That’s still true.
But Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire — which expanded to 589 sites this past weekend and landed in eighth place in overall box office — could have finished in last place and still won this week’s crown.
With 31 points (out of a maximum 40) and a three-point edge over The Tale of Despereaux, Slumdog could afford to lose two points — the difference between eighth and 10th place in gross. But it would need to retain all its other points, including for per-theater box office.
Slumdog finished with $5,184.65 in per-theater revenue, while the movie below it in that category (Despereaux again) earned $3,255.05. That gives a window of between $1.92 million (Desperaux’s per-theater revenue multiplied by Slumdog’s sites) and $2.05 million (Quantum of Solace’s 10th-place take) for Boyle’s movie to finish last and first simultaneously. (Eleventh-place Milk earned $1.73 million, so it wouldnt’ have sneaked in.)
And I officially spend too much time on this crap.
|Box Office Power Rankings: December 19-21, 2008|
|Box Office Ranks||Critics’ Ranks|
|Rank||Movie||Last Week||Gross||Per Theater||Rotten Tomatoes||Metacritic||Total|
|1||Slumdog Millionaire||-||3 ($3.1M)||8 ($5.2K)||10 (93)||10 (86)||31|
|2||The Tale of Despereaux||-||8 ($10.1M)||7 ($3.3K)||7 (53)||6 (53)||28|
|3||Yes Man||-||10 ($18.3M)||9 ($5.3K)||4 (44)||4 (45)||27|
|4||Bolt||1||4 ($4.1M)||3 ($1.4K)||9 (85)||9 (68)||25|
|5||Seven Pounds||-||9 ($14.9M)||10 ($5.4K)||3 (28)||1 (36)||23|
|6||Twilight||3||5 ($5.2M)||4 ($1.7K)||5 (50)||7 (56)||21|
|7||Quantum Of Solace||4||1 ($2.1M)||2 ($1.1K)||8 (65)||8 (58)||19|
|8||Australia||6||2 ($2.2M)||1 ($1.0K)||7 (53)||6 (53)||16|
|8||The Day the Earth Stood Still||5||7 ($9.9M)||6 ($2.8K)||1 (20)||2 (39)||16|
|8||Four Christmases||6||6 ($7.7M)||5 ($2.2K)||2 (25)||3 (41)||16|
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 than gross receipts alone.
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.