The Summer Box Office Challenge Week 6: Tom Cruise Goes to War Against a Cancerous Teen


Welcome to week six of our 2014 Summer Box-Office Challenge!

Think of it as a summer-long contest for movie-lovers — you’ll make predictions and guesses as to which summer movies will rule the box-office each week, we award points and at the end of the contest the three top point-earners will each win a Blu-ray/DVD prize pack! First place will win ten (10) Blu-ray/DVD titles released throughout the coming summer, second place wins five (5) and third place wins two (2). We’ll have bonus questions each week as well to help bolster your point totals and keep you in the running.

The box office estimates from this past weekend put Maleficent at #1 with $70 million. It’s a shame as it’s not a good movie, but at least we can take comfort in the far stinkier A Million Ways to Die in the West only managing a third place opening behindlast week’s champion, X-Men: Days of Future Past. The estimate makes it too close to call just yet between the two nearest players, Gary Salem and Jamie Boyde — so the rankings below are based on estimates and will be updated once the actuals come in. Here are the current standings for our contest (with the understanding that they may change once actuals come in later today). [UPDATE: The actuals are in, and Maleficent made $69.4 million meaning the point dispersal remains unchanged. However, an earlier error has been addressed resulting in a single change to the top five.]

  1. Chris B – 16 points
  2. Husain – 15 pts
  3. AKFilmfan – 13 pts
  4. Starkweather – 11 pts
  5. Spencer Connell – 10 pts

And now it’s on to week six! Check out the challenge questions below and play along in the comments section.

There have already been a few weekends this summer where two new releases went head to head for the number one spot, but this coming battle looks to be far tighter of a race to predict. Tom Cruise’s latest, Edge of Tomorrow, is a big action/sci-fi epic that’s also been garnering some unusually (for a summer blockbuster) strong critical buzz including an A- grade from our very own Jack Giroux. It also has a strong female lead in Emily Blunt and is one of the summer’s rare original properties. (It’s based on a Japanese book as opposed to being a sequel, remake or toy-inspired flick.)

This weekend’s other wide release is a romantic drama about a teenage girl dying from cancer. It looks like an easy win for Cruise on the face of it, but The Fault In Our Stars is based on a best-selling YA novel, stars Shailene Woodley in the lead role fresh off her success in another YA adaptation (Divergent) and is tracking really well in advance of its opening.

Or maybe Maleficent will hold onto the top spot and beat out both newcomers?

To enter, leave a comment below with your answers to these questions by 11:59 pm Central time Wednesday:

  1. Predict the #1 film at the box office for June 6-8 and how much it will earn:  The closest correct answer earns 5 points, the 2nd closest earns 3 points and a correct guess within one million dollars earns an additional 2 points. (Example: “The Sacrament, $130m”)
  2. Bonus Question: Will Maleficent‘s box office fall more or less than 62% this weekend? A correct answer earns two points.

Here are the incredibly simple rules:

  • The cutoff for predictions is 11:59 pm Central time each Wednesday, and there will be no exceptions.
  • Predictions are for Friday to Sunday domestic box office as reported by Box Office Mojo.
  • The contest runs through the weekend of July 25-27 (that will be the final round).
  • Be sure your Disqus info is accurate and consistent as that’s how we’ll be tracking your guesses week to week and contacting our three winners.
  • Comment edits made AFTER the cutoff time constitute cheating and will result in player forfeit.

We’ll return next Monday for week 7 and our updated leader-board. Thanks for playing and good luck!

We’re also including the complete player list this week to give you an idea where you currently stand.

Chris B 16
Husain 15
AKFilmfan 13
Starkweather 11
Spencer Connell 10
Gary Salem 9
Barthov 9
Alex Guilmartin 8
Xtlhogciao 8
Thomas McCallum 8
Jamie Boyde 7
Campbelldropout 7
DangSonYou’reHating 7
Joe Webb 6
Rpaine 6
Smokey Ling 6
Angad 6
Johnny Boy 6
Grace C 6
Zack 6
Jacob Harvey 4
Sean Davenport 4
88MPH 4
Jcdeleon1 4
Leeburjay 4
NotAPoliticalComic 4
Steven 4
Zach 4
Good Jeff 2
500 Words 2
Alp 2
Ash 2
Ben Rorick 2
Celluloid Love 2
Cetrata 2
Dick Pickman 2
Gf 2
Haider Ahmed 2
Joey Sears 2
John Cullimore 2
Kevin Davis 2
Mamu Mogambo 2
Maroof 2
Rahul Prabhakaran 2
Ralball 2
Scott 2
SoberFilmCritic 2
Solomon Meyer 2
SoulHonky 2
Svnelson87 2
Swell 2
Tony 2
Will 2
Yehonatanbarilan 2
ZM 2


Rob is the Chief Film Critic of Film School Rejects. He doesn't eat cheese on weekdays.

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