2013 Summer Wager

Did you think the end of the Totally Rad Show would mark the end of the annual Slashfilm/Totally Rad Show Summer Movie Box Office Wager? Well, you were right! The wager, as you once knew it, is gone. But we always have so much fun with the contest that Peter Sciretta, Jeff Cannata and I decided we had to keep the tradition alive in some way.

Which brings us to the latest bonus episode of the /Filmcast: The 2013 Summer Movie Wager between me, Peter, and Jeff, formerly of the Totally Rad Show and soon to be host of Newest Latest Best.

We discussed which films we felt would be the top ten highest grossing films of the summer and, oddly enough, our opinions varied wildly. Below, you can listen to the full episode, download it, and see our lists.

Here’s the bonus episode of the /Filmcast where we discuss our 2013 Summer Movie Wager:

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Here are our lists.

Peter Sciretta

  1. Monsters University
  2. Iron Man 3
  3. Despicable Me 2
  4. Star Trek Into Darkness
  5. Man of Steel
  6. Fast and Furious 6
  7. The Hangover Part III
  8. The Lone Ranger
  9. Pacific Rim
  10. The Wolverine

Dark Horses: PlanesElysium, White House Down

Jeff Cannata

  1. Iron Man 3
  2. Monsters University
  3. Man of Steel
  4. Despicable Me 2
  5. Fast and Furious 6
  6. Star Trek Into Darkness
  7. The Hangover Part III
  8. Pacific Rim
  9. The Lone Ranger
  10. The Wolverine

Dark Horses: Elysium, The Great Gatsby, The Internship

Germain Lussier

  1. Man of Steel
  2. Iron Man 3
  3. Monsters University
  4. Fast and Furious 6
  5. Pacific Rim
  6. The Hangover Part III
  7. Despicable Me 2
  8. The Lone Ranger
  9. Star Trek Into Darkness
  10. Epic

Dark Horses: The Smurfs 2, The Internship, White House Down

And, for those curious, here are the rules from Time Travel Reviews:

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 3rd 2013 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 3st, but they don’t count; films released from May on could start racking up foreign B.O., 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. For the last seven or so years, I have been using box office numbers from Yahoo Box Office which gets their numbers in turn from Box Office Mojo. 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 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 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.

At the end of the summer, the three of us will hop back on the /Filmcast and make fun of each other as well as crown the 2013 Summer Box Office Champion. Who do you think had the best arguments?

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