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Box Office Preview-Box Office Challenge

Posted on 03 June 2011 by Reel Rhino

Like I said, this week will be hit and miss with me, but I didn’t want to skip out on the Box Office Challenge.  The rules and terms are all listed near the bottom of this post.

There is only one film opening this week worth noting…Ewan McGregor in Mike Mills BEGINNERS, of course!  Right…while I do think Mills semi-autobiographical film about his 75 year old father coming out of the closet after his mother passes away will be a fine effort in filmmaking, I don’t think the 5 screens will be enough to overpower Professor X and his First Class of mutant students.

Yes, X-Men: First Class is out in full force as of midnight tonight (well around 30 minutes ago as this goes to press) and it does look sharp and will be playing on 3,641 screens.  It is standing strong on Rotten Tomatoes at 86% with 124 reviews counted…not bad at all!  It even has Mills’ art house flick whipped, as it is coming in at 79%.  Submarine, the story of a boy plotting to save his parents marriage while attempting also to lose his virginity has them both in check, coming in at 91% fresh.  Submarine is only playing on 4 screens.  Oh, how the summer blockbuster can keep that art house fare in check.

I feel we can firmly vote on X-Men to take the weekend.  With poor word of mouth on Hangover spreading, I think the real competition will be from Kung Fu Panda 2, the only real family friendly competition.  The kids are loose and they need some entertainment, dammit!  The question is how many of the potential folks on Panda watch will instead be hitting the PG-13 X-Men.

Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris (92% fresh at 100 reviews) is expanding to 147 screens and Terrence Malick’s unique existential effort, The Tree of Life (86% fresh) is expanding to 20 screens.  Too few opportunities in both accounts to vie for the top 5.

So last weekend….

BOX OFFICE WEEKEND RESULTS
1. The Hangover Part II $85.9 million
2. Kung Fu Panda 2 $47.6 million
3. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides $39.8 million
4. Bridesmaids $16.5 million
5. Thor $9.5 million
6. Fast Five $6.4 million
7. Midnight in Paris $1.9 million (YOWZA: $33,268 per screen average!)
8. Something Borrowed $1.8 million
9. Jumping the Broom $1.82 million
10 . Rio $1.8 million

Thraxxus is coming off a PERFECT SCORE of 15…you still need to tell me what you want me to watch…your wish is my command, sir.  Can he do a two-fer?  Time will tell!

REEL RHINO TOP 5 BOX OFFICE PICKS
1. X-Men: First Class
2. Kung Fu Panda 2
3. The Hangover Part 2
4. Bridesmaids
5. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

There you have it!  Good Luck to all….

REEL RHINO’S BOX OFFICE CHALLENGE

THE RULES:
Scoring…for every correct guess, you get 3 points.  For every guess within one pick of the movie’s weekend slot gets you 2 points.  Finally, two picks away gets you 1 point.

Yeah…if you can’t figure out who is the winner, it isn’t really a contest, right?  Any ties will be determined first by whoever has the highest correct answer or series of correct answers.  If the tie persists, the winner will be determined by whoever submitted their picks first…yes, you are correct…I have the home field advantage.  Deal with it.

The format will be simple with each week’s challenge.  I will post the week’s opening films, the # of screens the film is playing (when known), and the RottenTomatoes.com score, if it has one at the time of the post.  I am going to omit listing those movies opening in extreme limited release, because they won’t have the seats to fight for one of the top five slots.  Fair enough, agreed?

That will be followed by the top ten from last week.  “Choose wisely.”  Remember that German commander in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade… it didn’t work out so well for him, learn from his lesson my friends.

The final segment of each week’s contest will be me, offering my picks.

You may submit your picks in one of three ways:
1. Enter your picks in the comments field of this post at http://www.BlinkinBlogs.com
2. Enter your picks in the comments field of this post at http://ReelRhino.com
3. E-mail your picks to ReelRhino@gmail.com

I will compile the week’s entries and post the winners at both BlinkinBlogs and ReelRhino as soon as possible, but hopefully by Monday evening at the latest.

