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

Watcha gonna do? When "Bad Boys for Life"'s preview number came in, you woulda been a fool not to go for the 2x play. Most lines were very close together, giving up only a million or two plus the PC bonus. If you were one of the lucky ones, you took a chance on a blank and it paid off.

There are two new releases this week, "The Gentlemen" and "The Turning". Both have had a tepid reaction from pros, and don't look like they'll be in play this week.

Cineplex Builder>>

We're starting off at $85.5k value with the Cineplex Builder this week. I highly recommend playing around with the sliders throughout the week as information trickles in, it provides some great insight on lineup options when you're using it and you can easily apply a line to your cineplex.

Bonus Bar>>

Guyett is setting the bonus bar at $80k. Big takeaways, never discount "Knives Out", "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" could have a nice bounce back weekend, and "Bad Boys for Life" can hold well due to solid word of mouth.


Happy Anniversary to the BSA!! BSWhite has been churning this thread out for 4 years and whether we love it or hate it, that is a huge feat. This week the BSA is saying not to play "The Turning". Resales haven't been kind to it, reviews haven't been either. I'm inclined to agree this week, "The Turning" will most likely not feature in the PC this week.

Fandango Check>>

Phil always has our best interest in mind. When coming off a 4 day weekend, data can get muddy and he takes the time to sort it out for us. We see a few Volume Winners this week in Little Women", "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" and "Knives Out". File the following movies under DOA, "Frozen 2", "Parasite", "Like a Boss", "Spies in Disguise", and "Underwater".

Notable Threads>>

Plexy is looking for new contestants for Survivor: Mojo Desert. This is a fun game mirroring the show we all know and love. Plexy is a superb Jeff Probst and goes above and beyond for the challenges. It also takes place all on Discord! I highly recommend applying and giving it a go. It's a lot of fun, and is probably as close to the real thing as you'd ever wanna get. :)

Boxoffice Pro>>

BOP likes "Just Mercy" this week. Following that, they have "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" and then "Knives Out".

Boxoffice Report>>

BOR thinks that "Bad Boys for Life" is going to repeat and take BP. Not far behind he has "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" and in third he has "Dolittle".

Boxoffice Mojo>>

Mojo has "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" so far ahead of the next closest movie. They're really banking on a rebound from last week. In second they have "Bad Boys for Life" and coming in third, "Knives Out".

Theatre Counts>>

As hinted by Phil, "Like a Boss" and "Underwater" lost a ton of theatres, 1358 and 130 respectively. "1917" sows a gain of 325, and even "Little Women" got a little bump of 25.

My top 4 movies all hit the $80k bonus bar, I have going over $85.5k. I'm looking at "Bad Boys for Life", "Just Mercy", "Knives Out", and "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" in my top tier. I'm leaning towards another week of anchoring "Bad Boys for Life" two times, but I have a half a dozen options for what would follow that.