Long Range Forecast: 'Horrible Bosses 2'

Featured Stories - on October 03, 2014 by BoxOffice Staff

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When positioned well, raunchy comedies can post solid numbers during the holidays thanks to a desire for an alternative to family-friendly efforts. Horrible Bosses 2 will try to do just that when it opens on November 26. Will the sequel improve upon the healthy $209.8 million global haul of its predecessor or will audiences not line up in droves for a second installment? BoxOffice takes a closer look at the commercial prospects for the Warner Bros./New Line release.

Horrible Bosses 2
(Warner Bros./New Line)

PROS:

- The first film was a surprise hit and almost all of the key members of the original cast--Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Aniston--are returning.
- The addition of Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine to the cast could be financially beneficially. Both actors have a strong fan base.
- People might be in the mood for something more comedic after catching the somber Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 a week earlier
- Facebook/Twitter reactions to the trailers are encouraging.

CONS:

- Comedic sequels sometimes fall flat. For proof, look no further than 2013's Anchorman 2.  
- If Mockingjay Part 1 ends up shattering expectations it could eat into Horrible Bosses 2's audience.

Check out our predictions for this film and others in the table below.

Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
Penguins of Madagascar Nov 26, 2014 Fox / DreamWorks Animation
$39,000,000* $145,000,000
Horrible Bosses 2 Nov 26, 2014 Warner Bros. / New Line
$32,000,000* $107,000,000
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Nov 21, 2014 Lionsgate
$155,000,000 $393,000,000
Beyond the Lights Nov 14, 2014 Relativity Media
$9,000,000 $20,000,000
Dumb and Dumber To Nov 14, 2014 Universal
$37,000,000 $93,000,000
Big Hero 6 Nov 7, 2014 Disney
$47,000,000 $183,000,000
Interstellar Nov 5, 2014 Paramount
$79,000,000 $332,000,000
Saw (2014 re-issue) Oct 31, 2014 Lionsgate
$6,000,000 $10,000,000
Nightcrawler Oct 31, 2014 Open Road
$6,500,000 $18,000,000
Ouija Oct 24, 2014 Universal
$24,000,000 $53,000,000
John Wick Oct 24, 2014 Lionsgate / Summit
$8,000,000 $20,000,000
Fury (2014) Oct 17, 2014 Sony / Columbia
$27,000,000 $100,000,000
The Best of Me Oct 17, 2014 Relativity Media
$11,000,000 $34,000,000
The Book of Life (2014) Oct 17, 2014 Fox
$14,000,000 $42,000,000
The Judge Oct 10, 2014 Warner Bros.
$15,000,000 $49,000,000
Addicted Oct 10, 2014 Lionsgate
$8,000,000 $17,000,000
Dracula Untold Oct 10, 2014 Universal
$12,000,000 $29,000,000
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Oct 10, 2014 Disney
$17,000,000 $60,000,000

*3-day weekend (Fri-Sun)

Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report. 
 

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