The Summer Box Office Challenge Week 7: Foul-Mouthed Cops Go Up Against a Dragon With a Learning Disorder


Welcome to week seven 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.

It’s difficult not to look at this past weekend’s victory for Shailene Woodley and YA adaptations about cancer as a loss for Tom Cruise. Not only did his fantastic new action/sci-fi movie miss out on the #1 spot but it also failed to nab #2 as Maleficent only dropped 51.7% to hold second place. It’s a damn shame as people are going to be renting Edge of Tomorrow later this year and wondering why the hell they chose to miss its awesomeness in theaters. The estimates put The Fault In Our Stars at $48.2 million, and since we had more than a few close guesses the actuals will probably change the accrued points. We’ll update once they come available, but for right now, here are the current top five player standings. [Update: The actuals are in, and Fault opened with $48m — crazy close to the estimate — so the points stay the same.]

  1. Chris B – 18 points
  2. AKFilmfan – 18 pts (tied for 1st)
  3. Thomas McCallum – 17 pts
  4. Husain – 17 pts (tied for 3rd)
  5. Spencer Connell – 12 pts

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

Two more heavy hitters open this Friday, both of them sequels to big hits, and either one of them could nab the top spot. The odds favor How to Train Your Dragon 2 as it’s an animated film for all ages, but the momentum for the buddy cop comedy 22 Jump Street (and for directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller) is equally strong. The first Dragon opened to $43 million four years ago while the first Jump Street premiered to $36m back in 2012. Both opened at #1 in their respective weekends, but both sequels can’t be as lucky.

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 13-15 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 Signal, $250k”)
  2. Bonus Question: Robert Pattinson’s last indie, David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis, earned a per screen average of $23k on opening weekend. The one before that (Bel Ami) managed less than $3k. Will this weekend’s per screen average for The Rover be higher or lower than $13k? 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 8 and our updated leader-board. Thanks for playing and good luck!

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

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