Cocktails and Movies “Flicks To Pick” This Weekend

by tim barley and mike reyes

What we think you should watch

Cocktails and Movies is always looking ahead to the latest releases, the most recent movie news, and trends in drinking technology. Now, with our trademark brand of charm, sophistication and non-accountant based number crunching, we’d like to present to you all yet another gem in the Cocktails and Movies crown: the “Flicks to Pick” this weekend.

(Short version of 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 April 26th:

cocktails and movies pain and gain posterPain and Gain (rated R) Distributor: Paramount, Director: Michael Bay, Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Anthony Mackie

Based on the true story of The Sun Gym Gang, “Pain and Gain” tells the story of Daniel Lugo (Wahlberg), who along with friend Adrian Doorbal (Mackie), hires newly released Paul Doyle (Johnson) to help them rob a rich client of the gym. This looks to be an old school Michael Bay flick, filled with snarky one liners, action, explosions galore, and cars as hot as the women riding in them.

cocktails and movies The Big Wedding The Big Wedding (rated R) Distributor: Lionsgate, Director: Justin Zackham, Starring: Robert DeNiro, Diane Keaton and Susan Sarandon

Another American remake of a French film, the “The Big Wedding” focuses Don (DeNiro) and Ellie (Keaton), a divorced couple who are forced to play house once more as the long absent biological mother of the groom returns for his big day… and doesn’t believe in divorce. If you like standard romantic comedies with overstuffed casts, tear-filled family drama, and Robin Williams playing a priest, then this will be your ticket to entertainment this weekend.

cocktails and movies Mud-Movie-Poster

Mud (rated PG13) Distributor: Lionsgate, Director: Jeff Nichols, Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, and Tye Sheridan

Finally, we round off the week with an Indie pick, as the writer/director of “Take Shelter” brings us two teenagers (one of which being Tye Sheridan, last seen in “Tree of Life”) helping one escaped criminal (McConaughey) find his way back to the one he loves (Witherspoon). Critics loved “Take Shelter,” and McConaughey has slowly been building his credibility back up from 
his romantic comedy nadir. The only downside (or upside?) to this film’s release may be Witherspoon’s recent legal troubles. Nevertheless, we can’t help but smell an Oscar nomination for McConaughey.

Here’s what happened LAST weekend:

Last week’s Top Ten at the Box Office:

1. Oblivion – $37 million

2. 42 – $17.7 million

3. The Croods – $9.2 million

4. Scary Movie 5 – $6.1 million

5. GI Joe: Retaliation – $5.7 million

6. The Place Beyond the Pines – $4.9 million

7. Olympus Has Fallen – $4.5 million

8. Evil Dead (2013) – $4.1 million

9. Jurassic Park 3D – $4 million

10. Oz The Great and Powerful – $3 million

Looking at last weekend, we see “The Croods” is hanging on with a third place showing for the third week in a row, mostly due to the fact that there’s no competition for the family market. “42” is in its second weekend, and with the baseball season’s start fresh in everyone’s minds, it’s a pretty strong showing for a film that was almost non existent on the pop culture radar until a couple months ago. Last, but not least, “Oblivion” shot to the top with a healthy pre-Summer gross that slightly exceeded market expectations and brought in another initial success for the director of “Tron: Legacy.”

This is the last weekend of movie going before Summer officially starts, people. Let’s take a look at how we think the will do before “Iron Man 3” stomps all over these films next weekend.

1.Pain and Gain”

Michael Bay’s experiment with small scale, “classic Bay” film-making looks like it will pay off in spades. Even with the usually poisonous R rating, the small budget of $25m should be recouped by the end of the weekend.

Estimated Gross: $29 Million

2. “Oblivion”

While this film had “pre-Summer Tent pole” written all over it, most of the people that wanted to see it have probably already done so. Nevertheless, it’ll come in with a decent figure, but not enough to kick-start its domestic gross into overdrive. (Which is okay, considering the film is already outperforming its domestic figures in the international market.)

Estimated Gross: $17 Million

3. The Croods

The Croods seems to have legs, merely because once again it has no competition for the kid’s market.  It better enjoy it while it lasts, as this will probably be its last time in the third slot, being edged out by explosion that is “Iron Man 3.” Still, it has had a better run than some would have guessed, and even more would have thought it deserved.

Estimated Gross: $8 million

There you have it! The initial “Flicks to Click” have been picked,  and 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 check back in on Monday with the results and analysis of this past weekend’s box office, and check back in with us later for our Summer Movie Watch-list!  Just one week until the opening of Summer Movie Season! cocktails & movies iron man 3 poster

Get excited, kids!