Mamo #273: Everything Else Was a Total Clusterfuck

TIFF is over and the summer is over, which means it’s time to conclude the Mamo Summer Box Office Contest for 2012! We announce the winner, and then analyze the returns from the loopy-doopiest summer in box office history. Avenge us!

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Robert Reineke
Guest

For the record, one person saw Ted coming, albeit not as big as it was.

Matthew Fabb
Guest

I had mentioned TED as one of the possibilities as the commedy hit of the summer in the big contest thread, but I didn’t put it as one of my picks. As I also was thinking it could have been “What to Expect when you are Expecting”, “That’s My Boy” or “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”, which none of them did well. As it’s hard to see what will connect to audiences and for the most part the majority of these kind of comedies I don’t find funny at all, so it is hard to get a sense of what will land when I feel so blind to them.

Since it is such hit & miss with comedies, unless you are really sure of something, it is best to leave it off your list. Because any movie that lands in the top 20 has the possibility of giving you points, so you are better off getting a movie that is slightly lower than expected than to get one that gives you no points what so ever.

Most people do okay in their movie picks and their ranking points. It’s how close people are with the gross & now the opennings that make or brake people in this contest.

I think I might have mentioned it in the other thread, but it is also interesting to see people get more bonus points for openings than total gross.

Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

I actually own Enter the Matrix and is definitely a side-story, complete with exclusively shot footage. Shame it wasn’t easier to play (I never got far in it).

Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

I should also add that not only is it a side story, but you get different levels based on which of the two characters you choose.

Andrew James
Admin

Yup I remember playing this many many years ago. The big deal at the time was that if you made the right choices, there is a scene in which Carrie Ann Moss and Jada Pinchot kiss – or something like that.

Cringe
Guest

Love me some mamo, one of the best podcast out there.

Matthew Fabb
Guest

Apparently Cabin In The Woods was supposed to have Left 4 Dead 2 extension. Unfortunately, the MGM bankrupcy killed it.

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The game was going to be above and bellow the cabin. Which would have been cool as I think there could have been a lot to have with all the cubes and all the monsters bellow the cabin. Not sure if a first-person shooter could really expand the storyline, but it definitely would allow you to explore the huge number of villians more.

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As for Avengers & the SHIELD show, at first I figured that it was Marvel who wanted to expand their universe and get Whedon involved. However, Whedon has been saying that it was his idea that he pitched to Marvel and that previously it wasn’t even on their radar.

Why the Dark Knight Rises didn’t make as much as the Dark Knight in the most simplistic of ways:
Joker >>>> Bane

Those people who only see one or two movies a year, the Joker, especially one my a well liked actor (and one of his last performances) is a reason to get out. Rather than someone who looks like bland wrestling villian, who better known for one action (breaking Batman’s back) than any charcter traits. Catwoman pulled in a bit of the slack, but still not quite enough.

Fan expectations seem to push up unrealistic expecations on the Dark Knight Rises. That everyone who saw the Dark Knight would be back again and want to see it as many times.

Benji Schulz
Guest

Well that’s a surprise!!!
I guess I won the contest? Thanks for the congrats already.

Matthew Fabb
Guest

The 2 years I won the contest in a row, I paid no attention to the contest after the first few weeks as I had already figured I had lost and both were a completely surprise when I won.

Since then, I’ve been following the contest each summer quite closely completely aware of how badly I’ve been doing. πŸ™‚

MrRTJL
Guest

Great comp, congratulations to Benji and everyone else!

I, however, win the right to say I am the meat in a Mamo sandwich

Matthew Price
Guest

Seek help, seriously. You’re gonna want to get someone qualified to look at that rash.

Jonathan
Admin

There are so many Matt and Matthew’s in this comment thread.

Matthew Price
Guest

From 1981 until 2006 Matthew was in the top five most popular boys names in North America.

http://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/top5names.html

Dave Nandes
Guest

I just read the top names for 2011 and started imagining helicopter parents using those names while arguing with teachers and yelling at soccer coaches.

Disappointed however to see Aiden so far down the list, with Logan and Hunter nowhere to be found.

Kurt
Guest

That’s because you are 5-10 years behind, for those kids to have Soccer coaches, Dave.

Can’t speak for Boys names, but Girls names definitely have Sophie/Sophia and Madison at the top of the pile in that 5-10 year range, according to my daughters classes.

There seems to be no major stand-out boys name. Perhaps Ethan is the most common name I hear in that range.

Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

I have a cousin named Matthew πŸ˜›

Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

My name is both common and not-so-common when you consider the fact that Sean (not at all in that list) is Gaelic for John (all over that list).

Matthew Fabb
Guest

I’m working on a work project with a pretty small team (8 people?) with 3 Matthew’s in it. So far thankfully no confusion with last names being used.

Jonathan
Guest

MAMAMO?

Benji
Guest

Now I really feel like a winner!!!
Thanks Matt, Matt, Andrew and all the rest at RowThree.

Andrew James
Admin

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