THE PRIZE: For now, my friends, in the humble beginnings of the BOX OFFICE CHALLENGE, the prize is this: the champion of the week will have their selection of any film, which I will watch and review on both sites.  Don’t believe me?  See also: http://reelrhino.blogspot.com/2011/04/biebers-never-say-never-redux-watch.html

Yep…that happened.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL AND MAKE YOUR PICKS SOON!

Reel Rhino

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2011 Memorial Day Movie Preview BOX OFFICE CHALLENGE

Posted on 26 May 2011 by Reel Rhino

There are only two new releases worth mentioning this weekend.  They will most likely be #1 and #2, but it is a crapshoot as to which will be which!

Will the R-rated HANGOVER 2 and the return of the WOLFPACK be enough to keep the FURIOUS FIVE and the chosen one, PO, from taking the weekend?  The screen count is comparable (PANDA: 3,925 VS. HANGOVER: 3,615), but Kung-Fu Panda is playing in both 2-D and 3-D, so of course there would be more.  Also, Panda 2 does have an IMAX version, but it seems as though Pirates is holding onto the IMAX screens and that Panda will be hitting IMAX next week.  

Other X-Factors?  Both PANDA and HANGOVER were released today.  It is essentially a 5-day movie weekend.  I will be curious to see how Box Office Mojo ranks it all out, but you can guarantee it is going to be a bog box office weekend.

Here were last week’s results:

Weekend Box Office Results
1. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides $90.1 million
2. Bridesmaids $20.8 million
3. Thor $15.4 million
4. Fast Five $10.5 million
5. Priest $4.7 million
6. Rio $4.6 million
7. Jumping the Broom $3,7 million
8. Something Borrowed $3.5 million
9. Water for Elephants $2.1 million
10. Madea’s Big Happy Family $956,000

Since there has been fairly little response to the contest…I will keep the whole message relatively short.  Here are my picks, and the rules and ways to enter follow after…

REEL RHINO PICKS FOR THE WEEKEND
1. Kung-Fu Panda 2
2. The Hangover 2
3. Pirates 4
4. Bridesmaids
5. Thor

Bridesmaids and Hangover 2 would make a hell of a double feature.  I will catch up with you soon…

REEL RHINO’S BOX OFFICE CHALLENGE

THE RULES:
Scoring…for every correct guess, you get 3 points.  For every guess within one pick of the movie’s weekend slot gets you 2 points.  Finally, two picks away gets you 1 point. 

Yeah…if you can’t figure out who is the winner, it isn’t really a contest, right?  Any ties will be determined first by whoever has the highest correct answer or series of correct answers.  If the tie persists, the winner will be determined by whoever submitted their picks first…yes, you are correct…I have the home field advantage.  Deal with it.

The format will be simple with each week’s challenge.  I will post the week’s opening films, the # of screens the film is playing (when known), and the RottenTomatoes.com score, if it has one at the time of the post.  I am going to omit listing those movies opening in extreme limited release, because they won’t have the seats to fight for one of the top five slots.  Fair enough, agreed?

 

 That will be followed by the top ten from last week.  “Choose wisely.”  Remember that German commander in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade… it didn’t work out so well for him, learn from his lesson my friends.

 

The final segment of each week’s contest will be me, offering my picks.

 

You may submit your picks in one of three ways:

1. Enter your picks in the comments field of this post at http://www.BlinkinBlogs.com

2. Enter your picks in the comments field of this post at http://ReelRhino.com

3. E-mail your picks to ReelRhino@gmail.com

I will compile the week’s entries and post the winners at both BlinkinBlogs and ReelRhino as soon as possible, but hopefully by Monday evening at the latest.

