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Police comedy Ride Along steers to top of North American box office

Published on Jan 20, 2014 5:57 AM

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Police comedy Ride Along made its debut at the top of the North American box office, arresting viewers' attention over the US holiday weekend, industry estimates showed on Sunday, Jan 20, 2014.

The film, starring funnyman Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, raked in US$41.2 million (S$52.6 million) over the normal Friday-to-Sunday weekend, pushing last week's favourite, Lone Survivor, into second place, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

Over the four-day Martin Luther King Jr Day weekend that includes Monday, the cop duo pulled in US$47.7 million compared to US$27.6 by the Afghan war drama.

Lone Survivor, starring Mark Wahlberg, is based on a book by the only Navy Seal commando to survive a raid targeting an Islamist fighter, one of the war's deadliest incidents.

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