'Ride Along 2' dethrones 'Star Wars' at N. America box office

Ice Cube (L) and Kevin Hart, seen on January 15, 2014 in New York City, star in "Ride Along 2", which raked in $41 million over the four-day Martin Luther King Day weekend (AFP Photo/Dave Kotinsky)

Los Angeles (AFP) - Cop comedy "Ride Along 2" toppled "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" from its weeks-long spot atop the North American box office with a strong debut over a long holiday weekend, industry data showed Tuesday.

"Ride Along 2" raked in $41 million over the four-day Martin Luther King Day weekend, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said.

The film features funny man Kevin Hart as a rookie law officer who aspires to become a detective like his future brother-in-law, played by rapper and actor Ice Cube, as the two become embroiled with a murderous drug ring.

Major Oscar contender "The Revenant," a violent frontier revenge thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio, came in second place at $37.5 million. It likely earned a boost from the 12 Oscar nominations it received last week.

"The Force Awakens," the latest installment in the popular "Star Wars" saga, finished in third place at $33 million in its fifth week of release, boosting it to a worldwide total take of $1.865 billion.

Debuting in fourth place was "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi," about the 2012 attack on the US diplomatic compound in the eastern Libyan city that left four Americans dead. It earned $19.2 million.

Comedy "Daddy's Home" starring Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell finished in fifth place with $11.9 million.

Rounding out the week's top 10 films were:

- "Norm of the North" ($9.4 million)

- "The Forest" (just under $7.0 million)

- "The Big Short" ($6.4 million)

- "Sisters" ($5.5 million)

- "The Hateful Eight" ($4.3 million)

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