The weekend warriors of June 20, 2014 includes Think Like a Man Too and Jersey Boys. 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 and determine who will be victorious.
Last weekend, 22 Jump Street tickled everyone’s tummies, dominating over How to Train Your Dragon 2. But this weekend Eastwood enters the ring against Kevin Hart. It’s a grab bag this weekend. Big girls don’t cry. This is the Box Office Battlefield:
Jersey Boys (Clint Eastwood) Rated R [134 min] – The story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. Starring John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, and Vincent Piazza
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 54% • Audience – 72%
A rated R musical directed by Clint Eastwood. One of the most notable musicals to have ever hit Broadway. Does Eastwood get the job done?
“At times the movie version of ‘Jersey Boys’ captures the electric excitement of the musical, but for every soaring moment, there are 10 minutes of bickering or brooding.” – Richard Roper
“What saves it are those nostalgic, soaring doo-wop numbers … and Eastwood’s measured doses of directorial playfulness, such as when the actors cheekily break the fourth wall and talk directly to the audience, as they did on Broadway.” – Chris Nashawaty (Entertainment Weekly)
Sounds iffy, but the run time is what worries me the most. If it is this brooding tale that is kind of lackluster I definitely wouldn’t want to waste my time going to the theaters on something I may sleep through. RENT IT!
Think Like a Man Too (Tim Story) Rated PG-13 [106 min] – All the couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas, but plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event. Starring Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and La La Anthony
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics – 24% • Audience – 74%
I haven’t seen the first film, nor this one either. But the 2002 film must be good enough following to earn this sequel yeah? The title is awful, which makes Dumb and Dumber To all the more funnier.
“Squanders the talents of its talented cast and is bound to test the patience of more discriminating audiences.” – Frank Shcek (Hollywood Reporter)
“Although funnier and mercifully shorter than its 2002 predecessor, this latest collaboration between director Tim Story and comedian Kevin Hart is a formulaic and exhausting experience.” – Justin Chang (Variety)
Woof. SKIP IT!
Despite my recommendation to skip TLAMT, I will never underestimate Kevin Hart’s ability to pull. He could make a remake of the Nutty Professor remake and that movie would most likely bank. Musicals are a tough sell for audiences who either don’t like musicals or don’t like the tone of the musical. It’s a mixed bag, but generally they don’t do well. I would like to see HTTYD2 succeed and have a shallow decline due to its positive reviews, but it will be a close call with 22 Jump Street making as much money as it did. So as it stands, I believe the victor for this weekend shall be:
Winner: Think Like a Man Too
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