Cocktails and Movies Weekend “Flicks to Pick”

BY TIM BARLEY AND MIKE REYES

This week on Cocktails and Movies’ Flicks To Pick: JT bets his life and a couple of Oscar winners float for their lives!

cocktails and movies flicks to pick runner-runner-gravityGood Friday to you all! Only two #FlicksToPick this weekend, but the two we have look rather good. One is an unexpected surprise, and one is a long awaited blockbuster that went through a rather lengthened period in “Development Hell.” Both look to be paying off and paying out thanks to last weekend’s rather healthy showing of competition. Fall tentpole season looks to be starting early this season, so let’s see who our next two contestants are with this weekend’s #FlicksToPick!

New releases for the weekend of October 4th:

cocktails and movies flicks to pick RunnerRunnerRunner Runner (rated R)

Distributor: 20 Century Fox
Director: Brad Furman
Starring: Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton, Anthony Mackie, and Ben Affleck

Richie (Timberlake) is paying for college by racking up massive wins through online gambling. Unfortunately for him, he’s about to bust out at the tables. Fortunately for him, his trip to Costa Rica will put him face to face with the man that runs the whole show, Ivan Block (Affleck). Unfortunately for him (again), he’ll be plunged into a world of crime with only steps separating him and death.

 

cocktails and movies 2013 fall movie preview Gravity-2013Gravity (rated PG-13)

Distributor: Warner Brothers
Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Starring: George Clooney and Sandra Bullock

Ryan Stone (Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (Clooney) are working on some equipment repairs in space, when a freak accident strands the astronauts in the expanse of the great void and sends Stone flying into the black. With time and oxygen running short, Ryan will have to struggle to figure out how she’s going to get back home.

 – C&M –

Not as much competition here as last weekend, but we’ve still got two very strong looking movies and some decent competition from last weekend. Since we were absent with a note on Monday morning, here’s last weekend’s actual numbers measured against our previous week’s estimates.

Box Office Actuals 9/27 – 9/29 (courtesy of Box Office Mojo)

 1. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2: Actual: $34 mil. / Estimate: $43 mil

2. Prisoners: Actual: $10.9 mil. / Estimate: $13 mil

3. Rush: Actual: $10 mil. / Estimate: $18 mil

4. Baggage Claim: Actual: $9 mil. / Estimate: $9 mil

5. Don Jon: Actual: $8.7 mil. / Estimate: $19 mil

6. Insidious Chapter 2: $6.6 mil

7. The Family: $3.7 mil.

8. Instructions Not Included: $3.5 mil.

9. We’re The Millers: $2.8 mil.

10. Lee Daniels’ The Butler: $2.4 mil.

The kids won out last weekend, but this weekend’s victor seems to be written in the stars. Before we float too far off base, here’s this weekend’s #FlicksToPick!

Mike’s Pick: Gravity

Children of Men is one of my favorite Sci Fi films of the modern era, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is one of the best films in the series. Cuaron looks to be crossing his Sci Fi sensibilities with his abilities to crowd please, and the rewards look to be quite… well, rewarding. Word on the street is that this is THE IMAX 3D film of the year.

 

Tim’s Pick: Gravity (which I’m off to see this afternoon)

Little doubt that this is the PICK of the weekend, but reviews among my friends have been “meh.” (of course, they say this a lot since they don’t like movies, which then leads me to ask, “Do I need new friends?” Want to be my friend?) Still, it simply looks amazing and worth the car payment I’ll have to pay to see it in IMAX in Los Angeles…

This Weekend’s (Projected) Top 5:

1. Gravity

The reviews are already coming back extremely positive and with a 3D/IMAX opening, this possible awards favorite looks to be the champ of the weekend.

Estimated Weekend: $35 million

2. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2

It’s a Kids movie in 3D. You know how these things go.

Estimated Weekend: $22 million

3. Runner Runner

JT’s got a new album, Ben Affleck is Batman, and Gemma Arterton is gorgeous. Pick your winning factor here.

Estimated Weekend: $10 million

4. Rush

A strong second weekend, but with too much competition from other releases it doesn’t look like it will be rising past its Third Place finish last weekend.

Estimated Weekend: $7 million

5. Prisoners

With several good weekends behind it, Prisoners looks to be the sleeper hit of September. 

Estimated Weekend: $6  million

 – C&M –

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 figuring out how long we can hold our breath in a movie theater, after a couple shots of Johnny Walker. Until next time, may you treat your liquor like you treat your movies: know what you’re spending your money on, and do so responsibly.