh Brolin), a ride home. Soon they discover Frank is an escaped convict and the events of a long Labor Day weekend will shape them for the rest of their lives.
"Labor Day" is rated PG-13 for thematic material, brief violence and sexuality and has a run-time of 1 hour and 51 minutes.
"American Hustle," dropped from seventh to eighth place at the box office this weekend. The film earned $4.3 million during this weekend and has taken home a total of $133.6 million since its debut.
In "American Hustle," a con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive British partner, Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.
The film stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.
"American Hustle" is rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and brief violence and has a run-time of two hours and 18 minutes.
'The Wolf of Wall Street'
Martin Scorsese's new film 'The Wolf of Wall Street" dropped from eighth to ninth place at the box office this weekend. The film earned an additional $3.6 million and has earned a domestic total of $104.1 since its release.
"The Wolf of Wall Street" is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.
The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie.
"The Wolf of Wall Street" is rated R for sequences of strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language throughout, and for some violence and has a run-time of three hours.
The horror flick "I, Frankenstein" dropped from sixth to tenth place at the box office during the film's second week in release. The film earned an additional $3.5 million and has earned a total of $14.5 million.
In, "I, Frankenstein," Frankenstein's creature finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans. The film stars Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy and Miranda Otto.
"I, Frankenstein" is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense fantasy action and violence throughout and has a run-time of one hour and 33 minutes.