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The Cocktails and Movies Holiday Movie Outlook

by Tim Barley

Something for everyone this holiday season

Cocktails And Movies - Holiday EditionHello, cocktailers! It’s been a while since we’ve posted anything what with a European trip to experience the true “Octoberfest” experience, which turned into more of a Beerfest three day binge in Munich. We also visited an actual movie set (Spectral) and had a great time. Look for this movie in late 2015, early 2016.

It’s been a tough year for the movies studios. Year over year, box office receipts were down 15% from last year’s huge box office total. Only one studio (20th Century Fox) managed to outdo its 2013 B.O. All other major movie studios were down significantly. And we can see why: there just wasn’t much to hold audiences after the first three months of the year. There was also that pesky World Cup thing going on…

But, we enter the holiday season. It’s like second Summer for movie studios and a last ditch effort to make some bottom lines until 2015 (which looks a-mazing!). So, I took a little look ahead and wanted to share my thoughts on some movies that are slated to come out the remainder of 2014. Just a note: I am not discussing Interstellar, Big Hero 6 and Dumb and Dumber, To. The first two come out this week, and well, I don’t know what to think about D&DT…

Cocktails and Movies Weekend Wrap Session


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:

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Visual Approximation of Tim Barley – president of Cocktails and Movies

Greetings to those of you whom I have never had a chance to meet. Someday I hope to make your acquaintance, no matter how far away geographically you may be. For even though you may be on the opposite side of the world, or just on the other side of the Sepulveda Pass, if you are reading this then you share at least a little bit of love for movies, cocktails or just getting together with friends.

And that, my friend, is why Cocktails and Movies is so important to me. Not because I think that EVERY movie should be seen in a theater. That could get expensive! Nor do I think that everyone should be drinking all the time. It’s good to drink in moderation and safely. I cannot stress the need to DRINK RESPONSIBLY. 

Cocktails and Movies Weekend #FlicksToPick

Four movies open this weekend, but will YOU see them?

cocktails and movies #flickstopick aug16 ka2, paranoia, butler, jobsThis week on Cocktails and Movies installment of #FlicksToPick: You can eschew your Paranoia to go out and see Ashton Kutcher in Jobs. Or will you hand over all your chores to The Butler, then go out and Kick Ass 2 with the gang from the West Coast branch of Cocktails and Movies on Saturday night? 

Cocktails and Movies Weekend Recap: Wolverine Hacks His Way to The Top


You Can’t Be Wrong With Your Picks If You Don’t Make Them…

cocktails and movies weekend wrap upSorry, everyone! A 48-hour flu sideswiped the main office on Thursday and laid the boss up on the couch at home all weekend. Hopefully you saw our movie marathon postings on Twitter… Anyway, the silver lining in not making any weekend box office picks on Friday is that you can’t go wrong.

Although, we would have definitely picked The Wolverine as the box office winner. We saw it and will have Mike’s review of it up shortly. Some were expecting an $85m opening, but we thought that might have been really optimistic, and we would have been correct because the movie opened below what the previous Wolverine movie, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, made in its opening. But, still $55m is not bad. The problem is that the less than stellar fan opinions of Origins, and to a certain extent X-Men: The Last Stand, helped sink the franchise to lower and lower openings. The next couple of weekends will truly tell the tale of whether The Wolverine is back, or if this is just another misstep towards renewing the X-Men name.