When someone makes a comedy that makes money, no matter how boring that comedy might have been, a sequel is almost guaranteed. That was the case for Ride Along 2 this weekend which didn't quite hold up to its predecessor at the box office but still did its studio proud.
Ride Along 2 opened at $34 million over the regular weekend, and with an estimated $5 million added on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, settled in at $39 million, nearing its $40 million budget total on its first weekend out. That's still less than the $41 million the first Ride Along made on its first weekend and well lower than the $48 million it banked over its holiday opening on MLK Jr. weekend in 2014.
Following up on its haul at the Golden Globes, The Revenant held strong in second place, adding $35 million over the four day weekend. The movie is just shy of $100 million domestically, but has earned over $150 million world wide against its large production price tag of $135 million.
The other two newcomers this weekend floundered and sank. Michael Bay hasn't dabbled in historical story telling since Pearl Harbor in 2001, and his return to the genre with 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi indicates he should have stuck with Transformers. Perhaps the movie comes too soon after the controversial events that inspire it, or maybe it's just that, love him or hate him, John Krasinski is no Ben Affleck. Whatever the reasons, audiences stayed away and 13 Hours only banked $19 million against its $50 million production budget over the holiday weekend. Don't expect international sales to step up much to help it out.
Animated Norm of the North fared worse, failing to break $10 million. With $8 million over four days it's set to die fast and quiet.
For the full MLK Jr. holiday weekend break down, check out the chart below: