The weekend warriors of October 4, 2013 includes Gravity and Runner Runner. 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, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 put a fork in the competition, proving 3D animated family films are still a powerful force to be reckoned with. Looking to devour the competition, Alfonso Cuarón makes his big return after a seven year directorial hiatus, while Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake squabble about online poker.
Can Hugh Jackman beat his way to the top this weekend or will JGL addicts push the Don to the front? Will Ron Howard find his photo finish or will he everyone go bananas with Flint Lockwood? Get ready for the money… shot. This is the Box Office Battlefield:
Gravity (Rated PG-13) 90 min – (Directed by Alfonso Cuarón) Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney
Synopsis: A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 97% • Audience – 91%
There can’t be much said about the plot, but the cinematography is simply breathtaking, literally. If there is one movie you need to see this year it is Gravity. Alfonso Cuarón has made a name for himself with his beautifully crafted long takes, and he continues to prove his worth here. George Clooney is George Clooney, but it is Sandra Bullock that pulls off some of her best work. Gravity is intense, stunning, and simply captivating; it must be seen on the largest screen possible in 3D. SEE IT! (Full review here)
Runner Runner (Rated R) 91 min – (Directed by Brad Furman) Starring Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton, and Anthony Mackie
Synopsis: When a poor college student who cracks an online poker game goes bust, he arranges a face-to-face with the man he thinks cheated him, a sly offshore entrepreneur.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 10% • Audience – 35%
The trailer alone brings enough damage to Runner Runner. After the announcement of Ben Affleck as Batman, all eyes have been on the Oscar winning director and screenwriter. And does Runner Runner give hope to the haters? Absolutely not. Runner Runner is a silly movie; something you could find lower actors in, not the caliber of Affleck, Timberlake, and Mackie. I’m not sure what compelled these stars to suit up for such a film, but director Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer) isn’t helping anyone out here. SKIP IT!
If you’re interested in the indie scene this weekend, we’ve got A.C.O.D. (A Child of Divorce) with Adam Scott, a documentary about Jeremy Lin entitled Linsanity, a Billy Bob Thorton and Zec Efron Drama called Parkland, a documentary with recreated footage about a K12 disaster known as The Summit, a small horror comedy about a creature living inside Ken Marino’s ass dubbed Bad Milo, and a Spanish film piggy backing off the success of Instructions Not Included called Pulling Strings.
Runner Runner was set up for disaster the moment the trailer hit, but Gravity has had audiences mesmerized. Cloudy 2 stands a chance to retain a heavy dose of family movie goers this weekend, but with a PG-13 rating, the buzz surrounding this movie, and the fantastic critical review, Gravity should blow the competition away. So as it stands, I believe the victor for this weekend shall be: