Friday, February 22, 2013

Box Office Blitz Week 7

We're up to Week 7 of Box Office Blitz, with Tony Laplume comfortably in the lead.  But like in a NASCAR race or a marathon, the one who takes an early lead isn't necessarily the one who will win it at the end.  There's still plenty of time to catch up.

Anyway, by now you should pretty much know the rules.  You try to pick which three movies will top the box office this upcoming weekend and how much money they will earn.  You get 50 points for each movie you correctly guess and and a 50 point bonus if it's in the right position.  There's a maximum of 300 points plus a 500 point bonus if you win the round.  We've had a number of trifectas the last 3 weeks, so it's entirely possible.

Here's this week's slate of movies, which is pretty much the same as last week (* indicates a new release):

  • A Good Day to Die Hard
  • Argo
  • Beautiful Creatures
  • Dark Skies*
  • Gangster Squad
  • Hansel & Gretel
  • Identity Thief
  • Les Miserables
  • Mama
  • Parker
  • Safe Haven
  • Side Effects
  • Snitch*
  • The Impossible
  • Warm Bodies
  • Zero Dark 30
It seems like a pretty weak lineup to me.  I'll guess:
  1. Snitch $20M
  2. Safe Haven $18M
  3. Identity Thief $13M

I'm probably completely wrong about that.

And since the Oscars are this week, I'll include an Oscar-related bonus question worth 100 points to one person who gets it right.  Everyone can probably make a decent guess about who will win the main awards, so let's find something more obscure:

Who will win the Oscar for best short feature?

1) Don van een schaduw - Death of a Shadow
2) Asad
3) Buzkashi Boys
4) Curfew
5) Henry

Provided anyone gets it right, I'll flip a coin or use in order to pick a winner--that winner can't be the same person who wins the round.

As a note, I'll be out of town this weekend for my niece's second birthday, so I won't post the results until probably Monday morning, by which time we should also know who won the bonus question as well.  Of course if you're an enterprising soul you could probably figure it out without me to tell you.  I mean you just look up IMDB on Sunday afternoon (or other places I'm sure) and then look back at this post here.


  1. 1. Dark Skies - $21 mil
    2. Snitch - $20 Mil
    3. Die Harderest - $17 mil

    And the bonus question... Asad... because is sounds very short named. I like short names for short films. There's a symmetry there.

  2. Reviews of Snitch and Die Hard have been weak, so I'm going with the comedy.

    1. Identity Thief - $13 million
    2. Die Hard 5 - $10 million
    3. Snitch - $9.5 million
    I've heard of Henry, but I have no idea what it's about.

  3. I think I'm going to go
    1. Identity Thief - $15m
    2. Snitch - $14m
    3. Die Hard - $13m
    This is a hard week to call.

    I'm gonna go with "Curfew" on the bonus.

  4. 1. Dark Skies: $10m
    2. Snitch: $9m
    3. Die Hard $8m.

    Just made those up off the top of my head. I've never heard of the shorts, at all, and I'm too lazy to go look them up, so since Asad and Henry and Curfew are taken, I will go with

    1) Don van een schaduw - Death of a Shadow

  5. 1. Identity Thief ($14 mil)
    2. A Good Day to Die Hard ($12 mil)
    3. Snitch ($10 mil)

  6. Die Hard...$15 mil
    Beautiful Creatures...$9 mil
    Snitch...$7 mil

    Asad will win for best short.



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