Ride Along 2

“The Force” weakens under pressure from “Ride Along 2”

Space opera “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is no match for the star power of Kevin Hart in “Ride Along 2” and Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Revenant.”

(UNIVERSAL PICTURES) – After four weeks atop box office charts, Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” slipped to third place over the weekend (January 15-17), ceding the top spot to Universal’s “Ride Along 2.” The comedy sequel picked up a leading $34 million across 3,175 venues and $39.5 million over the four-day Martin Luther King weekend. The space saga has earned $851 million stateside and $1.86 billion globally.

Universal spent $40 million re-teaming Ice Cube and Kevin Hart. “Ride Along 2” finds the bickering police officers trying to bring a Miami drug ring to justice.

Fox’s “The Revenant” took the second place shot, bolstered by its strong showing at the Oscar nominations on Thursday (January 14) when the wilderness epic picked up a leading 12 nods, including ones for Best Picture and for the performances of stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. The story of a fur trapper seeking revenge racked up $29.5 million over the three days.

Paramount’s “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” flirted with political controversy, drawing a rebuke from a CIA spokesman, will pulling off a solid $16 million opening over the three days. The $50 million production will do an estimated $19 million over the holiday. It screened at 2,389 locations. The 2012 attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya resulted in the killing of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Critics in the Republican Party have faulted the Obama administration for its response to the attack and for not being forthcoming about warnings it received that the compound might have been in danger.

Will Ferrell and Mark Walberg’s “Daddy’s Home” took the fifth place spot.