The weekend warriors for December 7, 2012 includes Playing for Keeps, the rerelease of End of Watch,and a limited release, Hyde Park on the Hudson. Box Office Battlefield is a recurring rundown of all the movie releases for the weekend. Every week, movie studios select candidates to enter the glorious battlefield for your hard earned dollars, but not everyone can afford to see each one. Box Office Battlefield is here to help you decide which movie(s) will take priority over the others.
Last weekend, Brad Pitt tried to take down the sparkly vampires but with no success. Team Twilight was was able to hold onto the top spot, but with a huge 60% drop in ticket sales. Skyfall still managed to stay afloat as the runner-up while Killing them Softly only made it only to #7.
Can Gerard Butler take down the tween heartthrobs or will James Bond be able to take the lead? Bill Murray wants to sneak a little action in this weekend, but not if the Prince of Persia has anything to say about that. This is the Box Office Battlefield:
Playing for Keeps (Rated PG-13) Directed by Gabriele Muccino – Starring Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Dennis Quaid, and Noah Lomax
Synopsis: A former sports star who’s fallen on hard times starts coaching his son’s soccer team as a way to get his life together. His attempts to become an adult are met with challenges from the attractive soccer moms who pursue him at every turn.
I’d rather watch paint dry than suffer through another viewing of this film. I’m not sure how this came out of the same director, Gabriele Muccino, who did The Pursuit of Happyness, but that must have been a fluke. Playing for Keeps has so little heart and so many irrational moments you’d think this was a Happy Madison film. There is absolutely too much going on to keep the plot together, especially with how many random and goofy characters there are. It was as if the director had forget to take their ADD meds. SKIP IT!
Hyde Park on Hudson [Limited Release] (Rated R) Directed by Roger Michell – Starring Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams, and Samuel West
Synopsis: The story of the love affair between FDR and his distant cousin Margaret Stuckley, centered around the weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom visited upstate New York.
Bill Murray is a strange character. If you look at his filmography, you’d see a smorgasbord of unique comedies and dramas. Not many actors can balance that out. I don’t think Hyde Park will change lives, but it may be something you’d like to catch if you are a true Murray fan. NETFLIX IT!
Out of nowhere, it appears the studios and producers behind End of Watchare looking to push the film into Oscar watch. The film was rather good, but I don’t think it’s going to win any awards. I would definitely suggest going to see it this weekend because there isn’t too much out right now until next weekend.
As I said before, Hitchcock was rather entertaining, but it had a slow middle. There is also a new Bruce Willis movie out called Lay the Favorite, which I have never heard of until I started writing this article. Catherine Zeta-Jones is in this movie too and it seems like she is taking any minor role she can find. I do find Rebecca Hall lovely to gaze upon, but the movie looks rather horrendous.
Movie synopses courtesy of IMDb.com
Box Office Battlefield is an ongoing column providing analysis of whether you should see, rent, or pass on movies that are about to release. All of my opinions are based on what I have or have not seen from previews, various marketing materials, or have heard via word of mouth.