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Sunday 20 April 2014

Ride Along tops box office takings

Ice Cube and Kevin Hart star in Ride Along

The Kevin Hart comedy Ride Along continued to speed through a typically quiet box-office frame, while the monster thriller I, Frankenstein couldn't be roused from the dead.

Universal's buddy cop comedy Ride Along, co-starring Ice Cube, cruised to the top of the box office again, taking in 21.2 million dollars (£12.8 million) in its second weekend, according to studio estimates. The film last week set a January debut record, with 48.6 million dollars (£29.4 million) over the three-day holiday weekend.

For the second weekend in a row, Universal claimed number one and number two at the box office, with the Afghanistan war film Lone Survivor earning 12.6 million dollars (£7.6 million) in its fifth week. With a cumulative total of 93.6 million dollars (£56.6 million), the relatively inexpensive Lone Survivor, starring Mark Wahlberg, will soon cross the 100 million dollar mark.

I, Frankenstein had a sizeable budget, estimated at 65 million dollars (£39.3 million), yet opened with just 8.3 million dollars (£5 million). Starring Aaron Eckhart as Mary Shelley's famous monster in a modern-day setting, the 3D film wasn't screened for critics and came into the weekend with little buzz. Lakeshore Entertainment financed the film, which was distributed by Lionsgate.

With 13 million dollars (£7.8 million) in overseas box office, I, Frankenstein could scare up better business internationally.

Two family films trailed Ride Along and Lone Survivor. The animated squirrel comedy The Nut Job made 12.3 million dollars (£7.4 million) in its second week for Open Road Films. Disney's juggernaut Frozen added nine million dollars for a 10-week domestic total of 347.8 million dollars (£210.7 million).

Several Oscar candidates sought to capitalise on their recent best-picture nominations. Expanding by a few hundred cinemas were Dallas Buyers Club, 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, Philomena and Nebraska.

Some of the biggest Oscar bounces were abroad, where several nominees still have countries to open in. Paramount's Oscar-nominated The Wolf Of Wall Street led international business, with a robust 31 million dollars (£18.7 million).

Fox Searchlight's 12 Years A Slave has also proved unusually strong overseas for such an American story. It took in 8.3 million dollars (£5 million) internationally over the weekend.

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