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Weekend B.O. Jan. 17-19 (Hart Can Rest Easy And Story Is King)

Box Office
by Sergio
January 19, 2014 12:32 PM
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Ride Along

First off, keep in mind that the weekend overall box office totals will be higher once the numbers from tomorrow’s MLK Holiday are figured in. But, at least, we know a few things for sure.

All the B.O. pundits said that Ride Along with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube would land in the mid-$20 million range, just edging out or coming in a very close second to Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Well they were wrong. The comedy blew past Recruit, coming in at No. 1, with $41 million, (and a projected $48 million inclduing Monday figures) while Recruit came in a disappointing fourth, with $17 million.

The only exception was once again Erik Childress of WGN and WHPK radio, WCIU TV, and who predicted weeks ago, before anyone else, a $40 million opening for the film, showing that, among B.O. analysts, he’s the best. (Well O.K. his prediction and analysis that A Madea Christmas would be the biggest grossing Madea film ever, was off the mark, but still he’s pretty solid 97% of the time)

All of this is very good news for Hart, proving that he can actually open a major non-concert film for which the jury was still out on, until now.

The success of the film is also a huge boost, career wise, for Ice Cube, whose film career has been sagging of late. Though the reviews for the film were on the whole pretty dreadful, the word of mouth will determine if the film has solid box office legs.

But with the $41 million added on to all his other films, Tim Story is, without question, the biggest money making black director, in terms of total worldwide box office, of all time.  

And yet, we really don’t know much about him and there’s been very little written about him. I’ve never seen one single interview with him. Whether that’s by choice, or the media intentionally ignores him, is anybody’s guess.

(Which is just a blatant way of saying, anytime Story wants to talk to us, we will be more than happy.)

In the meantime, last week’s No. 1 film, Lone Survivor, held on pretty solidly in second place, while the animated film, The Nut Job, did better than expected, coming in third.

The other question was: would there be the usual Oscar box office boost for nominated films that are still playing in theaters? The answer to that question is, yes, especially for 12 Years a Slave and Captain Phillips

12 Years leaped up to 17th place with $40.6 million to date (the foreign box office numbers for this past week will be reported later in the week) while Captain Phillips jumped up several notches, earning $105 million so far.

1) Ride Along Uni. $41,237,000
2) Lone Survivor Uni. $23,239,000 Total: $74,049,000 
3) The Nut Job ORF $20,550,000 
4) Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Par. $17,200,000 $17,200,000 
5) Frozen BV $11,971,000 Total: $332,602,000 
6) American Hustle Sony $10,600,000 Total: $116,431,000 
7) Devil's Due Fox $8,500,000 
8) August: Osage County Wein. $7,592,000 Total: $18,181,000 
9) The Wolf of Wall Street Par. $7,500,000 Total: $90,277,000 
10) Saving Mr. Banks BV $4,147,000 Total: $75,391,000 
11) Her WB $4,065,000 Total: $15,026,000 
12) The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug WB $3,875,000 Total: $248,695,000  
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  • Non-speaking extra | January 20, 2014 1:05 PMReply

    Ah, good folks, I can tell you why there are no interviews with Mr. Story. Oh yes I certainly can.

  • CareyCarey | January 19, 2014 11:01 PMReply

    Sergio, pay no attention to the ground & pound Sergio crowd of which some would call haters. Your take on Tim Story's lack of exposure/attention was very clear and justified. In fact, Tambay's latest post "Tim Story: The Top-Grossing Black Director Many Apparently Still Aren't Familiar With" supports your opinion. Specifically this --> "Story's total worldwide box office gross leads the short list of black directors working within the studio system today - more than Antoine Fuqua, F. Gary Gray, Spike Lee, John Singleton and others" all of whom are well known and talked about and given more attention in the black community than Tim Story. So again, don't worry about your haters, many of them are simply misinformed, and some are on straight-up bs.

    To that point, in reference to your alleged double standard, those who have been paying attention with an open mind surely knows you're not the leader of the bash TP crowd. Nope, you may not be an avid fan of his work, but you've never (from what I've read over the last 3 years) begrudged the man for getting the attention he so deserves, nor do you gloat when he "fails". Needless to say, I don't see a double standard. That accusation is simply poppycock fodder for the misinformed **coughsergiohaterscoughcrowd**

    Anyway, unlike that crowd, I see absolutely nothing wrong with bringing this to the table... "there’s been very little written about him. I've never seen one single interview with him. Whether that's by choice, or the media intentionally ignores him"

  • the hunted | January 20, 2014 12:58 AM

    true. any other time, he would beon the crybabies side, but he worships sergo and tambay. also he so desperate for attention he just want you to argue with him.

