The box office is ready to start 2016 with a bang. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is still pulling in impressive numbers since its Dec. 18 release, but there are plenty of other upcoming movies that are bound to be hits in the new year.
There is something for everybody this January. Already in four theaters, “The Revenant” starring Leonardo DiCaprio will get a wide release on Jan. 8. “Game of Thrones” fans missing the HBO series will be able to see star Natalie Dormer on the big screen in the supernatural horror flick “The Forest” when it comes out on Jan. 8 as well. Meanwhile, moviegoers with small children won’t want to miss the latest installment in the “Kung Fu Panda” series when it hits the screen on Jan. 29.
So, break out those movie theater gift cards you got for the holidays and check out the movies coming out in theaters this January:
“The Forest,” January 8 (PG-13)
Based on true events, this supernatural horror is set in the Aokigahara Forest in Japan, which is also known as the suicide forest. An American woman named Sara (Natalie Dormer) goes after her twin sister when she goes missing – but finds much more when she goes off the path. Taylor Kinney (“Chicago Fire”) also stars in this movie from director Jason Zada.
“The Revenant,” January 8 (R)
Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s latest flick had a limited release in theaters on Christmas Day. Those that want to catch Leonardo DiCaprio in this flick about revenge in the 1800s can watch it when it hits theaters everywhere on Jan. 8.
“Ride Along 2,” January 15 (PG-13)
Ice Cube and Kevin Hart are back in this sequel to the 2014 comedy. This time James (Ice Cube) and Ben (Hart) are working together to bring down a drug lord in Miami.
“Norm of the North,” January 15 (PG)
Get ready to go on a 3D adventure with a polar bear named Norm (Rob Schneider). After getting displaced from his home in the Arctic, Norm ends up in New York City. He’s living the life as a mascot of a corporation, but unfortunately the company is “tied to the fate of his homeland.” Heather Graham, Ken Jeong and Gabriel Iglesias also lend their voices to this family friendly comedy.
“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” January 15 (R)
See “The Office” alum John Krasinski live you’ve never seen him before. Krasinski stars alongside James Badge Dale, Max Martini, Toby Stephens, Pablo Schreiber and Dominic Fumusa in the latest action thriller flick from Michael Bay. Based off of the 2013 book by Mitchell Zuckoff, “13 Hours” is about an American security team that has to defend the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi after a terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2012. The movie is based on a true story.
“The 5th Wave,” January 22 (PG-13)
“The 5th Wave” is based on a 2013 YA science fiction novel from Rick Yancey. Starring Chloë Grace Moretz (“If I Stay”), Maggie Siff (“Sons of Anarchy”) and Nick Robinson (“Melissa & Joey”), the flick is about a teen’s attempts to save her younger brother after multiple alien attacks on Earth.
“The Boy,” January 22 (PG-13)
This new supernatural horror film is guaranteed to send shivers down your spine. “Walking Dead” actress Lauren Cohan stars as Greta, an American nanny who takes a job in a remote village in the UK. However, when she arrives she’s shocked to find that she was hired as the nanny for a life-size porcelain doll. Her employers bought the doll to cope with the death of their son, and Greta soon discovers that there might be more to the story.
“Dirty Grandpa,” January 22 (R)
Zac Efron teams up with Robert De Niro in this comedy about a lawyer who is forced to take his “foul-mouthed grandfather” to Daytona for spring break right before his wedding.
“Kung Fu Panda 3,” January 29 (PG)
Po (Jack Black) is back in “Kung Fu Panda 3”! Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) joins in on the fun as Po’s long lost father. Hilarity ensues as Poe must train a village of pandas how to fight a dangerous villain.