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The Positive Buzz Chart
Calculating the Weekend Box Office's Hottest Tickets
May 8, 2006 (Updated Every Monday)

1
Mission: Impossible III
Average Sales per Theater: $11,776
Metacritic Score: 66
IMDb Average: 7.0
Box Office Rank: #1
Weeks in Release: 1 | Last Week's Rank: --
BUZZ SCORE: 29.60 | Official Site
2
United 93
Average Sales per Theater: $2,940
Metacritic Score: 90
IMDb Average: 8.1
Box Office Rank: #5
Weeks in Release: 2 | Last Week's Rank: 1
BUZZ SCORE: 25.64 | Official Site
3
Water
Average Sales per Theater: $4,853
Metacritic Score: 79
IMDb Average: 7.8
Box Office Rank: #24
Weeks in Release: 2 | Last Week's Rank: 2
BUZZ SCORE: 24.25 | Official Site
4
Art School Confidential
Average Sales per Theater: $11,311
Metacritic Score: 51
IMDb Average: 5.9
Box Office Rank: #29
Weeks in Release: 1 | Last Week's Rank: --
BUZZ SCORE: 24.20 | Official Site
5
The Lost City
Average Sales per Theater: $7,189
Metacritic Score: 42
IMDb Average: 8.7
Box Office Rank: #25
Weeks in Release: 2 | Last Week's Rank: 3
BUZZ SCORE: 23.69 | Official Site
6
Down in the Valley
Average Sales per Theater: $7,602
Metacritic Score: 69
IMDb Average: 7.1
Box Office Rank: #53
Weeks in Release: 1 | Last Week's Rank: --
BUZZ SCORE: 22.40 | Official Site
7
Thank You for Smoking
Average Sales per Theater: $1,880
Metacritic Score: 71
IMDb Average: 8.0
Box Office Rank: #15
Weeks in Release: 8 | Last Week's Rank: 5
BUZZ SCORE: 21.58 | Official Site
8
Akeelah and the Bee
Average Sales per Theater: $1,535
Metacritic Score: 72
IMDb Average: 7.5
Box Office Rank: #9
Weeks in Release: 2 | Last Week's Rank: 4
BUZZ SCORE: 21.44 | Official Site
9
Inside Man
Average Sales per Theater: $1,194
Metacritic Score: 76
IMDb Average: 7.4
Box Office Rank: #16
Weeks in Release: 7 | Last Week's Rank: 7
BUZZ SCORE: 20.69 | Official Site
10
Brick
Average Sales per Theater: $2,267
Metacritic Score: 72
IMDb Average: 8.2
Box Office Rank: #35
Weeks in Release: 6 | Last Week's Rank: 8
BUZZ SCORE: 20.27 | 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.

THE FORMULA
The highest possible Buzz Score is 36.00. A movie's total score is determined by adding up points the following categories:

Average Sales per Theater (10 Points): This number is taken by simply dividing the Average Sales per Theater figure by 1000. Films that exceed an average of $10,000 are assigned the maximum 10 points. Also, films that do not earn more than $1,000 per theater do not qualify for the buzz chart.

Metacritic Score (10 Points): The film's Metacritic score divided by 10.

IMDb Score (10 Points): The film's IMDb score.

Box Office Rank (6 Points): The #1 ranked movie in total box office sales receives 6 points. #2 gets 5.9 points. #3 get 5.8. The pattern continues all the way to #60, which receives 0.1 points.

Additional notes: Movies that only appear in specialty theaters, such as IMAX and specific foreign language theaters, do not qualify. The Positive Buzz Chart is also limited to films that reach the Top 60.

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

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