September 4, 2012

ShowbuzzDaily SUMMER MOVIE DRAFT: Final Update

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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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With Labor Day in the rear view mirror, it is time to proclaim the final standings in the second annual ShowbuzzDaily Summer Movie Draft:

#1 Team Metcalf ($1.357 billion currently, probably ending at $1.360 billion)

#2 Team Weil ($1.036 billion currently, probably ending at $1.062 billion)

#3 Team Salem ($971 million, probably ending at $1.007 billion)

Team Salem gained some ground this past week, but not nearly enough.  Last week, Salem was $69 million behind Weil, and this week he is about $66 million behind.  Over the next few weeks, Salem’s combination of Bourne Legacy, The Campaign and Hope Springs should continue to slightly out-gross Weil’s two still-active films (Expendables 2 and Dark Knight Rises) but not at a rate high enough to close the gap.

We are estimating about $36 million to go for Salem ($15 million more for Bourne, $10-11 million more each for Campaign and Hope Springs), while Weil should have about $26 million to go ($19 million more for Expendables 2 and $7 million for Dark Knight Rises).  That should leave Salem about $55 million behind second place.

Look for the third annual Summer Draft next year, and later this fall watch out for the first annual Holiday Movie Draft.


About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.