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'Speed Racer' quiz

June 9, 2008 |  4:43 pm

    Everyone knows "Speed Racer" is a gigantic, astounding, mesmerizingly collosal flop, a movie that cost $150 million to make (not counting another $50 million or so to market) that has barely cracked the $42 million mark after a month in the theaters. This past weekend it dropped off an eye-popping 84% from its previous weekend's performance, making a miniscule $360,000 in 855 theaters. It's overseas performance has been anemic as well, barely hitting $36 million. Even a stream of bad reviews (average score on Metacritic: 37) couldn't stop addled summer moviegoers from avoiding it like the plague. Check out this intriguing essay if you want to know which well-known newsweekly critic gave it a rave, which critic somehow compared it--unfavorably--to "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" and which critic said, after seeing the film, that he "lost the will to live." 

  But back to our point: just how bad is that $42 million box-office figure? Let see if you can guess which of the following movies has somehow managed to make less money than "Speed Racer," which according to our favorite box-office tracking site, is at $42.0 million.

1)  "College Road Trip"

2) "Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins"

3) "Nim's Island"

4) "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium"

5) "Golden Compass"

And the answer is:

    "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium," which made $32 million in its brief, forlorn, unlamented stay in theaters late last year.