In case you haven’t heard, Iron Man grossed a feverish $98.6 million at the box office last weekend. Ninety-eight-point-six-million smackers! Who’da guessed? Well, actually, a whole slew of players in EW.com’s Summer Box Office Challenge came close.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here, because not only did Robert Downey Jr.’s Marvel movie boast a historic debut, it set a record of another sort when it paved the way for our Box Office Challenge’s first-ever perfect prognostication. That’s right: A whopping 24 players in our little game correctly predicted the exact order of the top 10 movies at the box office — Iron Man, Made of Honor, Baby Mama, Harold and Kumar, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Forbidden Kingdom, Nim’s Island, Prom Night, 21, and 88 Minutes. Amazing! (The week’s actual winner, “Chellrene,” took top honors thanks to the tiebreaker, in which he/she saw a pretty accurate $90 mil debut in Iron Man‘s future.)
Anyway, here at EW, achievements like this don’t go unrewarded. Just do what these folks did — and win the tiebreaker, if necessary — and you can go home with a bunch of free DVDs of your own. All you have to do is log into the Box Office Challenge; predict this week’s top 10 rankings (Speed Racer — will it get a flat tire?) by Friday at 8 p.m. Eastern; and then, well, hope for the best.
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