‘Ride Along’ Nabs Highest Grossing MLK Weekend Opening Ever!

Ride Along

Ice Cube, Tika Sumpter and Kevin Hart have a lot to celebrate today.

Their cop comedy Ride Along boasts the the best performance of all-time for a Martin Luther King Jr. opening weekend, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Universal pic, ended Sunday with a three-day gross of $41.2 million and is expected to hit $48 million or more for the four-days.

Ride Along also scored the top opening for the month of January (three day) and one of the best debuts ever for an African-American comedy. The buddy film, which marks Kevin Hart’s first role as a comedy lead, cost $25 million to make. African-Americans made up 50 percent of ticket buyers, followed by Hispanics (30 percent) and Caucasians (12 percent). Moviegoers under the age of 25 made up 46 percent of the audience.

Not to be cliche but that is what you call #winning!

Cloverfield (2008) was the previous MLK record-holder with a three-day gross of $40.1 million and four-day gross of $46.1 million.

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