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

Wasn't that an interesting weekend?!? Only 3 players got the PC last weekend. That's the lowest amount I've seen in a real long time.

This week is shaping up to be another interesting weekend.

Cineplex Builder>>

The pendulum has swung back and we have the Builder starting us off at $57.5k for value this week. Just looking at my own numbers, I don't have a whole lot over $50k value this week.

Bonus Bar>>

Guyett has set the bonus bar at $60k this week. Good things to note is that we get a Friday the 13th this week. All horror movies will see a nice bump on Friday but don't be fooled to think they'll do well throughout the weekend. Other horror films, "Ready or Not" and "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" will also rebound a bit from last weekend but nothing significant to put either in the BP race.


The BSA is advising against "IT: Chapter 2" this weekend. To play it comes at a very high cost and leaves very little to play with for filler/low end BP options.

Fandango Check>>

Phil seems to be on the same page as Guyett with the horror holdovers. "Ready or Not", "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" and "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" are all DOA this week and will not be likely to feature in your cinema. Under Getting Dicey we see "Hobbs and Shaw" and "Angry Birds 2".

Drive In Report>>

Sulli is reporting 206 Drive Ins this weekend. "IT: Chapter 2" still has the biggest pairings, the next closest still on the slate is "Hustlers" with 32 pairings.

Noteworthy Threads>>

Plexy is taking applications for Survivor: Chattern. Anyone who knows the show Survivor should apply. It's the social experiment minus the starvation of actually being on the show. It's also quite fun and extremely entertaining. (I came in 5th and fan favourite in the inaugural season)

Boxoffice Pro>>

BOP is only giving us another 5 estimates this week so it's a lot of fill in the blanks. If you go based solely on this, "Hustlers" is the top BP pick, followed by "Goldfinch" then "IT: Chapter 2".

Boxoffice Report>>

BOR has given us estimates for 9 movies this week. He also has "Hustlers" as his top BP choice. "Goldfinch" is second and coming in third is "IT: Chapter 2".

Boxoffice Mojo>>

Mojo is disagreeing with the other pros and thinks that "Goldfinch" will be BP this week. They're runners up are "Hustlers" and "IT: Chapter 2" respectively.

Theatre Counts>>

"Ready or Not" did not see that TC cut coming. Ouch. It lost 53% and has definitely earned its place in the Fandango Check's DOA tier. "Angry Birds 2" and "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" lost over 30% and "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" wasn't far behind, losing 29%.

This is looking to be another potentially ugly week. I'm very hesitant screening "It: Chapter 2" due to how expensive it is. It doesn't allow for other mid priced options and really leaves you with lower end fillers. Anchoring with "Hustlers" allows for a little more wiggle room and more varying lines, which is why I'm leaning towards anchoring with "Hustlers".