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.

"Gretel and Hansel" took the BP last minute, giving the 2x "1917" 6x "Gretel and Hansel" line the PC. Those who went all in, only fell behind just under $8m which isn't too bad considering there were no previews and it was a very rocky weekend until Monday.

There's only one new release this week, priced at a devilish $666 bux. "Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn", or just "Birds of Prey" going forward after misspelling all the words when trying to type it all out. :)

Cineplex Builder>>

The Cineplex Builder has us starting off at $78k value for this week.

Bonus Bar>>

Guyett set the bonus bar at $85k. I'll admit mine seems much lower, at only $75k. "Birds of Prey" is priced well above its LRF of $49m, that said, it has a very promising Rotten Tomatoes score of 87% (at the time of publishing). It is definitely a wild card this weekend, but not anchoring with it could be a season ender. Another thing to note is that the Oscar contenders of "1917", "Parasite" and "Jojo Rabbit" don't have much wiggle room to gain any substantial box office revenue heading into this weekend when the Oscars will take place on Sunday. Also, many movies will see good holds coming off Super Bowl weekend where the demo had overlapped.


The BSA didn't have a whole lot of options to choose from this weekend, and BSWhite has gone with "1917" as the do not play movie of the week. Even with a good bounce back from the Super Bowl, pricing has been taken into consideration with all the Oscar nominations and as I previously stated, it has very little wiggle room to have an increase over last week which it needs to be a contender.

Fandango Check>>

On Phil's DOA list week we have "Just Mercy", "The Turning" and "Frozen 2". Under the Getting Dicey column he has put "1917", "Little Women", "Knives Out" and "Parasite".

Boxoffice Pro>>

BOP has already adjusted "Birds of Prey" lowering it from $48m to $42m. They have "Gretel and Hansel" potentially repeating as their top BP choice. In second they have "Doolittle" and in third they have "The Gentlemen".

Boxoffice Report>>

BOR has "Jumanji: The Next Level" as his top choice, followed by "Gretel and Hansel" then finally "Birds of Prey".

Boxoffice Mojo>>

Mojo is also liking "Gretel and Hansel" for their top BP pick. They have "Birds of Prey" coming in second then they have "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker".

Theatre Counts>>

Sadly, nothing as of publishing but I'm sure they'll be there soon enough.

"Birds of Prey" is a complete mystery this week. It has the potential to bomb spectacularly or to exceed expectations. I've currently adjusted my expectations for "Birds of Prey" so it's no longer a BP option but still a solid anchor option. Preview numbers will determine where it lies. As for the rest, I have "Doolittle", "Frozen 2", "Gretel and Hansel" and "Jumanji: The Next Level" as BP options.