Ride Along

‘Ride Along’ Earns Top MLK Weekend Box Office Opening of All-Time, Sets Record

Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in 'Ride Along' (2014)

Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in ‘Ride Along’ (2014)

Kevin Hart and Ice Cube‘s buddy-cop comedy Ride Along had a great Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, ending Sunday with a three-day gross of $41.6 million.

Setting a new January opening record, the Universal film is expected to hit $48 million or more for the four-days.

Noted as one of the best debuts ever for an African-American comedy, the Tim Story-directed flick grossed slightly higher than Cloverfield‘s $40.1 million in 2008, and had the highest opening since Ted‘s $54.4 million in June 2012.

Ride Along also stars Laurence Fishburne, Tika Sumpter, and John LeguizamoBryan Callen, Bruce McGill, Gary Owen, Jay Pharoah, David Banner, and Jacob Latimore — to name a few.

The film brought in an audience that was 57% female, 54% over the age of 25, 50% African-American, 30% Hispanic, and 12% Caucasian.

With a budget of just $25 million, analysts predict that Ride Along is “guaranteed to earn over $100 million by the end of its run.”

A sequel to the film was announced April 23, 2013, and production will start this month. See this weekend’s top 10 below.

1 Ride Along, $41,600,000 (1 week)
2 Lone Survivor, $22,100,000 (4 weeks)
3 The Nut Job, $20,550,000 (1 week)
4 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, $17,200,000 (1 week)
5 Frozen, $11,971,000 (9 weeks)
6 American Hustle Sony, $10,600,000 (6 weeks)
7 Devil’s Due, $8,500,000 (1 week)
8 August: Osage County, $7,592,000 (4 weeks)
9 The Wolf of Wall Street, $7,500,000 (4 weeks)
10 Saving Mr. Banks, $4,147,000 (6 weeks)