Say what you will about the film itself, Ride Along is a huge, huge hit, and Universal was right to start working on a sequel months ago. Perhaps they'll have a follow up ready for next year, regardless, the film is going to get over a hundred million and should do so next weekend. As for the other new films...
There are two pictures going wide this weekend: That Awkward Moment, starring Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan, and Labor Day, starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. And if either stood a chance of breaking out, they wouldn't be coming out Super Bowl weekend.
Sorry Paramount, you don't have a franchise reboot on your hands. It turns out that January is a good time to release a certain kind of movie, and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit isn't one of them. It is a good time for Ride Along, which now has the highest opening ever for a January picture.
January has become a strangely competitive season these days. It used to be that anything released in January was considered crap, but now... they might not be the best films in the world, but they're not all exploitation and misfires. Studios now make films specifically for January. That's a huge shift.
It's January, which usually means a sleepy box office. But not this year. Lone Survivor ended up cleaning house this weekend and made nearly $40 Million, which is one of the biggest January openings ever.
It's a relatively slow weekend at the box office, with one new release (The Legend of Hercules) and two pictures expanding (Her, Lone Survivor), which means that we're in the heart of award season movies, and January releases. Mostly adult fare, but then also, Frozen is turning into a phenomenon, so it could be an interesting race for the top slot.
This week has seen the release of the Independent Spirit Awards, and the first official screenings of the two last big dogs in the Oscar race: American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street.
We're just into November, and though there are definite candidates for who could be Oscar nominated, we've still got two months of releases to go, and very little sense of the room temperature. Why? Number one, because academy voters haven't seen the films, and number two, because in some cases, only a handful of people have seen the finished films.