Friday, July 26, 2013

Box Office Blitz Season 2 Week 3

Greetings from the wilds of northern Michigan!  Though actually I wrote this post days ago.  So when you get down to the list of movies there may be one or two indie ones missing or old ones that are gone.  Let's hope none of them are important enough to matter.

After we had a whole bunch of movies released last week (only one of which didn't tank--the one that cost the least incidentally) this week we seem to have only one important new one and a couple smaller ones.  From the trailers I've seen "The Wolverine" promises to have everything you want in a Wolverine movie.  Hugh Jackman shirtless?  Check.  Brandishing fake claws?  Check.  Screaming for no real reason?  Check.  So get ready for two hours of that.  I wonder if it will be playing up here?  I assume so.  Last year at this time I was up in Petoskey and watched "The Dark Knight Rises" since it was rainy and gray and what the fuck else are you going to do in Petoskey on a rainy day?  Anyway, if you were following me on Facebook you presumably will see all the lighthouse pictures I will take while on vacation.  And if you ask why lighthouses?  I dunno.  What the fuck else is there to take pictures of outside in Michigan?  Lakes and trees I guess, but trees and water are pretty boring shots.  Lighthouses are more or less unique though some are pretty similar in design.

Anyway, if you want to know the rules, read the first week's post.  Basically just pick which three movies you think will rule the box office and let the chips fall where they may.

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

  • Despicable Me 2 
  • Fruitvale Station*
  • Grown Ups 2
  • Kevin Hart:  Let Me Explain
  • Man of Steel
  • Monster University
  • Pacific Rim 
  • RIPD
  • Red 2
  • The Conjuring
  • The Heat
  • The Lone Ranger
  • The To Do List*
  • The Wolverine*
  • This is the End
  • Turbo
  • White House Down
  • World War Z

My picks will be:
  1. The Wolverine $40M
  2. Despicable Me 2 $20M
  3. The Conjuring $18M
Now you make your picks!

Provided my netbook and the hotel WiFi work I should be able to tally the scores at some point on Sunday.  You'll have to wait though for updated cumulative totals.


  1. Wolverine - $75 mil
    The Conjouring - $20 mil
    Despicable Me - $15 mil

  2. The Wolverine- $70M
    The Conjuring- $20M
    Despicable Me 2- $15M

  3. My picks
    The Wolverine - $73 M
    Despicable Me 2 - $15 M
    Turbo - $12 M

  4. Wolverine: $76m
    The Conjuring: $19m
    Despicable Me 2: $16m

  5. The Wolverine 60
    Conjuring 25
    Despicable Me 20

  6. 1. The Conjuring $35 mil
    2. The To Do List $30 mil
    3. The Wolverine $20 mil.

    I actually think I ought to reverse those but maybe Wolverine I hope will tank? I'm sick of hearing about The Wolverine and how he's not immortal anymore or ninjas or whatever.

    Also, I have to follow you on Facebook to see the lighthouse pictures? I'm not allowed on Facebook. I was banned about four years ago for making too many friend requests. Which is to say: I was too social for The Social Network.

  7. Crap, can I change? I really think I want to go the other way. I'm posting this immediately after the last one. I'm changing.

    1. The Wolverine $50 mil
    2. The Conjuring $40 mil.
    3. The To Do List, $35 mil.

    FINAL ANSWER, Regis.



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