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


Last week's preview numbers solidified a "Midway" BP. I had originally had "Motherless Brooklyn" (which is why I had mentioned the lower part of the slate not being mentioned by pros) but ultimately chose to roll with "Midway" as my BP option.


Three new releases this week. This has the opportunity for the rule of three to come into play. (One movie will over-perform, one movie will under-perform and one movie will do what is expected)


Cineplex Builder>>


We are starting off at $71k value from the Cineplex Builder this week. Seems pretty darn close to what many are looking at.


Bonus Bar>>


Guyett put the bonus bar at $72.5k. Pricing has put all the new releases above their LRF, but all the new releases as of late, seem to be falling short of their LRF so pricing makes it much more difficult to determine what potential anchors will be.


BSA>>


The BSA is yet again advising us not to play "Parasite" this week. There are better priced options to go with for your BP and it's very doubtful that it'll make the PC.


Fandango Check>>


Phil is running a little late this week. He's said that the Fandango Check will be up hopefully before tomorrow at lock. He has giving me a wee bit of insight, stating that "Parasite" and "Jojo Rabbit" wouldn't have picked up enough to do anything substantial with it and that "Zombieland: Double Tap" and "Addams Family" are most likely DOA this week.


Weekly Comps>>


Waco's comps will most likely be up before lock tomorrow. We're all running a little bit behind this week. Keep an eye out for it. :)


Boxoffice Pro>>


BOP is thinking that "Doctor Sleep" isn't going to sleep this weekend by taking BP. They follow it up with "Terminator: Dark Fate" and "Last Christmas".


Boxoffice Report>>


BOR thinks that "Last Christmas" will take BP this week. He has "Doctor Sleep" coming in second and "Harriet" in third.


Boxoffice Mojo>>


Mojo also thinks that "Doctor Sleep" is going to be the top value for the week. They have "Terminator: Dark Fate" next and "Joker" rounding out the top three.


Theatre Counts>>


"Terminator: Dark Fate" took a big theatre cut this week, losing 1609. It's followed by "Zombieland: Double Tap" which lost 1020. "Jojo Rabbit" gained 193 but as Phil noted, probably isn't enough to influence anything.


Another pre preview head scratcher. When the previews come in for "Ford vs Ferrari" and "Charlie's Angels", we'll have a better idea with what to anchor with. I also have "Maleficent", "Doctor Sleep" and "Joker" my Top Three in value, with "Terminator: Dark Fate" and "Last Christmas" rounding out the Top Five.


I'll be keeping a close eye on any reports tomorrow morning to see what I want to settle on.