Cocktails and Movies Flicks To Pick

BY TIM BARLEY AND MIKE REYES

Fantasy! Horror! And heavy drinking! Oh my! It’s just another weekend for Cocktails and Movies!

cocktails and Movies Flicks to Pick August 23rdThis week on Cocktails and Movies Flicks To Pick: Watch a family being hunted for sport, a girl hunting interdimensional demons, and a bunch of friends with pints being hunted by giant robots!

Hello and welcome to another installment of #FlicksToPick: the column where we not only try to suggest what you’ll be seeing this weekend, but we also try to guess what’s actually going to be worth seeing this weekend! Another crowded field is in play, as we have three more films that are in wide release this weekend, so let’s get underway!

Before we do though, here’s another reminder that we want your guesses as to who this week’s mystery actor is for the #CocktailsAndMoviesTreasureHunt by 5 PM PST!!! Just email those guesses to cocktailsandmovies.contests@gmail.com by the deadline to be eligible for some goodies! The clues are sprinkled through our Twitter feed and Facebook timeline, (with one BIG CLUE on the “Hi!” page here on the website), so go back and analyze them like The Warren Commission!  (No, this week’s answer isn’t “Back and to the left.”) And now, in the immortal words of one ghost with the most, it’s showtime!

New releases for the weekend of August 16th:

Flicks to Pick Cocktails and Movies mortal instrumentsThe Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (rated PG-13)

Distributor: Sony Pictures

Director: Harold Zwart

Starring: Lily Collins, Lena Hedley, Jared Harris, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

Young girl finds out she has a secret purpose involving good vs. evil. Not, it ISN’T Beautiful Creatures.

Cocktails and Movies You're Next Flicks to PickYou’re Next (rated R)

Distributor: Lionsgate

Director: Adam Wingard

Starring: Sharni Vinson, Joe Swanberg, Ti West

A family reunion goes wrong as said family is stalked by animals wearing people bodies… 

The World's End New FIlm PosterThe World’s End (rated R)

Distributor: Universal

Director: Edgar Wright

Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Constantine, Eddie Marsan, Martin Freeman, and Rosamund Pike

A night of pub crawling! Aka “The Cocktails and Movies Story.”

 

Last Weekend’s Box Office Actuals 8/16 – 8/18 (courtesy of Box Office Mojo)

1. Lee Daniels’ The Butler: $24.6 mil.

2. We’re The Millers: $18 mil.

3.Elysium: $13.7 mil.

4. Planes: $13.4 mil.

5. Kick Ass 2: $13.3 mil.

6.Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters: $8.8 mil.

7.Jobs: $6.7 mil.

8.2 Guns: $5.8 mil.

9.The Smurfs 2: $4.8 mil.

10. The Wolverine: $4.5 mil.

The weekends are starting to lose their steam, but that won’t stop us from moving ahead as usual with this weekend’s #FlicksToPick!

Mike’s Pick: The World’s End

We’re finally here! The final installment we were promised oh so long ago is finally coming our way, ready for our enjoyment. Time to help make Edgar Wright the A-List Comedy director he really is, and time to throw our weight behind another Pacific Rim style pet project!

Tim’s PickThe World’s End/You’re Next

Playing the part of the politician, I’m splitting my pick: The one I want to see (The World’s End) and the one I think will win the box office (You’re Next). The word is that this new horror film is extraordinary. But, I love Simon, Nick and Edgar…

 

This Weekend’s Top 5:

1. You’re Next

Horror  has had a good year when it comes to the Box Office.

Estimated Weekend: $25 million

2. Lee Daniels’ The Butler

World of mouth should help keep this movie in the upper ranks, as well as a stellar cast.

Estimated Weekend: $18 million

3. The World’s End

Edgar Wright hasn’t become a household name just yet, but he does have enough fans to boost his profile a little. Also, Simon Pegg and Martin Freeman having connections to other, huger fandoms definitely helps.

Estimated Weekend: $12 million

4. The Mortal Instruments

Yes, it’s Twilight with Demons. No, it’s not big enough for us to rate it higher. Yes, we’re fully aware that this actually could be something.

Estimated Weekend: $10 million

5. Elysium 

People are still curious to see Matt Damon kick ass.

Estimated Weekend: $7  million

And with that, your weekend’s “Flicks to Pick” have been selected! Consequences be damned, that’s what we feel will take place. Anybody agree/disagree with this weekend’s picks? Send us some competition in the Comments section below, or on Facebook or Twitter.

We’ll see you again this Monday, when we’ll be cleaning the blood… er, ink off of our hands, and relaxing with a pint, waiting for it all to blow over.  Until next time, may you treat your liquor like you treat your movies: know what you’re spending your money on, and do so responsibly.