Kevin Hart continued his streak of box office magic as his new buddy cop comedy “Ride Along” (with Ice Cube and Tika Sumpter) was the #1 movie in the country, banking $48.1 million this past weekend. ”Ride Along” had a predicted $34 million opening, but box office pundits are realizing that Hart isn’t just a flash in the pan talent. ”Hart is rapidly becoming an A-List star” Phil Contrino, chief analyst for BoxOffice.com told Bloomberg News.
Meanwhile Paramount’s “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” came in fourth, with a disappointing opening gross of only $18 million. In an article titled “Jack Ryan Franchise Potential Killed By Young Audiences?, author Gabe Toro makes the conclusion that “Shadow Recruit” just didn’t appeal to younger moviegoers:
“63% of the audience for the film was over 35, a large faction…
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