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

"Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" was both the BP and you're anchor for last week. The bottom 4 screens were what decided the week, with "Spider-Man: Far From Home" and "Annabelle" each taking two spots for the PC.

This week we see another 5 new releases enter the slate. Odds are whatever wins the box office won't make too much more than mid teens. There are a lot of multiple anchor/BP combos to look at which means that most likely you'll be playing your anchor at least 4 times and it will also most likely be your BP as well.

Cineplex Builder>>

We have a starting bonus bar from the Cineplex Builder of $80k. This is actually a very reasonable starting point.

Bonus Bar>>

This week Guyett starts the bonus bar lower than the Cineplex Builder. He sees a bonus bar of $72.5k. Some other players disagree, going as far to say that we could see a bar over $90k when all is said and done.


Like last week, BSWhite is taking a new release off the table. He has no faith in the sequel no one wants in "47 Meters Down: Uncaged". Many agree, making statements along the lines of it not even making the top 5 or 6 or more at the box office this weekend. Seems like "47 Meters Down: Uncaged" is to be avoided completely.

Fandango Check>>

Phil has two movies listed as DOA this week. Both "Spider_Man: Far From Home" and "Toy Story 4" have seen decreases in showtimes. This doesn't mean that they won't be part of the PC, it just means that they won't be your BP and are lower end filler options only.

Drive In Report>>

Sulli has 235 Drive Ins reporting. Interesting to see that "Hobbs and Shaw" wins the Drive In pairings, being coupled with both "47 Meters Down: Uncaged" and "Good Boys". It may not make much of a difference, but it does give it a little Drive In nudge at the very least.

Noteworthy Threads>>

Another week of very little info being given out. With the Summer Season starting to wrap up many are starting to keep information closer to the chest. This week I'm highlighting Undecided Voter's Is the Grass Really Greener thread. He has decided to pit dogs and cats against each other, stating that dogs rule and cats drool. :)

Boxoffice Pro>>

BOP really likes "Good Boys". They've got it as their BP favourite, followed by "The Lion King" and "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood". Using their estimates would leave you with a 2xblank play, which rarely works out.

Boxoffice Report>>

BOR is also very high on "Good Boys". He has "Good Boys" coming in ahead of both "Dora and the Lost City of Gold" and "The Lion King".

Boxoffice Mojo>>

Mojo has defected from the pro consensus this week and think that "The Art of Racing" will be your BP. They follow that up with "Hobbs and Shaw" and finally "Dora and the Lost City of Gold".

Theatre Counts>>

As predicted, "Spider-Man: Far From Home" and "Toy Story 4" received some heavy TC cuts, getting slashed by rough 45%. You won't find your BP from either of these movies.

A lot of FMLers are thinking that this could be another consensus week, but only Friday's preview numbers will be able to sort that out. It could come down to fillers once again as to whether or not you will hit the PC.