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

A broken clock is still right twice a day. I finally landed my first PC of the season thanks to "The Lion King" and its crazy expansion. Hopefully you took that little tidbit from last weeks column and ran with it as well. Let's check out what this week has in store for us.

Cineplex Builder>>

The Builder has us starting off at $77.5k value. My bar is pretty much there as well.

Bonus Bar>>

Phil is filling in for Guyett this week. He's set the bonus bar at $80k. He's also given us some nice tiers to look at to gauge where each movie lies.


BSWhite is advising against "Zombieland: Double Tap". Being a comedy/horror gal, I'm not quite on board with that. I may have too much faith in cult movies, or I could just be plain wrong. I haven't decided whether I'm going to play it or not, but I'm not taking it off the table just yet.

Fandango Check>>

Phil only has one movie that's DOA this week. "Pain and Glory" will most likely not be your BP.

Weekly Comps>>

Waco has given us some good comps for this week. "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" is definitely the sequel no one wanted. "Zombieland: Double Tap" could be the sequel that some wanted, but we'll have to wait for previews before we can really assess it.

Boxoffice Pro>>

I think we can all safely say that "Joker" will be dethroned this week so they aren't really giving us anything there. As for their estimates, with so little to go by, they have "Gemini Man" as their top BP pick, followed by "Joker", and finally Maleficent: Mistress of Evil". Keep in mind it's extremely hard to go by 5 estimates alone.

Boxoffice Report>>

Some may not have noticed, but BOR revised his estimate for "Parasite". Because of this, he has "Parasite" taking BP easily. His runner up is "Judy" followed by "Jexi".

Boxoffice Mojo>>

Mojo is giving "Gemini Man" top spot this week. They have "IT: Chapter 2" coming in second, with "Joker" third.

Theatre Counts>>

The most notable cuts this week are for "Ad Astra" at almost 50% and "Rambo: Last Blood" at 52%. Other notables are "Hustlers" with a 33% cut and "IT: Chapter 2" with a 33% cut as well.

We are heading into that time of year where movies are getting limited first week releases and having small expansions. This can make things very tricky when trying to come up with estimates for movies that have ~50 theatres.

I was really wanting to anchor with "Zombieland: Double Tap" this week, but the more I looked into things, I believe that "Joker" may be the better anchor. That's not to say that "Zombieland: Double Tap" won't make an appearance in my cinema, haven't decided yet on my BP of choice, but I'm definitely leaning against it now.