Cocktails and Movies Weekend Flicks to Pick

BY TIM BARLEY AND MIKE REYES

This week on Flicks To Pick: bad lawyers, bad grandpas, and bad girls! Guess which one’s 3 hours long!*

There are a total of four #FlicksToPick columns in October, and three of them have seen the same film on the top of the heap. Talk about a picture that has legs! Legs that atrophy in space… Even the biggest  sleeper hits of the Summer would kill to have the success Gravity has managed to attain. Still, there is some pretty decent competition this weekend, so let’s not get too ahead of ourselves and get to evaluating this weekend’s prospects.

– C&M –

New releases for the weekend of October 25th:

The-Counselor cocktails and movies flicks to pickThe Counselor (rated R)

Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, and Penelope Cruz.
The Counselor (Fassbender) gets himself into a bit of a situation involving  the drug trade.  That’s literally all the studio is willing to divulge at this time. Your guess is as good as ours.

 

cocktails and movies fall 2013 movie preview bad grandpaJackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (rated R)

Distributor:  Paramount
Director: Jeff Tremaine
Starring: Johnny Knoxville
Irving Zizman (Knoxville) and his grandson, Johnny, are taking a cross country trip. A trip that seems to have the sole purpose of infuriating various persons across America and making theaters of people laugh at said frustration.

 

cocktails and movies flicks to pick blue-is-the-warmest-color-movie-posterBlue Is The Warmest Color *(rated NC-17 )

Distributor: IFC Films
Director:  Abdellatif Kechiche
Starring:  Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos
Adele (Exarchopoulos) falls in love with Emma, a free spirited girl with blue hair. Through this love affair, she will discover herself and make her journey from adolescence into womanhood.  (*Yes, this IS the almost 3 hour movie we were discussing in the  teaser.)

 – C&M –

Three rather interesting films entering an already busy and normally quieter box office off-season. Let’s take a look back at last weekend’s actuals, so we have an accurate picture of what the new kids are going up against.

Box Office Actuals 10/18 – 10/20 (courtesy of Box Office Mojo)

1. Gravity: $30 mil.

2. Captain Phillips: $16.4 mil.

3. Carrie (2013): $16.1 mil.

4. Escape Plan: $9.9 mil.

5. Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2: $9.7 mil.

6. Prisoners: $2.1 mil.

7. Enough Said: $1.8 mil.

8. The Fifth Estate: $1.67 mil.

9. Runner Runner: $1.66 mil.

10. Insidious Chapter 2: $1.5 mil.

Gravity is just ONE WEEKEND away from completing an October sweep, landing another zero-g feather in its cap. Can it make it to the finish line, or will one of our other releases this weekend somehow top the film that not even a telekinetic fright show could?

Mike’s Pick: Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

While The Jackass name has faded more than somewhat over the last couple of years, the concept and trailer for Bad Grandpa has proven that it can be used as an effective production shingle. In fact, I kinda like the  concept of  future entries being based around one gag for an extended period of time.

Tim’s Pick: (sigh) I hope one day that movie goers will gravitate to quality releases, or at least not to the lowest common denominator film. But, Bad Grandpa has been getting some buzz and it IS a distraction movie from all of the world’s seriousness. Gravity may have just met its match and it will find that it has gotten most of its audience already.

– C&M –

Manhattan Mike is up at bat this weekend with this weekend’s predictions. Let’s see if he can do it without spilling his drink.

This Weekend’s Top 5:

1. Gravity

While there IS the new Jackass movie coming out this weekend, the brand has indeed faded in profile over time. With a fair amount of cash still coming into the bank, one more weekend at the top of the ledger shouldn’t be that hard.

 Estimated Weekend: $26 million

2. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

The concept alone will put butts in seats, but the residual nostalgia for Jackass will help bring the die hards back to the table.

Estimated Weekend: $14 million

3. Carrie (2013)

Horror movies, on a good day, tend to have good second weekends. thanks to the “Scaredy Cat Effect.” October is indeed a good day for horror.

 Estimated Weekend: $12 million

4. The Counselor

Reviews have been either positive or savage against Ridley Scott’s latest picture, so don’t expect this one to be rallying the troops any time soon. Plus, can you honestly tell us you know what this movie is about  after watching the trailer?

 Estimated Weekend: $8 million

5. Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2

It’s the only kids flick in town, and weekends are perfect to take the small ones out for a showing!

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  reveal our poll results of how many people actually spoke French in the audience of Blue Is The Warmest Color. Until next weekend, treat your movies like your booze: spend and drink responsibly.