It may be crowded at the top after the holiday box office plays out. Never mind the good or bad movie reviews, the real drama is where they all with end up.
A glut of movies could confuse movie-goers as they head into the unofficial start to the summer in states as Memorial Day commences. Of course, Hollywood has already started its summer, so when summer does gets here, no one will notice or care.
Will anybody care about “Hangover III”? That movie gets a jump on “Fast and Furious 6” as it opens today (May 23), but come on, one hangover is really enough, let alone three. As for “Fast and Furious 6,” one must really be a fan to know that they made five before this one. But, that doesn’t matter as these two will battle.
However, this is where is gets interesting. Those two plus the animated “Epic” give audiences choices, but one must add in “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “Iron Man 3.” This weekend could either be a whopper with all these choices, or one or two films steal the crowds. Throw in “The Great Gatsby” and one could argue that there could be six films all doing decent numbers.
1. “The Hangover” – 3,555 theaters
1. “Epic” – 3,882 theaters
2. “Fast and Furious 6” – 3,658 theaters
3. “Before Midnight” – 5 theaters
4. “We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks” – 4 theaters
Now comes the disclaimer. With the holiday and that early start for “The Hangover III,” that means numbers can be spun to make a film look better or worse that is the reality. Some did that for “Star Trek Into Darkness” as some headlines used the three-day figure while others used the four-day. Here, we focused on both numbers. That will be done again. Actually, with the holiday, there will be one more day added, so another number, too.
OK, enough of that. What stands out, at least here, is that the movie “Epic” gets more theaters than the other new releases. This holiday will have an animated family film to go along with all the rest. And it looks like theaters like it that way. We will see if that pans out.
Meanwhile, in the past, the voice angle of animation has been described here. Does it really matter who voices a character in an animations film? Will that make someone go? Plus, think of the other performers who used to be voice actors who now cannot fund that work. That is another story down the line.
One could use “Epic” as an epic example of this. The cast is impressive, but, is it needed? The cast includes the voices of Beyonce Knowles, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Knoxville, Aziz Ansari, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler, Blake Anderson and Judah Friedlander. It is good work if you can get it, though. There needs to be a major study done to see if an A-lister voicing a movie really matters. As for “The Hangover III” it, too, has a stellar cast, including Academy award nominee Bradley Cooper. Others are Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, John Goodman and Heather Graham. Once an Oscar nominations lands your way and one still find themselves in a movie like this one, it cannot be good. Even if Cooper tries, it will not convince anyone that he really cares about this role. Vin Diesel returns in “Fast and Furious 6” and by having that many sequels it usually mean getting the main character out of retirement or off the couch. This movie is no different. But, again, for the new releases, it is “Epic” that rolls into the most theaters.