Cocktails and Movies Weekend Wrap Up: Dec. 23rd

BY TIM BARLEY AND MIKE REYES

Two Beasts Squared Off Last Weekend… Who Managed To Claim “King Of The Box Office?”

Cocktails and Movies Weekend Wrap Up 12/23 Anchorman 2 vs. The Hobbit dec 23So last weekend saw the return of Ron Burgundy and the entire Channel 4 news team, after years of false starts, rejections, and plan tweaking. Did it pay off? Has Burgundy usurped the throne of a film that fans have already started to sour on? Here are this weekend’s estimates with the answers to those and other questions we failed to ask on Friday. (Hey, it’s the holidays and “holiday weather!”)

Box Office Estimates 12/20 – 12/22 (courtesy of Box Office Mojo)

1. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: $31.5 mil

2. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: $26.8 mil

3. Frozen: $19.2 mil

4. American Hustle: $19.1 mil

5. Saving Mr. Banks: $9.3 mil

6. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: $8.8 mil

7. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas: $8.5 mil

8. Walking With Dinosaurs: $7.3 mil

9. Dhoom 3: $3.3 mil

10. Thor: The Dark World: $1.3 mil

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So, what can we infer from all this?

Two shades of red tussled this weekend, and Smaug’s Magenta beat our Burgundy’s Burgundy, as Anchorman 2 couldn’t muster itself past The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’s fan base. For a movie that’s been blasted as boring, unnecessary, and even sexist; it’s sure holding its own against the competition. (For the record, Mike actually enjoyed the film quite a bit, claiming that while it suffers “middle of the book syndrome”, it manages to still be six shades of awesome.) Disney hasn’t been left wanting either, as Frozen has held a solid 3rd place showing this weekend, making us upset we haven’t seen the wonders it holds yet.

Disney magic isn’t always transferrable though, as Saving Mr. Banks scored itself a 5th place opening and only one nomination for the Golden Globes. This doesn’t bode well for its Oscar chances, whereas its competition (and 4th place victor) American Hustle has 7 nods to its name. The only other noteworthy news of the weekend is that A Madea Christmas dropped down to 7th place, signaling a possible decline (or seasonal limit) in Tyler Perry’s box office powers. Also, Walking With Dinosaurs opened at 8th place, making us wonder whether 20th Century Fox is even trying anymore. Rounding out the top 10 are the Indian release Dhoom 3, (a Hindi action thriller) and Thor: The Dark World.

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Only two more sleeps until Christmas, and we’re assuredly not going to be sleeping until we’ve prepared Santa a nice, stiff one for the road! Let the reindeer drive, St. Nick! There’s no place like Cocktails and Movies for the holidays, so pull up a stool, order a drink, and share some cheer with us as we prepare for 2014! After all, you should never watch a bad movie without a good cocktail! (And if the movie just happens to be good, then the cocktail only serves to make it better!)