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 Bux"

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

You know what's awesome? When your numbers point to the PC and you don't trust them enough to play it. Blargh. "Dark Waters" took BP last week and if you anchored with "Frozen 2" with a little "Ford vs Ferrari" filler, you hit the PC!

This week is ELECTRIFYING!!! Dwayne Johnson brings in the Boxoffice almost as much as Gerard Butler. No one really knows why. :D "Jumanji: The Next Level" opens this week as does the remake "Black Christmas", and Eastwood is back behind the camera with "Richard Jewell". We also have the Double Feature in play which is the combined Boxoffice total for "Parasite" and "Jojo Rabbit".

Cineplex Builder>>

The Cineplex Builder is starting us off with an $82.5k value this week.

Bonus Bar>>

Guyett is a little lower than the Builder, having a bonus bar of $80k. Big takeaway from Guyett is that "Jumanji: The Next Level" has previews starting from 4pm which would make its preview number a bit higher than normal and to adjust accordingly. It's also good to note that "Black Christmas" is debuting on a Friday the 13th, which always boosts horror films.


BWhite is taking the adage, fool me once shame on you fool me twice shame on me, approach with the BSA this week. "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" has burned him one too many times and he's advising against it. Like last week, there are avenues where the PC may feature "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" but isn't necessarily your BP.

Fandango Check>>

Phil has basically written off the bottom third of the slate, putting the following movies under his DOA category, "21 Bridges", "Midway", Playing With Fire", "Joker" and "Last Christmas".

Weekly Comps>>

Waco Kid and Nux Comps will be up shortly. Keep an eye on the new releases for this week.

Boxoffice Pro>>

BOP has "Queen and Slim" just edging out "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood". In third they have "Dark Waters".

Boxoffice Report>>

BOR is thinking that in the ongoing between "Ford vs Ferrari" and "Queen and Slim", "Ford vs Ferrari" has the upper hand this week. In second he has "Dark Waters" and rounding out the top three is "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood".

Boxoffice Mojo>>

Mojo is liking "Dark Waters" a lot, having it well above any other potential BP. The next two closest are "Frozen 2" and "Jumanji: The Next Level" respectively.

Theatre Counts>>

A very much needed expansion for "Parasite" and "Jojo Rabbit" didn't happen, in fact, both lost theatres. That should put the Double Feature out of BP contention. Other notable cuts are to "Joker" and "Last Christmas" losing almost half their remaining TC, "Playing With Fire" losing 872, "Midway lost 681, and "21 Bridges" losing 932. Those all pretty much line up with Phil's Fandango DOA.

I've got 4 movies this week all barely exceeding $80k. It's a crap shoot as to which one I like best. "Dark Waters", "Ford vs Ferrari", "Knives Out" and "Queen and Slim" are so tightly bunched together, that even a dollar can change their position for BP candidate. I'm getting a lot of 7x plays for various BP options, and 1 really interesting hedge line that I kinda dig.