"Ride Along" tops weekend box office

LOS ANGELES, California - The buddy cop comedy "Ride Along" arrived in first place at the weekend box office.

Featuring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, the movie debuted with $41.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The strong opening for "Ride Along" marks the biggest opening for a film released during Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend. It is now on track to top the $46.1 million record set by "Cloverfield" in 2008 for the biggest opening of January.

Coming in second place was Universal's Navy SEAL drama "Long Survivor." In its second weekend in wide release, the Navy SEAL drama, starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster, earned $23.2 million.

Open Road Films' animated film "The Nut Job," featuring the voice of Will Arnett, opened in third place with $20.5 million.


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