The weekend warriors for June 7, 2013 includes The Purge and The Internship. 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, Fast & Furious 6 raced the the top spot for the second weekend in a row while new releases such as After Earth and Now You See Me were left to pick up the scraps. With two more decent sized releases, the summer movie season has officially become a packed house. Both The Internship and The Purge are fairly low-key, but audiences may have enough strength left to endure some horror before next weekend’s bigger hits.
Can Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn shake off the cobwebs of nostalgia and bring Wedding Crashers fans to theaters or will they be taken out by Ethan Hawke and company as they try to survive the weekend? Turn The Right Corner thanks you for your cooperation. This is the Box Office Battlefield:
The Internship (Rated PG-13) 119 min – (Directed by Shawn Levy) Starring Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rose Byrne, and Aasif Mandvi
Synopsis: Two salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital age find their way into a coveted internship at Google, where they must compete with a group of young, tech-savvy geniuses for a shot at employment.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 33% • Audience – 74%
Owen Wilson has been pretty much absent since 2011, while Vince Vaughn has struggled to tickle our tummies since Wedding Crashers back in 2005. Reunited, these two bring together a chemistry that is warm welcomed, but lacks a certain oomph. And that oomph is being culturally relevant. The Internship is a poorly outdated film that harbors on the idea that Generation X cannot understand Generation Y. There humor is light yet straining. Everything that we’re suppose to laugh at feels a bit forced, but there is a gentle heart behind the delivery. This movie is completely harmless and can be good on a rainy day, just don’t expect to be rolling on the floor when Vince Vaughn can’t understand how to use GMAIL or know who the X-Men are. RENT IT! (Watch the trailer)
The Purge (Rated R) 85 min – (Directed by James DeMonaco) Starring Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, and Adelaide Kane
Synopsis: A family is held hostage for harboring the target of a murderous syndicate during the Purge, a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legalized.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 44% • Audience – 59%
From out of nowhere, this high concept horror movie has been buzzing around the Interwebs ever since the trailer debuted a few months back. Although The Purge strikes up a good conversation regarding our government, the 1%, moral obligations, and other domestic policies, the film underutilizes the core themes and focuses only on the horror of the situation. This is very unfortunate. A good horror will pervert the way we think and live, and by failing to grasp a bigger picture The Purge is nothing more than your average home invasion thriller. Many horror movies get a bad wrap because critics don’t favor horror. Something is still telling me that it will be a fun ride. MATINEE IT!
Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing also hits New York and Los Angeles this weekend too. Hopefully we’ll see it expand further next weekend. Speaking of expansion. The East and The Kings of Summer both open up to more major cities, but is still pretty limited.
As much as the critics and audiences are turning their noses away from The Purge, the general excitement for the movie is fairly strong. Movie goers may be worn out after the heavy barrage of movies in May and could take a weekend off before Man of Steel and This Is The End hits theaters next weekend. The toxic reviews for The Internship leaves little hope that the movie will succeed too. So as it stands, the victor for this weekend shall be: