Cocktails and Movies: Flicks to Pick This Weekend

BY TIM BARLEY AND MIKE REYES

Flicks That Cocktails and Movies Suggests YOU Will See This Weekend

Oh, it’s on now! It’s week three of the Summer Movie Season, and now the big movies are cocktails and movies star-trek-into-darknessstarting to come out every weekend and sometimes twice! With these new releases, it’s going to make it harder for Cocktails and Movies to figure how the box office will shake out each week. Kids are out of school, spending allowance, trying to find a summer job. But, with so many monster-sized movies making it to cineplexes each week, who gets all that box office? Well, here goes:

It looks like this will be the weekend that Iron Man 3 slips to number two as the trekkers (not trekkies as I’ve been told) slip out of their mom’s basements to watch Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbatch set their phasers to “Money!” There is no doubt that the #1 slot will go to Star Trek: Into Darkness. Last week’s “Flick To Pick,” Iron Man 3 will come in at #2. But, what about third place? Let’s find out:

(If you don’t know what we’re doing here: every weekend, we’ll pick our top 3 flicks to pick and we’ll guess not only what ranking they will finish, but how much they’ll make over the 3-day weekend.)

New releases for the weekend of May 17th:

Star Trek: Into Darkness (rated PG-13) Distributor: Paramount Pictures, Director: JJ Abrams, Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Director JJ Abrams did a stellar (no pun intended) job of revamping the Star Trek franchise with his reboot of the original series’ characters. Casting was, and is, still spot on with Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto playing the iconic James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock respectively. Also returning is Simon Pegg as Scotty, Karl Urban as Bones and Zoe Saldana as Uhura. Joining the cast is Benedict Cumberatch as one of the iconic villains of the Star Trek universe who is bent on starting a war with the Klingon Empire. We’ve seen the movie and it’s a LOT darker than the first movie. While it’s good, it’s just missing that “greatness” factor. Still, it’s Cocktails and Movies flick to pick this week.

With this weekend’s competition sized and ready for evaluation, here’s last week’s Box Office:

Last week’s Top Ten at the Box Office:

1. Iron Man 3 – $72.5 million

2. The Great Gatsby – $50.1 million

3. Pain & Gain – $5 million

4. Tyler Perry Presents Peeples – $4.6 million

5. 42 – $4.6 million

6. Oblivion – $4.1 million

7. The Croods- $3.6 million

8. Mud – $2.5 million

9. The Big Wedding – $2.5 million

10. Oz The Great and Powerful – $1.1 million

Give us some credit – we were almost spot on with Iron Man 3 numbers… With trekkers everywhere braving the sunlight to watch Kirk and Spock duke it out with… What? You didn’t think we’d give away the twist, did you? Anyway, Trek goes to #1 and Iron Man 3 falls to #2. We expect Gatsby to fall a lot, but not past #3. Next week, it all changes. Memorial Day weekend! Hangover 3 AND Fast and Furious 6 will crush everything in their path. Meanwhile, in the here and now, this is how Cocktails and Movies thinks it’s going to happen:

1. Star Trek: Into Darkness

Pretty safe bet here. The film got an extra day on the weekend, opening on Thursday. It’s got a built in audience and a lot of buzz about the casting of Benedict Cumberbatch who is on fire right now. He is pretty good in the film. Like we said, this is a good, not great film. It’s got all the phaser blasts, explosions and fight scenes to keep fanboys in seats. It has to make its money this weekend with two big heavy weights coming out next weekend… And might people just be saving their money for those two movies?

Estimated Gross: $78 Million

2. Iron Man 3

Finally, Tony Stark and company will be rocked off the top spot. Don’t feel bad for Marvel, Disney or anyone involved in the film as it’s already made $1 billion world-wide and is poised to be the fifth highest grossing film ever. Eventually, the party had to end and it looks like this is the slow decline down the ladder.

Estimated Gross: $27 Million

3. The Great Gatsby 

It seems like this movie is poised to have the rug removed from under its feet. We haven’t heard anyone talk about it after it opened and that’s a bad sign.

Estimate Gross: $14

So there you have it! Another weekend “Flicks to Pick” have been selected, and consequences be damned, that’s what we feel will take place. Anybody dare to agree/disagree with this weekend’s picks? Send us some competitive picks in the Comments section below, or on Facebook or Twitter.

Cocktails and Movies will see you again on Monday, when we’ll look at how we did and if we have a future in movie business forecasting. Until then, may your martinis be dirty, your popcorn be buttered, and may the kids sitting in front of you be quiet!