Friday, June 3, 2011


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….

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!

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….

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 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
2. Enter your picks in the comments field of this post at
3. E-mail your picks to

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:

Yep…that happened.


Reel Rhino

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