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 2 - Round Two
(1) Prometheus vs. (6) Rock of Ages
Earlier on Movies.com, we ran a headline asking if Ridley Scott’s Prometheus was the movie to beat this summer. Clearly you agree with our reasoning, as the sprawling, epic Alien prequel sailed through Round 1 and is gearing up for a fight in the Elite Eight. Scott will take on Rock of Ages, the six-seeded ensemble musical that adapts the hit Broadway show for the silver screen. I’ll be honest and say that Ages’ victory over The Dictator in Round 1 was a surprise. Yes, Ages has star power, with Tom Cruise leading a cast that includes Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Paul Giamatti. But will the show-tunes crowd come out and create yet another upset over Scott’s impressive-looking blockbuster? That’s up to you.
(2) G.I. Joe: Retaliation vs. (5) Lawless
One of my favorite Round 1 matchups pit this summer’s G.I. Joe sequel against an Expendables sequel. It felt like a coin-toss, and in that fashion, Retaliation squeaked by with a slim margin of 54% to 45%. Now the muscle-bound sequel (with Bruce Willis and The Rock as its leads) faces off against John Hillcoat’s anticipated Lawless (formerly The Wettest County), which easily handled Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike in Round 1 action. Maybe I expected more out of Mike, but it didn’t have a chance against Hillcoat’s Prohibition drama. Maybe it’s the Wettest cast, which includes Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Mia Wasikowska and Shia Labeouf? Either way, it’s on to the Elite Eight. Can the period film keep its momentum rolling and knock G.I. Joe off of its perch?