Each week Jacob recaps the weekend box office and the winners and losers in the Midnight Warrior Fantasy Movie League.



You would think that, with me being in Los Angeles, somehow just being so close to the epicenter of the movie world would give me some special insight into the Perfect Cineplex, and I would steal away a victory with a can’t miss lineup. But no, instead I found myself driving around Los Angeles, looking for parking, and trying to set a lineup at 9 AM! How do people out there have brains working that early every morning? It’s insanity.

That’s not the only thing insane that happened this week. Niki Caro’s The Zookeeper’s Wife managed to sneakily collect $3.3 million in box office on only 541 screens, letting it coast in easily as this week’s BP bonus winner. It’s my personal opinion that this film’s heavy advertising before all the Oscar films helped out with building buzz, because its 60% fresh Rotten Tomatoes rating certainly wasn’t putting butts in the seats.

This week’s new animated film The Boss Baby did a very respectable $50.2 million this week. This makes a lot of sense when you think how long we have been without a new animated feature. The last was The Lego Batman Movie, which I think targets a different demographic than this cutesy family film. The last two slots are the “man movies” of the week, with Kong: Skull Island and Logan rounding out the perfect cineplex.

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Each week Jacob recaps the weekend box office and the winners and losers in the Midnight Warrior Fantasy Movie League.



While most of us thought we’d be saying “Go go Power Rangers!” come Monday, instead we found ourselves barely speaking to people around us in the style of this week’s BP bonus winner Logan. It’s looking like this A+ super-anti-hero flick has long adamantium legs. Bringing in $109.9K/bux, the man with the sideburns finished just a slice above Power Rangers and Kong: Skull Island in a heated BP race.

When one picture runs away with the $2 million bonus unexpectedly, you end up with a 6x stack like you see here. Add in that high-value Power Rangers anchor up top plus one screen of the surprisingly long-lived The Shack and you’ve got yourself one of the 39 Perfect Cineplexes awarded this week.

On the other hand, if you played Wilson, you probably didn’t do as well. When a movie costing only 75% of your film’s cost beats you outright, you know you’re having a bad week. But maybe that fits the character. Did ANYBODY actually see this one? Please comment and tell me about it, because I’m genuinely interested.


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Each week Jacob recaps the weekend box office and the winners and losers in the Midnight Warrior Fantasy Movie League.



Week 03 went about as poorly for me as it did for every movie not named Beauty and the Beast. This film came out swinging and posted the 6th biggest domestic release of all time, going past $150 million. Despite mediocre rotten tomatoes reviews, look for this one to hold on for a while, especially with an 86% audience score. Even yours truly will be spending $20 to see this picture this weekend, so I’ll report back when it takes BP again next week.

Beauty and the Beast did so well that it’s 3 day splits took up 3 of the top 4 $/bux value this week, with #3 going to The Belko Experiment. It couldn’t beat out Saturday or Sunday of Beauty, but it did post a very respectable $125.4K/bux. This one has even worse RT scores, with both reviews and audience score coming in below 50%. This isn’t promising for the film, but it’s priced at a value this week, so it’s something to play around with.

Logan popped his claws for the first time this FML season, earning a spot in the PC with over $17 million at the box office. I still recommend you see this film, but I think the fanboys have all gone, and won’t be going back for round two. If you have seen it, read the much different Old Man Logan comic. It’s got all the road film goodness, with a dash of Unforgiven thrown in for good measure.

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Each week Jacob recaps the weekend box office and the winners and losers in the Midnight Warrior Fantasy Movie League.



Remember how I said I needed a dartboard to make my Week 02 picks? Apparently I need a better way to make my picks. Only 23 players had their dartboards calibrated correctly enough to land on the perfect cineplex. Let’s break down my misconceptions.

First, Kong: Skull Island wasn’t the mini-flip I projected. Instead, it put up a mighty $61 million at the box office, way more than Logan‘s $38 million. I even said that I thought the latter would beat Kong head to head. So by no means was this my most accurate week.

I called The Lego Batman Movie having a good week since it’s the only children’s movie in town. That remains true this week… to an extent. With the arrival of a certain woman-loves-bull-monster movie, we may see Lego  lose some ground to the Disney film, as long as the gay Le Fou controversy doesn’t keep some families from catching Batman and the Toy Wonder in theaters.

