Monday Movie Memo: Kevin Hart Isn't The Only Reason Ride Along Was A Huge Hit

Hollywood is waking up this morning to a couple of historic storylines. First, Gravity and 12 Years a Slave TIE for Best Picture at the Producers Guild Awards, which virtually never happens. Then, Ice Cube and Kevin Hart deliver the explosive comedy Ride Along, which earns the largest January opening to date. As in ever. Cloverfield once held that record, with a $40.1 million opening. That record’s gone.

We break down the significance of the Ride Along weekend take in this morning’s Monday Movie Memo, your first blast of movie news as the week begins. Give us a watch, then go impress your friends with all of your newfound knowledge.

We also pulled some additional reading to go along with this morning’s clip:

- Mack broke down 5 things Kevin Hart did to revitalize and sustain his career.

- Eric reviewed Ride Along.

- He also learned four surprising facts at the movie’s press junket.

- 22 Jump Street started filming.

- And as we reported back in April, producers already are planning a Ride Along sequel, and were just waiting to see if enough people would turn out to support the first one. That question has been answered, so, can the sequel announcement be far behind?

Sean O'Connell
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. He's frequently found on Twitter at @Sean_OConnell. ReelBlend cohost. A movie junkie who's Infatuated with comic-book films. Helped get the Snyder Cut released, then wrote a book about it.