THE PRIZE: For now, my friends, in the humble beginnings of the BOX OFFICE CHALLENGE, the prize is this: the champion of the week will have their selection of any film, which I will watch and review on both sites.  Don’t believe me?  See also: http://reelrhino.blogspot.com/2011/04/biebers-never-say-never-redux-watch.html

Yep…that happened.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL AND MAKE YOUR PICKS SOON!

Reel Rhino

 

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Weekend Box Office Recap: Pirates, Bridesmaids, and Thor OH MY!

Posted on 23 May 2011 by Reel Rhino

The BOX OFFICE CHALLENGE was met with its lowest entries to date…three.  Now that is of course, counting me in the mix and also not counting Thraxxus, who flatters me yet again by offering as his picks, a resounding of mine.  Oh Thraxxus, you silly goose.

The weekend gave us pretty much exactly what we expected.  Pirates took the weekend, which was no suprise.  The numbers came back a little lower than expected for this monster franchise, much of which can be attributed to opening against nothing else this weekend and pulling in pretty weak critical reviews.  The booty for this Pirates is bound to be less than the studio hope, but these films typically crush overseas, so perhaps the worldwide take will keep them on course.

For #2 this week, Bridesmaids held on strong, dropping only $5 million from last weekend’s haul.  I suppose good word of mouth and little other options for movie entertainment helped fuel a solid week two for this very funny outing being headlined by Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig.

#3 and #4 are no real surprise, but I was very pleased to hit #5 on the nose with my picks.  With little competition in the kiddie flick department, Rio seemed like the only option.  Of course next week gives all the adults a reasonable only choice in The Hangover 2, but you can be sure that every kid in America will be scrambling for Kung Fu Panda 2.

Weekend Box Office Results
1. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides $90.1 million
2. Bridesmaids $21 million
3. Thor $15.5 million
4. Fast Five $10.6 million
5. Rio $4.65 million
6. Priest $4.60 million
7. Jumping the Broom $3,7 million
8. Something Borrowed $3.4 million
9. Water for Elephants $2.1 million
10. Madea’s Big Happy Family $990,000

Reel Rhino’s Picks for This Weekend: Total Points – 13
1. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (3)
2. Thor (2)
3. Bridesmaids (2)
4. Fast Five (3)
5. Rio (3)

Junior’s Picks: Total Points – 10
1. Pirates of the Caribbean (3)
2. Thor (2)
3. Fast Five (2)
4. Bridesmaids (1)
5. Priest (2)

Kenfu’s Picks: Total Points – 10
1. Pirates (3)
2. Thor (2)
3. Fast Five (2)
4. Bridesmaids (1)
5. Priest (2)

So I took the weekend again, but my hats off to both Junior and Kenfu for again playing.  I hope that this thing takes off and we can add some more players.  Thraxxus…my coat-tails are available for your enjoyment every week.

Coming soon…a Reel Rhino Review for both PIRATES and POM WONDERFUL: THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD.

Until later, take care!
Reel Rhino

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Weekend Preview/Box Office Challenge 05/20-05/22

Posted on 20 May 2011 by Reel Rhino

Oh the Box Office Challenge is here!  Hooray, hooray!  The rules and ways to enter are near the bottom of this post.

What a strange week we have at hand…Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is essentially the only new film opening this weekend.  There are a few flicks that are expanding into more theaters this week, but for the most part, the folks in charge of scheduling releases were intimidated by Jack Sparrow.  Oh, sorry sir…CAPTAIN Jack Sparrow.

On Stranger Tides will be the twelfth largest release of all-time in these great United States, playing on 4,155 screens domestically this weekend.  POTC: At World’s End played on 4,362 to come in 4th all time for big release.  Praise Jesus, that the largest release of all-time was The Twilight Sage: Eclipse, which played 4,468 screens.  Yeesh!

So Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is coming at you in the following forms:
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides An IMAX 3-D Experience
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides In Disney 3-D
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in AMC ETX

Yikes, no wonder they need so many screens!!!

