This Rotten Week: Predicting Weekend of February 22, 2013
Time for another unimpressive week at the box office. Fortunately, the Oscars are just around the corner. The ceremony should be painful to endure, but at least awards season will finally come to a close.
Here's a breakdown of how I did last week:
1. A Good Day to Die Hard
- 16% (Predicted: 54%)
I guessed way too high here. The movie was painfully lackluster, with idiotic dialogue, a ridiculous plot, and (thankfully) a short runtime. I would make another joke about how it's time for this franchise to die hard, but I won't.
2. Beautiful Creatures
- 45% (Predicted: 51%)
Close enough. The premise is a bit too far-fetched and half-baked for my taste, but critics didn't completely hate Beautiful Creatures
. Perhaps comparing it to Twilight
wasn't the best idea on my part.
3. Safe Haven
- 13% (Predicted: 27%)
I am never making a prediction higher than 20% for a Nicholas Sparks movie ever again. Period.
4. Escape from Planet Earth
- 24% (Predicted: 24%)
Right on the dot. Like I said, this piece of animated kiddie fare looks painfully obvious, just like Planet 51
, but the star-studded cast might have helped elevate the Tomatometer score in the end. I don't know.
I'm think about introducing a new rule, whereby individuals can lose 100% for guessing a movie correctly. Seeing as this is a rare occurrence and given that I am the only one who managed to do this this week, I think that I will institute this new rule starting now. I am just that greedy.
On a serious note, I will apply this new criteria to everyone who guesses a film's final Tomatometer score with this level of accuracy.
And here are the scores for this weekend, as of Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 5:05 AM PST:
1. Sean: 99% + 38% + 6% + 14% - 100% = 57%
2. PR0METHEU5: 99% + 37% + 2% + 21% + 5% = 1 full slate, plus 64
3. KWRoss: 90% + 43% + 9% + 21% + 5% = 1 full slate, plus 69
4. Pedro: 94% + 44% + 11% + 7% + 36% = 1 full slate, plus 92
5. ilovemovies: 116% + 46% + 20% + 15% + 10% = 2 full slates, plus 7
6. Blonde Almond: 129% + 44% + 12% + 32% + 24% = 2 full slates, plus 41
7. Vexer: 220% + 49% + 5% + 17% + 31% = 3 full slates, plus 22
Welcome to the game, PR0METHEU5
. Very impressive for a beginner.
This week we will be predicting the Tomatometer scores of the following new releases. Here we go:
Maybe it's because of the fact that "The Rock" isn't in a tutu. Maybe it's because Faster
wasn't a complete critical bomb. Or maybe it's because of the fact that I'm feeling generous today. Either way, this movie should do poorly, both with critics and at the box office, although it probably won't end up anywhere below the 30% range.
2. Dark Skies
The trailer for this movie made me laugh. It's a horror movie. Not a great combination.
Ultimately, this is Oscar weekend, people, meaning that no one cares about any of the new releases, although I do get the pleasure of reviewing them. That being said, I will knock down your scores by 125% if you predict one film correctly. I will knock down you scores by 250% if you guess both films right on the dot. However, there are no negative percentages in this game. You can only go as low as zero, which is the best possible score.
Finally, if any of you win James' "Beat Berardinelli" contest this year, I will drop your score all the way down to 0%. Remember, this is like golf. The lowest score is the best score.