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


"Judy" sung and danced her way to BP last week. It seemed like the logical choice for BP on Friday morning and those who played it, leapt forward in the standings.


This week "Joker" is split over the three days. I'm not a fan of splits. I'll be using 41.26%/34.48%/24.26% as my splits respectively for the FRI/SAT/SUN.


Cineplex Builder>>


We're seeing the Cineplex Builder start us off at $80k value this week. Pricing has been astounding this season and the BB has definitely been cluttered with a lot of potentials.


Bonus Bar>>


Guyett is going a little high with the bonus bar, setting his at $85k but thinking it can be as low as $80k this week. "Joker" has had a bumpy ride with its LRF (long range forecast) starting as low as $77m and going as high as $103m until finally settling somewhere in between.


BSA>>


Slim pickings this week for BSWhite and his BSA. For those who don't know, he only advises against a movies that has at least as 25% play rate according to the research vault. He has advised against "Abominable" this week, stating it won't be BP nor factor in the PC.


Fandango Check>>


The Fandango Check still looks a little wonky this week (if you actually click the link) but Phil has always been kind enough to decipher the magics that is the Fandango Check. This week he's saying that "Good Boys", "The Lion King (2019)", "Angel Has Fallen", "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" and "The Peanut Butter Falcon" are all DOA this week.


Boxoffice Pro>>


BOP is saying a different clown will take BP this week. They have "IT: Chapter 2" as their highest value followed by that other clown. Having all three "Joker" days following and due to the split, it's all a tie, so pick your poison with this one.


Boxoffice Report>>


BOR isn't clowning around either. He also has "IT: Chapter 2" nabbing the top slot for BP, again all three "Joker" days right behind it.


Boxoffice Mojo>>


That's Yahtzee. All three pros agree that "IT: Chapter 2" will be the BP this week. Mojo is a little different, having "Abominable" as their second pick and then "Joker", pick a day, in third.


Pros all seem to agree this week, which usually doesn't end well for me :)


Theatre Counts>>


There are some pretty hefty TC cuts this week. "Good Boys" is losing 33%, "Hobbs and Shaw" is losing 38%, "The Lion King" is losing 39% and "Angel Has Fallen" at almost 50%. Notable expansions would be "Judy", gaining 939 theatres fro a 203% increase.


Another wild week ahead. The no brainer says you must anchor with at least once, if not, two "Joker" days. The real question is whether you follow the pros down the sewer or run towards something else.