It’s been nearly a month since our last update and the Fantasy Film League has covered a lot of ground in that time. In order to relay this information as simply and efficiently as possible, this week’s update will take a slightly different form than usual. We will work through all the films that have released or had any significant score changes since our last update starting with the most recently released films.
One of Scott’s latest film to release has only made it to 5 screens across the country so far. With such a small release, the film didn’t even crack $100,000 in the box office. This most recent Shakespearean adaptation/remake seemed to fare better with critics than fans as it earned a 83% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 7.5 IMDb User Score. Hopefully, Michael Fassbender’s star power can pull in a bigger audience as it expands its release in the next few weeks.
Getting a slightly more limited release than MacBeth, Youth opened in only 4 theaters this past weekend. Other of Scott’s award hopefuls, Youth underwhelmed a bit (by Scott’s own account at least) with a 75% on the TomatoMeter and a 7.5 IMDb User Score. However, Youth did fare better (just slightly) in the box office than MacBeth by earning (just slightly) over $100,000. Again, Scott is hoping that some awards attention and a wider release will help Youth pick up some speed in the box office.
*It should be noted that Youth was originally a tie-breaker film. However, it has replaced Scott’s film, Miles Ahead, which received a release date on April 1st of next year and is therefore ineligible for this season’s FFL.*
The Danish Girl (11/27/15):
Continuing “Movies Playing in Less than 5 Theaters News,” Jordan’s latest film to release opened in 4 theaters, not only its first weekend in theaters but its second as well. Director Tom Hooper’s latest film, the Danish Girl, is still receiving an extremely limited release. Earning nearly $200,000 its first weekend in (4) theaters, it has only grossed a little over $100,000 since. Including weekday sales, the Danish Girl is currently standing at a box office of $387,000. With such a strong director and cast, a 73% on Rotten Tomatoes is not nearly what Jordan had hoped. However, that seems quite acceptable when compared with its 5.4 IMDb User Score ( a season low). Apparently, the general movie going audience is not ready for this transgender film. Much like Scott with Youth, Jordan is surely hoping some awards attention will generate more interest at the box office.
The Good Dinosaur (11/25/15):
With our first wide release of the article, The Good Dinosaur hit theaters just in time for Thanksgiving. For the first time in history, we have been treated to not one, but two Pixar films in one year. Unfortunately for the Good Dinosaur, it has to live in the shadow of Inside Out. Only earning a 75% on Rotten Tomatoes and a IMDb User Score of 7.4, the Good Dinosaur may not be Pixar’s worst film but its certainly not its best. However, with one of the widest releases of the season, Pixar and the Good Dinosaur achieved the number 2 and number 3 spots in the box office over the past 2 weekends. Its total box office currently stands at a little over $78 million.
Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. II (11/20/15):
If you were wondering what beat out a Pixar movie about dinosaurs at the box office, look no further than the conclusion to the Hunger Games saga. With THE widest release of the season, Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. II has ruled the box office the past 3 weekends, even though it has fell short of expectations and precedent set by the last film in the series. Regardless, the film has still brought in an impressive $230 million so far. Admittedly, the reason Scott chose this film was for its box office and with that in mind, 70% and a 7.3 scores on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb, respectively, isn’t bad. We will see if it can hold on one last weekend before Star Wars: The Force Awakens releases.
If you thought it was difficult to follow the release of Hunger Games, try matching the release. Luckily for Carol, it wasn’t trying to top Hunger Games at the box office. Playing to a very different crowd and just making sure it made the awards season cut-off, Todd Hayne’s latest film, Carol, only opened in 4 theaters (noticing a theme here). It has since opened in an additional 12 theaters and made a total of $860 thousand. However, it looks like the film shall fare extremely well come awards season and its 94% on Rotten Tomatoes bodes well.
Brooklyn saw a decent expansion to nearly a thousand theaters and has now grossed over $12 million.
The latest James Bond flick hasn’t fared as well as hoped. It has made nearly $200 million domestically. However, when you take into account its $245 million budget, its doesn’t look as good.
Black Mass (9/18/15):
The Johnny Depp gangster film is no longer in theaters and its box office score is now locked in at $62.58 million
For all the other films currently playing in the Playoffs Season of this year’s Fantasy Film League, there has not been a significant change in their score in the past several weeks, aside from a slight up-tick in box office earnings. If you want to check out the official scoreboard, head no further than the scoreboard icon on the right side of this page.
Looking at the averages, Scott is currently ahead 5 categories (Box Office, Gross Margin, Theaters, and IMDb User Score) to Jordan’s 1 category (Rotten Tomatoes). However, with awards season incoming, its about time to see if Jordan’s strategy has paid off.
For full film reviews, download the latest episode of RadNotions Radio in which Scott and Jordan discuss Youth, Good Dinosaur, and Brooklyn. If you’ve already listened, get stoked for the next podcast with a review of Star Wars: Force Awakens and a low-down on the Golden Globes nominations.