Would you like to build a lineup?

Lindsay Chrapko

Each Thursday I'll give a little breakdown on how to build your lineup with the information readily available to everyone, especially if you don't know where to start.

this can always change pending preview numbers and are by no means a guarantee to win

FML Legend (so you aren't completely lost)

BP - Best Performer; earns you an extra $2 million to your cinema, this is the "highest Box Office per FML Buck"

PC - Perfect Cineplex; earns you an extra $5 million to your cinema, this when you elect the perfect lineup "resulting in the highest possible total Box Office score plus any bonuses already earned."

WP - Worst Performer; this is the worst movie based on Box Office per FML Box spent

TC - Theatre Count; how many theatres the movie will be appearing in, this will up or down depending on how long the movie has been out for, special events etc

BB/Bar - Bonus Bar; this is the predicted value a movie needs to meet/exceed to be your BP contender.

Holdover - a movie that is in its second or more week on the slate.

Slate - the 15 movies you get to choose from each week :)

Anchor - The movie most likely to helm your cineplex; this can be anything from the movie that will make the most Box Office money over the weekend, or multiples of the same movie that helms your cineplex.

GOAT - 20th Century Flops. No more information required. :D

I was right about last week, with the BP coming from a kiddo movie. "The Secret Life of Pets 2" reigned all weekend. Many of us went "Toy Story 4" heavy, which was a popular line up.

This week features 5 new releases to the slate. We'll relying heavily on Thursday preview numbers to weed out the weaker movies.

Cineplex Builder>>

We have a very low starting point this week with the Cineplex Builder. We're starting off at $66k.

Bonus Bar>>

Guyett has set his bonus bar to $70k. Still a fairly low bar due to Vincent Pricing. With so many new movies and current heavy hitters like "Hobbs and Shaw" and "The Lion King", we're bound to see some heavy TC cuts from the bottom part of the slate for this week.


The BSA this week is going against the newcomer "Dora and the Lost City of Gold". Many parents are familiar with Dora and have had many adventures over the river and through the mountain, but a lot of those kiddos are now too old for Dora. BSWhite has stated that although it will be the second highest grossing movie this weekend, it will not be your BP nor feature in your lineup.

Fandango Check>>

Phil has a bunch of DOA titles this week. He's cut out the bottom third stating that "The Farwell", "Yesterday", "Aladdin", Crawl" and "Annabelle Comes Home" will likely lose too much volume. As much as one of these titles may wind up being filler for your lineup, none really have the potential to be your BP.

Drive In Report>>

Sulli has 137 Drive Ins reporting this week. He'll try to update us if possible. This week sees a mishmash of nothing exciting and none of the Drive In pairings are going to make or break your lineup decisions this week.

Noteworthy Threads>>

We're a little thin on information this week, a lot of the chatter on Discord is pointing to a consensus anchor/BP. So this week I bring to you SeeSomething's Not So Secret Recipe. Hopefully he can keep up with this, because the recipes (they are ACTUAL recipes) sound truly delicious. He's done a fantastic job pairing a movie with a recipe, and this week he's coupled his recipe with "Dora and the Lost City of Gold". Sounds yum!

Boxoffice Pro>>

BOP has given us a little more to go on this week. They've got "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" as their BP winner, with "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" second and "Yesterday" in third.

Boxoffice Report>>

BOR is running away with "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" having it way above everything else. In a distant second he puts "Brian Banks" and further back from that is "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood".

Boxoffice Mojo>>

Mojo makes it a clean sweep for "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark". "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" is their second BP option and "The Art of Racing in the Rain" comes in third.

Theatre Counts>>

Yikes! Some of those cuts are deep. As per Phil's Fandango Check, "Yesterday" saw the lowest TC cut with a whopping 53% and it goes all the way to 72% with "Crawl". "The Farewell" expansion doesn't look significant enough to do much of anything, which is why it's DOA.

It looks like it's going to be a battle of the filler week, with the consensus seeming to be "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" being a very clear favourite for BP and your anchor. "The Farewell", "Aladdin", "Annabelle Comes Home", "Yesterday" and "Crawl" are only viable options for filler if you have to, to round out your lineup.