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Published: Mon, January 20, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

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‘Ride Along’ rolls into No. 1 spot at box office

LOS ANGELES

SDLqRide Along” arrived in first place at the weekend box office.

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

In second place, Universal’s Navy SEAL drama “Lone Survivor” starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster earned $23.2 million in its second weekend in wide release, bringing its domestic total to $74 million.

Open Road Films’ animated film “The Nut Job” featuring the voices of Will Arnett and Brendan Fraser opened in third place with $20.6 million.

In fourth place was “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” with $17.2 million.

“Frozen” was in fifth place with $12 million.

Jane Lynch returns to host ‘Game Night’

PASADENA, CALIF.

Jane Lynch says her hosting duties on “Hollywood Game Night” are an extension of the bashes she tosses at home.

The “Glee” star says she loves creating and hosting a space for her friends to have fun.

Lynch returns for the NBC show’s second season tonight, with back-to-back episodes that include celebrities Rosie O’Donnell, Alyssa Milano and Mario Lopez. Fifteen new games will be played, along with some holdovers from last season.

Sean Hayes (“Will and Grace”) came up with the show’s premise based on the game nights he hosts at home. He says celebs are now calling up the producers asking to be on the show, which features two contestants on teams with celebrities playing games for the chance to win $25,000.

NBC plans to do live remake of ‘Peter Pan’

PASADENA, CALIF.

Following up on the success of “The Sound of Music” last month, NBC said Sunday that it will broadcast a live version of “Peter Pan” in December.

It will be produced by the same team, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, that made “The Sound of Music” with Carrie Underwood. The live musical reached 19 million viewers, surprising even NBC entertainment president Robert Greenblatt.

No cast members were announced Sunday.

“Peter Pan,” which opened on Broadway in 1954, has a strong history with NBC.

The network aired a live broadcast of the show from its own studios in 1955 with Tony Award-winner Mary Martin in the title role and most of the original Broadway cast, reaching 65 million viewers. That was a record for television at the time.

NBC broadcast the show live again in 1956 and 1960, and it was the first broadcast of a musical on color TV.

Associated Press


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