The weekend warriors of April 11, 2014 includes Oculus, Rio 2, and Draft Day. 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, Captain America destroyed the box office and made a scored a big April record. This weekend he has three new contenders looking to become king of the mountain. Who’s the fairest of them all? This is the Box Office Battlefield:
Oculus (Rated R) 105 min – (Directed by Mike Flanagan) Starring Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Katee Sackhoff, and Rory Cochrane
Synopsis: woman tries to exonerate her brother, who was convicted of murder, by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 71% • Audience – 69%
I will flat out say it, Oculus is pretty boring. The story is kind of fresh, it feels more like an unofficial sequel to Mirrors (2008), but with a victims understanding the situation. As far as the scares go, they are pretty lackluster and and unoriginal. For the most part, Oculus is uninteresting and drags pretty hard in the middle and does little to have fun with the scenario. WAIT FOR IT ON NETFLIX!
Rio 2 (Rated G) 101 min – (Directed by Carlos Saldanha) Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Jemaine Clement, and
Synopsis: It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids after they’re hurtled Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all: his father-in-law.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 49% • Audience – 82%
Did not have the chance to catch this one, but here are what the critics have to say:
“The musical moments, on the whole, stand out as the highlights of the film; Rio 2 becomes watchable when the flat characters shut up and sing.” – Alonso Duralde from The Wrap
“Enjoyable music and traces of authentic Brazilian spirit provide reasonable compensation for Rio 2’s derivative qualities and storytelling flaws (if only barely so).” – Sandy Schaefer from ScreenRant
I think this looks like a miserable time. Sure it’s colorful, but the voice actors by the secondary characters puts me off immediately, which is why I avoided the first one like the plague. MATINEE IT (FOR THE KIDS)!
Draft Day (Rated PG-13) 109 min – (Directed by Ivan Reitman) Starring Kevin Costner, Chadwick Boseman, Jennifer Garner, and Frank Langella
Synopsis: At the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must decide what he’s willing to sacrifice on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with NFL dreams.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 62% • Audience – 70%
I was not able to catch this one either, but here are what folks are saying:
“Draft Day is a film that knows how to tell a good, traditional story and tell it well.” – Devin Faraci from Badass Digest
“A year from now, your dad will enjoy watching this on cable.” – Eric D. Snider from GeekNation
I think the Draft Day looks pretty vanilla and cookie cutter. The fact that Ivan Reitman directed the film intrigues me, but I don’t expect miracles to happen here. RENT IT!
The Raid 2: Berandal opens wider this weekend! Only Lovers Left Alive, the new Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton vamp joint finds a limited release this weekend. Nic Cage’s new film Joe also has a limited release and is touted pretty highly by some.
Marvel Studios will take this one again, the other movies stand no chance. Rio opened at $40 million in 2011 to go on to make $148 million. I predict this sequel will find the same results or come in slightly lower. There are still many Marvel fanatics that may not have gotten enough Captain America or have not seen it yet to avoid the crowds last weekend. So as it stands, I believe the victor for this weekend shall be:
Winner: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
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