The time has come, the season has drawn to a close, the last week is over, it is now time to count up the final scores.
Yes, our Spring Fantasy Movie League ended with Solo: A Star Wars Story over the US Memorial Day weekend.
Alas, poor Solo, what went wrong with him? Was Marvel Universe still too much of a draw? Have we become over saturated with Star Wars movies? Did The Last Jedi sour too many fans on the franchise? Is Han Solo just not that popular? Were there no back story questions we felt needed to be answered? Did the whole thing feel like an expensive attempt to again validate that “Kessel run in 12 parsecs” gaff from A New Hope? Was everybody just out camping over Memorial Day?
Yes, there is something odd about the headlines decrying the failure at the box office of a movie that brought in over $100 million over the four day weekend. But this is a Star Wars movie, and that means that there are expectations.
Still, some of us were not fooled. Liore and I were discounting Solo in MCats Slack early in the week, where I was calling it $100 million over four days due to a lack of excitement in the force. And I stuck to that, opting to anchor on Deadpool 2. Liore couldn’t resist Solo though and anchored on it all the same.
In fact, in the MCats League I was the only one not to bet on Star Wars, which is why I won the week there. In the TAGN League there was less enthusiasm for Han Solo, so seven of us went with Deadpool 2, though a couple hedge with a Monday Solo pick as well.
But in the end, while Deadpool 2 wasn’t even the winning anchor, it was The Avengers backed up by five screens of Book Club. Deadpool 2 was second best and Solo was in third. How crazy a week was this?
Sure, it was the pricing and studio predictions that set this course, but who would have pegged a Star Wars movie only running to $103 million on an opening 4-Day weekend?
And then there was the filler picks. There was a lot of discussion as to what would be the best performer. Rampage, A Quiet Place, and Life of the Party all had their fans. Even Show Dogs, which was causing some controversy, had supporters. But in the end, Overboard took the best performer slot, acing out Life of the Party.
But that didn’t make it a good pick. It was better to have as much Book Club as could, it held strong from last week, then fill with just two screens of Overboard at the end, a choice it looks like only two people made.
Nobody in the Meta League had the perfect pick. The winner for the week was SynCaine, one of those who anchored on Deadpool 2.
- SynCaine’s Dark Room of Delights (T) – $91,661,374
- Wilhelm’s Broken Isles Bijou (T/M) – $85,559,599
- JHW’s Cineplex (T) – $84,922,565
- Paks’ Pancakes & Pics (T) – $82,869,211
- Vigo Grimborne’s Medieval Screening Complex (T) – $80,463,749
- Po Huit’s Sweet Movie Suite (T) – $80,463,749
- Dr Liore’s Evil House of Pancakes (M) – $79,848,296
- Kraut Screens (T) – $78,075,953
- DumCheese’s Cineplex (T) – $77,414,439
- Skar’s Movies and Meat Pies (T) – $76,334,572
- I HAS BAD TASTE (T) – $76,334,572
- Goat Water Picture Palace (T) – $75,485,422
- Dan’s Decadent Decaplex (M) – $74,869,036
- Corr’s Carefully Curated Cineplex (M) – $72,970,209
- Ben’s X-Wing Express (M) – $71,451,624
- Darren’s Unwatched Cineplex (T) – $69,176,242
- Joanie’s Joint (T) – $68,730,172
- Aure’s Astonishingly Amateur Amphitheatre (M) – $66,575,638
- Biyondios! Kabuki & Cinema (T) – $65,051,142
- Logan’s Luxurious Thaumatrope (M) – $62,496,157 (Did not pick)
- Bean Movie Burrito (T) – $60,209,580 (Did not copy picks)
- Miniature Giant Space Hamsterplex (T) – $41,139,005 (Did not pick)
The Meta League Legend:
- TAGN Movie Obsession – players from it marked with a (T)
- MCats Multiplex – players from it marked with an (M)
That was a pretty crazy shake up of the usual order of things, with Biyondios, Ben, and Corr way down the list. SynCaine took the week, his Life of the Party filler lineup giving him the edge.
But the final season standings, with came out as:
- Biyondios! Kabuki & Cinema (T) – $1,461,821,220
- Ben’s X-Wing Express (M) – $1,436,682,416
- Corr’s Carefully Curated Cineplex (M) – $1,420,901,968
- Po Huit’s Sweet Movie Suite (T) – $1,405,745,374
- Paks’ Pancakes & Pics (T) – $1,388,655,028
- Wilhelm’s Broken Isles Bijou (T/M) – $1,381,421,102
- Dr Liore’s Evil House of Pancakes (M) – $1,365,385,176
- Aure’s Astonishingly Amateur Amphitheatre (M) – $1,357,376,973
- Goat Water Picture Palace (T) – $1,342,783,242
- Dan’s Decadent Decaplex (M) – $1,302,008,386
- SynCaine’s Dark Room of Delights (T) – $1,289,493,645
- Logan’s Luxurious Thaumatrope (M) – $1,286,471,231
- Kraut Screens (T) – $1,226,445,994
- Vigo Grimborne’s Medieval Screening Complex (T) – $1,216,573,742
- Joanie’s Joint (T) – $1,178,875,806
- DumCheese’s Cineplex (T) – $1,173,846,467
- Darren’s Unwatched Cineplex (T) – $1,166,013,150
- I HAS BAD TASTE (T) – $1,152,016,914
- JHW’s Cineplex (T) – $1,122,435,526
- Skar’s Movies and Meat Pies (T) – $1,108,293,580
- Miniature Giant Space Hamsterplex (T) – $1,095,907,569
- Bean Movie Burrito (T) – $994,744,898 (Adjusted for main pick)
Given far down the weekly list some top players were, there was very little change in the final ranking. The week just wasn’t big enough to let people jump more than maybe one spot on the list. Just $105 million for the perfect pick on a four day weekend with a Star Wars movie opening was not what I expected back at the start of the season. Sorry Solo, you just didn’t give us the big, dramatic finish we were expected. A metaphor for the film?
Anyway, congrats to Biyondios who won the spring season after passing Ben a couple of weeks back! Victory is yours!
This is the end of the Spring season and the end of the Meta League. With rule changes everybody seems to be going their own way. So, if nothing else, I won’t have to color a bunch of letters every week.
A post will go up a little bit later for the Summer league plans and rules, with a link if you wish to join.