Finally, I thought La La Land would finally find its day in the sun with a BP bonus… but it loses yet again to the resilient Hidden Figures. This movie has incredible legs, so either audiences love the story, or they love looking at Janelle Monae, and honestly it could be both. I know locally that LSU is doing a Hidden Figures night, and I’m guessing that they’re not the only ones. This one may even find it’s 4th Best Performer bonus in Week 03.

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Each week Jacob recaps the weekend box office and the winners and losers in the Midnight Warrior Fantasy Movie League.




Welcome to the weekly War Starts at Midnight Fantasy League Recap! Here, I aim to recap the previous week and give some hot tips on the upcoming week each and every Thursday. You can take my lineups to the bank… as long as nothing too crazy comes out in some Thursday night preview numbers.

First, let’s see what I said about The Shack in last week’s article: ” I know that even in 2,888 theaters it’s not going to make what it needs to overcome an $85 bux price tag when you La La Land  at half the price still riding an Oscar wave.” Obviously I was way off base. This film cruised to $190.3K/bux, which is one of the highest totals in recent FML history. In fact, the last film to put up more was Alice Through The Looking Glass in Summer Week 4, which is before a lot of our league even started playing! Like Alice, The Shack is a movie that I probably won’t be seeing. But that didn’t stop me from dropping it in my lineup at 6x after I saw the $800k in preview numbers.

If you did realize that The Shack was the way to go, you had to find a good anchor. Most of FML seems to have went with Get Out, and if you listen to our new review today, you’ll find out why. It’s great, and it only dropped a tiny 15.4% in it’s second week. Still averaging over $9,000 per theater, this is the movie everybody is talking about. Holding up well against a competing R release in Logan, you can expect this film to stick around in FML for a while.

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LaEach week Jacob recaps the weekend box office and the winners and losers in the Midnight Warrior Fantasy Movie League.



We all know awards season is when things get really crazy in Fantasy Movie League. I didn’t realize it was going to get crazy at the ACTUAL awards. Well, we are going to declare a winner today, and hopefully we get it right the first time. Unfortunately, no Warren Beatty to hand out the award, but he did arrive in spirit on Tuesday, and I think I speak for Chris when I say stop reading this article and go watch Rules Don’t Apply. Mostly I think we both want somebody else who can talk with us about the film, or to leave us a voicemail about it…

So, for Week 13, we saw a brain-numbing $33 million dollar opening from Get Out, smashing almost every prediction I could find online. With it’s relatively low $201 bux price tag, it cruised to an easy Best Performer bonus with $117.9K/bux. Best Picture winner nominee La La Land put in what will probably be it’s highest showing at $91.9K/bux, showing that in FML, much like real life, it’s destined to be always a bridesmaid, never a bride.

As a side note, this is easily the best 5 screens of a PC cineplex since I’ve started playing FML. It’s averaging about 5 stars per screen right now, and that’s saying something because I am the stingiest star-giver I can think of. Actually Armond White is technically stingier, but I’m going to ignore everything he has to say about Get Out because he is wrong.

For the last 3 screens we have Denzel Washington’s Fences. There goes that 5 star average. Now it’s about 4.0625/screen by my math. Viola Davis did amazing, and everything else was just a play on screen. Sorry Denzel, maybe next time.

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Each week Jacob recaps the weekend box office and the winners and losers in the Midnight Warrior Fantasy Movie League.



Lions aren’t just king of the jungle, and they aren’t just for when studios ask us to dream-cast remakes. They’re also the king of the FML apparently. Lion has found its way into its third perfect cineplex. Even more impressively, it’s the only 3 time BP winner EVER. So does that make this Best Picture nominee the greatest FML film of all time? If you ask this guy, it’s La La Land because I’m going to continue to pick that movie until the cows come home. Also, to those of you who scrolled down to see if it was my pick this week, welcome back and stop trying to spoil my article.

Anchoring this week’s Perfect Cineplex was, as most players expected, The Lego Batman Movie. I won’t waste words here about what I think of the movie, because all of you have listened to this week’s episode already, right? …..Right?

