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Box Office Wizard (6.11.10)

Get your Wiz on. Don't be shy and enter Player Affinity's weekly box office prediction competition. All you have to do is read this post and comment according to my mind-numbingly simple instructions and you could be on your way to Dumbledorian levels of accomplishment.

All we want you to do is get out your box office crystal balls and tells us which five movies will place in the top five of each weekend's U.S. domestic box office chart. Simple enough, right? I will make my own predictions here and explain them to you each week to give you some sort of reference point. It's then your job to enter a comment with your top five. 

This is Week #6. The first week you predict is the first week you enter the Box Office Wizard competition. For every correct prediction each week, you earn a point. Points are cumulative. The game keeps going on and on forever and ever except we will reset everyone back to zero -- let's say -- once a year. Each week there will be at least two winners: a weekend wizard for the users who guessed the most correct and a box office wizard for the user with the most points to date. The goal is to be Box Office Wizard for as long as you can. I'll pick an end date for the year at some point and then whoever has the most becomes the year's box office wizard. Maybe by the team that happens, Player Affinity will be so wildly popular that we'll have some cool free stuff to give the Box Office Wizard of the Year. Regardless, it's worth giving a try. What do you have to lose?

Week #5 Wizard(s): Steven C, SimonSays, Dementious, Dustin C - 3 pts each
Current Box Office Wizard: Steven C - 18 Pts 

Week number five was for the three-day Memorial Weekend totals. I personally apologize for not being available to hold the competition for this past weekend, so we're just going to pretend it didn't happen. My apologies. That week went as follows: 1. Shrek 2. Sex 3. Prince 4. Iron Man 2 5. Robin Hood.

Currently, Steven C is the Box Office Wizard with 18 Pts. It's about time someone usurp me. Enjoy the time extension until noon on Saturday this week since this one came up a little late too.

Steven C - 18
SimonSays - 16
Olly H - 13
TheGamerGeek - 9
Matthew D - 3
Dementious - 3 
Dustin C - 3
Lydia - 2

Remember, only submissions in the comment section count and they must be made by 12:00 PM SATURDAY. Check our weekly recap posting late afternoon every Monday for the box office figures of the weekend. Remember, we count the WEEKEND ACTUALS, not the ESTIMATES announced on Sundays. On 4-day weekends, only the 3-day total matters.

Here are last week's top five finishers and this week's new contenders followed by my predictions.

Last Week's Top Five
      1. Shrek Forever After - $25.5M (weekend) … $183.2 M (gross)
      2. Get Him to the Greek - $17.5 M … $17.5 M
      3. Killers - $15.8 M … $15.8 M
      4. Prince of Persia: The Sand of Time - $14.0 M … $59.6 M
      5. Sex and the City 2 - $12.3 M … $73.1 M
      New Contenders this Weekend

      The A-Team
      Directed by Joe Carnahan
      Written by Joe Carnahan, Brian Bloom and Skip Woods, Frank Lupo and Stephen J. Cannell (TV series)
      Starring: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel, Sharlto Copley
      Genre: Action
      Distributor: Fox
      Release: 3,535 theaters 

      The Karate Kid

      Directed by Harald Zwart
      Written by Christopher Murphey, Robert Mark Kamen
      Starring: Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan, Taraji P. Henson
      Genre: Action/Family Drama
      Distributor: Sony/Columbia
      Release: 3,663 theaters 

      My Top Five Predictions

      My apologies for not being around last week to do this, but in a way I’m glad because last week was pretty bad. This weekend is interesting because it’s the first school-less weekend for most kids across the country. The question is whether The A-Team becomes the benefactor. The truth is that after last weekend, the box office can only go up. I think The A-Team will get it done with about $35-40 million.

      This is a tough spot over at No. 2. I think The Karate Kid has the goods to beat out Shrek Forever After but not by very much (should it underperform). I think the former should at least get $20-25 million at minimum and that our ogre friend should pull in a respectable $20 million for its fourth weekend.

      I totally forgot about Get Him to the Greek. That was dumb. Yes, I'm editing this in after posting initially. This should finish fourth with $10 million. Phew.

      I would normally slide them down, but I think Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time has a better chance of doing well in a school’s out weekend than Killers, which finished with just $1 million more last week. I think “Persia” will earn $8 million while Killers slips to $7 million.

      1. 1. The A-Team 
      2. 2. The Karate Kid
      3. 3. Shrek Forever After
      4. 4. Get Him to the Greek
      5. 5.  Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time


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