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Rivaling Jack Ryan for the top spot will be the year's first comedy in Ride Along. This is a buddy comedy starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. While Ice Cube has managed to keep showing up in various things, the big draw for this movie is comedian Kevin Hart. Last year, the stand-up comedy concert movie Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain became one of the highest grossing stand-up comedy concert movies ever, which shows the rising popularity of the comedian. Last year, Identity Thief became a huge hit early in the year, so there is hope for Ride Along.
January always seems to include at least one or two horror movies. This year there is two, with Devil's Due being the second after Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. Recently January has actually been very good to horror movies. Last year Mama opened in January and ended its run with $70 million. In 2012, The Devil Inside opened up on the first weekend of January with the third highest opening weekend ever for the month of January. That is positive news for Devil's Due, although horror movies are always hit and miss. Some randomly open huge while others get completely ignored, and there's almost no pattern to predict which will happen. Devil's Due hopes to follow recent January trends, but initial predictions aren't very hopeful.
Finally, the fourth wide release is animated movie The Nut Job. The voice casting in this movie is huge as it includes Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson, Katherine Heigl, and Gabriel Iglesias. The other advantage is that family audiences have really had no new options since Frozen. The problem is that this isn't made by one of the huge animation brands like Dreamworks, Pixar, or even Blue Sky and Illumination. It's more of an independently made animation. Distributor Open Roads also isn't known for huge releases and their biggest hit was 2012's The Grey, which earned a total $51 million. With The Lego Movie coming around the corner, family audiences will probably be patient and wait for that one while ignoring The Nut Job.
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The final movie of the month is the year's first raunchy comedy in That Awkward Moment. The main players in this movie are Zac Efron, Michael B Jordan, and Miles Teller. They play three best friends all in the same "awkward" situation. What is this awkward situation? It's that awkward moment in every relationship when you have to decide where the relationship. Yes, this is a raunchy dating/romance comedy. I'm sure there will be some that will be interested in checking this movie out, but not much compared to other raunchy comedies.