I am quite positive that this will be the #1 movie of the weekend…there you go folks.  A gimme from the Reel Rhino.  Only four more picks right and you may be our winner!

Domestically speaking, POTC: The Curse of the Black Pearl is #34 all-time at $305 million; POTC: At World’s End is #31 all-time at $309.4 million; and POTC: Dead Man’s Chest is #8 all-time at $423.3.

Where will On Stranger Tides land overall?  How will it be held against its predecessors?  Did we really need this film at all?  Johnny Depp seems excited and he claims to be breathing new life into the role.  Maybe it will work?

What does every-gal moviegoer Danni-California have to say?  As a seasoned moviegoer and film buff, she is one who may be trusted.  But she is an admitted Johnny Depp superfan, so keep that in mind.  Here is what she has to say:

Alright so here goes. My run down, opinion, synopsis  on Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides. First off I’m a huge Johnny Depp fan and Captain Jack Sparrow happens to be one of my favorite characters of his. I have enjoyed the previous movies and I enjoyed this one as well. I watched it in AMC Theaters ETX 3D. I’m really not a fan of 3D movies in general. This one had a couple cool scenes for 3D but other than that I personally don’t think it was worth making it in 3D or seeing it in 3D. The movie for the most part keeps your attention but at times I felt like it just kept dragging on. I am a little disappointed that the original cast including Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly are not in this one. I knew going into it that that they were out, but I still had hopes that they would make some kind of cameo. Instead we have Ian McShane and Penelope Cruz. I was disappointed in Blackbeard’s character. I think I expected more from him. The movie is still filled with the random adult humor and one-liners. But I don’t think it was as funny as the others…maybe because there was a marked absence of rum involved. They give a new perspective to the concepts of mermaids, which is much darker than our normal ideas as lovely half-fish ladies.  This I did like.  Overall, I enjoyed the movie. It will be something that I will have to watch again just so I can breathe and enjoy the movie. I would give it 4 outta 5.

There you have it folks…one girls take on the film.  While I do think Danni-California knows movies, I still say hold out for the Reel Rhino’s take.  I for one am not smitten with any of the characters in this film, which inherently gives me a more unbiased approach.

Last Weekend’s Box Office Results
1. Thor $34.5 million
2. Bridesmaids $24.4 million
3. Fast Five $19.5 million
4. Priest $14.5 million
5. Rio $8 million
6. Jumping the Broom $7.3 million
7. Something Borrowed $7 million
8. Water for Elephants $4.1 million
9. Madea’s Big Happy Family $2.2 million
10. Soul Surfer $1.8 million

Opening this week…Brother’s Justice?  Not so much.  Sorry Thraxxus!  We are left with only Pirates.  Even Woody Allen’s triumphant return to the big screen is limited to only 6 screens this week.  You can assume that will be in New York in Los Angeles.  Perhaps it is a shame as Pirates is coming in as of this writing at 37% rotten on 119 reviews at Rotten Tomatoes.  As for Midnight in Paris…88% fresh on 43 reviews.  Hopefully we will get Midnight soon.

Keep your eyes peeled, though….THE BEAVER expands this week.  Yes, I know: THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID.  I know this movie is supposedly great and that Jodie Foster is a truly talented gem in Hollywood…but Mel Gibson.  Enough said.

Reel Rhino’s Picks for This Weekend:
1. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
2. Thor
3. Bridesmaids
4. Fast Five
5. Rio

Confidence is low for these picks folks…confidence is low.

REEL RHINO’S BOX OFFICE CHALLENGE

THE RULES:
Scoring…for every correct guess, you get 3 points.  For every guess within one pick of the movie’s weekend slot gets you 2 points.  Finally, two picks away gets you 1 point. 

Yeah…if you can’t figure out who is the winner, it isn’t really a contest, right?  Any ties will be determined first by whoever has the highest correct answer or series of correct answers.  If the tie persists, the winner will be determined by whoever submitted their picks first…yes, you are correct…I have the home field advantage.  Deal with it.

