CocktailsandMovies.com Whaddya Got On Tap? – Week of 04/22/16

by Tim Barley and Duwayne Tso

Nixon’s war on drugs vs. the war between two fairy tale queens

CocktailsandMovies.com Elvis and Nixon

It’s a tough weekend here in the CocktailsandMovies.com offices after the tragic death of Prince. So, we’re setting up the office with purple cocktails and pulling out our copy of Purple Rain on VHS (going old school today!) to celebrate with cocktails and movies this movie that still holds up well today. But, that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything out in theaters. The Jungle Book crushed the competition last week and it looks like it will hold serve again, as we just can’t see The Huntsman: Winter’s War taking a big enough bite out of it to jump to the top. After that it’s anyone’s guess about the top three. But, Tim will take a stab at it (hey, he’s getting better), and try to predict what is going to happen this weekend.

Let’s see what’s new this week.

Two new wide releases this weekend, but our first is opening about 1/10 the size of the other.

Elvis & Nixon  ElvisNixon

Distributor: Bleeker Street
Starring: Michael Shannon, Kevin Spacey, Alex Pettyfer, Johnny Knoxville, and Colin Hanks
Director: Liza Johnson
Rating: R
Run Time: 86 mins

Official Synopsis: The untold true story behind the meeting between the King of Rock ‘n Roll and President Nixon, resulting in this revealing, yet humorous moment immortalized in the most requested photograph in the National Archives.

CocktailsandMovies.com’s Take: This looks fun as hell and it’s got potential, but will it translate to today’s audiences?

― C & M ―

The Huntsman: Winter’s War  TheHuntsmanWintersWar

Distributor: Universal
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, and Jessica Chastain
Director: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 114 mins

Official Synopsis: As a war between rival queen sisters Ravenna and Freya escalates, Eric and fellow warrior Sara, members of the Huntsmen army raised to protect Freya, try to conceal their forbidden love as they combat Ravenna’s wicked intentions.

CocktailsandMovies.com’s Take: Because a sequel HAD to be made. Don’t think that this has the legs to reach it’s predecessor’s glory.

― C & M ―

Duwayne’s Pick: Elvis & Nixon! I have been an Elvis fan since I could walk thanks to my mom and aunts. This movie though has two great acting talents in Shannon and Spacey. It should be an interesting story about a day in history that I’ve always wondered about.

Tim’s Pick: Ditto. Going to go find this here in LA after I watch Purple Rain like 10 times. Also, look for Tom Hanks’ new film: A Hologram For the King, also in limited release of 400 theaters.

― C & M ―

The Weekend Top Five:

1. The Jungle Book – still going to stay in first place but only one more weekend
Estimated Weekend: $45 million

2. The Huntsman: Winter’s War – not quite going to make it to the top or reach the first one
Estimated Weekend: $40 million

3. Barbershop 2 – there isn’t much out there and these bottom three are going to lag far behind
Estimated Weekend: $12 million

4. The Boss – see above
Estimated Weekend: $4 million

5. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – riding off into the bottom 5 sunset
Estimated Weekend: $3 million

— C&M —

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We’ll see you around over the weekend, but until then make sure to treat your films and your drinks with equal responsibility. Skip the bad movies, and know when to say “No” to that refill! Though calling an Uber or Lyft is always an option as well!