Cocktails and Movies Weekend Wrap Up – 12/16

BY TIM BARLEY AND MIKE REYES

A dragon fires to the top of the Box Office… But comes up short historically

Weekend Wrap UPLast weekend’s box office was a decent showing, despite various SantaCons going on throughout the nation, and a snowy climate in the Northeastern part of the country. (Also, to all you SantaCon people out there, you now officially have no excuse to mock people dressing up for movie openings and ComicCon. We’re all in the “dressing as imaginary figures” boat now, and it’s practically a cruise ship. And, we don’t brawl in the streets.) We don’t know what you guys thought was going on, but we pretty much pegged the rankings for the top 5. Although our figures were a bit off, so maybe it’s time to rejigger the Calculatron 2000… or to perhaps spring for the Calculatron 3000.

All of that aside, here’s what everyone went to see last weekend:

Box Office Estimates 12/13 – 12/15 (courtesy of Box Office Mojo)

1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Actual: $73.7 mil. / Estimate: $72 mil.

2. Frozen: Actual: $22.1 mil. / Estimate: $26 mil.

3. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas: Actual:$16 mil. / Estimate: $23 mil.

4. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: Actual:$13.2 mil. / Estimate: $16 mil.

5. Thor: The Dark World: Actual: $2.7 mil. / Estimate: $4 mil.

6. Out Of The Furnace: $2.3 mil.

7. Delivery Man: $1.9 mil.

8. Philomena: $1.8 mil.

9. The Book Thief: $1.67 mil.

10. Homefront: $1.64 mil

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So last weekend went pretty much as we’d expected, only with some tweaking on the numbers. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug managed to outperform our estimates, but still managed to come up around 13% short of the last film’s opening take. If this franchise were to extend any further than next year’s final installment The Hobbit: There And Back Again, it would be a little bit of a troublesome sight. However, it’s been said that the Tolkien estate has basically said that The Hobbit is the end of the line when it comes to adaptations of the author’s works, so don’t get your hopes up for an announcement of The Silmarillion to be put into production. Not unless the estate reverses its decision, and the final installment scores a big win.

Perhaps MGM shouldn’t have thrown up all of the roadblocks they did with the production so many years ago, albeit if that were the case we’d probably be watching The Hobbit directed by Guillermo Del Toro. Which probably means Pacific Rim wouldn’t have happened, or wouldn’t have happened just yet… and that’s a scary enough thought as it is.

cocktails and movies flicks to pick tyler-perrys-a-madea-christmasBreaking down the rest of the weekend: Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas raked in a predictable 3rd place finish as the power of Disney’s Frozen was a force to be reckoned with. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire slipped to 4th place, already making its bones and assuring Mockingjay, Part I to be pretty much a lock for opening weekend records next year. Thor: The Dark World endures in fifth place, showing the true power of a Marvel superhero; while Out of the Furnace probably has Christian Bale wishing he didn’t hang up the cowl just yet. It’s ok, Christian… American Hustle expands soon, and by then all will hopefully be forgiven. The only real buck against trends in the bottom half this weekend was Philomena, which jumped from 9th to 8th place, putting The Book Thief and Homefront at the bottom of the barrel.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like the “12 Days of Christmas Cocktails,” (we’re on cocktail number 3 already) so you’re going to want to keep up with the lyrics and try to guess what’s next on our holly jolly menu of Holiday Spirits. Which, of course, will come with a side of commentary, criticism, and analysis of the Movies we love so much here at C&M. Remember to treat your money like your cocktails, spend and drink responsibly. After all, you shouldn’t watch a bad movie without a good cocktail!