Surprising upsets and hard-fought battles could be found in the first rounds of our March Movie Madness Tournament, but your votes have narrowed down this summer’s blockbusters to an Elite Eight of heavy-hitting competitors.
We had to say goodbye to a few frontrunners, most notably Snow White and the Huntsman (which lost to Men In Black 3), The Dictator (which fell to Rock of Ages) and Neighborhood Watch (which was trumped by Total Recall).
Of course, we’re trying to figure out which crowd-pleaser will emerge triumphant at the end of Summer 2012. To do so, we ranked 32 anticipated titles into four Regions, then further ranked those titles into seeds numbering 1 through 8. Each day, a new Region opened to voting. Victors will advance until a champion is crowned on April 20.
Now, it’s up to you. Consider all factors – Quality, Critical Response, Box Office – before picking a movie. Cast your vote, and help us figure out which movies are moving on to compete in the Final Four. Then check back often to see how your favorite movie did.
Region 1 - Round Two
(1) The Dark Knight Rises vs. (6) Men In Black 3
In one of the most lopsided (and largely predictable) victories of Region 1, Christopher Nolan’s third Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, trounced Sarah Polley’s indie tearjerker Take This Waltz to advance to the Elite Eight stage. Now it’s up to “Big Willie Style” and the time-traveling Men In Black to slow some of Nolan’s momentum and pull off an upset. Is it possible? Sure, as the third Black also beat Kristen Stewart and her action-packed Snow White reboot to advance. Can Will Smith conjure a little of his summer blockbuster Mojo? Or will the Knight continue to Rise through the ranks as we approach a championship match?
(2) Moonrise Kingdom vs. (4) The Bourne Legacy
“Chalk,” or higher seeds, prevailed in our previous Region 1 matchups, with the two-seeded Moonrise Kingdom knocking off No. 7 Sparkle and the remade Bourne Legacy (a four seed) triumphing over Ted (a five seed). But both races were tighter than expected, leading our analysts to lean toward a possible upset in this Elite Eight contest. While Wes Anderson has his loyal fan base, action thrillers prevail in the summer season, and that audience could toss its significant weight behind Jeremy Renner and a rebooted Bourne franchise. Which film lives to fight another day? It’s your call.