LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK Jan 26 "Ride Along," a
buddy cop comedy starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, raced to the
top of the weekend box office charts for the second week in a
row, collecting $21.2 million in ticket sales.
The Afghanistan war tale "Lone Survivor" took the No. 2 spot
with ticket sales of $12.6 million. Mark Wahlberg plays the role
of the only one of four U.S. SEALs to return from a vicious fire
fight with Taliban fighters.
The animated film "The Nut Job," featuring the voices of
Will Arnett and Katherine Heigl, was third with $12.3 million in
sales at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to studio figures
provided by Rentrak.
In a week in which the top three films mirrored last week's
results, "I, Frankenstein," an action film in which Victor
Frankenstein's creation is reimagined as a hero battling
gargoyles, was the only major new release. It opened in sixth
place with ticket sales of $8.3 million.
"Ride Along" and "Lone Survivor" were released by Universal
Pictures, a unit of Comcast. Lionsgate
distributed "I, Frankenstein." "The Nut Job" was released by
Open Road Films, a joint venture of U.S. theater chains Regal
Entertainment and AMC Theatres.
(Reporting By Ronald Grover and Chris Michaud; Editing by