On this very crowded MLK Day weekend, Ride Along is by far the strongest new title. The comedy took first place on Friday with an estimated $14.5 million and is now expected to pull in $39 million through Sunday and $45 million for the four-day holiday. That’s significantly higher than projected and puts the Universal comedy in the running for both the all-time January and MLK Day opening records. At the moment, both titles still belong to 2008’s Cloverfield.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit opened in third place on Friday with an estimated $5.43 million. That’s a disappointing start for Paramount’s latest take on the Tom Clancy hero, which was expected to top $20 million in its first three days. Instead, look for Shadow Recruit to come in with just under that by the end of the four-day weekend. Devil’s Due took in an estimated $3.5 million yesterday. The supernatural horror film was expected to hit $15 million through Monday, but $9 million now seems more likely. Finally, The Nut Job earned $4.8 million on Friday, towards what looks like $25 million in four days. Should this critically-savaged animated film come out that far ahead of Jack Ryan, it would mark quite an upset – differing demographics notwithstanding.
|3.||Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit||$5,430,000||$5.43|
|4.||The Nut Job||$4,800,000||$4.8|