The internet will tell you, perhaps until the very moment of Earth’s annihilation, that no one likes Star Wars: The Last Jedi. That those who proclaim they enjoyed it are merely deluding themselves. Perhaps even paid by Disney!
Well, no money changes hands during any of these box-office tournaments. (Or if you know of any, maybe cut us in.) But plenty of people have paid their respects with votes to the Star Wars series across the 10 (!) tournaments we’ve done since summer. Now — with The Last Jedi’s 65 to 39 win over Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse — a full 30% of the trophies have been sent to a galaxy far, far away.
Every #1 seed in the 2010s Fall Blockbuster Tournament was a Star Wars saga this time around, and The Last Jedi was the second-strongest of those. En route to the championship, it took down Les Misérables, Coco, Skyfall, Tangled and Thor: Ragnarok.
Meanwhile, Spider-Verse found great power from a lower seed of #11, knocking off Gravity, Knives Out and Frozen II in the first three rounds. After that? Spidey knocked out two Star Wars films — The Rise of Skywalker and the tournament’s overall #1, The Force Awakens. But eventually, the Force was elsewhere and Rian Johnson got his revenge for knocking out Benoit Blanc a few rounds back. However, it’s nice to see a web-Spinderella story.
And yes, this is our final tournament of 2020, but it’s not the final box-office tournament! We’re going to do Winter / Spring Blockbuster Tournaments in 2021, with one per month for the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. Keep an eye out for the 1970s Winter / Spring Box Office Tournament, starting Monday, Jan. 11, 2021.
After those contests, June 2021 will bring what we’re calling the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boom tournament — which rounds up some Cinderellas and heavy hitters of tournaments past to compete for the final four spots in a forthcoming Box Office Battle Royale.
Yes, that’s right: The Battle Royale will bring the top finishers from all of the tournaments to square off for the ultimate crown in a field of 64, and we’ll unspool that one in July 2021. Think the seasonal tournaments have given you impossible choices? Well, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
As always: We thank you for having fun with us on these. We hope they’ve been an enjoyable distraction over the last few months, and who knows: Maybe by the time we’re done with these, we can actually all go back to movie theaters again.
Below are some notes on the 2010s Fall Blockbuster Tournament — with a final bracket embedded at the bottom.
As (almost) always, every movie got at least one vote this time. But the comparatively less-loved from the first round (10 or fewer votes) included:
- 9 — The Grinch
- 6 — Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
- 5 — The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
- 4 — Daddy’s Home
- 3 — Little Fockers
- 1 — Puss in Boots
Here are the largest percentages of victory in each of the four rounds:
- ROUND 1: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with 99% of the vote against Puss in Boots
- ROUND 2: Star Wars: The Force Awakens with 83% of the vote against Bohemian Rhapsody
- SWEET SIXTEEN: Frozen with 74% of the vote against Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
- ELITE EIGHT: Star Wars: The Last Jedi with 66% of the vote against Tangled
And now the closest matches in each of the first rounds.
- ROUND 1: Bohemian Rhapsody over Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, 38 to 37
- ROUND 2: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker tied with A Star is Born, 41 to 41
- SWEET SIXTEEN: Tangled over Interstellar, 38 to 35
- ELITE EIGHT: Thor: Ragnarok over Moana, 47 to 34
Holy effing bleep, everybody. Nearly half of the first-round matchups in this tournament were upsets! And only a total of six votes kept us from having 17 upsets (the loss for Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol mentioned above and a three-vote victory for Jumanji: The Next Level over Mary Poppins Returns). Bad tournament to be a Hobbit movie. After the Lord of the Rings films ran the table to the 2000s Final Four, their follow-ups were gone after the first round. Also a bad tournament to be a #6 seed, all of which were bounced in round one. Ditto for the #5 seeds, save Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1. The full list of first-round upsets is below:
- #15 La La Land over #2 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
- #14 Knives Out over #3 American Sniper
- #14: Django Unchained over #3 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1
- #13 Gone Girl over #4 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
- #12 The Greatest Showman over #5 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2
- #12 Lincoln over #5 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
- #12 Tron: Legacy over #5 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
- #11 Interstellar over #6 Sing
- #11 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows over #6 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
- #11 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse over #6 Gravity
- #11 Wreck-It Ralph over #6 The Grinch
- #10 Tangled over #7 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- #10 Thor: The Dark World over #7 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
- #9 Coco over #8 Big Hero 6
- #9 A Star is Born over #8 Justice League
Of these, Django Unchained, Gone Girl, Interstellar, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Tangled made it to the Sweet 16 — with Spider-Man advancing to the championship round.
The year with the fewest films in the bracket was 2011, which had only four titles: Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 and the mercifully non-colonic Puss in Boots. The Holmes sequel made it to the Sweet 16.
A full 10 films came from 2018, including Aquaman, Bohemian Rhapsody, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, The Grinch, Halloween, Mary Poppins Returns, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, A Star is Born and Venom. Of these, only Spider-Man advanced deep into the tournament.