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 4 - Round Two
(1) The Avengers vs. (5) Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
All four No. 1 seeds advanced through Round 1, but The Avengers wins the prize for largest win percentage. The 97.18% for Joss Whedon’s anticipated superhero blockbuster buried Oliver Stone’s Savages, which managed 2.82% of all votes cast. Will The Avengers sail through the Elite Eight and make it to the Final Four, as well? That’s up to Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Steve Carell and Keira Knightley’s five-seeded comedy about finding love before an asteroid destroys our planet. The offbeat relationship study took ParaNorman out of the competition, and now sets its sights on The Avengers, hoping to upset a … yeah, sorry, I can’t even joke about it. See you in the Final Four, Avengers – unless everyone reading this feels differently and votes accordingly.
(2) Dark Shadows vs. (3) Battleship
Expected blockbusters are holding serve through Round 1 of our tournament, with Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows and Peter Berg’s Battleship sinking the ensemble comedies What to Expect When You’re Expecting and Great Hope Springs, respectively. Now, the choices get harder. Do you want to cast a vote in support of the latest Burton-Depp collaboration, which reboots a beloved TV program from our past? Or are you game for the futuristic thrills of Battleship, which looks like Transformers set at sea? Only one can be a Final Four film, and the choice is all yours.