Mamo #347: Days of Future Last

Summer begins now! Welcome to the annual Mamo Summer Box Office Competition, and this, our kickoff episode – in which the Matts lay out their vague theories on how things will go down in the domestic marketplace for the summer of 2014.

To download this episode, use this URL: http://rowthree.com/audio/mamo/mamo347.mp3

THE CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. Best of luck to all entrants! Here’s the grosses tabulator for this year.

Rules:

THE SUMMER STARTS ON MAY 1 AND ENDS ON AUGUST 31, in terms of movies you can pick. Please work by domestic release dates only and with domestic grosses only. Scores will be tabulated after the Toronto International Film Festival is over.

Players will submit the following:

Top ten films, in order of total grosses. Also total gross $ amount and opening weekend gross $ amount. So as an example, submissions should look like this:

1. Kind Hearts and Coronets, $402 million, $175 million
2. The Ruling Class, $375 million, $150 million

Points awarded for:

A. 1-10 Points for film rankings. If you are bang on (your #1 pick comes in #1) you get 10. If you are 5 places away (your #8 film comes in #3) you get 5, etc.

B. 10 bonus points for every film who’s gross you have within 5 million of the actual gross.

C. 5 bonus points for every film who’s gross you have within 10 million of the actual gross.

D. 1 bonus point for every film who’s gross you have within 20 million of the actual gross.

E. 10 Bonus Points for every film who’s opening weekend gross is within $1 million of the actual opening weekend gross.

F. 5 Bonus Points for every film who’s opening weekend gross is within $5 million of the actual opening weekend gross.

G. 1 Bonus Point for every film who’s opening weekend gross is within $10 million of the actual opening weekend gross.

E. 10 point bonus for every film you have ranked correctly AND within 5 million of the actual gross AND within $1 million of the opening weekend gross.

F. For the purposes of calculating weekends – Films opening on a Wednesday are counted until the first Sunday they are released. Films opening on Memorial Day weekend are counted until the following Monday. Films opening the week of July 4 are counted from whenever they open in that week until the first Sunday of their release. Example – Spiderman opens on Tuesday, July 3. Your guess for weekend gross would actually be its 6 day total, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

In A World… Autographed Movie Poster Giveaway

I just saw In a World… last night and found it hugely entertaining. Lake Bell is the new Miranda July – with a little bit more “sitcom” to her style than melodramatic art. In honor of the film’s release we’re offering a reader a chance to get an official In a World… movie poster autographed by writer/director/star Lake Bell herself.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, check out the trailer in the widget below. The movie is a stitch and pokes a lot of fun at the world of movie trailer voice overs. Lake Bell kicks ass and has put together something fairly unique – at least in concept.

To win a poster, just pop your thoughts on the film, the stars, the trailer (or whatever) in the comments section below. We’ll pick out a lucky winner at random and contact you for your prize and shipping details. If nothing else, check out the film and enjoy yourself. My brief thoughts copied over from LetterBoxd are tucked neatly under the seats below as well.

Would you like to know more…?

Redbox March Madness!
[win free rentals]

Super simple: just vote on your favorite movies in “bracket” style and see how your “picks” do. If you complete your “bracket” you get a code for a free rental. The votes are held daily, but you can vote on what you miss if you don’t check it daily.

You can take care of all these shenanigans over at the Redbox Facebook page. Enjoy your free movie rentals (you should rent The Sessions and tell me how it is)!

Win Passes to “Hit ‘n Strum” [Vancouver]

Hit 'n Strum Still

Kirk Caouette’s Hit ‘n Strum is almost a one man show. The former stunt actor left behind a life of setting himself on fire and jumping in front of cars for other people in order to do it for himself and the result is very positive.

Couette wrote, directed, composed and stars in the movie as Mike, a busker living on Vancouver’s notorious Downtown Eastside. Stephanie (Michelle Harrison), a young career woman, hit Mike and takes off just as he’s getting up and when she sees Mike again the following day playing outside her officer, she stops and listens. This marks the beginning of an unlikely friendship between Mike and Stephanie.

Hit ‘n Strum open on Friday, March 8th at the Fifth Avenue Cinema and we’ve got an opportunity for you to win double passes to see the movie during its run next week. To enter, simply tweet the following:

@hitnstrum at Fifth Avenue Cinemas in #Vancouver! Inspiring local film with amazing soundtrack.

The good folks with the movie’s promo team will contact winner directly via twitter.

You can listen to some of the movie’s soundtrack, which is quite good, here while the movie’s trailer is tucked under the seats.

