The Summer Box Office Challenge Week 4: Can Godzilla Stand Up to Adam Sandler and the X-Men?

By  · Published on May 19th, 2014

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.

  1. Husain ‐ 11 points
  2. AKFilmfan ‐ 9 pts
  3. Starkweather ‐ 9 pts
  4. Spencer Connell ‐ 6 pts
  5. 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.

Godzilla was always a lock for #1, but few people expected it to open this high. Even the so-called experts and Hollywood box office trackers had it pegged closer to $70m. The question now though is can the film hold off the contenders and hang on to the top spot. This is the first week with more than one challenger ‐ Adam Sandler’s latest, Blended, is hoping to re-capture the “magic” of his previous collaborations with Drew Barrymore (The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates) and Bryan Singer has returned to the X-Men franchise he started with X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Sandler had been in a minor slump recently with two box office duds in a row (Jack and Jill, That’s My Boy), but he rebounded somewhat with last year’s Grown Ups 2. It’s entirely possible that film’s success was due to David Spade though [pause for laughter], so it’s unclear if Sandler’s fans are ready support his solo efforts again. Singer’s film meanwhile is a sequel to the franchise’s lowest grossing film, X-Men: First Class. The new film reunites those characters with ones from the earlier trilogy, but will that be enough to pull audiences back in again?

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 May 23–25 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: “Cold in July, $19m”)
  2. Bonus Question: What will the #2 film be for the weekend? A correct answer earns two points.

Here are the incredibly simple rules:

We’ll return next Monday for week 5 and our updated leader-board. 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.