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

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

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
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

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


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"

Mark & Darla

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.


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.


I wonder if shadowandact thinks this will get to 100mil


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.

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