2016 Summer Movie Pool
Rules and Regulations

Official Summer Movie Pool Rules (Updated: Apr 2016)

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 generally begins the first full weekend in May.

For 2016 the Summer Movie Pool films released on May 6th  weekend are eligible. (Yes Captain America: Civil War is eligble!) Those released on the previous weekend, April 29th weekend are NOT eligible. If you have a question about a film's eligibility, ask before you submit your picks. All films released from May 6th weekend through to Labor Day are eligible for the contest, and all the money those films make within that period* in the North American theatrical market will count.

*Money earned from early openings of the May 6th weekend will be included in totals

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. Players may opt not to include one, but then it become my choice to assign you one. In previous years I have assigned quotes from Tom Cruise and Arnold Schwarzenneger movies.

Due Date: Entries are due by 11:59pm on Wednesday May 18, 2016 your local time. This means you can take into account the first two 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: Email entries to, myself - Andy Taylor - [Email address is my firstname at timetravelreviews.com] please mark your Subject Header: 2016 Summer Movie Pool Entry. Not critical, but nice for me to know what it is and avoid getting eaten by my spam filter. You don't have to email your entry to the entire mailing list. I will compile the BIG LIST and send it to everyone if you want to keep your picks under wraps until the deadline comes up.

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 May 31st. Email me for details on how to pay up. If you haven't made arrangements to pay up by June 1st your entry may be eliminated 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 May 6th 2016 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 April might still be making money after May 6th, but they don't count; films released from May 6th on could start racking up foreign B.O., but that doesn't count; films released from May 6th 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. No Substitutions: 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. There are no substitions allowed once the entries are official.

The Scoring:

Getting number 1 or number 10 dead-on gets you 13 points (each).

The rest of the scoring goes like this:
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 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!

Where can I get a list of films coming out this summer?

ComingSoon.net Movies
Yahoo Movies Coming Soon
The Box Office Prophets

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: 2016-04-17