Summer Movie Wager 2019

May 03, 2019


SUMMER MOVIE WAGER SCORING
  • # 1 or # 10 dead-on gets you 13 points each.
  • 10 points for # 2-9 dead-on
  • 7 points if your pick was only one spot away 
  • 5 points if it was two spots away
  • 3 points if your pick is anywhere in the Top 10
  • 1 point for each dark horse that makes it into the Top 10

It's time for our SEVENTH ANNUAL Summer Movie Wager! Sarah C. of Geraldo Triviera won our first go around with 49 points in 2013, Patrick D. of The Bastards was our second Wager winner with 56 points! In 2015, special guest Alex B. at cinefilesreviews.com, who can also be found on twitter at @TheAlexBrannan, joined us and won it all with 51 points! Stephane de S. who joined us for a night of Trivia Club at Cardinal Rule, went on to win by less then half a million dollars, and ended up with 60 points in 2016! In 2017, that man that lost by half a million the year before, James C. of The Unusual Suspects won with 58 points!Our reigning Wager winner is PETE! or Peter M. who set the new record for points as well with 86 points in victory!

The Summer Movie Wager is a game popularised by the Totally Rad Show, which uses the rules of TimeTravelReview’s Summer Movie Pool:

The object is to pick the films that you think will be the top-ten grossing films of the summer, in order of box-office performance. That means only films released from the first weekend of May to the Labour Day weekend, counting only the money those films make domestically (US and Canada) in that period. In other words films from March or April might still be making money after May 1st, but they don’t count; films released from May on could start racking up foreign Box Office, but that doesn’t count; films released from May on could still be making money into September, but that doesn’t count either. Box Office numbers are generally available late Monday or Tuesday after the weekend closes. So what you will be doing is figuring out what 10 films will make the most money, and putting them in order of what you think they will gross at the box office. BUT, in addition to your top 10, you get to pick 3 “Dark Horses”- films you think *might* make it, but that you are not confident enough about to put into the top 10 proper.

The Summer Movie Wager is now an Extra Curricular institution and all around fun time for Trivia Club! A whole different kind of animal from the Oscar Confidence Pool and Saturday Night Live Fantasy League, it's the summer! It's a movie season, that last year was shifted a week earlier by the MCU and yes this year has also been shifted by Avengers: Endgame, technically!

With 2019 however we are returning to the first Friday of May, adding in an additional level of difficulty by NOT INCLUDING the end of the MCU's Infinity Saga! Instead, participants will be able to include all movies released between the beginning of the Summer Movie Wager season on the first Friday of May, May 3rd of 2019 and include all other films and box office numbers until the Monday of Labour Day Weekend, September 2nd of 2019For a schedule of all the films coming out, we recommend looking at Box Office Mojo for an up-to-date list if you want to play at home! For an up to date TOP TEN throughout the Summer, our source will also be Box Office Mojo! For an always entertaining Summer Movie listen and competition we recommend NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour, as always!

If we have a tie this is how the Summer Movie Wager tie-breaker works: 1) getting 1 and/or 10 correct, 2) the number of dead-on picks from 2 thru 10, 3)  the number of picks only one spot away, 4) the number of picks only two spots away, 5) most correct picks including Dark Horses, and 6) box office of highest pick not in the summer’s top 10! If after this, everything is still tied, then the winner’s trophy will be shared!

$ $ $

Russel H. of Trivia Club
1) The Lion King
2) Toy Story 4
3) Spider-Man: Far From Home
4) Secret Life of Pets 2
5) Fast & Furious presents: Hobbs & Shaw
6) Aladdin
7) Men in Black International
8) Godzilla: King of the Monsters
9) Pokémon Detective Pikachu
10) John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
DH) Dark Phoenix
DH) Rocketman
DH) Annabelle Comes Home

$ $ $

Dylan M. of the M. Night Shaym-Aliens
1) Toy Story 4
2) The Lion King
3) Spider-Man: Far From Home
4) The Secret Life of Pets 2
5) Godzilla: King of the Monsters
6) Dark Phoenix
7) Aladdin
8) Men in Black International
9) Pokémon Detective Pikachu
10) Fast & Furious presents: Hobbs & Shaw
DH) Rocketman
DH) Yesterday
DH) Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

$ $ $

James C. of The Unusual Suspects
1) The Lion King
2) Toy Story 4
3) Spider Man: Far From Home
4) Fast & Furious presents: Hobbes & Shaw
5) Aladdin
6) Pokémon Detective Pikachu
7) Rocketman
8) Men in Black International
9) The Secret life of Pets 2
10) Dark Phoenix
DH) Godzilla: King of the Monsters
DH) Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
DH) Shaft

$ $ $

James R. of 2 Fast 2 Curious
1) Toy Story 4
2) The Lion King
3) Aladdin
4) Fast & Furious presents: Hobbs & Shaw
5) Pokémon Detective Pikachu
6) Secret Life of Pets 2
7) Spider-Man: Far From Home
8) Godzilla: King of the Monsters
9) John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
10) Men in Black International
DH) Child's Play
DH) Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
DH) Dark Phoenix

$ $ $

John M. of Biscuts!/SPARTACUS
1) The Lion King
2) Toy Story 4
3) Spider-Man: Far From Home
4) Fast & Furious presents: Hobbs & Shaw
5) Annabelle Comes Home
6) Godzilla: King of the Monsters
7) Men in Black International
8) Pokémon Detective Pikachu
9) Aladdin
10) Secret Life of Pets 2
DH) Dora and the Lost City of Gold
DH) The Hustle
DH) Booksmart

$ $ $

Johnny H. of Wavy Tapes
1) The Lion King
2) Toy Story 4
3) Spider-Man: Far From Home
4) Pokémon Detective Pikachu
5) Secret Life of Pets 2
6) Aladdin
7) Godzilla: King of the Monsters
8) Fast & Furious presents: Hobbs & Shaw
9) Rocketman
10) Men in Black International
DH) Dark Phoenix
DH) Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
DH) Annabelle Comes Home

$ $ $

Mark P. of the Cunning Stunts
1) Toy Story 4
2) Spider-Man: Far From Home
3) The Lion King
4) Aladdin
5) Men in Black International
6) Dark Phoenix
7) Fast & Furious presents: Hobbs and Shaw
8) The Secret Life of Pets 2
9) Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
10) Pokémon Detective Pikachu
DH) John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
DH) Child's Play
DH) Dora and the Lost City of Gold

$ $ $

Matthew S. of Smartly Pretty
1) Spider-Man: Far From Home
2) The Lion King
3) Toy Story 4
4) Pokémon Detective Pikachu
5) Fast & Furious presents: Hobbs & Shaw
6) Men In Black International
7) Godzilla: King of the Monsters
8) Rocketman
9) Aladdin
10) John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
DH) Child's Play
DH) Annabelle Comes Home
DH) Yesterday

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