Saturday, May 18, 2024

Box Office Update: “Ride Along 2” Bests Leo & The Bear, Benghazi Bay Finishes Fourth– Star Wars Only Makes $25 Mil for Weekend


SUNDAY update: “Ride Along 2” $34 mil, “Revenant” $29.5, “Star Wars” $25 mil, “13 Hours” $16 mil.


Friday box office: “Ride Along 2” has a 15 on Rotten Tomatoes, but that didn’t stop people from seeing it in droves. The Kevin Hart-Ice Cube comedy made $12 million last night and handily beat “The Revenant” and a now declining “Star Wars.”

Yes, more people saw Hart and Ice Cube goofing around than a bear mauling Leonardo DiCaprio.

“13 Hours,” Michael Bay’s Benghazi movie, finished fourth with a little less than $6 million. Today in the Washington Post the former CIA chief in charge of Benghazi challenged the movie’s veracity. Can’t say I’m shocked.

“Star Wars” is heading nicely to $2 billion worldwide including U.S.

“Joy” crossing $50 million this weekend. “Spotlight,” the most important movie of the year, crossing $30 million.

“Spotlight” is the Big Idea movie of the year and will have the most lasting impact. That’s what Best Picture means.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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