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"Ride Along" dominates North American box office for third week

English.news.cn   2014-02-03 04:56:22

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- Buddy cop comedy "Ride Along" remained in first place for a third consecutive weekend at North American box office.

The Universal Pictures comedy, starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, was on track for 12.3 million U.S. dollars in ticket sales at this Super Bowl weekend, a 42 percent decline from last weekend, industry figures showed Sunday.

The film continues to exceed expectations with a 17-day take of 93 million dollars, leaving it just 7 million dollars away from becoming the first release of 2014 to reach the 100 million milestone in North American film market.

Second place went to the Disney animated feature "Frozen" in its 11th week of exhibition. The studio spiked ticket sales with a "sing-along" version of the film on Friday, and was predicted to sell 9.3 million dollars in tickets this weekend, a 2 percent increase from last weekend.

"Frozen" has sold about 360 million dollars in tickets in North America, just about 8 million dollars away from surpassing the 368. 07 million dollars final gross of "Despicable Me 2" to become the third highest grossing release of 2013 in North America.

The "sing-along" version of the film was screened in 2,057 of the 2,754 theaters showing the animated film this weekend and contributed to an estimated 2.2 million of this weekend's overall gross, about 23.6 percent.

Focus Features' new release "That Awkward Moment" came in third place, with an estimated 9 million dollars in sale at U.S. and Canadian theaters. The film was written and directed by Tom Gormican in his directorial debut and cost only 8 million dollars.

The audience for the film skewed heavily towards female moviegoers, about 64 percent, and towards moviegoers under 25, about 61 percent. "That Awkward Moment" received a B rating on CinemaScore and only 22 percent "fresh" score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Rounding out the 10 most popular films in North America this weekend, as estimated by studios, were "The Nut Job" (7.6 million U.S. dollars), "Lone Survivor" (7.2 million), "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" (5.4 million), "Labor Day" (5.3 million), "American Hustle" (4.3 million), "The Wolf of Wall Street" (3.6 million) and "I, Frankenstein" (3.5 million).

Editor: yan
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