‘Ride Along’ arrives in top position at box office

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - “Ride Along” sped past box office records.

The Universal buddy cop comedy featuring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube debuted with a hefty $48.6 million, marking the biggest debut for a film released in January. “Ride Along” rolled past the record set by the $48.1 million opening of the monster movie “Cloverfield” in 2008.

In second place, Universal’s Navy SEAL drama “Lone Survivor” - starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster - earned $25.9 million in its fourth weekend.

Open Road Films’ animated film “The Nut Job,” featuring the voices of Will Arnett and Brendan Fraser, opened in third place with $25.7 million.

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The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Monday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Tuesday by Rentrak, are:

1. “Ride Along,” Universal, $48,626,380, 2,663 locations, $18,260 average, $48,626,380, 1 week.

2. “Lone Survivor,” Universal, $25,929,570, 2,989 locations, $8,675 average, $76,739,691, 4 weeks.

3. “The Nut Job,” Open Road, $25,700,000, 3,427 locations, $7,499 average, $25,700,000, 1 week.

4. “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” Paramount, $18,034,726, 3,387 locations, $5,325 average, $18,034,726, 1 week.

5. “Frozen,” Disney, $16,068,552, 2,979 locations, $5,394 average, $336,699,913, 9 weeks.

6. “American Hustle,” Sony, $11,764,995, 2,204 locations, $5,338 average, $117,596,186, 6 weeks.

7. “Devil’s Due,” Fox, $9,145,358, 2,544 locations, $3,595 average, $9,145,358, 1 week.

8. “August: Osage County,” The Weinstein Company, $8,801,086, 2,051 locations, $4,291 average, $19,390,356, 4 weeks.

9. “The Wolf Of Wall Street,” Paramount, $8,370,423, 1,930 locations, $4,337 average, $91,147,021, 4 weeks.

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