The last screen was the 4th appearance of Hidden Figures in a Perfect Cineplex. I’ve been catching up on all the Best Picture nominees, and I saw this film last night. I’ll say it’s good, but I didn’t love the performance from Taraji P. Henson. I thought Janelle Monae was outstanding, as she seems to be in everything. She’s about the be the female Donald Glover when it comes to my dream-casting on the show, despite her dad’s statements on the French people.

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Each week Jacob recaps the weekend box office and the winners and losers in the Midnight Warrior Fantasy Movie League.



I can’t remember if I said it here, in the Midnight Warrior Fantasy Movie League Chat (comment below to get a sweet invite to that), or just in passing, but I had no faith in John Wick: Chapter 2. First, I didn’t watch the original film, and didn’t know anybody who had. Well, that last part is not true. I didn’t know anybody who told me they actually loved that film. That means I was going to ride the small plastic caped crusader or the whips and chains of outrageous fortune to the PC promised land.

Then, as always, Thursday’s numbers dropped. It was hard to pass up Wick‘s $2.2 million dollar preview numbers, equaling almost exactly what The Lego Batman Movie brought in. It didn’t beat 50 Shades Darker, but with its much easier price tag, it was hard to deny that Keanu would be the best bet out of the top films.

I was smart enough to switch over to JW, and I was smart enough to play 2x Split, but I was dumb enough to screen the best film of the past x years (where x is the number of years since Mad Max: Fury RoadNo Country for Old Men, or A Goofy Movie, depending on your preferences), aka La La Land. Then, I added in a very poorly performing screen of Sing. Maybe I thought Lego Batman would do so well that it would get some spillover dollars…. or maybe I just really wanted to play La La Land and it blinded me to the future BP, Lion.

In any case, that’s where the chips landed last week, and hopefully, you ended as one of the 128 perfect cineplexes from last week.

Sleight of Hand picks for Week 11 on Fantasy Movie League

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Each week Jacob recaps the weekend box office and the winners and losers in the Midnight Warrior Fantasy Movie League.



Frequently when new players ask me to take a look at their lineups (hey, it has happened twice) I always end up giving them the same advice. You aren’t playing “Real World Movie Simulator”, you’re playing in the mother truckin’ Fantasy Movie League. Don’t worry about diversifying, just pour all your money into 2 or 3 movies and call it a day. They’re either going to be the most profitable, or they don’t belong in your cineplex. If you believe a movie will get the BP bonus, put every single egg in that basket. This holds true unless you’re in first place and want a hedge play on a crazy week.

This week, however, we ended with 4 movies in the PC, and for a while it looked even weirder than that. So many movies were right at the $40k/bux mark. Seven movies were within $5k/bux of the prize, with Hidden Figures and the immortal zombie Moana being the two right at the top. With Moana’s ultra-low price, it would have only taken $1,000 real world box office to make it the BP and wildly swing the perfect cineplex.

As is, the difference was so small that a some women skipping The Big Game (you aren’t allowed to say S****bowl) and seeing Hidden Figures was the demographic that made the week. As for everything else, it just ended up being this weird mix of Sing and The Founder.

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Each week Jacob recaps the weekend box office and the winners and losers in the Midnight Warrior Fantasy Movie League.



Where’s that big plate of crow I need to eat? And when I do eat it, will PETA protest against it? Even if they do, apparently it won’t stop a single person from watching me eat that bird.

Yes, as much as it pains me to write it, A Dog’s Life or whatever it was called was the Best Performer this week. I assumed that when the video of the near-drowning of the German shepherd came out a few weeks ago, The Life and Death of Mr. Dog was dead in the water. Then, when the response was that the whole thing was taken out of context, suddenly Dog Time: A Time For Dogs was back at the potential number one spot.

I was so sure that this film would not do well that I called it out specifically in our last episode as the single movie that our former champion O PC, Where Art Thou? would not play in her cineplex. It’s one thing to miss on your prediction, but it’s another to specifically call out the BP as a potential flop.

All Dogs Are Reincarnated Perpetually Until The Heat Death of the Universe was joined by a movie about McDonald’s and a theater showing a blank screen, or as we call it around here, one screen of Rules Don’t Apply.

This makes me sad.

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