The Force felt a great disturbance at the box office this weekend. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” concluded its four-week run as No. 1 as “Ride Along 2” raked in the highest amount of U.S. ticket sales.
The cop comedy sequel, starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, took in $34 million over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, the box-office tracking firm Rentrak estimated Sunday. The original “Ride Along” film earned $41.5 million the same weekend in January 2014, as it went on to become a sleeper hit with almost $135 million in total sales, USA Today reported.
“The Revenant,” the haunting wilderness survival flick starring Leonardo DiCaprio, booked the second-highest sales, with $29.5 million in its second weekend of wide release. The movie led Academy Award nominees with 12 Oscar nods Thursday and picked up a number of Golden Globe Awards last weekend, including those for best actor in a drama (DiCaprio), best director (Alejandro Inarritu) and best motion-picture drama.
“The Force Awakens” slipped to third with $25.1 million in sales, Rentrak estimated. The seventh “Star Wars” installment has raked in $851 million in U.S. theaters and nearly $1.9 billion worldwide, USA Today noted.
Michael Bay’s “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” landed in fourth place with $16 million in its opening weekend. The film depicts the 2012 terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi that killed J. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, and three other Americans.
The comedy “Daddy’s Home,” starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, earned fifth place with $9.3 million in sales, for a total of $129.2 million.
Respectively, it was followed by “Norm of the North,” “The Forest,” “The Big Short,” “Sisters,” “The Hateful Eight,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” and “Joy.”
Final Rentrak numbers are expected Monday.