‘Ride Along 2’ ends box office reign of ‘Force Awakens’

The comedy sequel picked up a leading US$34 million (RM149.447 million) across 3,175 venues and US$39.5 million over the four-day Martin Luther King weekend. “Ride Along 2” cost roughly $40 million to make; the original cost $25 million.

The Revenant also continued to play well overseas, coming in # 2 with $31.5-M from 25 markets for a $58.6-M foreign tally and $151.8-M worldwide box office take.

With 12 Oscar nominations, 20th Century Fox’s “The Revenant” was at No. 2 in its second weekend of release with $29.5 million. The budget for “The Revenant” swelled to $135 million amid production delays.

Meanwhile, ticket sales for Michael Bay’s politically divisive “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” were on the soft side.

Paramount said that “13 Hours” generated 41 per cent of its weekend business from Southern states, with Florida and Texas especially strong.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” now runs 72.5 percent ahead of $493.2 million 31-day take of “Avatar” and 44 percent ahead of the $590.7 million 31-day gross of last year’s “Jurassic World”. Globally, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has grossed almost 1.9 billion dollars.

Rounding up the Top 10 were sixth placer “Norm Of The North” with $8.7 million, “The Forest” at seventh place with $6.5 million, “The Big Short” placing eighth with $6.3 million, “Sisters” at ninth place with $5 million and “The Hateful Eight” at tenth with $4.2 million, according to Gossip Cop.

The best-picture nominated Irish immigrant tale “Brooklyn” went up 51 percent with $2 million from 687 theaters.

As Deadline points out, Titanic’s 3D re-release grossed $348 million.

Fellow Best Picture nominee “Room” saw its revenue spike up over 500%, topping out at $893,357 for the weekend from 293 locations.

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