Kevin Hart and Ice Cube’s should have a lot to celebrate this weekend. Their new film Ride Along 2 will top the box office with projected earnings of $38 million by Monday’s end.
“Ride Along 2” nabbed $12 million on Friday from 3,175 locations. The Universal comedy, a follow-up to the 2014 original, which grossed $135 million at the domestic box office, kicked off the weekend with a take of $1.26 million in Thursday night previews, portending a healthy four-day total.
Just behind “Ride Along 2” is Fox’s survivalist drama “The Revenant,” which pulled in $9 million from 3,559 locations on Friday, putting it on track for a four-day haul of $37 million. The brutal epic was nominated for a year-best 12 Oscars, including nods for best picture, director Alejandro Inarritu and lead actor Leonardo DiCaprio.
In third place for the weekend is “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which generated $6 million on Friday from 3,822 locations in its fifth frame. The space opera will finish the four-day period with $32 million, which will push its domestic cume well past $850 million, further securing its position as the biggest stateside grosser ever.
Congrats to Kevin and Ice.