Cop comedy Ride Along and Oscar favourite The Revenant dethrone Star Wars

Cinema still of the movie Ride Along starring Kevin Hart.
Cinema still of the movie Ride Along starring Kevin Hart. PHOTO: STARHUB

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Star Wars: The Force Awakens was finally dethroned from its weeks-long grip atop the North American box office, shoved aside by cop comedy Ride Along 2 and Oscar favourite The Revenant.

Ride Along 2 raked in US$34 million (S$49 million) for the three-day weekend, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said Sunday, while revenge film The Revenant earned US$29.5 million.

The latest instalment of the popular Star Wars saga came in at US$25.1 million in its fifth week, boosting it to a worldwide total take of US$1.86 billion, third highest ever.

Ride Along 2 soared to first place in its first week of release, appearing in 3,175 North American theatres.

The film features funny man Kevin Hart as a rookie law officer who aspires to become a detective like his future brother-in-law, played by rapper and actor Ice Cube, as the two become embroiled with a murderous Miami drug ring.

The original Ride Along movie, with the same stars, set an opening-weekend record in January 2014, netting US$41.6 million.

The Revenant, in its fourth week in theatres, got a certain boost from news of its nomination for 12 Oscars, most of any film.

The movie, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a legendary fur trapper, has already won Golden Globes for Best Picture, Best Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu) and Best Actor (DiCaprio).

Rounding out the week's top 10 films were: 13 Hours, in its first week in theatres (US$16 million) , Daddy's Home (US$9.3 million), Norm Of The North, also in its first week (US$6.7 million), The Forest (US$5.8 million), The Big Short (US$5.2 million), Sisters (USD$4.4 million) and The Hateful Eight (US$3.4 million).