Weekend Box Office: Super Bomb

The Super Bowl inevitably brings down theatrical box office numbers, as people stay home to watch the game rather than go to the movies. This weekend’s two under-performing wide releases sure didn’t help to put people in cineplex seats.

For the third consecutive weekend, ‘Ride Along‘ locked in first place. The $25 million buddy cop comedy added another $12.3 million to its domestic rap sheet, which is now north of $92 million.

Disney’s ‘Frozen‘ used its magic to work its way back up the chart. In its tenth week of wide release, the animated musical finished in second place, earning even more than it did last weekend. Its $9.3 million draw places the film’s run at $360 million domestically, just $8 million away from passing ‘Despicable Me 2‘. ‘Frozen’ has also earned $504 million overseas, for it a worldwide total of $864.4 million.

That Awkward Moment‘ debuted in the #3 spot with $9 million, marking the lowest nationwide debut for a Zac Efron movie. Produced with an $8 million budget, the damage won’t be too bad – but with little positive word of mouth, it’s basically dead in the water.

The fourth place position went to three-weekend-old ‘The Nut Job‘ – you know, that animated thing that couldn’t hold off ‘Frozen’ for more than two weeks? The $7.6 million weekend has only bumped its run up to $50 million, yet Open Road Films still considers it sequel-worthy.

Rounding out the Top 5 was ‘Lone Survivor‘, which managed to add another $7.1 million to its run, pushing it beyond the $100 million mark. To date, the $40 million war movie has earned $104.8 million domestically.

Jason Reitman’s ‘Labor Day‘ debuted to just $5.3 million from more than 2,500 locations. Money-wise, the opening isn’t Reitman’s lowest – but considering that his others opened on less than half as many screens, ‘Labor Day’ is a major bomb for the overrated director.

The numbers for limited releases ‘At Middleton‘ and ‘Best Night Ever‘ have yet to be announced.

Top 10:

1. ‘Ride Along’ (Universal) – $12,314,000

2. ‘Frozen’ (Buena Vista) – $9,310,000

3. ‘That Awkward Moment’ (Focus) – $9,010,000

4. ‘The Nut Job’ (Open Road) – $7,613,000

5. ‘Lone Survivor’ (Universal) – $7,161,000

6. ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ (Paramount) – $5,400,000

7. ‘Labor Day’ (Paramount) – $5,300,000

8. ‘American Hustle’ (Sony) – $4,300,000

9. ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ (Paramount) – $3,550,000

10. ‘I, Frankenstein’ (Liongate) – $3,520,000


  1. JACK RYAN is now over the $100 million mark – but 2/3rds of that is from overseas. I wonder if a sequel is still out of the question. Looks like it’s going to turn a profit for Paramount, at the least.

  2. Deaditelord

    I hope they do make a sequel to Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. I believe Paramount really shot themselves in the foot by releasing the film in January. I think people are assuming that the movie’s January release date means it’s not very good and are avoiding it. A shame because it’s a very solid reintroduction of the chatacter. Hopefully the movie finds an audience when it hits home video.

  3. Timcharger

    Josh, that’s a caption contest picture.


    Can you hear me now? Can you hear me NOW?


    Johnny invented a way to never miss onto the toilet seat ever again.


    I need to call you immediately, the writers of American Pie were wrong about apple pies, they should have tried…


    Luckily for audiences, Lethal Weapon 2’s toilet explosion scene was re-written and reshot prior to the film’s release.

    Originally it was Mel Gibson stuck on the toilet, not Danny Glover.

    And Danny Glover’s line: I’m too old for this shhh… had a very literal meaning.

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