Long Range Forecast: 'Ride Along 2' & '13 Hours'

Featured Stories - on November 20, 2015 by BoxOffice Staff


Ice Cube and Kevin Hart return in Universal's Ride Along 2, which will be released over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. BoxOffice expects Ride Along 2 to follow in its predecessor's footsteps in route to a strong performance.

Paramount's 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi will also be released over the MLK holiday weekend. While BoxOffice sees 13 Hours having a presence at the box office, we don't expect the Michael Bay directed action thriller to break out.

Ride Along 2 (Universal)


- Ride Along opened with a $48.6 million four-day take over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend back in 2014 and displayed healthy holding power throughout its run.

- With the success of Straight Outta Compton earlier this year, Ice Cube's popularity is even higher than it was when Ride Along was released.

- Early Twitter activity for the film has tended to trend very positive.


- Kevin Hart hasn't been able to duplicate the break-out success of Ride Along with follow ups such as About Last Night, Think Like a Man Too and The Wedding Ringer since then.

- As a sequel, it is unlikely holding power for Ride Along 2 will be as strong as it was for its predecessor.

13 Hours (Paramount)


- Similarly themed films such as Zero Dark Thirty, Lone Survivor and American Sniper have all excelled in recent years during the month of January.

- Michael Bay's following should provide at least a minor boost to the film's potential.

- The film is generating very steady activity on Twitter thus far, though a sizable percentage of that activity has been negative in tone.


- Audiences, regardless of politics, may not want to relive the 2012 Benghazi attack, especially after a relatively short amount of time.

- The film won't have the awards season prestige that Zero Dark Thirty and American Sniper both had.

- In addition to Ride Along 2, the film will also face significant competition from holdovers such as The Hateful EightThe Revenant, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Check out our complete long range forecast in the table below.


Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
Ride Along 2 Jan 15, 2016 Universal $50,000,000* $118,000,000
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Jan 15, 2016 Paramount $22,000,000* $60,000,000
The 5th Wave Jan 15, 2016 Sony / Columbia $16,000,000* $37,000,000
Norm of the North Jan 15, 2016 Lionsgate $13,000,000* $35,000,000
The Hateful Eight Jan 8, 2016 Weinstein Company $30,000,000 $110,000,000
The Revenant (2015) Jan 8, 2016 Fox $21,000,000 $90,000,000
The Forest Jan 8, 2016 Focus / Gramercy $9,000,000 $19,000,000
Joy Dec 25, 2015 Fox $20,000,000 $105,000,000
Daddy's Home Dec 25, 2015 Paramount $15,000,000 $70,000,000
Concussion (2015) Dec 25, 2015 Sony / Columbia $11,000,000 $55,000,000
Point Break (2015) Dec 25, 2015 Warner Bros. $10,000,000 $44,000,000
The Big Short Dec 23, 2015 Paramount $12,000,000 $65,000,000
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Dec 18, 2015 Disney $215,000,000 $762,000,000
Sisters Dec 18, 2015 Universal $11,000,000 $65,000,000
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Dec 18, 2015 Fox $10,000,000 $66,000,000
In the Heart of the Sea Dec 11, 2015 Warner Bros. $19,000,000 $64,000,000
Krampus Dec 4, 2015 Universal $10,000,000 $29,000,000
The Good Dinosaur Nov 25, 2015 Disney $59,000,000 $250,000,000
Creed Nov 25, 2015 Warner Bros. / New Line $24,000,000 $83,000,000
Victor Frankenstein Nov 25, 2015 Fox $11,500,000 $34,000,000

* Indicates a four-day weekend.

Daniel Garris and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report.

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