On its way to the top of the ticket sales, “Ride Along” managed to kill off “I Frankenstein” the special effects-heavy remake of Mary Shelley’s horror classic starring Aaron Eckhart, which finished sixth with a weak $8.2 million three-day total.
Holdovers “Ride Along” and “Lone Survivor” easily stayed at No. 1 and No. 2 with $21.2 million and $12.6 million, respectively, in a double victory for Universal.
Frankenstein was financed and produced by Lakeshore Entertainment, with Lionsgate releasing and marketing in North America. Lionsgate, which only put up a small portion of the budget, has limited financial exposure.
Adapted from Kevin Grevioux‘s graphic novel, the supernatural action pic is set in a dystopian future where gargoyles and demons battle each other for ultimate power as Victor Frankenstein’s creation (Eckhart) finds himself caught in the middle. Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Socratis Otto, Jai Courtney and Grevioux also star in the film, which earned a B CinemaScore and played heavily to males (62 percent).
Starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, “Ride Along” declined 49 percent in its second weekend — less than expected — pushing the buddy comedy’s North American total to a hefty $75.4 million.
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