My siblings and I took our best shots at predicting the success (both critically and commercially) of various films released last month. Here’s the results (note that if a film already had enough reviews, we didn’t bother to predict its Rotten Tomatoes percentage):

July 7

Spider-Man: Homecoming

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A huge hit for Marvel, it nonetheless fell well short of my lofty box office mark. David has a chance of being right here.

Actual:$288 million

Me:$420 million

David:$310 million

Ava: $350 million

July 14

War for the Planet of the Apes

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Perhaps too high brow for mass market, or maybe not enough star power. Whatever the case, this was an exceptional film with rather pedestrian box office returns for a Summer movie. We all took an L on this one.

Actual: $125 million

Me: $260 million

David: $215 million

Ava: $240 million

July 21

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Stoic and challenging, audiences still turned up. Though I was closer on this film, I still don’t think I have a chance of it meeting my prediction. Little sister takes the prize on the Rotten Tomatoes guess. The haters didn’t show up like I thought they would.

Actual: $120 million/ 93%

Me: $180 million/ 80-90%

David: $225 million/ 80-90%

Ava: $200 million/90-100%

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

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This looks intriguing, although I, like the rest of you, haven’t seen it. It’s a renter. It’s already flat-lined at just over 30 million. That’s ghastly. I was actually pretty solid on my predictions here despite not picking up any points.

Actual: $34 million/51%

Me:$60 million/55-65%

David:$90 million/65%

Ava:$150 million/ 70%

Girls Trip

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This was a very fun and funny movie that’s found its audience, and will continue to make money for a few more weeks. I doubted, and now I’ll eat crow.

Actual:$77 million/ 87%

Me: $35 million/30-40%

David: $105 million/50-60%

Ava: $90 million/ 40-50%

July 28

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Stylish and impressive as it is, this isn’t nearly the hit that John Wick was. Crowded market?

Actual: $28 million

Me: $80 million

David: $90 million

Ava: $100 million

The Emoji Movie

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Like the movie itself, I’d just as soon forget all about my predictions for this film. I went all in, and crapped out. This is a historic stinker.

Actual: $40 million/ 7%

Me: $200 million/ 45-55%

David: $90 million/ 35-45%

Ava: $140 million/ 40-50%

Ava and David tie with two points a piece. As you can tell, it was a difficult month for me. Lessons.

-Walter Howard-



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