The format will be simple with each week’s challenge.  I will post the week’s opening films, the # of screens the film is playing (when known), and the RottenTomatoes.com score, if it has one at the time of the post.  I am going to omit listing those movies opening in extreme limited release, because they won’t have the seats to fight for one of the top five slots.  Fair enough, agreed?

That will be followed by the top ten from last week.  “Choose wisely.”  Remember that German commander in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade… it didn’t work out so well for him, learn from his lesson my friends.

The final segment of each week’s contest will be me, offering my picks.

You may submit your picks in one of three ways:
1. Enter your picks in the comments field of this post at BlinkinBlogs.com
2. Enter your picks in the comments field of this post at ReelRhino.com
3. E-mail your picks to ReelRhino@gmail.com

I will compile the week’s entries and post the winners at both BlinkinBlogs and ReelRhino as soon as possible, but hopefully by Monday evening at the latest.

THE PRIZE: For now, my friends, in the humble beginnings of the BOX OFFICE CHALLENGE, the prize is this: the champion of the week will have their selection of any film, which I will watch and review on both sites.  Don’t believe me?  See also: http://reelrhino.blogspot.com/2011/04/biebers-never-say-never-redux-watch.html

Yep…that happened.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL AND MAKE YOUR PICKS SOON!

Reel Rhino

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Box Office Challenge Winner: KENFU; Weekend Results

Posted on 16 May 2011 by Reel Rhino

It was a crazy weekend ladies and gents.  The box office challenge again had a staggering number of entries…4…4.

Let that settle in…4.

It didn’t help that Blogger crashed on Thursday/Friday, which is the home of http://www.reelrhino.com where half of the contest lives.

Two entries were BlinkinBlogs.com staples and one was an entry via the ReelRhino@gmail.com e-mail address.

The weekend was a bit crazy for the final #’s.  Junior tied for first with Kenfu, but KENFU reigns supreme folks, via the date/time of the submissions.  Now Junior, for his wide-eyed youthful wonder, pointed out something that I had overlooked on the weekend… Bridesmaids was an R-rated feature!  All of the things that made this great are clearly what kept it from taking the top spot. 

DAMN YOU SALAZAR!!!!

I will be posting a group of recent horror/alternative indie flicks later this week, as well as reviews for Bridesmaids (4 of 5 Horns) and Everything Must Go (4.5 of Horns).

This weekends sweetheart in my eyes was Everything Must Go…the Will Ferrell DRAMA.  He knocked it out of the ballpark and showed us that he can absolutely act his ass off!  More on that soon, I promise, as the film only drew $825,000 on 218 screens.  Not a bad per theater average, but folks need to see this movie.  It is one of those rare films that allows you to sympathize with the lead while teaching you something about yourself.  Although, that may just be me. 

 

Weekend Box Office Results
1. Thor $34.5 million
2. Bridesmaids $24.4 million
3. Fast Five $19.5 million
4. Priest $14.5 million
5. Rio $8 million
6. Jumping the Broom $7.3 million
7. Something Borrowed $7 million
8. Water for Elephants $4.1 million
9. Madea’s Big Happy Family $2.2 million
10. Soul Surfer $1.8 million

 

 

Kenfu’s Picks (Total Score 11) Submitted May 12th at 12:06am
1. Bridesmaids (2)
2. Thor (2)
3. Fast Five (3)
4. Priest (3)
5. Something Borrowed (1)

Junior’s Picks (Total Score 11) Submitted May 13th at 12:51pm
1. Thor (3)
2. Bridesmaids (3)
3. Priest (2)
4. Fast Five (2)
5. Something Borrowed (1)

ReelRhino’s Picks
(Total Score 10)
1. Bridesmaids (2)
2. Thor (2)
3. Priest (2)
4. Fast Five (2)
5. Jumping the Broom (2)

Thraxxus Picks (Total Score: 8 )
1. Thor (3)
2. Priest (1)
3. Fast Five (3)
4.Bidesmaids (1)
5. Brother’s Justice (0)

Hey Thraxxus…I couldn’t find Brother’s Justice playing anywhere this weekend…not anywhere nationwide.  But you wanna show love for Dax Shepherd…you show your love!

