Cocktails and Movies Monday Morning “Wrap Session”

BY TIM BARLEY

Something called the ‘Polar Vortex’ played havoc on movie theaters and left everything Frozen

cocktails and movies Weekend Wrap Session 1.3.14 - 1.5.14Greetings to all, far and wide. For those new to Cocktails and Movies, we take this time every Monday (after a nice cocktail to get us going) to look at what happened over the weekend at the box office and to see how good we are getting at prognosticating the returns. Whether it’s the late morning cocktails on a Friday, or the fact that we love movies more than box office returns, we often get it wrong. Which is why, starting soon, we’re going to offer up a competition each week as a guest prognosticator picking the top five films each week. If you beat us, you’ll get that week’s prize! More to come on that in the next week or so.

But, hey, have you noticed how COLD it is out there? It even forced AMC Theaters to close down many of its theaters in MO, IL, IN, MI and Wisconsin yesterday. Yes, winter is here and it is playing havoc with the box office already. That being said, Frozen is doing killer business. Unlike Paranormal Activity, which was just frozen in second place.

Here’s the rundown of who placed where this weekend at the movies:

Box Office Estimates 1/3/14 – 1/5/14 (courtesy of Box Office Mojo)

(actual/our guess)

1.  Frozen: $20.7 mil/$5 mil

2.  Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones:$18.2 mil/$35 mil

3. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: $15.7 mil/$19 mil

4. The Wolf of Wall Street: $13.4 mil

5. American Hustle: $13.2 mil/$10 mil

6. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: $11.6 mil/$12 mil

7. Saving Mr. Banks: $9.1 mil

8.  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: $8.2 mil

9. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: $7.4 mil

10. Grudge Match: $5.4 mil

– C&M –

What can we take away from last weekend?  Let’s see:

No matter how bad the weather is outside, being cooped up with kids all day, everyday, will push you to endangering everyone by driving to the movie theater… Anchorman 2 may be on its last legs… And no matter how many F-bombs there are in it, people are still drawn to Wolf of Wall Street.

cocktails and movies weekend wrap session Mr. BanksDisney comes way as the big winner this weekend. Frozen is unstoppable, now approaching the $300 million dollar mark, with little signs that it’s going to stop any time soon, weather nonwithstanding. It’s gotten good reviews and is situated in a market currently devoid of ANY kids’ movies. Smart releasing by Disney. None of this dawned on Cocktails and Movies president Tim, who chose last week’s box office top five, as he had it only earning $5 million… The second film that the Mouse has in the top ten, Saving Mr. Banks, is getting some great traction and could do even better after this coming weekend’s Golden Globe Awards. (pure plug – we’ll be doing our annual “Who Should Win the Golden Globes” later this week.)

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones came in at the second spot. Not exactly what the box office that Paramount was hoping, I’m sure. Could this franchise be heading down Saw’s path? It remains to be seen how this will affect the 5th installment that comes out in October of this year.

In the 3-5 spots, The Hobbit, American Hustle and Wolf of Wall Street continue to battle for the adults’ box office dollars. Wolf has received a lot of press, both good and bad, about its very adult presentation, but it hasn’t stopped it from some serious coin, while Desolation of Smaug might be moving down the box office ladder while earning under $300 million. Still the movie HAS earned an additional $527 million world-wide, so it’s got that going for it. American Hustle‘s chances are a bigger box office rest on the Globes this weekend.

cocktails and movies wrap session Walter MittyIn the bottom five, the big loser of the weekend was Anchorman 2. It’s rapidly descending the charts,  having shared most of the funny via the monstrous social media/commercials/trailers and ancillary media campaign that Paramount cooked up. Walter Mitty continues to hold onto the top ten, but its days might be numbered, even though it’s a solid/not stellar movie that will make  you think about finding out what’s out there. In the next to last slot, Hunger Games: Catching Fire adds to its domestic total of $407 million which is almost matching its foreign market total of $427 million. That’s phenomenal. And someone, or someones are still going to see Grudge Match. It’s not my parents, so don’t ask me…

So that’s the way it was this last weekend. I can’t pick movies very well. I’m just the creator and president. I’m a big picture guy. I’m the director who battles with the producers on WHY I need more money to jump the motorcycle over the active volcano! Anyway, we’ll be back with the usual stuff this week, as well as our look at the 2014 movie year and our picks for Winter 2014 AND our Golden Globes picks. All this week at Cocktails and Movies.

Remember: don’t watch bad movies without good cocktails!