Summer Box-Office Challenge

summermovieprediction

They said it couldn’t be done. They called me mad at the university. They doubted my math skills and insisted on hiring an accounting team from Pricewaterhouse Coopers. They debated whether or not there should be a hyphen between “box” and “office.” But here we are, fourteen weeks later, and our inaugural Summer Box Office Challenge has come to a successful end. The last weekend of releases saw some heavyweight newcomers, and after the dust settled an action film led by Scarlett Johansson severely beat down one headlined by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Did I mention she did it on a 60% lower budget too? Luc Besson’s Lucy brought in just under $44 million for the weekend — a great number for Besson and his highest opening since The Fifth Element in ’97 — and the hope is that Hollywood takes the right notes from these results. Last week’s bonus question asking which film would end up in fifth place got an answer in the form of Planes: Fire & Rescue. So after tallying up all the points not twice but once, we have our three winners! Keep reading to see who’ll be getting a Bu-ray bundle of new releases, and to those of you who played along but didn’t win, know that we’re grateful for your participation. This feature wouldn’t have been nearly as fun as it was if you folks weren’t engaged and interested in playing along. So thanks!

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summermovieprediction_final

Welcome to the final week of our 2014 Summer Box-Office Challenge! We’ve been tallying points all summer long, and now it comes down to this. A strong man versus a smart woman. As a reminder, at the end of the contest — next Monday, July the 28th — the three top point-earners will each win a Blu-ray/DVD prize pack! First place will win ten (10) Blu-ray/DVD titles that were released throughout the summer, second place wins five (5) and third place wins two (2). As we’ve already seen the score can shift noticeably week to week, and with one week left that means anyone within nine points of the top three spots still has a chance of winning. All of the still eligible players are listed below the break. Now let’s look at this past weekend’s results! Dawn of the Planet of the Apes held onto #1 bringing in another $36.3 million. That’s pretty much an exact 50% drop from opening weekend and a great hold for the critically acclaimed film. Our bonus question resulted in far fewer of you guessing right as Mood Indigo‘s per theater average ($13k) beat out both Wish I Was Here ($7k) and I Origins ($7k). Keep reading to see the new player rankings and the ten who are still in the game.

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summermovieprediction_week12

Welcome to week twelve 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. Apes rule, robots drool… but we knew that was going to be the case didn’t we? The weekend actuals show Dawn of the Planet of the Apes taking #1 with a $72.6 million opening, and as for the bonus question, Boyhood managed a whopping $78k per theater average. Check out the updated top five player standings below (and the list of the remaining players with double-digit scores at the end of the post).

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summermovieprediction_week11

Welcome to week eleven 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 actuals will be in later today, but they won’t change Transformers‘ hold on the top spot in the face of three newcomers. It handily beat Earth to Echo and Deliver Us From Evil, and even Tammy came in $15 million under. Good news for Michael Bay and Paramount? Sure. But the fact that it dropped a hefty 64% as well (and may end up as the lowest grossing entry of the franchise? No so good. Its $36m haul was at the low end of players’ guesses leading to a minor shake-up in our top five ranking. Keep reading to see the latest standings and to play along this week.

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summermovieprediction_week10

Welcome to week ten 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. This week’s results were a forgone conclusion in the general sense, but the specifics are still up for debate. The studio itself is pegging Transformers: Age of Extinction at $100 million for this past weekend, but we shouldn’t be surprised if the actuals see that number drop some by this afternoon. We have a couple players who will would earn the “within a million” bonus if it holds up, so for that reason the top five players won’t be updated until later today. As for the actual bonus question — well, that will also have to wait for the actuals as Nothing Bad Can Happen isn’t even appearing on Box Office Mojo’s weekend estimates yet. [UPDATE: The actuals are in, and Transformers 4 made... $100m. The answer to the bonus question is "lower" as Nothing Bad Can Happen only opened to a $700 per theater average. Here are the current top five players.]

