“Ride Along” is at the top of the Box Office over the U.S. holiday weekend. The cop comedy movie starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube is victorious during a very competitive weekend, fending off rival new releases including Open Road’s animation “The Nut Job”, Tom Clancy’s “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”, and Fox’s horror flick “Devil’s Due”. “Ride Along” opens atop the domestic movie chart with an impressive $41.2 million, on a reported budget of $25 million to produce. The comedy film about a rookie cop trying to impress his prospective brother-in-law is estimated to reach $47.7 million or more over the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend that includes Monday.

"Ride Along" poster

“Ride Along” poster

Directed by Tim Story, the film boasts as the biggest opener ever over the Martin Luther King weekend, surpassing previous record holder “Cloverfield”. The sci-fi/horror movie grossed $40.1 million over the three-day weekend and $46.1 million over the four-day haul back in 2008. CinemaScore is also impressed with the cop comedy, scoring a rare A grade rating. Last week’s top spot holder “Lone Survivor”, slides down to second place with an additional $23.2 million, pushing its domestic total to $74 million. The war drama based on a true story is closely followed by “The Nut Job”. The film voiced by Will Arnett and Katherine Heigl finishes in third place with an estimated $20.6 million.

Paramount’s “Jack Ryan” falls short of its projected haul of $19 million in fouth place with $17.2 million. Horror movie “Devil’s Due” opens at seventh place with $8.5 million. “Frozen (2013)” ,”American Hustle” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” are still holding on in the top 10, adding an estimated $12 million, $10.6 million and $7.5 million respectively.

Quick look at the top-grossing pictures in North American theaters, courtesy of Box Office Mojo:

1. “Ride Along” – $41.2 million

2. “Lone Survivor” – $23.2 million

3. “The Nut Job” – $20.6 million

4. “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” – $17.2 million

5. “Frozen (2013)” – $12 million

6. “American Hustle” – $10.6 million

7. “Devil’s Due” – $8.5 million

8. “August: Osage County” – $7.6 million

9. “The Wolf of Wall Street” – $7.5 million

10 “Saving Mr. Banks” – $4.1 million