The weekend warriors of November 22, 2013 includes The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Deliver Man. 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, Thor: The Dark World pulled out another clutch victory at the box office, but just barely. The Best Man Holiday proved to be some stiff competition against Marvel Studios, and now it’s Lionsgate’s turn to bring the fire with the highly anticipated sequel to The Hunger Games.
Can Thor withstand the heat of Katniss, the girl on fire? Will the spark be too much to bear for Vince Vaughn? May the odds be ever in your favor. This is the Box Office Battlefield:
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Rated PG-13) 146 min – (Directed by Francis Lawrence) Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, and Philip Seymour Hoffman
Synopsis: Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 89% • Audience – 94%
Vastly improving upon its predecessor, Catching Fire feels completely removed from Gary Ross’ The Hunger Games. Francis Lawrence took on quite the task when he was given the reins to this blockbuster franchise, and he delivers one hell of a sequel. In every way possible Francis Lawrence delivers better action, shaky-cam free cinematography, and expands the world of Panem to great heights. Casting did an incredible job for the new characters and you could definitely see the bigger budget on display. And although all of these improvements work for the film, the film feels too rushed and we are never given much time with the characters to process their feelings or get a clear picture of what Katniss is feeling. The love triangle still continues to be the weakest point in the film unfortunately; and it works so well in the book when you’re reading it from her perspective. Despite this incovenience, it’s good to be back in the world of Panem. SEE IT!
Delivery Man (Rated PG-13) 103 min – (Directed Ken Scott) Stars: Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders, and Jack Reynor
Synopsis: An affable underachiever finds out he’s fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago. Now he must decide whether or not to come forward when 142 of them file a lawsuit to reveal his identity.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 37% • Audience – 62%
A Vince Vaughn film unlike anything you have ever seen before. He doesn’t talk at a million miles per hour nor is he a cocky know-it-all. This is a humble, more heartfelt Vaughn movie where there is a real lesson to learn. But despite all of Scott’s hard work trying to adapt his own work for an American audience, the film suffers from head-scratching subplots, and to some viewers, implausibility. Now I can get past the negligence of the donor clinic’s actions, but Delivery Man’s tone needed to be a bit fine tuned. It isn’t funny enough to be a laugh out loud comedy, but it also doesn’t hit that sweet spot to tug on your heartstrings to completely make this a great family drama. It’s just kind of exists in limbo. RENT IT!
It’s pretty much a given who will win this weekend. With how much fandom Suzanne Collins’ books have and how popular J-Law is in the Hollywood spotlight, Catching Fire will make a killing at the box office this weekend. So as it stands, I believe the victor for this weekend shall be: