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

 

WEEK 07 BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN

Another week, another first for Fantasy Movie League. This time, we see “Best of the Rest” finally take a Best Performer bonus, as the billionth week of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 zombies its way from the depths into a $2 million bonus. I feel like this sort of performance would make Yondu very, very happy.

Despicable Me 3  showed only a 42% drop in its third week and powered through to a third place finish in the box office. This $19.4 million, however, was enough at its $201 bux price to make it the big anchor of the week. Rounding out the Perfect Cineplex was the action film of the summer: Baby Driver. Look at its 33% drop from last week, we can see that this highly reviewed film is going to have legs wheels for at least a few more weeks. But can it find a place in this week’s Perfect Cineplex?

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or: Stop Trying to make ‘P.o.D’ Happen!


The Dudes descend to the seventh layer of the cinema to review Prince of Darkness! Is the second film in John Carpenter’s “Apocalypse Trilogy” a heck of a good time – or does it deserve to stay buried in the bowels of movie hell (a.k.a. the $5 bin at Walmart)? *PLUS* Chris picks up a sour blonde…we’re talking about beer, BTW.

Love The Carpenter Shop? Do your monomaniacal movie mind a solid and checkout our mothership show – War Starts At Midnight!


SHOW NOTES

00:01:08 – What is The Carpenter Shop?
00:05:51 – Review – Prince of Darkness
00:22:28 – SPOILERS – Prince of Darkness
00:39:57- Beer Pairing: Mariposa Sour Ale by Almanac Beer Company
“Ghoul School” – Dragon Inn 3
00:44:20 – Fantasy Movie League Recap – Summer Week 07
“Up in the Business” – Dragon Inn 3
00:54:15 – Really Rad Recommendations

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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 06 BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN

I came so close to giving out great advice last week. I nailed the Best Performer in Kumail Nanjiani’s The Big SIck, and I got half of the Spider-man: Homecoming anchor right. I only missed thinking Saturday + The Big Sick would net more than Friday + Pirates of the Caribbean. All in all, I call that a victory in prediction.

My main flaw was not realizing that Friday’s Spider-man was going to include Thursday previews of $15.4 million, which was much more than I expected. That’s what I get for waiting until Sunday morning to see the movie myself and not realizing on Thursday night how massive of a hit the film would prove to be.

For a micro-review, I’ll just say I’m updating my villain list to Loki, Vulture, Ego, and in that order. Note: I don’t consider Bucky to be a villain or he would be in the mix. This movie is better than it has any right to be, and will end up being the definitive on-screen portrayal of this New York icon for the next few generations. Well, until the face under the suit is Miles Morales.

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or: Can I Borrow Your Flamethrower?


To celebrate the launch of our new limited series, The Carpenter Shop, we’re re-broadcasting our special Halloween 2016 review of John Carpenter’s The Thing. Do The Dudes see the humanity in this film, or is it as cold and alien as a creepy crawly head-spider? Grab a flamethrower and handful of dynamite, because there’s a 75% chance at least one of us has been infected by the intruder organism!


SHOW NOTES

00:00:47 – Review – The Thing
00:05:18 – SPOILERS –The Thing
00:31:48 – Beer Recommendation: Ogletoberfest by Anthem Brewing Company
“Someone You’d Rather Be Dating” – Sports
00:34:42 – Really Rad Recommendations

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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 05 BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN

Did you overthink this week like I overthought this week? I knew Baby Driver would run the other movies off the road, but I didn’t expect it to outperform everything by this much. I thought leaving $120 in the bank would tank the cineplex, so I went with a screen of Transformers: The Last Knight. This was good for second place, but it doesn’t match the 1,982 cineplexes that went all in on the creative car flick.

It’s hard to be insightful when a major film blows away the competition and posts the highest $ per bux ratio since The Shack  in Spring Week 01, but let’s talk about how well 47 Meters Down continues to do. The FML pricing team is either underselling this picture, or it’s outperforming every single week. Sticking at $125K/bux, we may see this Mandy Moore flick find its way into a Perfect Cineplex again as a low-end filler, especially when no other summer horror film is there to compete.

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or: It’s Not a Car Chase; It’s a Car Fight!


You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll fall in love. And you’ll throw your iPod Classic across the room in utter rage while listening to this episode! Collider.com’s Adam Chitwood returns to the War Bunker for a double feature review of Bong Joon-ho’s Netflix original movie, Okja, and Edgar Wright’s musical heist film, Baby Driver. PLUS – Chris continues the Summer of Sours pairing Driver with a melony-malt beverage. And Jacob recaps a simply perfect week in the Midnight Warrior Fantasy Movie League.


