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The Positive Buzz Chart
Calculating the Weekend Box Office's Hottest Tickets
November 21, 2005 (Updated on Monday evenings)

1
Harry Potter
and the Goblet of Fire
Average Sales per Theater: $26,525
Metacritic Score: 81
IMDb Average: 8.2

Weeks in Release: 1 | Last Week's Rank: --
Official Site
2
Pride and Prejudice
Average Sales per Theater: $9,690
Metacritic Score: 83
IMDb Average: 7.4

Weeks in Release: 2 | Last Week's Rank: 1
Official Site
3
Walk the Line
Average Sales per Theater: $7,547
Metacritic Score: 72
IMDb Average: 8.1

Weeks in Release: 1 | Last Week's Rank: --
Official Site
4
Breakfast on Pluto
Average Sales per Theater: $11,093
Metacritic Score: 61
IMDb Average: 7.5

Weeks in Release: 1 | Last Week's Rank: --
Official Site
5
Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic
Average Sales per Theater: $7,273
Metacritic Score: 64
IMDb Average: 7.5

Weeks in Release: 2 | Last Week's Rank: 2
Official Site
6
Capote
Average Sales per Theater: $2,670
Metacritic Score: 89
IMDb Average: 8.2

Weeks in Release: 8 | Last Week's Rank: 3
Official Site
7
The Squid and the Whale
Average Sales per Theater: $3,510
Metacritic Score: 81
IMDb Average: 7.8

Weeks in Release: 7 | Last Week's Rank: 6
Official Site
8
Good Night, and Good Luck.
Average Sales per Theater: $2,078
Metacritic Score: 80
IMDb Average: 8.1

Weeks in Release: 7 | Last Week's Rank: 5
Official Site
9
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
Average Sales per Theater: $2,222
Metacritic Score: 72
IMDb Average: 7.9

Weeks in Release: 5 | Last Week's Rank: 7
Official Site
10
The Passenger
Average Sales per Theater: $3,003
Metacritic Score: 92
IMDb Average: 7.5

Weeks in Release: 4 | Last Week's Rank: 10
Official Site
11
Ballets Russes
Average Sales per Theater: $3,568
Metacritic Score: 80
IMDb Average: 8.1

Weeks in Release: 1 | Last Week's Rank: --
Official Site
12
Jarhead
Average Sales per Theater: $1,969
Metacritic Score: 58
IMDb Average: 7.3

Weeks in Release: 3 | Last Week's Rank: 9
Official Site

HOW IT WORKS
"Buzz" is a pretty tough thing to try to measure. But that doesn't stop a statistics-loving boy from giving it a shot.

Using box office ticket sales data, Metacritic scores and user votes from IMDB, I've created a formula that combines popular demand with opinion ratings. The result is a chart that includes quality films (which can only rank highly if they do well in theaters) and seat-fillers (which can only stick around on the chart if they get good reviews).

In other words, these are the films that in the past week have succeeded in enjoying the most positive attention from both critics and audiences.

BEST BETS FOR BUZZ
Next week's most likely films to reach the chart:

Rent
Syriana
The Ice Harvest
Just Friends
Your, Mine and Ours

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