- Ride Along, released in 2014, is experiencing a resurgence in popularity on Netflix, showing the star power of Kevin Hart.
- Despite the success of the first two movies in the franchise, the future of Ride Along 3 is uncertain due to Hart’s busy schedule and ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike.
- However, if the continued success of Ride Along on Netflix continues, Hart may be persuaded to make time for a new installment in the franchise.
Ride Along is experiencing a resurgence on streaming. The movie, which was released in theaters on January 17, 2014, ended up earning $134 million at the domestic box office and becoming the 21st highest-grossing movie of the year in the U.S., just behind Neighbors and Gone Girl. Ride Along follows the mayhem that occurs when high school security guard Ben (Kevin Hart) agrees to go on a ride along with his girlfriend’s older brother James (Ice Cube), who is a police officer.
Per Netflix‘s global top 10 chart, the world is showing off a renewed interest in Ride Along 2014. For the week of July 17 through July 23, the movie landed at No. 6 on the chart, with 4.3 million views accruing a total of 7.1 million viewing hours between them. Nearly a decade after the fact, this shows the continued star power of Hart, whose more recent projects include Die Hart, Netflix’s Me Time, and DC League of Super-Pets.
Is There a Future for the Ride Along Franchise?
Ride Along was so successful in 2014 that it earned a sequel. Ride Along 2, which premiered in 2016, reunited Ice Cube and Kevin Hart with director Tim Story and follows more action-packed shenanigans occurring in the lead-up to Ben’s wedding. The movie earned $124.6 million at the box office, but its increased budget of $40 million gave it a much slimmer profit margin than the $25 million original.
However, with this resurgence in interest in the franchise, it’s possible that Ride Along 3 could be greenlit sooner than later. According to a recent quote from Ice Cube (from an interview conducted before the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike), creators have been working behind the scenes to find a solid concept for a new movie. However, the possibility of a third Ride Along movie is complicated by Hart’s busy schedule.
Although the strike has halted many projects that are currently in production, Hart’s busy schedule will likely resume as soon as a deal is made. The star is currently in post-production on movies including F. Gary Gray’s Lift and Eli Roth’s Borderlands, in addition to a heap of titles either in pre-production or development. However, if Ride Along‘s success continues to grow on Netflix, Hart may be convinced to carve out some time in his schedule to keep the franchise going.