SHOW NOTES

00:03:46 – Micro-Review – Okja
00:18:56 – Review – Baby Driver
00:27:28 – SPOILERS – Baby Driver
00:58:23 – Beer Pairing: Briney Melon Gose Anderson by Valley Brewing Company
“Horsepower” – Cheyenne
01:02:17 – Fantasy Movie League Recap – Week 05
“Broken English” – Cheyenne
01:12:19 – Really Rad Recommendations

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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 04 BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN

It’s funny how a week changes things. Two weeks ago, I was openly mocked for playing a lineup heavy in 47 Meters Down. This week, 55 geniuses paired it with a screen of new release Transformers: The Last Knight to snag the Perfect Cineplex. Who’s laughing now?

Well, it’s not me, because I was not smart enough to bet big on the shark horror movie for two weeks in a row. By the way, I tried to look up fan reactions on Twitter when I set my lineup two weeks ago, and all I could find were posts saying this movie was exploitative of sharks and that people should boycott it because it’s making sharks out to be ruthless killers. On one hand, sharks are ruthless killers. On the other hand, if you’ve ever encountered a shark in open water that other hand would be eaten along with the rest of your body. So this is a political issue I’m going to make a strong stand on: sharks are killers. Plus, America cast $7 million worth of ballots at the box office in favor of that premise.

When you have a shark doing all the low-priced heavy liftingbrutal murdering, it just means you pair it with the most expensive movie coming out that week and hope it is the box office champ. In that regard, Transformers did not disappoint. In every other regard, it did. The $44 million weekend is a franchise low, and the reviews aren’t much better. Not only will I not be playing it this week, but I also hope that you forget about that statement before you see my actual lineup where I am playing it.

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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 BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN

This was almost a VERY strange week. A film that didn’t appear in FMLNerd’s Top 500 Report‘s 5 most popular lineups AT ALL played a strong contender for this week’s Best Performer bonus. In case you didn’t know, that film was 47 Meters Down. I don’t look for it to be in contention this week due to abysmal audience scores on Rotten Tomatoes mixed with a bad Tomatometer score in general.

However, there must be something about Father’s Day that brings out a love of boat films. The other wet bandit this week was Pirates of the Caribbean: Some Subtitle That’s Impossible To Remember. This one sank the competition by posting $126.3K/bux by making $9 million in earnings against a tough crowded field.

Rounding out the Perfect Cineplex was the superhero with some incredible legs (I mean at the box office, geesh). Yes, Wonder Woman only fell -29.5% this weekend, which is a very strong hold. I’m not sure if the red, whiteyellow, and blue lady holds strong over the most patriotic of holidays, but I doubt she’ll be farther than a Lasso of Truth’s throw from the Best Performer bonus.

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or: Analyzing Schrödinger’s Dream


Jacob and Chris field a listener request and set out on a long journey to review John Maclean’s Slow West. Does this Fassbender flick capture the spirit of the Western genre and score a direct hit? Or is it just left to bleed out on a dusty wooden floor? PLUS – The guys give their take on the girl with the metal cuffs in a micro-review of Wonder Woman.


SHOW NOTES

00:04:07 – Micro-Review – Wonder Woman
00:14:54 – Review – Slow West
00:33:58 – SPOILERS – Slow West
00:44:26 – Beer Pairing: Prairie & Friends Trve Edition by Prairie Artisan Ales
“Field Science” – Reubens Accomplice
00:51:25 – Fantasy Movie League Recap – Summer Season – Week 03
“In and Out of Key” – Reubens Accomplice
01:07:43 – Really Rad Recommendations

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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 02 BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN

Normally, “Box Office Breakdown” is when I break down what happened the previous week. This week it’s a literal box office breakdown as I very clearly have fallen off the deep end of FML. After finishing right outside of the top 100 last season, I have fallen to 11,156th this season. After my disastrous Week 01, I took off for the West Coast to clear my head. Well, I must have cleared it too much, because when I quickly set my lineup from a casino in Washington State, apparently I wasn’t prepared at all. I should be asking you guys what the hell happened last week.

The best I can tell is that Wonder Woman is the unstoppable beast that everybody knew she would be… except for me, who has not started her once over these two weeks. Then, 5 screens of the evergreen Guardians of the Galaxy held strong. Fill out the rest with a fairly weak Alien: Covenant and Diary of a Wimpy Kid and you’ve got a perfect cineplex that nobody saw coming (except for the 48 players who saw it coming).

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