Cocktails and Movies: Weekend Flicks To Pick

BY TIM BARLEY AND MIKE REYES

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This week on Cocktails and Movies’ weekly “Flicks To Pick”: Denzel and Marky Mark stand back-to-back against a drug cartel, and we get a little blue about the state of kids movies. Just another Cocktails and Movies “Flicks to Pick” weekend!

What a week for the movies! The box office started out a little slow, but with the announcement of  our first ever #CocktailsAndMoviesTreasureHunt, and some weekend action heading our way real soon, this week has turned out to be much busier than anticipated! Which is why it’s all the more disappointing that we have only two wide release movies this week. But nevertheless, we’re here to make predictions and chew bubble gum. (And we stopped chewing bubble gum regularly in grade school.)

As always, here’s a quick reminder to share our “Flicks to Pick” selections with your friends from our Cocktails and Movies Facebook or  Twitter page using the hashtag #FlickstoPick. That said, let’s take a look at what you’ll most likely be seeing this weekend!

New releases for the weekend of August 2nd:

Cocktails and Movies Flicks to Pick 2-guns-movie-poster2 Guns (rated R)

Distributor: Universal

Director: Baltasar Kormakur

Starring: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, Edward James Olmos

The foundation to most successful partnerships is a shared bond of trust. Bobby (Washington) and Stig (Wahlberg) have a partnership built on exactly the opposite… especially when they find out that they were both set up to play not only against each other, but also the CIA and a Mexican drug cartel. With their backs to the wall, and their compatriots hunting them down, they’ll have to get “incentivized” and figure out just what the Hell is going on.

Or, for the kids…

cocktails and movies the-smurfs-2-movie-poster flicks to pickThe Smurfs 2 (rated PG)

Distributor: Sony

Director: Raja Gosnell

Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria, Katy Perry, and Christina Ricci

Gargamel (Azaria) is down, but not out after the events of Smurfs (whatever the Hell those events were), as he’s become rather popular in France. However, his magic isn’t as powerful as Smurfette’s (Perry) as she possesses a spell that could turn Gargamel’s new Naughties (Smurf Doppelgangers) into Real Smurfs. Led by Vexy (Ricci), Smurfette’s opposite number, the Naughties kidnap Smurfette and take her to Gargamel. Which leaves our heroes, the Smurfs, and their human friend Patrick (Patrick Harris) to save the day.

We have to admit, typing that last one was quite a struggle, as we had no prior interest or knowledge in The Smurfs 2 until this write up. Needless to say, this looks like it’s going to be the Grown Ups 2 of kids’ films, so strap in for another money machine that doesn’t deserve the smurfing it’s going to get. Before we get any snarkier, let’s take a look at last weekend’ s much sunnier box office results.

Last Weekend’s Box Office 7/26 – 7/28 (courtesy of Box Office Mojo)

1. The Wolverine: $53.1 mil.

2. The Conjuring: $22.2 mil.

3. Despicable Me 2: $16.4 mil.

4. Turbo: $13.7 mil.

5. Grown Ups 2: $11.6 mil.

6. Red 2: $9.3 mil.

7. Pacific Rim: $7.7 mil.

8. The Heat: $6.9 mil

9. R.I.P.D.: $6.1 mil.

10. Fruitvale Station: $4.5 mil.

(WEEKLY PACIFIC RIM PLUG: Though the film has hit an 8th place showing, it opened in several territories this week, including a record breaking $9 million first day showing in China! Thanks to this news, more movie sites are speculating about sequel possibilities! The current total Worldwide Gross To Date is $227.4 Million. Crimson Typhoon FTW! Reset the War Clock!)

-C&M-

Now that we’ve gotten that out of our system, here’s this weekend’s #FlicksToPick!

Mike’s Pick: 2 Guns

Ok, America, you have a choice here. It’s a choice you’ve been faced with before, and it’s not a hard choice. At least, I don’t think it is. But what do I know? I’m the guy that hated World War Z, and you all apparently couldn’t get enough. Regardless, the choice is simple: you can either go for another shitty sequel that wasn’t even asked for (and doesn’t deserve to be here), you can support a sequel/side story that deserves your time, or you can see the new kid on the block. 2 Guns is that new kid on the block, and it looks fun as Hell, so count me in!

Tim’s Pick2 Guns

I’m inclined to agree with Mike on this one. Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington are huge box office draws and it’s been a while since we’ve seen a good buddy “cop film.” There isn’t much out there and personally, I don’t think that The Wolverine is still capable to sit atop the heap of movies this weekend. If guns and explosions aren’t your think, we’ve heard some great things about both Fruitvale Station and Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine.

So, here’s where we see how the weekend shaping up with this weekend’s Top 5:

1. The Smurfs 2 – Estimated Weekend: $43 million

It’s a kids’ movie with a moderately successful predecessor. Kids can’t drive themselves to theaters… “x kids, 1 adult please.”

2. 2 Guns – Estimated Weekend: $34 million

A graphic novel hardly anyone has ever heard of + 2 recognizable stars / Universal = the possibility of this being another R.I.P.D. Luckily, a decent looking concept could turn this one into a low level achiever.

3. The Wolverine – Estimated Weekend: $25 million

An established property, but not kid proof. Still, good buzz should carry this one through a solid second weekend.

4. Despicable Me 2 – Estimated Weekend: $13 million

Minions. Still moneymakers. Millions of minions.

5. The Conjuring – Estimated Weekend: $10 million

The little horror movie that could should still conjure up a few more million.

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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 orTwitter.

We’ll see you again this Monday, when we’ll share the results of our clinical study “Will Audiences Be More Inclined to See a Sony Movie After A Couple Rounds?”. 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.