For the weekend of January 31-February 2, Ride Along has managed to stay on top for the third week in a row. As we speak, Kevin Hart is furiously being edited into 300: Rise of An Empire, and he will now be Electro's sidekick in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Not really, but he seems ready to take that Melissa McCarthy step into stardom. The next Chris Tucker is here.
As far as new releases go, audiences didn't care about Zac Efron's Awkward Moment or to see how Kate Winslet celebrated Labor Day.
I think The Lego Movie is set up to open huge this Friday, and The Monuments Men will be a strong #2. Vampire Academy will bomb. Then next week we have three 1980's remakes opening. About Last Night (starring Kevin Hart) should have the biggest opening, RoboCop will open flat, and I can't really tell if anyone's intrigued by Endless Love. Never saw the 1981 original with Brooke Shields (and young Tom Cruise and James Spader in small parts), and the preview looks pretty generic now.
Seven of the top seventeen movies this weekend are nominated for Best Picture of 2013.