RopeofSilicon Box Office Challenge Officially Underway

RopeofSilicon Box Office Challenge LeaderboardI was surprised how much more interested I was in the box office results this weekend now that we have more reason to evaluate the numbers than merely speculating over the likelihood of a sequel to lackluster franchise starters (or non-starters depending on your perspective) and the drop in week two box office. This weekend we started the RopeofSilicon Box Office Challenge and the final numbers for the weekend have arrived and the leaderboard has been updated.

This weekend readers were asked to predict the opening weekend results for Monsters University and World War Z, the second weekend for Man of Steel and the second weekend for Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring, which expanded to 650 theaters. And after the first weekend of predictions we have a leaderboard of 17 names.

Here's the top five with ties included:

  1. Rick (8 points)
  2. Driver (5 points)
  3. GregDinskisk (5 points)
  4. Jack Tyler (5 points)
  5. Austin Rains (4 points)
  6. Bustray (4 points)
  7. Charles Ritter (4 points)
  8. CJohn (4 points)
  9. Kai Sacco (4 points)
  10. thefutureofhollywood (4 points)

You can click here to check out the full leaderboard or here to check out the weekend results and the results for the four movies that earned everyone points this weekend.

If you missed participating in this week's challenge, don't worry, you can earn points every Thursday in Laremy's Box Office Oracle posts. All you need is a RopeofSilicon membership and some keen prediction skills.

I would also suggest everyone head to and register an account with the email address you used to register at so your place on the leaderboard will have your avatar rather than the anonymous Guy Fawkes mask.

Additionally, anyone with a ranking on the RopeofSilicon Box Office Leaderboard will find their profile page includes their placement and a link to the leaderboard as seen using GregDinskisk's profile.


Hope to see you back on Thursday, ready to post predictions for this weekend's films. For a complete look at the rules and regulations on how to compete click here.

  • GregDinskisk

    Instead of a Guy Fawkes mask, use some mask you find on the streets of Rome for your Avatar!!!

    This is an incredibly cool feature. I feel like this is a perfect way to come together more as an internet community, something that this site already excels at. Thanks Brad for it!

  • Ryguy815

    Wow..I really suck at this. Hopefully I'll do better next week.

  • Newbourne

    The problem with this is that once you're approaching the end of the year, no one new is going to want to participate, because they will be severely behind in points. By October, you'll start seeing drastically less viewers than before.

    • Brad Brevet

      You can still win every week. I think you'd be surprised by how quickly you can catch up. I'm going to try and set up quarterly competitions as well.

  • lalecture

    Aw..I just realized I missed out! Brad, I thought I remembered you saying this wouldn't be up and running until July? I'll be sure to chime in Thursday for this weekends bragging rights.
    Well done you for the speedy delivery. Im stoked for this new feature.

  • Roger Judd

    This is a fantastic idea.