Cocktails and Movies “Flicks to Pick” for December 6th, 2013

BY TIM BARLEY AND MIKE REYES

This week on Cocktails and Movies “Flicks To Pick:” dark and grey to win the day?

Cocktails and Movies Flicks to Pick December 6thIt’s time for another weekend of #FlicksToPick, the column where we predict what’s going to fly and what’s going to flop!

As per usual we have a couple of contenders ready to try and take a run at the entrenched hits of the past couple of weeks. Most likely, you’re going to see Frozen and Catching Fire stick around near the top again this week. However, after last week’s high rate of turnover amongst the top money makers, anything could (and usually does) go. So, it’s possible that we could see a new number one movie at the top! Here we go with this weekend’s Flicks To Pick!

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New releases for the weekend of November 22nd:

In Wide Distribution

Cocktails and Movies Out-of-the-FurnaceOut of the Furnace (rated R)

Distributor:  Relativity
Director:  Scott Cooper
Starring:  Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepherd, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, and Woody Harrelson

Russell (Bale) and Rodney (Affleck) are brothers who have always each other’s backs, though Russell usually does the heavy lifting in the partnership, as he’s the older brother and Rodney is prone to finding himself in trouble. After returning home from fighting abroad, Rodney’s gotten himself into a bit of a debt problem with a local crime boss (Harrelson), which leads to his disappearance. What follows is the quest of one brother to find and save his brother… if it isn’t too late.

 

Limited Release

cocktails and Movies Inside Llewyn DavisInside Llewyn Davis (rated R)

Distributor: CBS Films
Director: Ethan and Joel Coen
Starring: Oscar Issac, Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Justin Timberlake, and John Goodman 

Llewyn Davis (Issac) is your stereotypical starving Folk singer in the 1960’s. Making his way through the music scene will lead him to encounter all sorts of folks (and cats) along the way, as well as a confrontation with a woman he once loved (Mulligan).

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Two rather dour looking films, looking to open big against the spectacles that are The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen. One has a better chance of success, while one looks like the better picture. Whatever the case, let’s look at the damage from last weekend before we go ahead and figure out how much The Hunger Games will be raking in this weekend.

 

Box Office Actuals 11/29 – 12/1 (courtesy of Box Office Mojo)

1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: $74.2 mil.

2. Frozen: $67.4 mil.

3. Thor: The Dark World: $11.1mil.

4. The Best Man Holiday: $8.2 mil.

5. Homefront: $6.9 mil.

6. Delivery Man: $6.8 mil.

7. The Book Thief: $4.9 mil.

8. Black Nativity: $3.676 mil.

9. Philomena: $3.669 mil.

10. Last Vegas: $2.7 mil.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen seem destined to fight it out neck and neck, as they are the largest viable options for family viewing this Holiday season. So until The Prestige Push makes its presence known, we’re more than likely going to see these two dominating the charts for a week or two more.

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Could Frozen over take the likes of Katniss Everdeen, or is Fire more powerful than Ice? Or could the powers of family or music take a sizable chunk out of the market that would render both on even footing? Staff Picks ahoy, Mixers:

Mike’s Pick: Inside Llewyn Davis

The Coen Brothers are not only one of those acts that manage to consistently draw awards attention, but also manage to forge ahead their artistic talents with each film they make. It’s exciting to see their names attached to anything new at all, and it’s even more exciting to see one of their ideas actually make it into physical form, rather than be discarded on the pile of promised films that never happened. With an awesome sounding soundtrack, and Oscar Issac ready to jump onto the A-List, this is a movie I’m more than ready to see.

Tim’s PickOut of the Furnace

Will this movie be an award-winner? Probably not. Will it be something a. I haven’t see and NOT a Disney film? Yes. Weather looks pathetic in LA this weekend which is a perfect time to go see a movie! And this one looks gritty and unforgiving, which should put me in the holiday spirit!

President Tim’s up to bat this week with his prognosticating powers on display! Here’s his Top 5 picks for the weekend:

This Weekend’s Top 5:

 

1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

 This film has juggernaut written all over it and really is a great film, full of spectacle that needs to be seen on the big screen. Look for it to remain in the top slot for just another weekend with a big drop off, though.

Estimated Weekend: $47 million

 

2. Frozen

Look for this to remain in the number two slot with one mitigating factor: there is a monster storm creeping across the U.S. this weekend. If this turns out to be a misery maker, look for parents to keep the kiddies at home and away from the theaters. this could go either way on its box office take.

Estimated Weekend: $25 million

 

3. Out of the Furnace

This COULD make it to the number two slot of families stay away from the theaters. It  has a good cast and has gotten some good reviews. Still, it’s darker material. And that means smaller box office; especially around the holidays.

Estimated Weekend: $15 million

 

4. Thor: The Dark World

This is probably the last few days inside the top five for our Asgardian friend. With new movies coming out soon, this movie will start dropping soon.

Estimated Weekend: $7 million

 

5. Best Man Holiday

For the few people who want to see who haven’t. Similar to Thor, look for this to disappear from the top rungs of the ladder soon…

Estimated Weekend: $6 million

 

Cocktails and Movies Last Days on Mars(NOTE: if you can find it in limited release, look for “The Last Days on mars.” Sure, it’s a zombie movie set on Mars. BUT, it’s a fantastically written, directed and acted zombie movie that had a VOD release first and should be seen on the big screen.)

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 submitting our folk duo single, “Two Sheets To The Winds Of Change” to Justin Timberlake! Until next weekend, treat your movies like your booze: spend and drink responsibly.