Ride Along, the cop comedy starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, won big at the box office this weekend proving that Hart is, indeed, living the American Dream. Made for a reported $25 million, the film is expected to double its cost in profits over the Martin Luther King holiday. It brought in $14.4 million on its opening night this past Friday and is projected to cap at $41.2 million for its first three days in theaters, and $47.8 million through Monday.
Perhaps showing the power of diversity, Ride Along left two major blockbusters in the dust. The Mark Walhberg-led war thriller Lone Survivor brought in $23.2 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters to come in second place, while the action flick Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit — made for $60 million and starring Chris Pine, Kevin Costner and Keira Knightley — only brought in $5.4 million on opening night and isn’t even projected to cap $20 million over the four-day weekend.
For Hart, the success at the box office is big. It comes on the heels of his successful Let Me Explain comedy tour film and spots in Think Like a Man and his role alongside Hollywood majors Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone in Grudge Match.
“I laugh all the time because I can’t believe where I am in my career,” Hart told VIBE in our current winter issue. “The fact that I have yet to really acknowledge and embrace it is what keeps me motivated to do so much more.”