Kevin Hart in a scene from the motion picture "Ride Along." CREDIT: Quantrell D. Colbert, Universal Pictures
(USA TODAY) - You, Frankenstein, have been pulled over for stumbling.
I, Frankenstein, the special effects-laden monster film that was the only major newcomer of the weekend, staggered from the box office starting gate and was no match for Ride Along, the Kevin Hart comedy that has become the monster hit of January.
Ride, which had the biggest January opener on record last week with a debut of $41.5 million, took the top spot at theaters with $21.2 million, according to studio estimates from box office trackers Rentrak.
The sophomore weekend brings Ride's total to $75.4 million.
The race wasn't even close. Though Frankenstein was expected to land in second place, the Aaron Eckhart thriller never came to life, managing just $8.3 million and sixth place.
Frankenstein's folly also stalled the box office in January, which saw unusually strong numbers from Ride, Lone Survivor and Frozen.
"After two straight weekends of breakout release, I, Frankenstein brings things to a screeching halt," says Tim Briody, analyst for Boxofficeprophets.com. "The critically-annihilated monster movie is more a source of unintentional comedy than any sort of thrills or scares."
Indeed, critics hardly were spooked. Just 5% of them recommended the movie, according to pollsters and Rottentomatoes.com. Moviegoers didn't find much life in it either: only 57% of fans liked it, the site says.
Lone Survivor took second place with $12.6 million, followed by the animated comedy The Nut Job with $12.3 million. Frozen was fourth with $8.8 million, followed by Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit with $8.3 million. Final figures are due Monday.