2019 Summer Movie Pool
Rules and Regulations

Official Summer Movie Pool Rules (Updated: Apr 2019)

What is the Summer Movie Pool?
This is a contest where players rank the top 10 box-officegrossing films of the summer season, in order. Only those films released during the summer season are eligible, and only the money they gross during the summer season counts.

Important Dates OR When exactly does "summer" begin and end?
When the Summer Movie Pool began back in the early 1990s, the summer movie season started on May 31st. The studios have decided otherwise in the intervening years, and since we follow them like sheep, the summer season creeped up until the first full weekend in May. But then along came the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) which had a habit of releasing their Avenger movies the last weekend in April to avoid the May rush. So now we have been accomodating them and declaring the Summer Movie Pool open in late April.

For 2019 the Summer Movie Pool films released on April 26th  weekend are eligible. So, yes Avengers: Endgame is eligible as well as anything else released that week. If you have a question about a film's eligibility, ask before you submit your picks. All films released from April 26th weekend through to Labor Day weekend are eligible for the contest, and all the money those films make within that period in the North American theatrical market will count.

Info about Entries:

Your goal is to guess which 10 films will make the most money this summer, and rank them in order from the highest to lowest grossing. In addition to your 10 ranked picks, you pick 3 "Dark Horses" - films you think *might* make the top ten, but aren't confident enough to put into the top 10 proper. We'll see how the scoring works in a bit.

Most people only submit one entry, but you are welcome to submit more than one entry under your name or if you like you can use stage names. We once had Dobby the House Elf submit an entry. Only condition is each entry requires an entry fee (See below).

Tagline: Players are encouraged to include a short(ish) movie quote (or some random reference) - "I coulda been a contender!" or random battle cry - "Spoon!" - to accompany your entry. For examples, look at previous year's player entries on the website.

Due Date: Entries are due by 11:59pm on Wednesday May 15, 2019 your local time. This means you can take into account the first few weekends of some films box office, and it means you can go see some of the early releases before you finish your entry (if you want).

Where: You can either email entries in or use this handy dandy Entry Form I have made via Google Forms - 2019 Summer Movie Pool Entry Form. After I receive all the entries I will compile the BIG LIST and send it to everyone.

Info about Entry Fee:

There is a $5 USD fee to join the movie pool. The money gets split among the top three finishers in the pool after the final tally using an arcane formula passed down through the ages. The total amount of the pot depends entirely on how many players sign up.

Money is due by June 15th. Email me for details on how to pay up. If you haven't made arrangements to pay up by June 15th your entry may be removed from the pool.

The Goal:
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. As I've said, that means only films released from April 26th 2019 weekend to the Labor Day weekend, counting only the money those films make domestically (US and Canada) in that period.

In other words films from March or Early April might still be making money after April 26th, but they don't count; films released from April 26th on could start racking up foreign B.O., but that doesn't count; films released from April 26th 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. I rely on box office numbers from Box Office Mojo. Substitutions: (Under Review) Sometimes movies scheduled to be released during the eligible period are pulled by the studios or rescheduled. An example of this was in 2012 when G.I. Joe was bumped from a summer release until a March 2013 release long after people had already submitted picks and the pool was under way. A more recent example was The Hustle in 2018 which was dropped from the release schedule as well and rescheduled for 2019. In the past we did not allow any substitutions for fear of giving someone an advantage. I am considering alternate rules this year, but we may not need them.

The Scoring:

For 2019 we altering the scoring slightingly. Normally the #1 and #10 picks are worth 13 pts if you guess them. All other perfect guesses are worth 10 pts. Since Avengers: Endgame is virtually guaranteed the #1 spot we are invoking the Phantom Menace Rule which was invented 20 years ago. Since that movie was guaranteed to be #1 that summer, it was decided that the #1 would be only worth 10 pts and that instead the #2 would be worth 13 pts.

The rest of the scoring goes like this:
10 points for numbers 1, and 3-9 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 pick that makes it into the Top 10

The scoring is tabulated so that you get the SINGLE HIGHEST point value for each pick- that is, if you get number ten right, you don't get 13+3, you only get 13.

Don't worry I keep track of the scoring so you don't have to!

How Do I Get Updates?:

You can visit the website http://www.timetravelreviews.com/smp/ for all the latest and greatest. It's also a good starting place if you want to look at how previous years went down.

I also recommend that you sign up to our YahooGroup http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/moviepool/ that we use to update players with stats and also trash talk each other's picks.

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Updated: 2019-04-16