MR4RP vs. ROW (Rest of World)

We’ve been publishing reviews in our blog since February, 2011.  We thought it would be interesting to look back to see how our reviews compare with box office gross receipts.   So, here goes.  The table below shows the top 15 movies (by gross box office review through July 9th).  We saw and reviewed 13 of those movies.  Interestingly, none of these movies got our top rating (Go at Full Price) yet all pulled in over $100mm in gross receipts.  We’re discriminating!   It’s not easy to get a “Go at Full Price” rating from us.  Interestingly, two movies were given that rating:  King’s Speech ($138.8 mm from 2010) and, Win Win (interestingly, only pulled in $10.1mm and ranked 65th on the list of this year’s top 100 grossing films).

See at Reduced Rate (not quite; but almost), basically, our second highest rating was bestowed on three of the top 15 grossing films:  Transformers, Fast Five, and Thor.  However, equally interesting is that we gave that same rating to films that pulled in much less, most notably:  Midnight in Paris ($39.6 mm; ranked 37th), Cedar Rapids ($6.8 mm, ranked 71st) and Potiche ($1.6mm, ranked 86th).

Gross receipts are probably a reasonably good indicator of how popular a film is – positive buzz aka great word of mouth probably contributed to its box office success.  A great story, superior acting, and a highly entertaining experience are what we seek from the movies!  Movies don’t have to put up big numbers to win our higher level ratings and, often the decision to go see a new movie isn’t remotely impact by professional reviewers!   Conclusion: gross receipts don’t sway us!

Movie

MR4MR Rating

Total Gross Receipts

(to date) $MMs

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

See at
reduced rate (not quite; but almost)

$277.6

The Hangover Part II

No
rating (none of us saw it!)

$251.5

Pirates of the Caribbean: On the
Stranger Tides

See at
reduced rate (not every one is an epic)

$236.7

Fast Five

See at
reduced rate (not quite; but almost)

$208.9

Thor

See at
reduced rate (not quite; but almost)

$179.0

Kung Fu Panda 2

Can’t
wait for the sequel

$159.0

Bridesmaids

Top in
genre

$159.3

Cars 2

See at
reduced rate (not every one is an epic)

$155.2

X-Men: First Class

Top in
genre

$142.7

Rio

See at
reduced rate (not every one is an epic)

$141.5

Rango

Home DVD

$123.3

Super 8

See at
reduced rate (not every one is an epic)

$119.8

Green Lantern

See at
reduced rate (not every one is an epic)

$111.1

Hop

Home DVD

$108.0

Just Go with It

No
rating (none of us saw it!)

$103.0

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