Greetings comrades. Thrill has lent me the keys to the RVS bunker to invite you all to a little wager that combines two things that we love to argue about in these here parts – bitching about crappy movies and celebrating unfettered capitalism.

Join us in – the summer movie wager!

The summer movie wager is a competition that’s been going on at both the Totally Rad Show and latterly the Slashfilm podcasts since 2007. The aim of the game is to pick the top ten grossing films of the summer, in order of dollars earned in the US/Canada.

This isn’t about which movies are going to be the best (sorry Baby Driver) but about which movies are going to make the most dollar (Woo Transformers 5 : Robots in castles)

If you want to play along, head over to http://smoview.a2hosted.com/playalong.php – add a nickname and choose your movies in order. Post your username and your picks in the comments below, and I’ll keep track of the RVS Leaderboard weekly.

The rules

It’s pretty simple, but also a bit complicated.

  • Only films released in the US between 1 May and Labour Day can count
  • You pick your top ten in order, and then you’re allowed 3 dark horses
  • The scoring of your list of 10 movies and your 3 dark horses goes like this:
    • Getting number 1 or number 10 dead-on gets you 13 points (each).
    • 10 points for numbers 2-9 dead-on
    • 7 points if your pick was only one spot away from where it ended up
    • 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
  • Again, this is about which films make the most money – not how good the films are.

I’ll do an update every week or so, along with a chance to chat about which movies we’ve seen and if they suck or not.

12 comments

  1. Well, here are mine (I haven’t heard of many of the others):

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    1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 May 5
    2. Spider-Man: Homecoming Jul 7
    3. The Mummy (2017) Jun 9
    4. Wonder Woman Jun 2
    5. Cars 3 Jun 16
    6. The Dark Tower Aug 4
    7. Despicable Me 3 Jun 30
    8. Baywatch May 25
    9. The Emoji Movie Jul 28
    10. King Arthur May 12
    ♞ Transformers 5 Jun 21
    ♞ Alien: Covenant May 19
    ♞ War for the Planet of the Apes Jul 14

  2. Nickname is Zurvan.

    My order:

    1. Spider-Man: Homecoming
    2. GotG2
    3. Wonder Woman
    4. Transformers
    5. War for the Planet of the Apes
    6. Pirates 5
    7. Despicable Me 3
    8. Cars 3
    9 Alien: Covenant
    10. Baywatch
    Dark Horse 1. Atomic Blond
    Dark Horse 2. King Arthur
    Dark Horse 3. An Inconvenient Sequel (Yay! More over-exaggerated human impact on Global Warming!)

  3. I’m in.

    Thrill

    1. Despicable Me 3 Jun 30
    2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 1 7
    3. Cars 3 Jun 16
    4. Spider-Man: Homecoming Jul 7
    5. Wonder Woman Jun 2
    6. Dunkirk Jul 21
    7. The Mummy (2017) Jun 9
    8. War for the Planet of the Apes Jul 14
    9. King Arthur May 12
    10. The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature Aug 11
    ♞ Transformers 5 Jun 21
    ♞ Captain Underpants Jun 2
    ♞ Diary of a Wimpy Kid 4 May 19

  4. As Hal10000
    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
    Pirates of the Caribbean 5
    Cars 3
    Wonder Woman
    Despicable Me 3
    Dunkirk
    The Mummy (2017)
    War for the Planet of the Apes
    The Dark Tower
    spider-Man: Homecoming
    Dark Horse: Atomic Blonde
    Dark Horse: Baywatch
    Dark Horse: Rough Night

  5. My revised list (top moneymakers)

    1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 May 5
    2. Spider-Man: Homecoming Jul 7
    3. Transformers 5: The Last Knight
    4. Wonder Woman Jun 2
    5. Cars 3 Jun 16
    6. The Dark Tower Aug 4
    7. Despicable Me 3 Jun 30
    8. War for the Planet of the Apes
    9. The Emoji Movie Jul 28
    10. King Arthur May 12

    Dark Horses

    Dunkirk
    Baywatch
    Jasmine

  6. Grendel
    1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
    2. Spider-Man: Homecoming
    3. Cars 3
    4. Pirates of the Caribbean 5
    5. Despicable Me 3
    6. Alien: Covenant
    7. Transformers 5
    8. War for the Planet of the Apes
    9. The Mummy (2017)
    10. Wonder Woman
    ♞ Valerian
    ♞ Baywatch
    ♞ King Arthur

  7. I’m in as ilovecress and my list is:

    1. Despicable Me 3
    2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
    3. Spider-Man: Homecoming
    4. War for the Planet of the Apes
    5. Wonder Woman
    6. Transformers 5
    7. Cars 3
    8. Dunkirk
    9. Captain Underpants
    10. The Mummy (2017)
    ♞ Baywatch
    ♞ Alien: Covenant
    ♞ Pirates of the Caribbean 5

    After the first box office weekend of $145 Million – Guardians at #1 looks like being a good bet for Grendel, Hal and WVR. Considering Guardians 1 opened with $94 million, and the fact that it’s actually a really good, fun action film – it looks like it could go on to make around $400 million.

    It’s not a done deal though – last years #1 was an animation (Finding Dory) with $482 Million

  8. For those who had King Arthur, I’m sorry.

    Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is a flop of epic proportions. The movie opened to an estimated $5.3 million Friday from 3,702 locations for a projected $14.5 million weekend after costing $175 million to make before a major marketing spend. It also appears to be falling on its sword overseas, where it only grossed $6.8 million on Friday from 51 markets for an early three-day foreign total of $11.6 million. In China, it opened to a mere $1.8 million to place No. 3.

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