Thursday, May 18, 2006

movies

On Saturday, April 22, 1989, Craig Biggio was hit by a pitch for the first time in his major league career. Perhaps it is no coincidence that the #1 movie in America the previous week was the baseball classic Major League, and the #2 movie was The Dream Team - a slightly less, but still baseball themed film. The weekend of April 22nd, Stephen King's Pet Semetary opened in the number 1 spot, but the top 20 list was loaded with baseball movies. Major League and The Dream Team were #2 and #4, Rain Man (the Bill James bio-pic) was #5, Lean on Me (starring Morgan Freeman's baseball bat) was #13, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure was #15, and Field of Dreams opened at #16.
Okay, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure had nothing to do with baseball, but in the original script they kidnapped historical baseball dude Hughie Jennings. And even if that wasn't true, Bob Genghis Khan totally ravaged Oshman's Sporting Goods with a baseball bat.

Appropriately enough for the all time great Houston Astro, Craig Biggio was hit the most times during the box office reign of Apollo 13 at number 1, with 8 plunks between June 30th and July 27th of 1995. Close behind were GI Jane with 6 plunks, and A Time to Kill, Gladiator, and Batman Begins with 5 each.
Overall, Biggio's 276 HBPs have occurred while 162 different movies were number 1. 2003 saw the widest variety of #1 films during Biggio plunks, with 16.

Here's the complete list, with total plunks in parenthesis:
1989 - See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1), Pet Sematary (1), Batman (1), Lethal Weapon 2 (1), Turner & Hooch (1), Uncle Buck (1)

1990 - Presumed Innocent (1), Ghost (2)

1991 - Dead Again (1), City Slickers (1)

1992 - Unforgiven (1), Mo' Money (2), Honeymoon in Vegas (2), Death Becomes Her (1), Patriot Games (1), Rising Sun (1)

1993 - The Firm (1), Striking Distance (1), Dave (1), Poetic Justice (2), The Fugitive (1), Cliffhanger (2), Sliver (1)

1994 - Forrest Gump (2), Clear and Present Danger (1), D2: The Mighty Ducks (1), Speed (1), With Honors (1), The Crow (1), The Mask (1)

1995 - Apollo 13 (8), Waterworld (1), While You Were Sleeping (3), To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1), Mortal Kombat (3), Casper (1), French Kiss (3), Pocahontas (2)

1996 - The Nutty Professor (1), Eraser (1), The Rock (2), The Quest (1), The First Wives Club (1), Independence Day (1), Mission: Impossible (2), Maximum Risk (1), The Craft (1), Twister (3), Bulletproof (2), A Time to Kill (5), Tin Cup (1), Primal Fear (4), The Birdcage (1)

1997 - G.I.Jane (6), The Fifth Element (4), Fire Down Below (2), Conspiracy Theory (3), The Game (3), Cop Land (2), Air Force One (1), Con Air (2), In & Out (3), Liar Liar (1), Breakdown (2), Volcano (4), Batman & Robin (1)

1998 - Blade (1), The Big Hit (1), Lethal Weapon 4 (1), Armageddon (2), Godzilla (3), Titanic (1), Saving Private Ryan (4), Mask of Zorro (2), The X Files: Fight the Future (3), Deep Impact (3), He Got Game (1), Truman Show, The (1)

1999 - Matrix, The (1), Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1), Entrapment (1), The Mummy (2), Stigmata (1), Big Daddy (1), Tarzan (1), American Pie (1), The Sixth Sense (1), The Haunting (1)

2000 - Gone in 60 Seconds (2), Me, Myself & Irene (1), U-571 (3), Dinosaur (2), Mission: Impossible 2 (1), Shaft (2), Gladiator (5)

2001 - Bridget Jones's Diary (2), Driven (2), Spy Kids (2), Planet of the Apes (2001) (1), Cats and Dogs (2), Don't Say a Word (1), American Pie 2 (2), Training Day (2), Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2), Legally Blonde (3), The Fast and the Furious (1), The Mummy Returns (1), Pearl Harbor (3), A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (4)

2002 - Men in Black 2 (1), Mr. Deeds (1), The Scorpion King (4), Panic Room (1), Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (2), Changing Lanes (2), xXx (1), The Road to Perdition (1), Barbershop (1), The Sum of All Fears (1), Spider-Man (2)

2003 - Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (1), Once Upon a Time in Mexico (3), X2: X-Men United (2), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (1), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (1), 2 Fast 2 Furious (1), Finding Nemo (3), American Wedding (2), Jeepers Creepers II (2), Underworld (1), Bruce Almighty (1), Anger Management (2), S.W.A.T. (1), Hulk (3), Head of State (2), Freddy vs. Jason (1)

2004 - The Passion of the Christ (1), Shrek 2 (2), Spider-Man 2 (1), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1), Van Helsing (1), Man on Fire (2004) (2), Bourne Supremacy (1), Collateral (2), Troy (1), Mean Girls (2), Alien Vs. Predator (1)

2005 - The Wedding Crashers (2), The Transporter 2 (1), Monster-in-Law (1), Mr. And Mrs. Smith (1), Kingdom of Heaven (1), The Interpreter (1), Sahara (1), The Amityville Horror-2005 (1), The 40 Year-old Virgin (1), Batman Begins (5), Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (1), The Exorcism of Emily Rose (1)

2006 - R.V. (1), Scary Movie 4 (1), Ice Age: The Meltdown (1)

Movie data from http://www.the-numbers.com

6 Comments:

At 5/18/2006 04:06:00 PM, Anonymous Josh Xijissi said...

I think this should be broken out by movie sequels as well, for instance the Star Wars series featured Biggio getting hit X number of times.

If you don't do this you are a slacker and not a true fan of the plunk.

 
At 5/18/2006 04:33:00 PM, Anonymous Josh Hkyfdybz said...

This should also be broken out by star actor and supporting actor. Also director.

If you don't do this the terrorists will win.

 
At 5/18/2006 09:49:00 PM, Anonymous DM said...

I'm not going to insist that you breaking this out by the name of the key grip or anything, so stop worrying. I just wanted to say: 'waterworld' was the number one movie in the country at some point? What on earth?

 
At 5/19/2006 08:10:00 AM, Blogger pbr said...

Yeah DM, you should see the complete list, there are some bad ones in there.
And Josh, as you know, you are evil. I'll see what I can do about the sequels, but whenever I look at sequels I get all annoyed about how there was "First Blood", and then there was "Rambo: First Blood Part II", and then there was "Rambo III". It's not just annoying that they made the second two... but couldn't they follow there own naming convention? Of course there may also be questionable sequals - for example, the various Tom Clancy movies with the Jack Ryan characters aren't really listed as movie sequels - Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and Sum of All Fears.

Also Josh, I'd be happy to send you a file of all the movies - so if you want to send it back with the actors names filled in I'll do the breakout.

 
At 5/19/2006 09:54:00 AM, Anonymous Josh Ciqlafnn said...

I'm about halfway through the list, I've done the first half from memory. I'll have to do the rest using IMDB.

I put down that the lead actress in the Birdcage was Nathan Lane.

I'm breaking them out by villain, lead actor, lead actress, but not director.

 
At 5/19/2006 04:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It totally bugs me when they dont follow their own naming conventions. I'm happy that I'm not the only one.

 

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