Friday, May 17, 2013

Box Office Blitz 19

This week we really get into "summer" movie season now that we have two blockbusters on the slate.  That will make things more interesting.  Or not.

In case you've forgotten how to play, the point of the game is to choose the top 3 movies of the box office this weekend.  For each one you get right you get 50 points.  You get another 50 points for each one you get in the right place.  A 500 point bonus goes to the winner.  The ultimate winner gets $25 while the 2nd place finisher gets $15 and the 3rd place finisher gets $10.  And every participant who doesn't place in the top 3 gets a free ebook.

Now then, on with the show.

Here's the list of movies from my local megaplex (* denotes a new release)

  • 42
  • Disconnect 
  • Evil Dead
  • Iron Man 3
  • Jurassic Park 3D
  • Mud
  • Oblivion
  • Olympus Has Fallen
  • Oz the Great & Powerful
  • Pain and Gain 
  • Peeples
  • Scary Movie 5
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Star Trek Into Darkness*
  • The Big Wedding
  • The Company You Keep
  • The Croods
  • The Great Gatsby
  • The Iceman*
  • The Place Behind the Pines 
My picks this week will be:
  1. Fake Star Trek 2 $150M
  2. Iron Man 3 $50M
  3. Gatsby $15M
You make your picks in the comments.  And don't forget the bonus question!

This week's question will be worth 200 points.  Here's a simple one:
Will Fake Star Trek 2 make MORE, LESS, or THE SAME than Iron Man 3's opening of $175M?

(And yes I'm aware I'm in the small minority who didn't like the first "Star Trek."  From what Neil Vogler says I won't like this second installment any better.  Really makes me leery about seeing what JJ Abrams is going to do to Star Wars.  Honestly I don't think this guy is the type of creative genius who can replace both Gene Roddenberry and George Lucas.  Editorial over.)

The results will be posted sometime on Sunday afternoon, whenever I need a break from packing stuff to move.


  1. I agree with your top three, though I am not even going to attempt to guess $$. I think "fake" Star Trek will make less than Iron Man 3 in its opening weekend. Funny, I always thought of Voyager as "fake" Star Trek.

  2. Star Trek Into Darkness: $124 million (Thurs - Sun) or $87 million (Fri - Sun)
    Iron Man 3: $32 million
    Gatsby: $23 million

    Star Trek Into Darkness will make less than Iron Man 3 by a long shot I'm afraid. Comic books and Robert Downey Jr. are just way more popular.

    I'm not certain why you call it "fake" as all sci-fi is fake and not real. Wouldn't it be more appropriate to call it Modern Trek vs. Legacy Trek?

    1. This "Star Trek" is like Journey without Steve Perry; it may have the same name but it just ain't the same.

  3. Or, call it (as "The Superficial" does) "Star Trek Into Alice Eve's Boobs." Don't worry, Michael: when my post comes out, it'll have shirtless Chris Pine in it, too.

    1. Star Trek: $80 million.
    2. Iron Man $32 Million.
    3. The Iceman, $10 million. I have to differentiate myself from Offutt, or I'll just be keeping pace with him. BET LIKE A HEDGE FUND MANAGER, is what I always say. I do always say that, too. It makes me really annoying at social functions.

    "And now, the father of the bride has something to say."


    "I could have sworn he said he didn't drink."


    Also, "Less?" I think that's the answer to the question.

  4. 1. Star Trek Into Darkness ($90 mil weekend)
    2. Iron Man 3 ($34 mil)
    3. The Great Gatsby ($25 mil)

  5. I'm gonna go with
    1. Star Trek -- $120m for its full "weekend" take.
    2. Iron Man -- $35m
    3. Gatsby -- $24m

    Star Trek won't touch Iron Man as much as it would like to.

  6. The Star Trek movie will not make as much as Iron Man III. The reviews just haven't been that good.

    Star Trek $100 mil
    Iron Man III $75 mil.
    Gatsby $45 mil.

  7. Abrams Star Trek is the Trek that moviegoers want. That might be "fake," but I like it.
    1. Star Trek Into Darkness - $116 million since it's a 4-day weekend
    2. Iron Man 3 - $32 million
    3. The Great Gatsby - $28 million

    Less: since it's not quite as big as the follow-up to Avengers.

  8. Is it too late to enter? I haven't seen Star Trek yet, and have no idea of any numbers. If it's too late, just don't count this..

    Star Trek $98 million
    Iron Man 3 $70 million.
    Gatsby $14 million.

    1. Almost forgot. Star Trek will make less than Iron Man for opening.



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