Fantasy Box Office
I am a fan of movies. Since I was young, I always loved the feeling of entering another world and being entertained for a couple of hours. If it is good, I get really invested in the characters. And I'm not gonna lie, I cry at movies. I cry at a rate that my wife makes fun of me regularly. And it isn't just tear jerkers. I cry more at the emotion of happiness than sadness. OK, I'm going to be really open here to prove a point. Two movies I have cried at. First is Con Air. Yes, the movie where the criminals hijack an airplane. I mean who wouldn't cry there? But when Nicolas Cage gets his daughter back at the end and she hugs him you can turn on the waterworks! The second is The Lorax. Yup, the Dr. Seuss movie. When they all start singing "Let it Grow" and the whole town comes together to finally solve their problems, everything is happy and a tear or two will run down my cheek. If you want to make fun of me for this, you can find me on Twitter @fightingchance.
Now that I got that embarrassing story out of the way, here's why I'm telling you this. As I got older I started to pay attention to how much movies were making. It was fun to track which movie made how much on Opening Weekend and where it ranked with others. Not long ago, I heard of this fantasy game where you pick movies that come out between Memorial Day and Labor Day (the best time for Summer blockbusters) and see whose movies make the most coin. I tried it once and had a great time with it. So this year, I put it out to Facebook friends and Twitter followers to see who would like to play this game with me. I had enough interest to form two groups of six people.
The rules are simple. Movies are drafted in a snake-like format, much like fantasy baseball and football drafts. The only other real rule is that the box office numbers are from Friday-Sunday only. If a movie opens on Wednesday or Thursday (like Baywatch and Pirates of the Caribbean), you do not get credit for those extra days. Each person has a "team" of four movies. Whoever has the highest combined total for Opening Weekend only wins the game. This isn't about how good the movie is, just if it makes money!
Dunkirk ruled the box office this week, taking home over $50 million and giving a huge shot in the arm to those that picked it. Girls Trip really shocked me, bringing home over $31 million, and Valerian did ok at just over $17 mil. We are coming down to it now, as August is right around the corner, let's see where we stand.
In Group 1, Steve is totally in the driver's seat after Dunkirk's huge showing. Only Andrea can possibly catch him now, and that is a near impossibility. I hate to say this, but we can almost call it for Steve right now.
Group 2 is a little more wide open, just because of one player. Greg Kellogg is certainly the favorite right now, and he still has had just one movie open. However, it was the biggest movie of the summer in Spiderman. Shane, Steve, and Cotey all have more money collected as of now, but none of them have as many movies left as Greg does. We will have to see how it plays out.
This week The Emoji Movie and Atomic Blonde open.
Here is Group 1 with updated results:
Here is Group 2 with updated results