The big four day Christmas weekend has come and gone for the winter season of our Fantasy Movie League.
The question of the week was really whether or not Star Wars: The Last Jedi would prevail as the best anchor choice or if one of the week’s new arrivals would take that spot. The options for the week were:
Star Wars $815 Jumanji $275 Pitch Perfect 3 $251 The Greatest Showman $110 Downsizing $72 Ferdinand $67 Father Figures $54 Coco $51 All the Money in the World $31 Wonder $28 Justice League $17 Daddy's Home 2 $20 The Shape of Water $23 Darkest Hour $16 Best of the Rest $15
It was a given that Star Wars would rule the four day box office, but pricing would allow players to pick but a single screen of that. The other likely anchors, Jumanji and Pitch Perfect 3, were both good for three screens. Would three screens of either beat out one screen of Star Wars?
I went back and forth on that through the week. Star Wars seemed like the safe play. Pitch Perfect 3 was capping out the marketing side of the equation by a fair margin. And then Jumanji, which opened early in the week, seemed to be coming on strong. As the deadline for picks closed in I opted for safety and went with Star Wars as my anchor.
Meanwhile it was clear by Thursday that the pricing for Darkest Hour was really low and it seemed likely to be the price/performer of the week, so my initial inclination to pick Best of the Rest fell by the wayside. There was still a fair amount of budget left behind so I put a screen of Downsizing in the mix since that seemed likely to do better than Darkest Hour, even with the bonus. So my screens looked like this.
I settled on that with about 20 minute left before picks were locked. And then it was time to see what the weekend would bring.
Saturday looked good, with Star Wars estimates marking it as the winning anchor. However, I do not call it the “Saturday of false hope” for nothing. Reality has often changed radically between the Saturday morning estimates and the final score.
Sure enough, come Sunday the balance had tipped in favor of Jumanji. Star Wars was still strong, but not strong enough, and Pitch Perfect 3 faded and did not come close to being a viable anchor in the end.
The perfect pick for the week ended up being three screens of Jumanji, one screen of Greatest Showman, and four screens of Darkest Hour, a select worth about
$191 $215 million.
Nobody in the Meta League picked that. Most of us anchored on Star Wars, so the four who anchored on Jumanji led the way. The scores settled out like this:
- Aure’s Astonishingly Amateur Amphitheatre (M) – $186,810,116
- Ben’s X-Wing Express (M) – $186,810,116
- Paks’ Pancakes & Pics (T) – $186,736,142
- Darren’s Unwatched Cineplex (T) – $171,511,156
- Corr’s Carefully Curated Cineplex (M) – $154,230,311
- Dan’s Decadent Decaplex (M) – $154,230,311
- Wilhelm’s Broken Isles Bijou (T/M) – $151,781,915
- Biyondios! Kabuki & Cinema (T) – $146,964,536
- Po Huit’s Sweet Movie Suite (T) – $146,964,536
- The Filthy Fleapit (T) – $120,913,670
- The Bean Movie Burrito (T) – $120,612,642
- I HAS BAD TASTE (T) – $120,243,581
- Logan’s Luxurious Thaumatrope (M) – $119,841,779
- Movies Movies Movies (T) – $118,023,711
- Vigo Grimborne’s Medieval Screening Complex (T) – $117,892,261
- Joanie’s Joint (T) – $117,668,287
- Kraut Screens (T) – $116,225,055
- SynCaine’s Dark Room of Delights (T) – $113,081,211
- Dr Liore’s Evil House of Pancakes (M) – $110,925,055
- Elly’s Elemental E-Plex (M) – $109,357,237
Meta League Legend
- TAGN Movie Obsession – players from it marked with a (T)
- MCats Multiplex – players from it marked with an (M)
Aure got the win for the MCats league while Pak got is for the TAGN league.
Those numbers are not “official” because the Jumanji numbers are still estimates at this point. Hollywood is mostly off this week, so some numbers take time. But I can’t wait any longer so that is what I am reporting for now. I doubt anybody will change in the lineup once the final numbers are in unless Jumanji is way over-estimated.
UPDATE: The final numbers for Jumanji are in and it did even better than estimated. The ranking above reflects the final numbers.
We also have one new person in the TAGN league as of week 4, making the Meta League a total of 20 in size.
The stratification was those who went with Jumanji at the top, followed by those who went for Star Wars and Darkest hour, in turn followed by those who went with Star Wars and something besides Darkest Hour. Nobody went with Pitch Perfect 3.
That left the overall Meta League rankings at the end of week four looking like:
- Ben’s X-Wing Express (M) – $433,712,727
- Corr’s Carefully Curated Cineplex (M) – $418,221,987
- Aure’s Astonishingly Amateur Amphitheatre (M) – $408,162,978
- Darren’s Unwatched Cineplex (T) – $401,732,215
- Paks’ Pancakes & Pics (T) – $401,348,433
- Biyondios! Kabuki & Cinema (T) – $386,208,484
- Po Huit’s Sweet Movie Suite (T) – $383,010,343
- Wilhelm’s Broken Isles Bijou (T/M) – $381,349,688
- Dan’s Decadent Decaplex (M) – $380,133,410
- Logan’s Luxurious Thaumatrope (M) – $355,895,828
- Vigo Grimborne’s Medieval Screening Complex (T) – $351,494,606
- Elly’s Elemental E-Plex (M) – $344,267,851
- I HAS BAD TASTE (T) – $341,678,005
- The Filthy Fleapit (T) – $338,997,819
- Joanie’s Joint (T) – $338,357,463
- SynCaine’s Dark Room of Delights (T) – $331,395,978
- Kraut Screens (T) – $325,810,538
- Movies Movies Movies (T) – $324,614,661
- Dr Liore’s Evil House of Pancakes (M) – $315,947,954
- The Bean Movie Burrito (T) – $120,612,642
The Jumanji gap and the bonus from Darkest Hour was enough to shake up the rankings a bit. It wasn’t enough to shake Corr from the top of the tree however.
UPDATE: Jumanji final numbers shook up the overall ranking putting Ben out front. The ranking above has been updated.
And now we are off to week five. Star Wars still looks like a strong anchor while Jumanji looks to be getting punished a bit for exceeding expectations so much in week four. Likewise for Darkest Hour. The options for week five are:
Star Wars $610 Jumanji $588 Pitch Perfect 3 $242 The Greatest Showman $143 Ferdinand $131 Coco $110 Darkest Hour $93 The Shape of Water $73 Downsizing $64 Father Figures $48 All the Money in the World $40 Wonder $32 Molly's Game $21 Best of the Rest $21 Lady Bird $20
Justice League and Daddy’s Home 2 both fell off the list this week, the latter meaning SynCaine will have to find something else to pick to fill out his screens. They were replaced by Molly’s Game and Lady Bird, which returns to the list at an odd $20 price, below the Best of the Rest pick. I’m not sure how that works out, but there it is.
The conservative streak in me at this point says Star Wars all the way as an anchor, but I know my mind has been changed on picks as late as Friday morning. Still, the weekend estimate seems low. My own informal polling over the holiday weekend ended up with most people I spoke to having not seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi yet but were planning to see it. However this is also a dead week, so there was opportunity to see if before the weekend. We shall see.