Oscar 2014: Nominations Impact on Box-Office

This Martin Luther King weekend, with Kevin Hart-Ice Cube comedy “Ride Along” grossing a stellar $41.2 million in three days and $47.8 million in four, making it the holiday frame’s biggest bow ever.

In a tight race with Open Road’s toon comedy “The Nut Job,” Universal also scored the No. 2 spot with holdover “Lone Survivor” grossing $23.2 million Friday-Sunday, with $27.6 million through Monday.

“The Nut Job” benefited from being the newest animated offering for families since “Frozen,” estimating a solid $20.6 million in three days. The toon should see a better hold on Monday considering family films are less affected by football on Sunday.

Open Road estimates “Nut Job” will earn $27.2 million through Martin Luther King day.

Disappointing Jack Ryan

Also opening wide this weekend, Paramount’s “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” grossed a disappointing $17.2 million in three days, with $20 million in four. The film, however, performed better internationally, with $22.2 million from only half of the overseas markets.

“There was certainly a lot of competition in the market place for adult-targeted movies,” said Par vice chairman Rob Moore, “but it’s certianly on pace to becoming the highest-grossing film in the franchise internationally.”

Fox’s horror film “Devil’s Due” saw a modest $8.5 million in three days. The film bowed Friday at 2,544 locations domestically.

Oscar Nominations Impact

Most of the competition for adult-themes films came from wide expansions of Oscar-nominated films, led by Sony’s “American Hustle,” the Weinstein Co.’s “August: Osage County” and Par’s “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

“American Hustle” saw a 28% bump over last weekend, grossing $10.6 million, bringing its domestic cume to $116.4 million. Meanwhile, “August” grossed $7.6 million (for a cume of $18.2 million), followed closely by “Wolf of Wall Street,” which collected $7.5 million Friday-Sunday for a Stateside total of north of $90 million.

Other Academy pics benefiting from multiple nods include Fox Searchlight’s “12 Years a Slave,” which nabbed $1.8 million Friday-Monday at just 760 theaters, as well as Paramount’s “Nebraska,” grossing $1.1 million from 408.