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summermovieprediction_wk9

Welcome to week nine 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 majority of you chose correctly last week and picked the Think Like a Man sequel to win the weekend box office, but it looks to be incredibly close with 22 Jump Street earning just one million dollars less. The estimates show Think banking $30m — a nice round number sure to change slightly once the actuals come in later today — and Jump falling less than 50% in its second weekend to bring in $29m. (It’s rare but not unheard of for estimates to be off by more than $1m, so it’s possible our results below may change significantly.) As for last week’s bonus question, Roman Polanski’s Venus In Furs earned less than $32k bringing in only $26k for its opening weekend. We’ll update once the actuals come in later today, but here are the top five players based on the estimates. [EDIT: The actuals are in, and Think Like a Man 2 […]

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summermovieprediction_week8

Welcome to week eight 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. I said last week that either one of Friday’s new releases (22 Jump Street, How to Train Your Dragon 2) could open at #1, but the expectation (and the professional prognosticators) leaned towards the animated dragon taking the top spot. Surprise! Bigger audiences turned out for the R-rated comedy than for the kids flick to the tune of a $10 million difference. The estimates have Jump opening at $60m and Dragon taking #2 with $50m. Only two players correctly pegged Jump as the #1 film, and very few of you thought The Rover would have a per screen average higher than $13k (it was $14k), so there’s only a minor change in our top five. We’ll update once the actuals come in later today, but expect no change in this ranking.

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summermovieprediction_week7

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 […]

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summermovieprediction_week6

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.] Chris B – 16 points Husain – 15 pts […]

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summermovieprediction_week5

Welcome to week five 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 are a bit too close to call just yet — the rankings below will be updated this afternoon once the actuals come in — but the top two films won’t surprise anyone. Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past took first place with just over $90 million while Godzilla fell to second meaning everyone who played last week earns two points for the bonus question. Our player top five has finally gotten a bit of a shake-up too. Here are the current standings for our contest (with the understanding that they may chance once actuals come in later today). [UPDATE: The actuals show X-Men earning $90.8 million so these results are unchanged.] Chris B – 14 points Husain – 13 pts AKFilmfan – 11 pts Starkweather – 11 pts Spencer Connell – 8 pts And now it’s on to week five! Check out the challenge questions below and play along in the comments […]

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summermovieprediction_wk4

Welcome to week four 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 actuals from this past weekend unsurprisingly put Godzilla at #1, but his arrival hasn’t altered our own #1 and #2 as Husain and AKFilmfan retain their top spots. The remaining three positions have been shaken up a bit though by some newcomers. Godzilla took in $93.19 million this weekend while Million Dollar Arm failed to beat Trouble With the Curve taking in less than that film’s $12.2m opening weekend. Here are the current standings for our contest. Husain – 11 points AKFilmfan – 9 pts Starkweather – 9 pts Spencer Connell – 6 pts Thomas McCallum – 6 pts And now it’s on to week four! Check out the challenge questions below and play along in the comments section.

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summermovieprediction3

Welcome to week three 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. I’d ask if anyone could have seen this past weekend’s box office results coming, but clearly some of you suspected what the rest of us couldn’t fathom — and by some I mean a whopping three of you. Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the summer’s first blockbuster-to-be, has been booted from the #1 spot after only one week at the top. The movie’s a stinker so it’s well deserved, but that’s just embarrassing for everyone involved. The box-office actuals for week two show Neighbors taking #1 with $49.03 million while the less fortunate newcomer Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return banked less than $5m. We’re tracking everyone’s points, but we’ll only be listing the top five players each week. Here are the current standings. Husain – 11 points AKFilmfan – 9 pts Campbelldropout – 5 pts Chris B – 5 pts Zack – 4 pts And now it’s on to week three! Check out the challenge questions below and […]

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summermovieprediction2

Welcome to week two 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 actuals for week one are now in, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is the #1 film at $91.6m and Walk of Shame earned (far) less than $200k. We’re tracking everyone’s points, but we’ll only be listing the top five players each week. Here are the current top five players. Husain – 9 points AKFilmFan – 7 pts Joe Webb – 2 pts 500 Words – 2 pts Solomon Meyer – 2 pts Please note that this early in the game the vast majority of players have exactly two points, so positions 3-4 are just the players who also came closest in their guesses for question #1. And now it’s on to week two! Check out the challenge questions below and play along in the comments section.

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Columbia Pictures

Welcome to week one of our 2014 Summer Box-Office Challenge! What is that exactly? (Besides heavily “inspired” by the fine folks over at Gone Elsewhere I mean.) 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. Sound good? We hope you’ll play along with us — we Rejects will be playing for our own prizes (Neil in a dunk tank) —  because we’re in it for bragging rights and the fun of flexing our movie knowledge. This means that you have the opportunity to not only win free movies but to beat us at our own game! Here’s how to play:

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