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)!

FFL Regular Season 2016: Weeks Four and Five Update


Another two weeks have gone by and the playing field in this season of the Fantasy Film League has doubled. With 3 movies releasing last Friday, there are now 6 movies in play. Let’s take a look at the latest films to release and also take a moment to catch up with the earlier releases.

Jungle Book: Disney’s latest live-action remake hit theaters last Friday. Not only did the film rule the box office last weekend, making over $100 million, the film is already over halfway to making up its $175 million budget. Jungle Book has also done exceptionally well critically. Locked in with the 2nd highest Rotten Tomatoes score (94%) and 2nd highest IMDb User score (8.1), this movie has proven to be worth Jordan’s 2nd pick of this season’s draft and will certainly start to make up for Batman v. Superman’s poor critical performance.

Green Room: Jordan’s second film to be released last Friday, Green marks the second directorial effort of Jeremy Saunier. Only being released in 3 theaters, its $12,000 box office is actually quite remarkable. With a Rotten Tomatoes score of 88% and an IMDb User score of 7.3, it seems like all this movie needs in an expanded release to really take off.

Sing Street: Green Room wasn’t the only limited release to hit theaters last week as Scott’s WildCard pick hit theaters as well. Only in 5 theaters, Sing Street hasn’t made much money so far. Having made just over $100 thousand, its box office score isn’t the reason Scott is so happy with this movie’s performance. Sing Street was locked in with both the highest Rotten Tomatoes score and highest IMDb User score of the season so far with 96% and 8.4 respectively. As with many of the other limited releases this season, Scott and Jordan are eagerly awaiting a larger release to catch up with this film.

Midnight Special: Jordan’s sci-fi film has seen an expanded release in its last two weekends. While still not a wide release, Midnight Special has brought in an additional $1.5 million over the past two weeks.

Batman v. Superman: While continuing to see diminishing returns in the box office, DC’s superhero film has brought in another $30 million since our last update. This brings its profit margin up to 25%.

Everybody Wants Some!!: Now playing in 130 theaters nationwide, Richard Linklater’s latest film continues to get a larger audience. The additional screens have helped the film bring in another million dollars at the box office.

While Jordan and Scott are still hoping for wide releases for Midnight Special, Everybody Wants Some!!, Green Room, and Sing Street, they did catch up with the Jungle Book in theaters. Look for their reviews on RadNotions Radio next week!