Ride Along has topped the box office upon its first weekend of release, raking in $41.2 (£25.1) million worldwide and seeing off the likes of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Frozen and Wolf of Wall Street. Kevin Hart and Ice Cube's new comedy has far exceeded its forecasted $28m (£17m) and has become the biggest debut on record for the three-day Martin Luther King holiday in the US.

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'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' Has Narrowly Missed Out On Topping The Box Office Again.

Nikki Rocco, Universal Pictures' head of domestic distribution, said that the film's success could be partly attributed to good timing and that the movie is a hit with both male and female audiences, making it a perfect choice for a date night at the movies, via Reuters.

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Last week's box office winner, Mark Wahlberg's Lone Survivor, was second with ticket sales of $23.2 (£14.1) million, according to studio estimates provided by tracking firm Rentrak. Though Lone Survivor still ranks highly in the US, worldwide the movie sits in fifth place, having been outsold by Frozen, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and Wolf of Wall Street.

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'Frozen' Is Still Putting Up A Strong Fight After Dominating No.1.

The week's second biggest movie title worldwide went to new action thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, the Kenneth Branagh-directed film starring Star Trek's Chris Pine and Keira Knightley. Though the movie grossed $17.2 (£10.5) million domestically, it has risen worldwide to just below Ride Along's takings over the weekend with $39.4 (£23.9) m.

Similarly, Frozen has dropped down to fifth place in the US but has managed to cling on worldwide with a still impressive third place, having taken $36.6 (£22.3) million worldwide and a massive $759.1 (£461.5) million since its debut in December.

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Martin Scorsese's 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' Also Featured In This Week's Top Ten.

In a weekend crowded with four new releases ('The Devil's Due' also premiered), The Nut Job, the first animated release from Open Road Films, managed to make an impact with $20.6 (£12.5) million in ticket sales. The respectable domestic sales have propelled the film to the sixth biggest movie worldwide, despite having only opened in the US where it has claimed third place.