Cocktails and Movies Weekend Wrap Session

BY TIM BARLEY AND MIKE REYES

Fall is upon us with shorter days, longer nights and more time at the theaters with Cocktails and Movies

Cocktails and Movies hugh jackman prisoners Weekend Wrap SessionThis past weekend, people were held as Prisoners at the box office by their Insidious Family members as the box office slipped back  into “September usual,” with maybe just a minor boost, and two returning victors. Prisoners looks like a solid Oscar lock for some dark and moving performances that Oscar loves from dramatic performances. And, the folks at Film District are probably looking at new cars, boats and homes with as well as Insidious Chapter 2  is doing. Having said that, here’s a look at this weekend’s Box Office Estimates:

Box Office Estimates 9/20 – 9/22 (courtesy of Box Office Mojo)

1. Prisoners: Actual: $21.4 mil. / Estimate: $28 mil

2. Insidious Chapter 2: Actual: $14.5 mil. / Estimate: $19 mil

3. The Family: Actual: $7 mil. / Estimate: $14 mil.

4. Instructions Not Included: $5.7 mil.

5. Battle of the Year: $5 mil.

6. We’re The Millers: $4.7 mil.

7. Lee Daniels’ The Butler: Actual: $4.3 mil. / Estimate: $6 mil.

8. Riddick: Actual: $3.7 mil. / Estimate: $11 mil.

9. The Wizard Of Oz (3D/IMAX): $3 mil.

10. Planes: $2.9 mil.

As you can tell, football season takes out a serious cut from movie dollars, but Prisoners, as predicted, took the top prize in the Box Office Derby this weekend. Battle of the Year was the only other newcomer to make any real noise. Come to think of it, it was the only other newcomer, unless you count the IMAX 3D re-release of The Wizard Of Oz as a “newcomer.” Insidious Chapter 2 and The Family continued to make mid-level figures, which should support their modest budgets rather well; and Instructions Not Included has rebounded yet again into the top five.

It’s pretty amazing when a bilingual independent and a Hollywood classic are able to make it into the top ten, although the relatively thin herd of competition definitely helps matters out for films like those. Studios are increasingly releasing solid films that could fare decently to not so well in the Tentpole seasons (especially with Prisoners) as well as the increasing trend of classic redressed re-releases. It appears that the competition is getting so great with traditional and upstart studios that there doesn’t even look to be an “off season” anymore, just a difference in budget scales as the months go on. Expect to still see bigger budget films ruling the traditional tentpoles, but moderately budgeted micro-blockbusters will continue to permeate the yearly schedule completely. 

This weekend has something for EVERYONE, as Don Jon, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 and Rush take the stage to try and upset the contenders of September and the leftovers of Summer. It’s our last week of September here at Cocktails and Movies, and we’re preparing some amazing stuff for October. We’re not going to say much at this time, but all we’ll say is we hope you like scary movies. For now, we’re focused on the here and now, which means it’s time for another week of business and fun here at Cocktails and Movies.

Drink safely and smartly, enjoy your movies and most of all #drinkCOCKTAILSwatchMOVIES.