The weekend warriors of March 14, 2014 includes Need for Speed, Veronica Mars, Single Moms Club, and The Grand Budapest Hotel. 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, 300: Rise of an Empire struck down Liam Neeson and Non-Stop. Can Jesse Pinkman stop a bunch of moms from taking over the cinemas or will the Greeks conquer again? Drive it like you stole it! This is the Box Office Battlefield:
Need for Speed (Rated PG-13) 130 min – (Directed by Scott Waugh) Starring Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Scott Mescudi, and Imogen Poots
Synopsis: Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 23% • Audience – 68%
Fast cars running from the law, big stunts, a ragtag group of friends, and mission to rectify an injustice, but enough about Fast & Furious, let’s talk about Need for Speed. Despite having no CGI in any of its set pieces and casting a decent array of actors, Need for Speed is an unforgiving and overly long melodrama about illegal underground racing. There are glimmers of hope sprinkled throughout its over 2-hour run time, but its one-dimensional, necessary video game rival storyline is too flat and uninteresting to care about. NETFLIX IT! (Read the full review here)
The Single Moms Club (Rated PG-13) 111 min – (Directed by Tyler Perry) Starring Nia Long, Amy Smart, and Wendi McLendon-Covey
Synopsis: When five struggling single moms put aside their differences to form a support group, they find inspiration and laughter in their new sisterhood, and help each other overcome the obstacles that stand in their way.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 22% • Audience – 75%
Not the most offensive thing to come from Tyler Perry, but still a Tyler Perry movie nonetheless. The Single Moms Club boasts a warm, heartfelt gathering of strong, independent women that learn from each others cliché tropes, but everything feels so glossed over and Hollywood that it just becomes a #FirstWorldProblem movie. NETFLIX IT IF YOU’RE REALLY DESPERATE!
Veronica Mars (Rated PG-13) 107 min – (Directed by Rob Thomas) Starring Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, and James Franco
Synopsis: Years after walking away from her past as a teenage private eye, Veronica Mars gets pulled back to her hometown – just in time for her high school reunion – in order to help her old flame Logan Echolls, who’s embroiled in a murder mystery.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 76% • Audience – 97%
Unfortunately I have not see this movie, which would make little sense for me since I have not seen the Veronica Mars TV series yet, but from what I gather from critics and that Tomatometer is that it’s just what the fans have asked for. As I can assume, this isn’t something any Joe/Jane moviegoer can walk in and full get; I’m sure there are a lot of in-jokes that only fans of the show would understand – what’s the deal with the marshmallows? But what Veronica Mars has done for fandom truly makes me believe that we can get a Community movie after they hopefully make it to a sixth season. SEE IT IF YOU’RE A VM FAN!
The Grand Budapest Hotel opens wider to more cities this weekend, but not enough to make a big impact on the box office, however that movie is a MUST SEE! There is also a six theater, limited release of Bad Words, starring Jason Bateman, which I have heard is pretty decent. Need for Speed is the widest new release with over 3,000 theaters and Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club is only opening in 1,800 theaters or so. Need for Speed is rated PG-13, it has Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad, and it has some pretty sexy cars. So as it stands, I believe the victor for this weekend shall be:
Winner: Need for Speed
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