Friday, March 15, 2013

Box Office Blitz: Week 10

We got back on track last week with a couple of trifectas.  Unfortunately I didn't get one of them.  Basically it's a 4-man race right now with Tony Laplume on top, Andrew in second, me in third, and Rusty coming up hard on the outside in 4th.  The rest of the pack is farther behind.  They just need to play every week and guess better!

Remember the object of the game is to guess the three movies that top the box office and put them in the right order.  For each one you guess right you get 50 points and if you get it in the right spot it's a 50 point bonus.  If you win the round you get 500 points extra.  Dollar values are used as a tiebreaker, so make sure to guess the amount each will make too.

Now then, here's this week's slate of movies from my local megaplex (* indicates a new release):

  • 21 and Over
  • A Good Day to Die Hard
  • Argo
  • Beautiful Creatures
  • Dark Skies
  • Dead Man Down
  • Django Unchained
  • Escape from Planet Earth
  • Identity Thief
  • Jack the Giant Killer
  • Les Miserables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Mindless Behavior*  (huh?)
  • Oz the Great & Powerful
  • Quartet
  • Safe Haven
  • Side Effects
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Snitch
  • The Call*  
  • The Impossible
  • The Incredible Burt Wonderstone*
  • The Last Exorcism 2
  • Warm Bodies
  • Zero Dark 30
It's kind of a tough call.  "Identity Thief" has proven the power of idiotic comedies, though "Burt Wonderstone" doesn't feature a fat lady, so that may hurt it.  But really I think family movies are what typically rule the box office, so I'll go:

  1. Oz the Great and Powerful $35M
  2. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone $25M
  3. Jack the Giant Slayer $10M
 (Seriously, what's with all the really long title names?  Yeesh.  Makes me feel better about Time Enough to Say Goodbye, Tales of the Scarlet Knight Volume II.)

It will be interesting to see if Halle Berry fares better than washed-up action heroes have thus far.

Now for a bonus question worth 100 points to one random person who is not also the winner of the round.   

Typically the previous week's #1 movie falls about 60% the following week.  So, do you think Oz the Great & Powerful will make MORE or LESS than 40% of last week's take, which would be $32M according to my math?

Good luck...except to Tony and Andrew.  I may have to make your entries start to conveniently disappear from Blogger.


  1. I missed last week, but here are my pics. Wonderstone is getting crazy good reviews.
    The Incredible Burt Wonderstone $30M
    Oz the Great and Powerful $29M
    The Call $10M

  2. That's right, I'm coming HARD!

    1. Oz - $38 mil
    2. Burt Wonderstone - $22 mil
    3. Jack The Giantslayer - $12 mil

    It will make... more than 40%.

  3. Hmm...
    I'm gonna go with more, because I don't think it will drop 60%. It is -the- family movie at the moment.
    1. Oz - $40m
    2. Wonderstone - $32m
    3. The Call - $18m

  4. 1. Oz the Great and Powerful ($45 mil)
    2. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone ($20 mil)
    3. The Call ($10 mil)

    Wonderstone almost looks like Zoolander. That would be a good thing. Blue Steel!

  5. 1 Oz $50 mil
    2. Call $35 mil
    3. Burt $28 mil
    Um. Yes on the question.

    I asked Sweetie if she would help me pick. She said "no" and went back to reading. Apparently family honor is a foreign concept to her.

    Oh, and all I have to do is play more and get more right? IF ONLY I HAD FIGURED THAT OUT ON MY OWN.

  6. "Uh, hello? This is Andrew Leon and Rusty Webb. We would like to cancel our picks for this week and give our previously-earned points to Pagel. Also he is really handsome. And don't worry about blogger saying this comment is from someone else because that's probably a computer virus."


    Andrew Leon and Rusty Webb.

    PS. did we mention he is handsome? Because he is. He's like Ryan Gosling. Only moreso.

    PPS. This is definitely from us and not a hoax. Here is proof: "Buy Shadow Spinner! I am an artist!"

  7. Oh crap. It wasn't a yes or no question. I will say " What is MORE, Alex?"

  8. LOL @ Briane!
    That's almost enough to make me just agree with you.


    Wonderstone bombed



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