The weekend warriors for June 28, 2013 includes White House Down and The Heat. 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, Monsters University continued Pixar’s number one opening weekend streak, scaring away the competition. This weekend Mike and Sulley will have to face two separate duos if they want to stay king of the mountain.
Will another White House disaster movie Channing all over this Tatum or will Feig be able to harness the power of Melissa McCarthy again? Queue “It’s Raining Men.” This is the Box Office Battlefield:
White House Down (Rated PG-13) 131 min – (Directed by Roland Emmerich) Starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Jason Clarke
Synopsis: While on a tour of the White House with his young daughter, a Capitol policeman springs into action to save his child and protect the president from a heavily armed group of paramilitary invaders.
Despite the PG-13 rating, White House Down is able to capitalize on its star power. Add in the infamous Roland Emmerich and his love for disaster films, White House Down should exceed expectations, because you should have little to begin with anyways. We just saw this movie not too long ago in Olympus Has Fallen, but with Armageddon there is Deep Impact. Tatum and Foxx do an extraordinary job bouncing off each other in this ludicrous, off-the-wall flick, but don’t expect a lot of substance. White House Down is a summer popcorn flick to its core, but delivers on that promise. MATINEE IT!
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 50% • Audience – 73%
The Heat (Rated R) 117 min – (Directed by Paul Feig) Starring Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Demián Bichir, Marlon Wayons, Thomas F. Wilson, and Michael McDonald
Synopsis: Uptight FBI special agent Sarah Ashburn is paired with testy Boston cop Shannon Mullins in order to take down a ruthless drug lord. The hitch: neither woman has ever had a partner — or a friend for that matter.
A buddy cop movie that brings nothing new to the table and evokes every cliche a crimedy (crime + comedy) has to offer. Bullock and McCarthy are hard to stomach for the first half of the movie, but once their relationship gets on the right track the movie starts to become a little enjoyable. But unfortunately that moment is too short lived and what little personality Paul Feig was going for in this movie is sucked out immediately. The Heat is boring, a waste of effort, and has some terrible dialogue. Everything felt too forced and whoever is pushing the McCarthy train needs to stop. RENT IT!
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 64% • Audience – 78%
In the way of limited releases, this weekend offers I’m So Excited, a Spanish comedy with Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz; Byzantium, a new vampire drama starring Saoirse Ronana and Gemma Arterton; and Redemption, a new Jason Statham joint.
Even with Bullock and McCarthy, an R-Rated comedy always has a hard time gaining that younger movie goer, thus losing ticket sales. The plot alone is enough to take it back a few pegs from hitting the number one spot against the competition this weekend. Channing Tatum and an action PG-13 rating however has great potential to scare away the monsters, but we just saw the same movie a few months ago with Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart. Kids will still want to drag their parents to see Monsters University again this weekend, and it is too enjoyable not to see it again. So as it stands, I believe the victor for this weekend shall be: