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


Another season in the books. Well done to The Alt who won the Season Showdown. I didn't fair too badly, coming in 40th overall in the Season Showdown. Yay me!


This week there is only one newcomer to the slate, but it takes 3 spots. "It: Chapter 2" is split this week. Many may be experiencing flashbacks of when IT was first released, breaking records, playing 2xFriday….


I'll be the splitting the days 41.8%/36.07%/22.13% Fri/Sat/Sun respectively.


Cineplex Builder>>
The Builder has us starting our bonus bar at $97k this week. I don't see it going much higher than that based on pricing.


Bonus Bar>>
Guyett sets the bonus bar at $100k. He reminds us that because last week was a long weekend, a lot of movies will see steeper drops than usual.


BSA>>
BSWhite seems a little unsure this week about his BSA. He's advised against Good Boys, but admits it was a flip of the coin.


Fandango Check>>
Even the Fandango Check is a little funky this week due to the long weekend and "IT: Chapter 2" split. Phil has "Angry Birds 2" and "Spider-Man: Far From Home" as DOA this week.


Drive In Report>>
Sulli has 232 Drive Ins reporting. It's no surprise that "IT: Chapter 2" is in every reporting Drive In. Sadly, the only movie that can benefit from the pairings is "Ready or Not", but with only 18 pairings, it is going to be a very lacklustre Drive In bump, if any.


Noteworthy Threads>>
New season, coming off a long weekend, and a split movie debuting makes all the information available sketchy at best. Backseatdirecting's thread is featured this week for the valuable lessons he illustrates were learned during the Summer season.


Boxoffice Pro>>
BOP is mailing it in this week. With only 5 movies getting estimates, a lot is left on the table for us to interpret for ourselves. They have "Good Boys" penciled in as their BP, followed by "Angel Has Fallen" and "IT: Chapter 2" Sunday.


Boxoffice Report>>
BOR gives us a little more to work with this week. He has "Peanut Butter Falcon" as his top BP contender, with "Overcomer" in second and "Once Upon a Time In Hollywood" third.


Boxoffice Mojo>>
Mojo thinks that "Overcomer" will take BP this week. They have "Ready or Not" following and "The Lion King" very closely after that.


Theatre Counts>>
"Angry Birds 2" and "Spider-Man: Far From Home" saw the biggest TC cuts, at 44% and 54% respectively.


How pricing is this week, you really have no choice in an anchor option. You will be playing at least 2 screens of "IT: Chapter 2". The question is, what days will you be playing and what will your BP/filler options be. I do not believe that any day of "IT: Chapter 2" will be BP, so it comes down to everything else as to what BP will be. I have 3-5 movies all close together that all have BP potential this week.