Box Office Battlefield: The Hangover Part 3, Fast and Furious 6, and Epic

Box Office Battlefield Epic  Hangover 3 Fast 6

The Memorial Day weekend warriors for May 24-27, 2013 includes Epic, The Hangover Part III, and Fast and Furious 6. 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. Box Office Battlefield is here to help you decide which movie(s) will take priority over the others.

Last weekend, Star Trek Into Darkness took down all competitors, stopping Iron Man 3 from reaching a hat-trick.This Memorial Day weekend will be an all out bloodbath. With two giant sequels and one animated children’s film, there are bound to be some interesting results.

Will Tony Siretto be able to stop The Wolfpack, or will the little Leaf Men of the forest prove size doesn’t matter? It’s not a purse, it’s a satchel! This is the Box Office Battlefield:

The Hangover Part 3 Movie Title Logo

The Hangover Part III [Opens 5/23] ( Rated R) 100 min – (Directed by Todd Phillips) Starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, John Goodman, and Ken Jeong

Synopsis: This time, there’s no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 21% • Audience – 88%

The end is nigh. The purposed final chapter of the Todd Phillips ‘Hangover’ trilogy has arrived. Revered as one of the best comedies of all time, The Hangover had audiences rolling on the floor back in 2009, but 2011’s The Hangover Part II was rather disappointing for many folks. I actually do not hate on Part II as much as others, but it wasn’t a fantastic entry. So how does this sequel live up to the franchise name? Well it isn’t nearly as great as the first, but it is superior to the second. Nothing feels as fun or as exciting as the first and there isn’t even a hangover in this one. Part III is mainly the Alan and Chow show and for those who are not keen on the idea of having the sole focus on both of these characters can save their monies. RENT IT!

Fast and Furious 6 Movie Title Logo

Fast & Furious 6 (Rated PG-13) 130 min – (Directed by Justin Lin) Starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, and Chris Bridges

Hobbs has Dom and Brian reassemble their crew in order to take down a mastermind who commands an organization of mercenary drivers across 12 countries. Payment? Full pardons for them all.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 73% • Audience – 95%

I cannot fully endorse nor sneer at this franchise because I have in fact never seen Tokyo Drift or Fast 5. From all the buzz and acclaim that this film and Fast 5 has gotten, it makes me very curious as to what devil they have been talking to. The FF franchise can only be explained as a fine wine that has been getting better over time, and we cannot hate them for it. The debut of the Super Bowl trailer had me quite confused because it looks like a wild ride. If they continue to push out great, entertaining movies that continue to drive traffic to the theaters without wasting anyone’s time let them do it. SEE IT!

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Epic (Rated PG) 102 min – (Directed by Chris Wedge) Starring the voices of Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Beyoncé Knowles, Amanda Seyfried, Chris O’Dowd, Aziz Ansari, Cristoph Waltz, Steven Tyler, and Pitbull

Synopsis:  A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group characters in order to save their world — and ours.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 63% • Audience – 72%

We haven’t had a fun, children’s animated feature since The Croods – which has been sweeping the box office lately – so introducing Epic as the family-friendly kids movie as the first for the summer will be interesting to see how it does. Epic has a lot of fun moments and the voice actors do a pretty swell job making you believe in this world, but at the same time the movie feels quite familiar. Shades of Avatar, FernGully: The Last Rainforest, John Carter, and Honey I Shrunk the Kids are hugely infused into this film and it doesn’t really give the movie breathing room to be its own. The animation is very well done, but the characters are a bit generic looking. There is also a bit of dark humor for adults to enjoy along with a three-legged dog named Ozzie. So it has that going for it. MATINEE IT!

With so many movies out and it being a holiday weekend, audiences may be a bit conflicted as to what to see. A little romantic indie film by the name of Before Midnight is also out in select cities, which has been said to be one of the best trilogies of all time.

Iron Man 3, The Great Gatsby, and Star Trek Into Darkness are still hot in theaters, but now with three new big releases folks will ultimately choose one and get out and have some fun in the sun this Memorial Day weekend.

The Hangover Part II is hated by so many people that I can’t see a lot of trust going into the third, but the opposite can be said about Fast 6, it is also rated PG-13 while Hangover 3 is R. Epic may be able to sneak in to second since it is kid oriented. But my bet this weekend’s champion will be…

Winner: Fast & Furious 6

Movie synopses courtesy of IMDb.com and Tomatometer Scores from Rotten Tomatoes

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