In a surprising turn of events, the Buddy-Cop Comedy sequel to the 2014 film, Ride Along, staring Ice Cube and Kevin Heart, unseated Star Wars: The Force Awakens from its spot as Number 1 in the weekend box office for the first time since the film’s release back in December 18th, 2015.
This is no doubt due to Ride Along 2‘s relentlessness during the last few weeks of advertising leading up to the movie’s release. You couldn’t turn on a TV program or watch a YouTube clip without seeing a trailer for it. Also, the film’s 2014 predecessor was considered a success – making $155 Million on a budget of only $25 Million.
Other than the surprise of having Ride Along 2 take first place for this weekend’s box office, nothing else comes as too much of a surprise. Check out the top 5 places of the January 15-17 box office below.
No 1. Ride Along 2 – $35,320,000 opening weekend.
No 2. The Revenant – $31,800,000. Bringing Total gross in 4th weekend to $89,974,769.
No 3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $26,377,000. Bringing Total gross in 5th weekend to $852,309,841.
No 4. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – $16,218,000 opening weekend.
No 5. Daddy’s Home – $9,543,000. Bringing total gross in 4th weekend to $129,499,102.
The question still on everyone’s mind is “Can Star Wars pass Avatar at the World Wide Box Office?” It’s a good question. In order to pass Avatar and be the Number 1 film of all time at the World Wide Box Office Star Wars: The Force Awakens still, as of today, needs to make $916,867,246. My opinion, I don’t think it can make it. I hope it does – but at this point it seems unlikely.
But I could be wrong. What do you think? Leave comments below.