Would you like to know more…?

RowThree Oscar Pool Winners

Thanks to everyone who played our annual Oscar Pool this year. Mixing it up a bit this year with some “funkier” question was a little bit more fun and some of those responses did make or break the line between winning and losing – especially the “second chance” question.

A complete breakdown of all the responses are below. Before the winners are contacted, feel free (in fact, PLEASE DO!) review your answers and make sure my math is correct! You’ll have three full days to look over the responses and look for any discrepancies. If you find something amiss, leave a comment in the appropriate section below or feel free to shoot me an email. Thursday night will be the deadline for corrections. After that, winners will be official and will be contacted to receive their prizes.

Thanks again to Corey and CriticalMassCast for sponsoring this contest and providing the DVD prizes!

A few interesting statistics:
– We had 42 total responses
– 88% of respondents answered ARGO for Best Picture (five people did not and all five picked something different).
– For the “how many Tweets” question, the range of [serious] answers was from 12,000 to 25 million (answer was 8.9 million)
– Five-way tie for the closest correct answer to the Tweet question at 5,000,000
– 17 people took correct advantage of the “second chance” question and received the extra 5 points
– No need for the tie breaker question, but the closest answer to the correct one (215 min.) was 211 minutes
– Biggest surprise (collectively) was Best Director. 65% incorrectly picked Spielberg. 21% correctly picked Lee
– 93% of respondents correctly picked Day-Lewis to win best actor
– 91% of respondents correctly picked Hathaway to win best supporting actress
– 95% of respondents correctly picked Amour for best foreign language film
– 93% of respondents correctly picked Adelle for best song with “Skyfall”

and now on to the winners…
Would you like to know more…?

$25 Fandango Gift Card Giveaway! [#DieHard #Spon]

We’re not too into big trivia questions or problem solving around here. Much too lazy for that. Instead, we leave it up to you guys. If you’d like to have $25 to spend on Fandango for movie tickets all you have to do is drop some thoughts in the comment section below about your favorite Die Hard moment from any of the five films.

That’s it! We’ll pick a winner at random (though the better your thoughts come across, possibly the less random it will be ;).

Good luck and thanks or dropping by the third row!

#DieHard #Spon

Row Three (Last Minute) OSCAR POOL!

Because of popular demand, we’ve put together a fun little Oscar Pool for you this year. We’re doing things a little bit differently this year. We’ve put together a point system based on various Oscar prediction sites, Vegas odds and a little of my own inklings of arbitrary.

Here’s how it works. Based on “difficulty”, each answer is worth anywhere from one to five points. Best picture is worth a whopping ten points because… well, it’s best picture and that’s the way I did it. No answer is required but there’s no penalty for getting it wrong (other than you don’t get the points), so you might as well guess. Person with the most points wins! You may re-submit your responses at any time (last set of responses will count as your official entry). Pool closes sometime Sunday afternoon; so get your picks in ASAP!

Prizes will be dished out to the first and second place winner. Thanks to Corey Pierce and CriticalMassCast for sponsoring this contest and providing the DVD prizes. All RowThree contributors are encouraged to participate for fun but are not eligible for the prize pack. For official rules, please call 1-800-figureitoutyourself.

Not every single official category is here but to make up for it I added some of my own categories. I hope you’ll approve. Let the games begin…

Would you like to know more…?

Holiday Giveaway from Row Three and Warner Bros.

Looking for that additional stocking stuffer for a loved one… or better yet, yourself? You may have just stumbled upon the right place. Courtesy of Warner Brothers, we’re giving away a Blu-Ray combo pack to one lucky reader of this post. All you’ve go to do to win is try one (or both if you want) of the trivia games below: Trivia Challenge or the Decode-a-Scene game. Both are pretty easy, but just share your results in the comments section below for your chance to win. One winner will be chosen at random and you will be sent (at our discretion) either the Magic Mike blu-ray pack or The Dark Knight Rises blu-ray combo pack. Both excellent films; both even more excellent on baby Blu.

Dark Shadows Giveaway!

Did you catch Tim Burton’s latest freak fest? Do you want to (again)? Just drop a note in the comment section – preferably something discussion worthy – and we’ll pick a winner from the responses at random and send out a brand new Blu-ray of Dark Shadows starring Johnny Depp, Eva Green, Jonny Lee Miller, Helena Bonham-Carter, Chloe Moretz and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Responses must be received by October 16th. And feel free to play around with the widget below.