The weekend warriors of February 28, 2014 includes Non-Stop and Son of God as well as the R-Rated rerelease of Anchorman 2. 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, The LEGO Movie continued awesome reign against combatants that stood no chance of winning. But perhaps it is he, Asland, who can stop the LEGOcy from making it a fourth weekend triumph. And then there is some cheap, should be TV movie about Jeebus and the R rated rerelease of Anchorman 2. Coincidence, I think not. The Wind Rises also gets out of its limited release and will find its way into more theaters this weekend too. Get off my plane! This is the Box Office Battlefield:
Non-Stop (Rated PG-13) 106 min – (Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra) Starring Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, and Michelle Dockery
Synopsis: An air marshal springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages that put his fellow passengers at risk unless the airline transfers $150 million into an off-shore account.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 58% • Audience – 73%
How could you say no to Liam Neeson? Look at that face. And with how insanely implausible and silly the concept is, there is no way you can miss this film. However, I would say be weary, it does get a bit out of control once everything is revealed. The action is fine and the acting is as well done on the level of Taken or films similar, but this isn’t Air Force One. RENT IT! (Maybe matinee it if you’re really desperate.)
Son of God (Rated PG-13) 138 min – (Directed by Christopher Spencer) Starring Diogo Morgado, Amber Rose Revah, Sebastian Knapp, Paul Knops
Synopsis: The life story of Jesus is told from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 21% • Audience – 82%
This is obviously for a particular crowd who could not get enough of The Bible on the small screen when it aired last year on the “History” Channel. For anyone interested in seeking out a condensed version of the that miniseries this is it, literally. They use chopped up bits and pieces and threw it together to make Son of God. The production value and the buzz surrounding the miniseries may be good enough for some folk, but I think it would be better just to check out the miniseries in full rather than waste your time with this condensed version. SKIP IT!
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues [Re-release] (Rated R) 119 min – (Directed by Adam McKay) Starring Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, and Steve Carell
Synopsis: With the 70s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take New York’s first 24-hour news channel by storm.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 75% • Audience – 62%
I can’t see people really wanting to endure Anchorman 2 again, even if it has over 700 new jokes. It’s as if they’re saying, “oh hey, here’s a bunch of jokes that have swear words in it that are our B-Team.” If they thought they would have worked and made a better movie it would have gone in the first cut and met the R rating head on to make the best version possible. But of course not. The Blu-Ray release is suppose to have three different versions of the film, which will most likely have this R-Rated cut, so I say wait. RENT IT!
Liam Neeson is basically a living, breathing meme. These kinds of movies that he stars in draws so much attention for their ludicrous concepts and balls to the wall ridiculousness. Then we have those who praise the higher powers who will go in droves because this wasn’t dumped onto TV like it should have. And then we have The Wind Rises which is opening up in far more theaters this weekend, which could draw the animation crowd toward Miyazaki land. It will be tough for The LEGO Movie to stick it out for one more weekend with how audience numbers have been waning. So as it stands, I believe the victor for this weekend shall be:
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