The critically panned “Ride Along 2” unseated “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” from its month-long stay at the top of the weekend box office, according to industry figures reported by Box Office Mojo. On Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, the action comedy starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart opened with $35.2 million in ticket sales from Thursday night to Sunday, which was less than the $41.5 million the original “Ride Along” opened with in 2014.
Critics didn’t recommend going along for the ride. Only 13 percent of movie reviews were positive and 61 percent of moviegoers liked “Ride Along 2,” according to movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, which wrote the film “presents a cop-comedy sequel whose well-matched stars can’t break the law of diminishing returns or lock up a script that unabashedly steals from the original.”
Dramatic wilderness adventure “The Revenant,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, remained steady at No. 2 for a second consecutive weekend, grossing $31.7 million for a total of $89.9 million since opening in limited release Dec. 25. Record-breaking sci-fi blockbuster “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” dropped two spots to No. 3 in its fifth weekend, grossing $26.3 million for a total of $852.2 million since opening Dec. 18. Comedy “Daddy’s Home,” starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, fell two spots to No. 5 in its fourth weekend, grossing $9.5 million for a total of $129.5 million since opening Dec. 25.
R-rated action drama “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” debuted at No. 4 with $16.1 million. A middling 58 percent of reviews were positive and an excellent 88 percent of moviegoers liked “13 Hours,” according to Rotten Tomatoes, which wrote the film “is a comparatively mature and restrained effort from Michael Bay, albeit one that can’t quite boast the impact its fact-based story deserves.”
Animated comedy adventure “Norm of the North” opened at No. 6 with $6.8 million. A dismal 0 percent (yes, zero) percent of reviews were positive and only 24 percent of moviegoers liked “Norm of the North,” according to Rotten Tomatoes, which wrote the film is “a pioneering feat in the field of twerking polar bear animation but blearily retrograde in every other respect.”
Three new films open nationwide Friday, Jan. 22, including “The 5th Wave,” a movie based on Rick Yancey’s bestselling young adult sci-fi alien invasion novel. The other two films opening Friday are R-rated comedy “Dirty Grandpa,” starring Robert De Niro and Zac Efron; and horror thriller “The Boy,” about a nanny who discovers her new British family’s child is actually a doll.