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Box Office Breakdown: ‘Ride Along,’ ‘Survivor,’ ‘Nut Job’ Stay Put

Ride Along

With few newcomers this past weekend, it was easy for the Ice Cube and Kevin Hart buddy cop comedy, Ride Along, to maintain its top box office position. The runner-ups in second and third place - Lone Survivor and The Nut Job - also remained in their box office positions.

Ride Along took in $21.2 million while Lone Survivor and The Nut Job took in $12.9 million and $12.1 million, respectively. Frozen came up one spot to number four from last week with $9.1 million while Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit pulled in $9 million, dropping down one spot to number five.

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Box Office Breakdown: ‘Ride Along’ Nabs Top Spot, New Record

Kevin Hart and Ice Cube in 'Ride Along'
 

Although Ride Along seemed like it was going to face stiff competition this weekend, the Kevin Hart and Ice Cube buddy cop comedy not only came out on top but also set a new record for the biggest January opening (a title held previously by Cloverfield, which had made $40.1 million in 2008.

Ride Along's record-breaking opening for the weekend was $41.6 million, dropping last week's top box office earner, Lone Survivor, down to number two with $22 million. The animated film Nut Job debuted third with $19.4 while the other newcomer, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, came in fourth place with $15.5 million. Last week's number two earner, Frozen, fell three spots to number five with $11.8 million.

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Celebrity Double-Take: Margot Robbie vs. Jaime Pressly

Margot Robbie Jaime Pressly

For today's installment, we have The Wolf of Wall Street star Margot Robbie on the left and My Name Is Earl actress Jaime Pressly on the right.

While one has been creating buzz over her first major Hollywood role, the other has caused a stir by buzzing half of her hair off the side of her head.

(Make sure to check out more of our Celebrity Double-Takes here, here, here and here.)

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Box Office Breakdown: ‘Lone Survivor’ Defeats ‘Frozen,’ ‘Wolf’

Lone Survivor

Although Frozen made a triumphant journey to the top spot last weekend, the release of Mark Wahlberg's war drama Lone Survivor brought the animated film to its knees, relegating it to second place.

Lone Survivor gained the most with its wide release this week, bringing it from 38th place to the top with its $38.5 million while Frozen earned $15 million. Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street made it to third place - one spot up from last week - with $9 million. The Legend of Hercules bombed with its debut of $8.6 million, marking it at number four. American Hustle stayed put at number five with $8.6 million.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Reveals Filming Agony

Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan BelfortLeonardo DiCaprio needed "a lot of chiropractic work" after filming The Wolf of Wall Street.

The 39-year-old actress portrays notorious stockbroker Jordan Belfort in the movie, and he was advised by the banker on how to act in a scene where he had to crawl to a car while on drugs - and he found mimicking his moves incredibly painful.

"I didn't know anything about Quaaludes, and he had taken a tremendous amount of them. I videotaped him on the floor, rolling around, and he really articulated to me that you have every intention of going to a certain destination, but your body doesn't go along with you. We shot it for, like, a week, and it was a lot of chiropractic work for me because it was incredibly painful," he told The New York Post.

Meanwhile, Leonardo's co-star Jonah Hill admits he wouldn't use the expletive-filled language of the movie in his everyday life: "I'm happy to be in Scorsese's movie. I try not to use those phrases at home. But the script's so brutally honest I didn't mind saying them.

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Box Office Breakdown: ‘Frozen’ Reigns Over ‘Paranormal’ and ‘Hobbit’

Frozen

After weeks at the box office under the shadow of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Frozen finally reached number one this weekend, despite the ambitious debut of the latest Paranormal Activity installment.

Frozen took in $19.5 million to earn its number one title while Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones placed number two in its first weekend with $18.3 million. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug fell two spots to number three with $15.6 million while The Wolf of Wall Street jumped from fifth to fourth place with $13.2 million. Lastly, American Hustle rounded out the top five with $12.4 million, having also jumped one spot from last weekend.

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Margot Robbie Slapped DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie on set of 'Wolf of Wall Street'Margot Robbie violently slapped Leonardo DiCaprio on the set of The Wolf of Wall Street.

The 23-year-old actress got caught in the moment while filming Martin Scorsese's new black comedy and accidentally hit her A-list co-star hard across the face, much to her horror. However, the 39-year-old hunk - who plays womanizing stockbroker Jordan Belfort - was impressed with her courage and asked her to do it again.

"I got a little lost in the moment. I slapped his face and said, 'F**k you!' There was a stunned silence then they all burst out laughing. I'd thought they were going to sue me. I apologized profusely but Leo said, 'That was brilliant. Hit me in the face again!'" she told GQ.

Meanwhile, Margot has admitted she finds it hard maintaining a slender figure for the cameras and tends to yo-yo diet because she can't resist fatty food. "I don't have a very good diet. I love beer, fries, burgers, but if I have to get in a bikini then I ear carrot sticks for three days. I'm one extreme or the other. I'm not good at doing moderation," the blonde bombshell joked.


Box Office Breakdown: ‘Wolf’ Is No Match for ‘The Hobbit’

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Despite the formidable opponent Scorsese's Oscar buzz-generating The Wolf of Wall Street appeared, it did not have enough pull to say The Lord of the Rings fans who flocked for the third consecutive week to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug remain at number one.

The sequel to last year's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey earned $29.8 million this week, while Frozen was bumped up one spot from last week to number two with $28.8 million. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues fell to number three with its $20.1 million draw, and American Hustle stayed put at number four with $19.5 million. The Wolf of Wall Street debuted at number five with $18.5 million.

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‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Victim Slams DiCaprio, Scorsese in Open Letter

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprioWhile audiences across the country are raving about Martin Scorsese's latest film The Wolf of Wall Street, one woman who was incidentally caught up in the real life drama is making it clear that she has a bone to pick with the Oscar-winning director and his star, Leonardo DiCaprio.

In an open letter in LA Weekly, Christina McDowell - the daughter of Tom Prousalis, a former associate of real life Wolf of Wall Street Jordan Belfort - condemns Scorsese and DiCaprio (who portrays Belfort in the film) for glamorizing crime:

"So here's the deal. You people are dangerous. Your film is a reckless attempt at continuing to pretend that these sorts of schemes are entertaining, even as the country is reeling from yet another round of Wall Street scandals. We want to get lost in what? These phony financiers' fun sexcapades and coke binges? Come on, we know the truth. This kind of behavior brought America to its knees."

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Leo DiCaprio: People in LA Make Bad Choices

Leonardo DiCaprioLeonardo DiCaprio saw people "intoxicated by their own self-importance" growing up in Los Angeles.

The actor doesn't think he'll ever get carried away with money like his character Jordan Belfort in Wolf of Wall Street or drugs or booze because he has seen people make bad choices and he doesn't want to do the same.

"I grew up in Los Angeles, I was born in Hollywood, so I've seen firsthand the destructive nature of that town and how people are intoxicated by their own self-importance and surrounded by temptation on a daily basis. I wouldn't say it was a dangerous place but there's all sorts of choices in life and I've always tried to focus on one thing. No matter how much talent you have you have to be in the right place in the right time. I understand that I'm lucky to be given this amazing opportunity, it's what I've always wanted to do so I'm not going to waste it."

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