Box Office Power Rankings: April 11-13, 2008

Everything new feels old.

Al Pacino, at age 67, is the lead in a thriller that was filmed in 2005. It’s called 88 Minutes but runs 108 minutes. That’s old times three, methinks.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall is the fifth Judd Apatow-produced movie released in the past 11 months.

And Keanu Reeves is on top of this week’s Box Office Power Rankings.

Box Office Power Rankings: April 11-13, 2008
(Rank) Movie (previous week; box office, per-theater, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic: total)
(1) Street Kings (-; 9, 9, 5, 7: 30)
(2) Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who (2; 5, 4, 10, 10: 29)
(3) Smart People (-; 4, 7, 8, 9: 28)
(3) Leatherheads (1; 6, 5, 9, 8: 28)
(5) Nim’s Island (2; 7, 6, 7, 7: 27)
(6) 21 (2; 8, 8, 4, 5: 25)
(7) Prom Night (-; 10, 10, 1, 1: 22)
(8) The Ruins (5; 3, 2, 6, 4: 15)
(9) Superhero Movie (7; 2, 3, 2, 2: 9)
(10) Drillbit Taylor (7; 1, 1, 3, 3: 8)

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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