Ride Along 2 knocks Star Wars film off top spot

LOS ANGELES • Buddy cop comedy Ride Along 2 unseated the latest Star Wars movie from atop the North American box office over the Martin Luther King Jr holiday weekend, ending the franchise's four-week run at No. 1.

The sequel to the 2014 Ride Along posted US$34 million (S$48.9 million) in weekend sales, Rentrak Corp said on Sunday.

Universal spent US$40 million re-teaming Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in the sequel, which finds the bickering police officers trying to bring a Miami drug ring to justice.

The Force Awakens placed third with US$25.1 million, boosting its global take to US$1.86 billion, the third highest ever after Avatar and Titanic.

The Revenant, in its fourth week in North American theatres, got a boost from news of its nomination for 12 Oscars last Thursday. It earned US$29.5 million to take second place.

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

Two other new releases, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi and Norm Of The North, placed fourth and sixth.

BLOOMBERG, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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