Often January is the worst month of the year for movies. Most people are still watching the Oscar caliber movies from November and December around this time (and other bits of Oscar bait). Here are the movies that stood out in 2016 for their impressive box-office numbers. Some you would expect, while others were a bit shocking.
Ride Along 2 (Universal)
Starring: Kevin Hart, Ice Cube
Budget: 40 million
Box Office: Domestic- 90.8 million, Worldwide- 122.6 million
IMDb 5.9 of 14,500+
Rotten Tomatoes 15% 3.8/10 and 53% audiences enjoyed it
Ride Along (2014)- Budget- 25 million, Box-Office- Domestic- 134.9 million, 154.4 Worldwide
The buddy comedy (Kevin Hart, Ice Cube) made a surprising amount of money even though a great many people did not like the film and it’s ratings were subpar. (Shows that critics have some power, but not nearly what they once did.) Kevin Hart is a busy guy and after this last film made 100 million plus. It wouldn’t surprise me if a third Ride Along film is created (Nothing planned yet, but I’m guessing for 2018.) I have no interest in this film, but if you liked Ride Alone (2014), you’ll probably like this one too.
The 5th Wave (Sony/Colombia)
Genre: Action,Adventure, Science Fiction
Budget: 30 million
Box-Office- Domestic- 34.4 million Worldwide- 106.9 million
IMDb: 5.2 of 27,000+
Rotten Tomatoes 17% 4.2/10 44% audiences enjoyed it.
This movie didn’t do very well in the states. (Just made its budget back.) However, the film did better overseas racking in over 100 million. It is a small victory, but I would be surprised if there are any more in this franchise. It was a film which had potential, but wastes it.
Kung Fu Panda 3 (Dreamworks-Fox)
Genre: Animated, Action, Adventure, Comedy
Starring: Jack Black, J.K. Simmons, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu Seth Rogen, Angelina Jolie, Kate Hudson, Bryan Cranston
IMDb: 7.4 of 34,000+
Rotten Tomatoes: 86% 6.8/10 and 82% of audiences enjoyed it.
Box-Office- Domestic- 140.9 million Worldwide 483.7 million
Not surprising to anyone, Kung Fu Panda franchise continues to deliver. This film made less than previous films (but this one was released in January compared the other two with summer releases.) I have enjoyed every movie in this franchise so far in varying degrees. They word (according to Moviepilot.com) is that there could be as much as six Kung Fu Panda movies. I say, as long as the character continues to develop and the action mixes well with some humor, this franchise has legs. I question whether six films is a good thing. I’d be more than satisfied with three, but I’m open to the possibility of another quality animated film as well.
Box Office of first two films in franchise.
Kung Fu Panda (2008) Budget-130 million Box-Office- Domestic- 215.4 million, 631.7 million
Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) Budget-150 million Box-Office-Domestic- 165.2 million Worldwide-665.6 million
My flash review
Who won January?
As far as box office and critical ratings go. Kung Fu Panda 3 was clearly the finest film of January 2016.