Box Office Power Rankings: January 25-February 10, 2008

montana.jpgplainview.jpgHannah Montana, meet Daniel Plainview.

In my absence, I’ve let the Box Office Power Rankings slip, so here are three weeks’ worth. And we get the strange chart-topping pair of There Will Be Blood (January 25-27) and Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour (February 1-3 and 8-10).

Hannah, this should go without saying: Keep close watch over your milkshake.

Box Office Power Rankings: January 25-27
(Rank) Movie (last week; box office, per-theater, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic: total)
(1) There Will Be Blood (-; 2, 8, 9, 10: 29)
(2) Rambo (-; 9, 9, 5, 5: 28)
(3) Cloverfield (1; 7, 4, 8, 8: 27)
(4) Juno (2; 4, 2, 10, 9: 25)
(4) 27 Dresses (3; 8, 5, 6, 6: 25)
(6) Meet the Spartans (-; 10, 10, 1, 1: 22)
(7) The Bucket List (4; 5, 3, 7, 4: 19)
(8) Untraceable (-; 6, 6, 2, 2: 16)
(9) National Treasure: Book of Secrets (8; 3, 1, 4, 7: 15)
(10) Mad Money (10; 1, 7, 3, 3: 14)

Box Office Power Rankings: February 1-3
(Rank) Movie (last week; box office, per-theater, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic: total)
(1) Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour (-; 10, 10, 8, 7: 35)
(2) Juno (4; 5, 6, 10, 9: 30)
(3) There Will Be Blood (1; 1, 8, 9, 10: 28)
(4) 27 Dresses (4; 8, 7, 5, 6: 26)
(5) The Eye (-; 9, 9, 3, 3: 24)
(6) Rambo (2; 6, 4, 4, 5: 19)
(7) Cloverfield (3; 2, 1, 7, 8: 18)
(8) The Bucket List (7; 4, 3, 6, 4: 17)
(9) Meet the Spartans (6; 7, 5, 1, 1: 14)
(10) Untraceable (8; 3, 2, 2, 2: 9)

Box Office Power Rankings: February 8-10
(Rank) Movie (last week; box office, per-theater, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic: total)
(1) Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour (1; 8, 10, 8, 8: 34)
(2) Juno (2; 6, 5, 10, 9: 30)
(3) Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (-; 9, 8, 4, 7: 28)
(4) There Will Be Blood (3; 1, 6, 9, 10: 26)
(5) Fool’s Gold (-; 10, 9, 2, 2: 23)
(6) 27 Dresses (4; 5, 3, 6, 6: 20)
(6) The Eye (5; 7, 7, 3, 3: 20)
(8) The Bucket List (8; 4, 4, 7, 4: 19)
(9) Rambo (6; 3, 1, 5, 5: 14)
(10) Meet the Spartans (9; 2, 2, 1, 1: 6)

Methodology

Culture Snob’s Box Office Power Rankings balance box office and critical reception to create a better measure of a movie’s overall performance against its peers.

The weekly rankings cover the 10 top-grossing movies in the United States for the previous weekend. We assign equal weight to box office and critical opinion, with each having two components. The measures are: box-office gross, per-theater average, Rotten Tomatoes score, and Metacritic score.

Why those four? Box-office gross basically measures the number of people who saw a movie in a given weekend. Per-theater average corrects for blockbuster-wannabes that flood the market with prints, and gives limited-release movies a fighting chance. Rotten Tomatoes measures critical opinion in a binary way. And Metacritic gives a better sense of critics’ enthusiasm (or bile) for a movie.

For each of the four measures, the movies are ranked and assigned points (10 for the best performer, one for the worst). Finally, those points are added up, with a maximum score of 40 and a minimum score of four.

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