With the summer movie season now in full swing, players in EW.com’s Summer Box Office Challenge have happened upon an interesting, er, challenge: predicting the exact finish of movies outside of the top five. Sounds easy, sure. After all, last weekend, everybody knew that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was going to be No. 1, and most figured out that The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and Iron Man would easily round out the first three spots at the box office. So how hard could correctly picking the next seven movies in order have been? Very, as it turned out. The battle for sixth place was decided by a Florida in 2000-esque $5,072, the teensy amount by which Baby Mama edged out Made of Honor. And occupying the No. 10 spot for the second straight weekend was the critically acclaimed (but largely unheralded) indie The Visitor, which has quietly grossed $4.4 mil in seven weeks.
Oddities like those generally go unreported, but if you can gain a firm understanding of them, you might just have what it takes to win our game — and take home some DVD prizes. (Indeed, a whopping 30 people got perfect scores over the Memorial Day span; a tiebreaker will figure out who gets the loot.) So while you may feel confident that the Sex and the City movie could pass Indy 4 for supremacy this upcoming weekend, you should really be asking yourself: Which movie will come next? And which film will come after that one? And then you should make your picks. And, you know, have a little fun, too.
addCredit(“Sex and the City: The Movie; Craig Blankenhorn”)