Friday, July 19, 2013

Box Office Blitz Season 2 Week 2

The box office results last week made me a Grumpy Bulldog when Pacific Rim came in behind Grown Ups 2.  What's wrong with this country when we can't appreciate giant robots or monsters unless they're already household names like Transformers or Godzilla?  All things being equal a movie like "Star Wars" or "The Matrix" would probably flop if it were released today because they weren't known properties.  Of course the problem is like that of a writer (or anyone else looking for a job) when they first start out.  Publishers and agents want track records but how do you get a track record with your first book?  It's like after college when I needed a job and all these companies wanted X years experience.  Well that's great but how the hell do I get experience if no one will hire me into the field?  Until I finally found a company who was desperate enough.  Now I have 11 years experience, so suck it kids!

Sermon over.  Game on for week 2.  After Briane Pagel's stunning upset to win week 1, what will happen this week?  With a bevy of new (and lame) movies coming out this week it's going to be tough.

If you don't know the rules of the game, just read last week's post explaining everything.   The gist is you want to pick the top 3 movies of this weekend.  Get them in the right order to make the most points.  Pretty simple.  And yet so difficult.

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

  • Copperhead*
  • Despicable Me 2
  • Grown Ups 2
  • Kevin Hart:  Let Me Explain
  • Man of Steel
  • Monster University
  • Now You See Me
  • Pacific Rim 
  • RIPD* (aka Men in Black meets Ghost Rider/Spawn/Reaper/Dead Like Me, etc.) 
  • Red 2* (another paycheck for Bruce Willis!)
  • Star Trek Into Darkness
  • The Conjuring* (aka every haunted house cliche ever)
  • The Heat
  • The Lone Ranger
  • The Way, Way Back*
  • This is the End
  • Turbo* (It's Cars...with Snails!)
  • White House Down
  • World War Z

Holy cow, that's a lot of new movies!  How can you possibly decide between all those?  I guess just throw a dart at a board or pull names out of a hat or something.  The names out of my hat go:
  1. Turbo $50M
  2. RIPD $40M
  3. The Conjuring $30M
I hope this week most people don't just pick the same as me because there's obviously a lot of variations possible.  Of course me I will eschew all the new crap and just go watch Pacific Rim again.

A fun fact in honor of "Turbo":  I heard on the news this week that there's a big trend in Japan now for women to let snails crawl all over their faces because the snail slime is like Botox or something.  To quote Hank Hill, "If anyone tried that on me I'd kick his ass."  What won't some women do to try to look younger?  Ick.

Results will be posted on Sunday!


  1. Turbo 45
    Conjuring 40
    Despicable Me 2 28

    I think RIPD will come in around 20 - 25. It just looks kinda dumb. There hasn't been a "horror" movie out in a while, so I think it will spike it up a bit while the kids movies duke it out. Red 2 is probably a 20 or less. Hoping Pacific Rim will hold well while Retards on Parade 2 falls to where it should've been last week. Don't think there will be a "big" winner this week, just too much out there right now.

  2. The Conjuring - $35 mil
    Despicable Me 2 - $30 mil
    Turbo - $29 mil

    I was thinking about seeing RIPD this weekend, but I've learned that my tastes mean nothing when compared to the public at large.

  3. I can't predict the total for this weekend, but I'll be on my way to Turbo shortly. :)

  4. You should give bonus points to people who comment on your other posts during the week. Then I'd be able to maintain my tremendous lead without asking Sweetie "What's Copperhead?"

    (Her answer: "I don't know." Movie trivia is one of Sweetie's strengths, so that doesn't bode well for the movie.)

    Anyway: go with the kids!

    1. Turbo: $45 million.
    2. The Conjuring $35 million
    3. RIPD $30 million.

    As I posted that, Sweetie looked over my shoulder and said she disagreed. So I decided to do Sweetie's picks, too.

    Here is how this conversation went:

    "You're going to be entered now. What movie is going to be 1, 2 and 3, and how much will they earn?"

    Her: "I don't know."

    "So seriously, do you want a list of them?"


    1. The Conjuring, $35 million.

    *Interruption by the boys*
    *Makes me read list to her*

    2. Turbo $20 mil
    3. Red 2: $11 mil.

  5. Turbo $31 million
    The Conjuring $27 million
    Red 2 $25 million

    I too shall see Pacific Rim again! All this crap coming out this weekend is of no interest whatsoever to me. I don't like scary, a sequel to R.E.D. is getting bad reviews, and Turbo kind of looks really dumb.

  6. What a weak movie week.
    1. The Conjuring: $30m
    2. RED 2: $25m
    3. Despicable Me 2: $24m

    I want to see RiPD; I can't help it. I like Jeff Bridges.

  7. Our son CJ just saw Pacific Rim and he though it was fantastic.

  8. 1-The Conjuring $37M
    2-Turbo $30M
    3-Red 2 $24M

    I am curious about RIPD as long as Ryan Reynolds doesn't curse it.

  9. I care nothing about the movies this week so here goes.

    1. Turbo $55
    2. RIPD $45M
    3. Pacific Rim $30M



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