KENFU…it’s on you my friend…what shall I review for your reading pleasure?  Let me know and I’m on it.

Until later…take care!
Reel Rhino

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Weekend Preview – Box Office Challenge 05/13-05/15

Posted on 11 May 2011 by Reel Rhino

Here we are again folks…I’m going to skip the mid-week review to give everyone the opportunity to get their votes in for this week’s…

REEL RHINO’S BOX OFFICE CHALLENGE

THE RULES: So here is what I decided on the box office challenge, folks. For every correct guess, you get 3 points. For every guess within one pick of the movie’s weekend slot gets you 2 points. Finally, two picks away gets you 1 point.

Yeah…if you can’t figure out who is the winner, it isn’t really a contest, right? Any ties will be determined by whoever submitted their picks first…yes, you are correct…I have the home field advantage. Deal with it.

The format will be simple with each week’s challenge. I will post the week’s opening films, the # of screens the film is playing (when known), and the RottenTomatoes.com score, if it has one at the time of the post. I am going to omit listing those movies opening in extreme limited release, because they won’t have the seats to fight for one of the top five slots. Fair enough, agreed?

That will be followed by the top ten from last week. “Choose wisely.” Remember that German commander in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade… it didn’t work out so well for him, learn from his lesson my friends.

The final segment of each week’s contest will be me, offering my picks.

You may submit your picks in one of three ways:

1. Enter your picks in the comments field of this post at BlinkinBlogs.com
2. Enter your picks in the comments field of the post at ReelRhino.com
3. E-mail your picks to ReelRhino@gmail.com

I will compile the week’s entries and post the winners at both BlinkinBlogs and ReelRhino as soon as possible, but hopefully by Monday evening at the latest.

THE PRIZE: For now, my friends, in the humble beginnings of the BOX OFFICE CHALLENGE, the prize is this: the champion of the week will have their selection of any film, which I will watch and review on both sites. Don’t believe me? See also:

Opening This Week
Bridesmaids – 2700 screens (90% on 40 reviews counted)
Priest (3-D) – 2800+ screens (15% on 13 reviews counted)
Everything Must Go – 225 screens (77% on 35 reviews counted)
Go For It – 218 screens (No Score Yet, 1 Rotten Review Counted)
Hesher – 40 screens (70% on 20 reviews counted)

Top Ten From Last Week
1. Thor, $66 million
2. Fast Five, $32.5 million
3. Jumping the Broom, $13.7 million
4. Something Borrowed, $13.2 million
5. Rio, $8.2 million
6. Water for Elephants, $5.6 million
7. Madea’s Big Happy Family, $3.9 million
8. Prom, $2.4 million
9. Soul Surfer, $2.1 million
10. Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil, $1.88 million

Now there are quite a few complexities that exist this week. Let me start by saying that Fast Five has crushed Thor overseas. Not that the foreign market matters in our contest, but I think it reinforces some of what I had to say about the underwhelming nature of Thor. Yes, it is an enjoyable film, but I don’t think it is the powerhouse we expected. So, how will that affect its staying power?

Also…Priest? Priest? I think the Rotten Tomatoes rating speaks to something to which we may have to pay attention. This film was in the can for a 2-D run a year ago and it was postponed for the upconvert. This upconvert thing…sometimes it can be brutal. …but the real question…

Can one of the funniest group of ladies, overcome the God of Thunder, one of the greatest team of street racers ever assembled, and a disgraced vampire killing clergyman?