  • troll hunter | January 19, 2014 11:25 PM

    AND as usual Carey comes for the counterpoint to start an argument because he is a lonely attention whore.

    Man you are predictable and pathetic.

  • Mark & Darla | January 19, 2014 7:03 PMReply

    The people who went out and saw this movie must have had a bad case of cabin fever, what I saw in trailer was irritating acting, directing and dialogue and everything else. Wouldn't have taken my dog to see this.

    RT gave it a 16% if this was a TP movie, there would be gloating and cheers in this post, spite the fact TP made money in it's opening.

    Sergio you double standard is not even double it is quadruple.

  • no | January 21, 2014 4:18 AM



  • Mark & Darla | January 20, 2014 12:05 AM

    What is this fixation on TP fans becoming of tired of his movie, so what, they have all the right, nothing last forever.

    'TP fans getting tired of his movies' is that the new buzz sentence for internet.

    Sergio the reason TP get so much media attention because black people like you make it so with negativities toward him and the white media pick up on it and run with it.

    If you are upset that the media don't pay attention to TS, start writing negative comments and reviews about his movies which some deserve.

  • umadfawha | January 19, 2014 10:31 PM

    Who is praising someone for making garbage? Who is trashing someone for making money? You are confused.

    Lots of people tired of Perry. Lots of people hate his work but respect his success. No double-standard. Sergio mentioned the bad reviews for this movie and discussed its box office success. What you cryin for?

  • calven | January 19, 2014 9:03 PM


    That is bullshit and you know it. Double standard is a double standard. You cant trash one person and turn around and then turn around praise another person for doing the same thing. Also who is tired of TP. Last time I looked he made 105 million his films last year and has 3 hit TV shows on TV that doing great in ratings. So who is tired but it's certainly not the people who made him who he is today. Not even a perry fan but right is right and let's be clear. The man had one hell of a year.

  • umadfawha | January 19, 2014 8:23 PM

    There's no double standard. TP constantly puts out nothing but bad movies and TV and everyone knows that. Cube, Tim, and Kevin all have made at least one decent movie, people don't automatically expect garbage from them. Also, they don't release multiple bad projects a year so people aren't tired of them like they are with TP.

  • cary | January 19, 2014 7:15 PM

    I do agree with you. This film was god awful and got worse reviews then A Madea Christmas yet we are supposed to be happy because it's making money. TP films make money yet you are always quick to jump on him. I am happy for Tim but his movies are bad. I am hope he does a better job with his next film.

  • curtis | January 19, 2014 4:04 PMReply

    I think the reason why you don't hear much about Tim Story is because the quality of must of his films. Barbershop was great and got good reviews but let's face it. Taxi, Fantastic Four 1 and 2, First Sunday and Ride Along was critically trashed. Sure they may make money but the films were nothing to be proud about. Think Like a Man was his secound best film but even that film got mixed reviews. That is the reason why I think the media don't really talk about him.

  • Sergio | January 19, 2014 6:11 PM

    When have I criticized Perry for getting media attention? I may not like his films but I've never n said a any time that the media shouldn't be covering him. And whether you like Story's films or nor or that he's the wrost director ever I still say the fact of the matter becaues of his achivement he's worthwhile for media attention

  • Curtis | January 19, 2014 5:34 PM


    You say Tim Story should get way more media attention for making bad movies just because they make money and yet you alway criticize Tyler Perry for getting Media attention because of his huge success despite making films critics don't like. I see a double standard.

  • sergio | January 19, 2014 4:47 PM

    There are bad directors (say Brett Ratner or Tyler Perry ) who have gotten tons of media coverage. The fact that Story is unique is enough to warrent attention regardless of what people may think of his films. And you could argue that people like them considering the amount of money his films have made

  • beemooree | January 19, 2014 3:13 PMReply

    I wonder if shadowandact thinks this will get to 100mil

  • Sergio | January 19, 2014 3:18 PM

    Considering it'll be almost at $50 million in just four days, unless it's drops off over 50% the next week and the following weeks after that, it'll should do easily $100 million. It all depends on word of mouth

  • Victor | January 19, 2014 3:08 PMReply

    Box office mojo predicted that Ride along would win the weekend at $30 million or more. So not everybody said it wouldn't do well.

  • Sergio | January 19, 2014 3:15 PM

    No one said it wouldn't do well, but that everyone underestimated how well it would do

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