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LOS ANGELES – Ride Along arrived in first place at the weekend box office.

The buddy cop comedy featuring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube debuted with $41.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The strong opening for Ride Along marks the biggest debut for a film released during Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend and puts it on track to top the $40.1 million record set by the 2008 monster movie Cloverfield for the biggest opening of January.

Ride Along is the first starring role for Hart, whose box-office status has been on the rise since the success of his 2013 stand-up film Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain and memorable stints in such movies as Think Like a Man, This Is the End and Grudge Match.

In second place, the Navy SEAL drama Lone Survivor starring Mark Wahlberg, Canada’s Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster earned $23.2 million…

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