The Summer Box Office Challenge — Final Week: Is Hercules Stronger Than a Woman Named Lucy?

By  · Published on July 21st, 2014

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.

  1. Chris B – 35 points
  2. Thomas McCallum – 28 pts
  3. Spencer Connell – 27 pts
  4. Husain – 25 pts
  5. Jamie Boyd – 25 pts (tied for 4th)
  6. Barthov – 24 pts
  7. AKFilmfan – 24 pts (tied for 6th)
  8. Gary Salem – 23 pts
  9. Ash – 21 pts
  10. Xtlhogciao – 19 pts

Again, it’s the top three players who win the Blu-ray prize packs, and any of the ten players above still have a shot. We’ve included a tie break question below as well in case we end up with a tie in our top three, so be sure you answer it as well.

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

There are three new wide releases hitting this week, but I’d hazard that only two of them have a shot at taking #1 for the weekend. Dwayne Johnson’s mythological action hero film, Hercules, is opening in the shadows of Kellan Lutz’ masterful portrayal of the legend earlier this year. Can he and director Brett Ratner beat The Legend of Hercules’ incredibly $9m opening? We’ll see. On the other side of the XX/XY coin is Scarlett Johansson’s sci-fi action romp from director Luc Besson. Lucy’s dumb concept of how humans only use 10% of their brain aside, it looks like a ton of fun… but can she beat out The Rock? Finally, Rob Reiner’s And So It Goes with Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton is also opening, but older folks have an earlier bedtime so there’s little chance of it making a dent at the top of the box office.

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 July 25–27 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: “Happy Christmas, $25m”)
  2. Bonus Question: Which movie will come in fifth for the weekend? A correct answer earns 2 points.
  3. **Tie Breaker Question: In case of a tie in our top three players, this question will be the determining factor. How much, to the dollar, will Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight earn this weekend?

Here are the incredibly simple rules:

We’ll return next Monday with the winners. Thanks for playing and good luck!

Rob Hunter has been writing for Film School Rejects since before you were born, which is weird seeing as he's so damn young. He's our Chief Film Critic and Associate Editor and lists 'Broadcast News' as his favorite film of all time. Feel free to say hi if you see him on Twitter @FakeRobHunter.