FFL Regular Season 2016: Mid-July Update


It’s been nearly a month since our last update and we’ve had another 3 films release. With the guys both taking some summer vacations, it has been a few weeks since our last podcast and seemed appropriate to do and quick recap on the Fantasy Film League.

Captain Fantastic: As all our Wild Card picks do, Scott’s second Wild Card film opened to a limited release last weekend. Only opening in 36 theaters, the Viggo Mortensen film took in slightly over $125 thousand. Not a huge take for the limited release, however, the film was locked in with a 79% on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8.1 on IMDb. Overall, decent numbers yet still not the numbers Scott needs if he is going to take control of this season.

The BFG: Spielberg’s latest film opened two weekends ago at the #4 spot in the box office. Competing against Finding Dory and fairly average scores (71% on RT and 7.2 on IMDb), the BFG had fairly mediocre box office numbers. Only taking in $22 million opening weekend, the Roald Dahl adaptation has only totaled $43 so far. With a budget of $140 million, the BFG is certainly not putting up the numbers Scott expected or hoped for.

Independence Day: Resurgence: The long-awaited sequel to the classic alien-disaster film opened to pretty disappointing response from the critics. Receiving a Rotten Tomatoes score of 34% and an IMDb User score of 5.8, Jordan wasn’t any happier with the box office as Resurgence has only made $95 million so far.

Finding Dory: The latest Pixar film dominated the box office for 3 weeks, bringing its total box office to over $430 million and its profit margin to 117% (highest of the season so far).

The films Everybody Wants Some!, Keanu, Midnight Special and Batman v. Superman have all exited their theatrical release and their scoreboard numbers are officially locked in. Other films released this season are still available in theaters and are gaining in the box office by rather insignificant amounts (not worthy of updating here).

Currently, Jordan is winning the 2016 Regular Season with 3 categories (Box Office, Profit Margin, and RadScore). Both Jordan and Scott still have 3 movies left to release within the final month and a half of the season so its still anyone’s game.

Tune in this week to see if Jordan and Scott think Spielberg still has his mojo and discuss whether or not Independence Day: Resurgence was anything more than a cash-grab.

FFL Regular Season 2016: May & June Update


May June Update

A lot has happened since our last text update.  Honestly, the best way to catch-up on things would be to listen to the podcast.  However, if you just want a quick-and-dirty overview of what’s been going on in the Fantasy Film League, read on (organized in order of release):

Keanu (4/29)

Scott was on a bit of a roll with two consecutive movies posting Rotten Tomatoes scores in the 90s.  That took a hit with the comedy Keanu – though it did still post a respectable 76%.  It fared decent in the Box Office, garnering $20.4 million in its first month and a half.  At the time of this post, it had a positive Profit Margin (which is more than Everybody Wants Some!! could say).  In all, it was a good haul, especially given how the guys reviewed it on the podcast.

Green Room (limited on 4/29)

Jordan’s limited release, on paper, doesn’t look like much of a winner.  It does have an 88% on Rotten Tomatoes (and a 7.3 IMDb User Score) which would indicate it should do well.  However, with a limited release (and not much expansion), the movie has failed to make-up the $5 million budget.  The guys liked it, but it’s still a tough pill to swallow for Jordan, given the financial numbers to date.  Jordan’s best hope would be a run in the box office given positive word-of-mouth; however, that window may have already closed.

Captain America: Civil War (5/6)

The crown of this “draft class” has definitely been Scott’s first pick – Captain America: Civil War.  90% on Rotten Tomatoes puts it at 3rd overall this year, but the $400+ million it has raised in just over a month is going to be hard for Jordan to overcome.  Along with the biggest Box Office (for now), Cap also pulled in a very impressive 8.5 IMDb User Score.  There’s no doubt Civil War was worthy of the #1 overall pick.

X-Men: Apocalypse (5/27)

Part of Jordan’s strategy to overcome Civil War had to be drafting the next X-Men installment, X-Men: Apocalypse.  With an impressive track record and superb cast, the movie was supposed to be a counter-attack to Civil War.  However, with just a 48% Rotten Tomatoes score and a 7.5 IMDb User Score, it certainly underwhelmed.  Luckily for Jordan, it pulled it nearly $125 million the first weekend (and $146 million to date) and will easily make it into the positive Profit Margin.

Warcraft (6/10)

Though things weren’t going well for Jordan pretty much since Batman v. Superman released, he finally got the break he needed.  Scott’s gamble-pick, Warcraft, ended up only posting a 26% on Rotten Tomatoes (making it the lowest release since last year’s Regular Season).  Money-wise, the film has done decent enough, making $38 million to date.  It still has a long ways to go to make-up the $160 million (and it’s unlikely it’ll get there).  Overseas, the film has done well, but that doesn’t factor into the FFL.

Finding Dory (6/17)

Warcraft did take the crown for largest video game release (despite pour reviews), but a week later, Finding Dory took the record for largest animated opening.  Not only did it pull it $135 million (almost making up for its estimated $200 million budget already), but it posted an impressive 95% on Rotten Tomatoes and the highest IMDb User Score for Jordan.

What looked like a runaway win by Scott has turned into a much closer race.  Check out the entire scoreboard here and check out the latest podcast where the guys will discuss Warcraft, Finding Dory, and Midnight Special (among others)!