As noted in the previous post, there will be a Winter Fanatsy Movie League and I will be posting about it weekly as I have before, combing the TAGN League and the MCats League into a single Meta League. Maybe Liore’s League as well, as she is supposed to be back to play for Winter.
The Winter season (or the “Awards” season as FML refers to it) starts right now, as in you need to sign up and get your picks in by Friday at 9am PST (17:00 UTC) if you want to be in for all 13 weeks. So if you’re dying to join the TAGN league and play, click link now and sign up.
I already see two new names on the list and I hope that all of those who came in late for Fall will stick around for Winter where they won’t be playing down a week or two (or four in one case).
While one of the aspects of this season will be trying to figure out how Star Wars – The Last Jedi will do, we still have two weeks to noodle around before that is a thing. So, for the opening week of Winter the choices are:
Coco $417 Justice League $280 Wonder $230 Thor: Ragnarok $134 Murder on the Orient Express $132 Daddy's Home 2 $126 Three Billboards $74 Lady Bird $66 The Star $60 Bad Moms Christmas $44 Roman J. Israel, Esq. $36 The Man Who Invented Christmas $14 The Disaster Artist $13 Call Me By Your Name $8 Wonder Wheel $6
Coco again looks to win the box office this week, but even a conservative week over week decline still puts it under $30 million under normal circumstances. Otherwise there is mostly a collection of retreads from past weeks, with three new titles popping up, The Disaster Artists, Call Me By Your Name, and Wonder Wheel, all of which are coming in at the bottom end of the pricing.
My early week, haven’t seen any forecasts, inclination is that some mix of Justice League or Wonder as anchor is the way to go, though the fact that you can get seven screens of Thor or Daddy’s Home 2 is still tempting should they pop a bit this week.
Of course, it is the “most wonderful time of the year,” as the song goes, so there is a chance that people will go full on into “Nutcracker” mode and feel the need to see Christmas related movies. That might give a boost to The Man Who Invented Christmas, The Star, or even Bad Moms Christmas I suppose.
However, while we’re in that season, school is still in session and there is holiday shopping to get done. Does that make it more or less likely for people to see movies over the weekend?
Anyway, welcome to the new season!