The weekend warriors starting January 24, 2014 includes I, Frankenstein and Gimme Shelter. 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, Ride Along cruised to a record breaking debut for a new release in January. There is only one main competitor this weekend entering the battlefield and it’s looking to revamp a classic horror icon. What’s with all the crappy horror movies in January anyways? Sheesh.
Can Frankenstein’s monster scare up the box office this weekend or scare audiences away? We are not children here, we are scientists! This is the Box Office Battlefield:
I, Frankenstein (Rated PG-13) – (Directed by Stuart Beattie) Starring Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto, and Virginie Le Brun
Synopsis: Frankenstein’s creature finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 4% • Audience – 64%
From the concept alone, I, Frankenstein has alienated itself from mainstream audiences that fear these bizarre genre clashing movies. Proof is in the pudding in such cases as Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, Priest, and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. There is such a little market for these types of monster movies nowadays that they all can’t be Underworld. I feel really bad for Aaron Echkart because he is a good actor, but it just seems like he is happy to get what he can take these days (Battle: Los Angeles; Olympus Has Fallen; The Rum Diary). Nothing about I, Frankenstein is worth the 1’s and 0’s it was digitally recorded on. And the delay from February 2013 due to a quick change in plans for a 3D release is even more sad. SKIP IT!
Gimme Shelter [Limited – 385 theaters] (Rated PG-13) – (Directed by Ron Krauss) Starring Vanessa Hudgens, Rosario Dawson, Brendan Fraser, and James Earl Jones
Synopsis: A pregnant teenager flees her abusive mother in search of her father, only to be rejected by her dad and forced to survive on the streets until a compassionate stranger offers a hopeful alternative.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 18% • Audience – 72%
As hard as this film tries to bring on the feels, Gimme Shelter is just a run of the mill, cliché bore fest. Despite Vanessa Hudgens decent attempt to continue to shed her Disney ways, Gimme Shelter is too lackluster with such an empty script and heavy-handed messages. If you really want to watch this movie, just check out the trailer. It says it all. SKIP IT!
Gimme Shelter has a small, limited release and I, Frankenstein is too goofy and idiotic for moviegoers to even bother with. Ride Along, although its negative critical reviews, commercially it did well enough to see it survive for a second weekend in a row. So as it stands, I believe the victor for this weekend shall be:
Winner: Ride Along
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