Friday, June 28, 2013

Box Office Blitz Week 25

Since Tony Laplume opted out to go live off the grid or something, Andrew Leon is in firm control of the contest now.  As we're nearing the halfway point, I'm thinking I need to do something to shake things up.  I've considered changing the scoring system to a wagering system somehow, but it occurs to me this would probably just give Andrew a bigger lead.  Or maybe next week we can just cash out and start over again at 0 for the second half and see if anyone else has better luck.  Maybe it would help to make the bonus for winning the round not so high?  Or make it 100 points for getting one right plus 200 if it's in the right spot?  Or maybe a graduated a system where you get 100 bonus for getting #1 right plus 200 points for getting #2 right and 300 bonus for getting #3 right.

Let me know if you like any of those options or if you have another suggestion.  Since these posts seem to be the highest viewed on the blog I don't think "scrap the thing entirely" is an option.

I was thinking of changing the name of it too.  How about Pick Flicks?  Or Flicks Picks?  Or the "extreme" version "Flix Pix"/"Pix Flix?"  Or maybe you can think of something better?

For this week and next at least we'll play by the same rules as always.

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

  • After Earth
  • Epic
  • Fast & Furious 6
  • Iron Man 3 
  • Man of Steel 
  • Monster University
  • Mud 
  • Now You See Me 
  • Redemption*
  • Star Trek Into Darkness
  • The Bling Ring
  • The Great Gatsby 
  • The Hangover 3
  • The Heat* (not associated with the Miami Heat basketball team)
  • The Internship
  • The Purge
  • This is the End
  • White House Down* (not associated with Olympus Has Fallen that used the same premise)
  • World War Z
  My picks this week will be:
  1. Monster University $40M
  2. White House Down $35M 
  3. The Heat $30M 
And now the bonus question for 362 points:
Olympus Has Fallen made $30.4M its opening weekend in March.  Will "White House Down" make MORE or LESS than that?

Results will be posted at some point Sunday, probably a little later than usual since I will be out of town until Sunday afternoon.


  1. Monsters University = $41 million
    White House Down = $39 million
    The Heat = $36 million

    White House Down will make more than Olympus Has Fallen. It has Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum (two huge stars). WHD had Gerard Butler which is "meh."

    Suggestion: bonus points should be given to first commenter as I'm usually the first to comment on this on Friday.

  2. White House Down $50M
    Monster University $40M
    The Heat $30M

    I agree with your picks Pat, but everybody says WHD is a great film. MORE.

    I'd leave the name the same, and if someone's winning the game why change the rules? Maybe next year you can mix things up.

    Tony was frustrated by his blogging and relationships online. Hopefully he'll be back soon.

  3. Hmm...
    I'll go
    1. Monsters University -- $42m
    2. The Heat -- $36m
    3. White House Down -- $32m
    I'll say More on the bonus.

    I like the title. If people are coming in based on the title, you don't want to change it. Don't give people a reason to be confused.

  4. Monsters U - $45 mil
    The Heat - $40 mil
    White House Down - $35 mil

    and I guess that means I'm guessing more for the bonus question. As for the rules, I'm in favor of any rules changes that will benefit me, and harm others. So that would be cool.

  5. Monsters U....$48 mil

    White House Down...$36 mil

    World War Z.....$30 mil.

    White House Down will make more than that.

  6. As I know all too well from my adventures in contests, the only winning move is not to let Andrew play. He wins EVERYTHING. But I wouldn't recommend changing the rules or the name, either. The basic rules are fine. If you change the rules, you can't make it just pick on Andrew (or whoever is in the lead.)

    You could maybe do something that lets you wager on the bonus question but limit the wager? I thought I did something like that. Or provide points for being the first commenter. Michael's right that he's pretty early, usually, but that works against guys like Andrew, who have the temerity to live on the west coast.

    What's that? My picks? You're right, imaginary person I'm pretending I'm talking to!

    1. White House Down! $45 mil. Wouldn't it be great if this were simply a mashup of "The West Wing" and "Watership Down"? That's the kind of movie I WOULD see. As it is, I am not about to go see a movie in which the prez somehow is active enough to fight terrorists. On the other hand, I thought "Air Force One" was ridiculous with a gung-ho action figure president, but now, our recent presidents, I have to say, I could actually see as action heroes. I mean, George W. was a terrible person and a terrible president who couldn't have wrecked the country more if he'd set out to do that, but I do think that he could have actually been pretty good as an action hero. And Obama? I actually think he'd be really good in a fight. He has that look about him: wiry and kind of mean, right? Obama could play the kind of villain -- or good guy -- who sits quietly in the back of the room listening to the plan and then suddenly lifts his head and explains why all your plans are bull***t and won't work, and then pulls out a knife and lays it on the table and says the problem will be solved, leave it to him. Nobody wants to challenge him and the room goes quiet. He pulls out a couple of dollars, lays them on the table, and stands up. Almost as an afterthought, he finishes the glass of whiskey and walks out.

    Oh, man, that would be a great moment. Also great? A bunch of rabbits wearing suits and walking around the halls of the White House. Remember where I started this thought?

    Hey, imaginary person I'm going to pretend is still next to me -- why didn't you nudge me and make me shut up?

    2. Redemption. I wasn't even going to include it but it's a Jason Statham movie. I wish I was Jason Statham. Him or Ryan Gosling. Instead, I'm just me, but at least today I have a nice shirt on. $40 mil.

    3. Monsters U: $39 mil. Because all the kids already went to see it! Kids would totally go to see White House Down if it starred rabbits, because: bunnies. Kids love bunnies.

    I'm going to go with "MORE" on the bonus question, Alex. You probably think I'm referring to Alex Trebek, and I'm making a Jeopardy! reference. I'm not. I'm pretending the imaginary person who is imaginarily nudging me to shut up is named Alex. You'd like him. He's neat.

    PERHAPS you should change the rules to provide a point per word in the comments. That seems like a great rule that wouldn't favor anyone.



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