Cocktails and Movies Monday Morning Wrap Session

BY TIM BARLEY AND MIKE REYES

Asking what those cocktail stained movie stubs were for? Cocktails and Movies tells you what you saw this weekend.

cocktails and movies monday wrap sessionLike January and February, October is usually reserved for the movies that studios forgot to find a release for and are dumped into this time of year filled with football, baseball playoffs, hockey and basketball. But, if box office analysts needed any support for the hypothesis that the off season is becoming a thing of the past in Hollywood, the month of October (so far) has proven to be a rather successful case study. There have been some bona fide hits already this fall and we’re only three+ weeks into Fall. The weekend’s box office films played out as follows:

Box Office Estimates 10/11 – 10/13 (courtesy of Box Office Mojo)

1. Gravity:  Actual: $44.3 mil. / Estimate: $35 mil

2. Captain Phillips: Actual: $26 mil. / Estimate: $27 mil

3. Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2: Actual: $14.2 mil. / Estimate: $16 mil

4. Machete Kills: Actual: $3.79 mil. / Estimate: $9 mil

5. Runner Runner: Actual: $3.72 mil. / Estimate: $5 mil

6. Prisoners: $3.66 mil.

7. Insidious Chapter 2: $2.7 mil.

8. Rush: $2.4 mil.

9. Don Jon: $2.3 mil.

10. Baggage Claim: $2.1 mil.

(Apparently, Tim started drinking early in the office early last week with his projection for Machete Kills)

cocktails and movies 2013 fall movie preview Gravity-2013Gravity had a lighter drop than most big audience films usually encounter, but this could be due to the moderate box office it raked in last weekend. Warner Brothers took a gamble and came out big with this one, as the film has crossed its budget threshold and is looking to march onto profitability as it progresses in its theatrical release. Meanwhile, Captain Phillips, benefitting from fantastic reviews, managed to be another good decision on their box office slate this year, as it opened with a sizable $26 million estimated gross. It’s not enough to wash the taste of Sony’s “Summer of Fail” out of the shareholder’s mouths, but this and Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 (this week’s 3rd place finisher) are a good start towards the studio actually making money.

Rounding out the top 5 was the debut of Machete Kills in 4th and Runner Runner clocking in with a 5th place finish. A picture like Machete Kills is a blessing and a curse for a burgeoning studio like Open Road Films: it’s a blessing because it’s a pre-established franchise with well known faces in front of (and behind) the camera. However, it’s a curse because even though it’s a low budget film, it’s not going to really rake in that much of a profit, due to its very limited audience. Nevertheless, it’s nice to know that there are studios who will sign a check and keep Robert Rodriguez in the business of entertaining. The man has earned his right to make these types of films. Runner Runner, on the other hand, looks like a film a lot of people have said “I’ll rent it on DVD” instead. Not a nail in the coffin for either Justin Timberlake or Ben Affleck, as both have severely higher visibility projects coming up in the near future, but not a clear signal that JT should be toplining a film just yet. We’ll see how he fairs in The Coen Brothers next venture, Inside Llewyn Davis.

Week 3 of our #31DaysOfHighballsAndHorrors begins today! Looking over your shoulder a lot? Scared to death that someone’s out to get you? Or are you just afraid of everything? Our professional diagnosis? You’re paranoid, and as we all know “There’s No Cure For That”. That’s right, week 3 will focus on suspenseful thrillers and psychological horrors that keep us up at night… as well as watchful during the day. #LightsDownGlassesUp people, we’re on the clock for another week!

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