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 3 - Round Two
(1) The Amazing Spider-Man vs. (5) Total Recall
We’ve been hearing the complaints already: “It’s too soon for a Spider-Man reboot;” and, “Why do we have to hear the origin story again?” But that wasn’t enough to keep Spidey out of the Elite Eight. Marc Webb’s anticipated Amazing Spider-Man trounced Adam Sandler’s That’s My Boy, and now faces a fellow reboot in Len Wiseman’s Total Recall. The five seed prevailed over the sci-fi comedy Neighborhood Watch in Round 1, proving more people want to get their asses to Mars for another adventure with Quaid (this time played by Colin Farrell). Congrats to Total Recall, though I don’t see it advancing much further. Spider-Man seems hard to beat, though in this tournament, stranger upsets have happened, so I guess we’ll see how it all plays out.
(2) Brave vs. (3) Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Top-seeded Brave and Abraham Lincoln did what top seeds are supposed to do – knock off the lower-seeded competition and advance to the next round. Seeing as how both films received a strong number of votes in Round 1 action, I honestly have no idea how this race breaks. Pixar did lose a little luster with Cars 2, but Brave is the last of the animated giants left in the competition. Then again, a recent Vampire Hunter trailer ramped up the historical action, so that film could be winning new fans on a daily basis. Which blockbuster moves on to the Final Four? That’s up to you, so vote!