And what of Will Ferrell in Everything Must Go? They say it’s more serious than funny, so will they come for fewer laughs but definitely a bold trip outside of his comfort zone for Ferrell? Does the underground dance scene have the strength to butt in the mix? For both Everything Must Go and Go For It, besides both containing the word go, I think the fewer number of screens will keep them from edging out last week’s top 5, which will all clearly be in the hunt.

So on to the big show…

REEL RHINO’S PICKS FOR TOP 5
1. Bridemaids
2. Thor
3. Priest
4 Fast Five
5. Jumping the Broom

There you have it folks…take your best shot!

Until later, take care…
Reel Rhino

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Weekend Movie Report 05/06-05/08: BOX OFFICE CHALLENGE

Posted on 09 May 2011 by Reel Rhino

Weekend Report 05/06-05/08 — BOX OFFICE CHALLENGE
So here is what I decided on the box office challenge, ladies and gentlemen.  For every correct guess, you get 3 points.  For every guess within one pick of the movies weekend slot gets you 2 points.  Finally, two picks away gets you 1 point.  Yeah…if you can’t figure out who is the winner, it isn’t really a contest, right?  Any ties will be determined by whoever submitted their picks first.  Advantage: Reel Rhino 🙂

Compared to Fast Five’s April Box Office record last week ($86.2 million), Thor opens to an underwhelming $66 million.  It is wild when we can say that earning $66 million is under performing, but for the superhero film officially opening the summer movie season, I think everyone expected more.  According to Box Office Mojo, the 3-D sites accounted for 60% of the total take for Thor.  It is wild to see the near 50/50 split for those still choosing the 2-D option.  Although I don’t know how many areas only had access to 2-D, which may have skewed these results.

None the less, next weekend will be tough to call.  Priest 3-D is opening with a load of advertising at its back, but it generally seems to have more of a  SyFy movie feel than a summer blockbuster.  Maybe I’m wrong and it will be a pleasant surprise, but I think it is going to get crushed. 

The big ticket for next week should be the (hopefully) hilarious Bridesmaids, aka Lady Hangover.  I think it will be hilarious, but it is going to take a fair amount of pressure from both Thor and Fast Five.  Next weekend is going to be very difficult for picks and I think the top five will be something of a crap shoot.

As to this weekend…We had a record number of entrants into the BOX OFFICE CHALLENGE.  FOUR.  Yes, four people chose to roll the dice….well three if you don’t count me!  Kenfu and I tied with 11 points and Justin and Detective Guy tied for second with 7 points.  Excellent to have you all playing.

Folks, spread the word…I’d like to build this into a real game, with real prizes.  While they may be humble in the beginning, I plan on throwing another Oscar pool next year, which as always, will be free to enter.  I hope to give some teeth to the prizes for the Oscar pool, but if you want to be savvy next year for that, play the challenge each week to keep your box office and film skills sharp!

Box Office for the Weekend of 05/06 – 05/08
1. Thor, $66 million
2. Fast Five, $32.5 million
3. Jumping the Broom, $13.7 million
4. Something Borrowed, $13.2 million
5. Rio, $8.2 million
6. Water for Elephants, $5.6 million
7. Madea’s Big Happy Family, $3.9 million
8. Prom, $2.4 million
9. Soul Surfer, $2.1 million
10. Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil, $1.88 million

Reel Rhino: Total Score: 11
1. Thor (3)
2. Fast Five (3)
3. Rio (1)
4. Something Borrowed (3)
5. Jumping the Broom (1)

Kenfu: Total Score: 11
1. Thor (3)
2. Fast Five (3)
3. Rio (1)
4. Something Borrowed (3)
5. Jumping the Broom (1)

Detective Guy: Total Score 7
1. Thor (3)
2. Fast Five (3)
3. Prom (0)
4. Hoodwinked 2 (0)
5. Jumping the Broom (1)

Justin: Total Score: 7
1. Thor (3)
2. Rio (0)
3. Fast Five (2)
4. Madea’s Big Happy Family (0)
5. Something Borrowed  (2)

Until next time…
Reel Rhino

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