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.

"Dolittle" hung on all weekend and won BP come Monday. Unfortunately I didn't listen to the little voice inside my head, ahem Mem, and didn't play "Dolittle". But that's okay, I haven't had too horrible of a season so far. :)

Cineplex Builder>>

The Cineplex Builder is set at $96k value this week.

Bonus Bar>>

Guyett set the bonus bar at $115k this week. Yikes, that's high. (At least from my numbers) "The Photograph" is one to keep an eye on. It has the potential to have a huge false positive Thursday preview number, but will be extremely popular for the AA demo as well as a nice Valentine's Day movie. Horror has been quite a hit or miss and "Fantasy Island" will be no exception. The potential is there, but there's a huge question marking looming over it. "Parasite" gets the Oscar bump we were all thinking it would get. Has it created enough buzz for movie goers to get the increase it needs to take BP?


The BSA is advising against "Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey". As many know, I don't disagree often, but I do see a way where "Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey" can make its way into the PC without it being BP. I'm being cautious with this BSA.

Fandango Check>>

Phil has a large list of movies this week that he considers DOA. The following movies should be avoided unless used for bottom filler, they most likely won't be your BP but may sneak into the PC; "The Gentlemen", "Jojo Rabbit", Knives Out", Little Women" and "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker".

Boxoffice Pro>>

BOP has given us 3 day estimates instead of 4 days, so use their numbers with a grain of salt. They have "Jumanji: The Next Level" coming in top spot. Following that, they have "The Gentlemen", then finally, "1917".

Boxoffice Report>>

BOR is also on the "Jumanji: The Next Level" train, having it reign supreme over the 4 day weekend. In second he has "Downhill", and in third he has "Parasite".

Boxoffice Mojo>>

Mojo is looking at "Fantasy Island" crushing the 4 day weekend. "Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey" is their second pick and in third they have "The Gentlemen".

Theatre Counts>>

"Parasite" sees a significant increase, gaining 941 theatres. "The Gentlemen", "Little Women", and "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" all took hits in the ~750 range.

There's been a lot of discussion this week in regards to a very early favourite line, however I'm not 100% sold on it. A lot needs to go right for it to hit and Thursday preview numbers will play an important role. That said, there are actually a few viable anchor options this week, depending on your BP. "Sonic The Hedgehog" can be played once, "Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey" has a nice 3x play, "The Photograph" can be played 4x and "Fantasy Island" can be played 5x. Currently, I have "Fantasy Island", "Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey", "Jumanji: The Next Level" and "Parasite" as my top BP favourites.