Cocktails and Movies Weekend “Flicks to Pick”

BY TIM BARLEY AND MIKE REYES

Friday the 13th be damned! We’ve got your weekend Flicks to Pick!

cocktails and Movies officialThis week in Cocktails and Movies Flicks To Pick: two families are haunted by their pasts. It’s “Hexes Vs. Hand Cannons” this weekend! Remember to use the #FlicksToPick hashtag as we have another weekend of thrills and excitement just waiting to be handicapped for the weekend.

 

New release for the weekend of September 13th:

cocktails and movies flickstopick the-family-movie-posterThe Family  (rated R)

Distributor: Relativity

Director: Luc Besson

Starring: Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, and Tommy Lee Jones

Giovanni Manzoni (DeNiro) and his family are forced into the Witness Relocation Program after the mob turns on them. Unlike most cases, they’re sent by their handler (Jones) to Normandy, France. As they adjust to their new surroundings, the Manzoni family are a bunch of fish out of water, trying to adjust to the French way of life. But, it’s hard to let go of the old habits. Giovanni decides to write his memoirs, which is a perfect time for their old associates to roll into town for a little explosive revenge…

 

cocktails and movies flickstopick insidious_chapter_twoInsidious: Chapter 2 (rated PG-13)

Distributor: FilmDistrict

Director: James Wan

Starring: Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson, Ty Simpkins, and Barbara Hershey

Continuing immediately after the events of Insidious, the Lambert family (Byrne, Wilson, and Simpkins) continues to encounter their spiritual stalker. Brought back from the other side, this spirit has ties to Mr. Lambert’s childhood. Ties that will be revealed as the hauntings increase their intensity.

 – C & M –

Being a September weekend in the early throes of football season, the playing field seems quite level, and both films seem poised for quiet, modest success. Speaking of “quiet, modest success,” here’s last weekend’s actual figures:

Box Office Actuals 9/6 – 9/8 (courtesy of Box Office Mojo)

1. Riddick: $19 mil.

2. Lee Daniels’ The Butler: $8.4 mil.

3. Instructions Not Included: $8.1 mil.

4. We’re The Millers: $7.7 mil.

5. Planes: $4.1 mil.

6. One Direction: This Is Us: $4.0 mil.

7. Elysium: $3.1 mil.

8. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters: $2.4 mil.

9. Blue Jasmine: $2.34 mil.

10. The World’s End: $2.31 mil.

Riddick seems ready to bring in some more money, while the true strength of Instructions Not Included will be tested with its third weekend in release and ads finally cropping up on TV. These caveats in mind, here are this weekend’s #FlicksToPick!

Mike’s Pick: The Family

I saw Insidious, and I couldn’t stand it. For some reason, it just didn’t seem to make me feel anything but bored. Which seems to be the antithesis of what Luc Besson’s latest under the radar release presents in its trailers. Besson knows action and humor, and he knows how to attract recognizable names at a decent budget. If this is a good weekend for The Family, expect to see them again at least once… no matter how this installment ends. (Yeah… still haven’t seen Taken 2.)

Tim’s PickInsidious Chapter 2

FIRST, Mike how have you not seen Taken 2 yet! SECOND: I am picking Insidious Chapter 2 to win the weekend, but I am going to be at BOTH movies today as part of my birthday (yes, it IS today if you haven’t noticed!) MOVIE DAY. I’m looking forward to The Family as it’s our West Coast Event tonight, but after seeing Insidious in the office yesterday, with the lights on, I still went home and slept with a light on! Expect both of these movies to duel, but horror takes the box office.

– C & M –

This Weekend’s Predicted Top 5:

1. Insidious Chapter 2

Rack up another win for James Wan’s horror skills, especially with The Conjuring bringing in $226 million internationally on a $20 mil. budget. People loved the original…

Estimated Weekend: $16 million

2. Riddick

Moderately good buzz, as well as an existing fanbase will most likely keep this film afloat in the quiet month ahead. At least, we hope it will, as Vin Diesel actually put a lot of his own personal money into this movie. (He’s a nice guy, and a solid actor. He deserves the success.)

 Estimated Weekend: $11 million

 3. Instructions Not Included

With TV ads finally hitting the market, as well as two weekends of riding solid buzz, this might be the weekend that Instructions Not Included manages to break out into the big time.

Estimated Weekend: $8 million

 4. The Family

Between repeat successes, and Insidious having a healthy pre-existing fandom, The Family stands to come in towards the end of top 5 spectrum.

 Estimated Weekend: $5 million

5. Lee Daniels The Butler

It’s about time that this movie slowly descend the ladder until Oscar season. Isn’t it?

Estimated Weekend: $4 million

***Special President’s note: Mike’s not giving people much credit at the box office this weekend, so I have to weigh in with my Birthday picks (did I say it was my birthday?).

1. Insidious Chapter 2 – $23 million – horror rules

2. The Family – $17 million – old people don’t watch Mayweather fight or go to football games

3. Instructions Not Included – $16 million, I agree with Mike, this movie is rising

4. Riddick – $9 million, still some people who haven’t seen this

5. The Butler – $6 million, this movie might be around until Oscar season…

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 try to figure out who would win in a fight: ghosts or mobsters. 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.