The Summer Movie Wager is a game, which is played during the summer period of a single year.
The general goal of this game is to predict the highest grossing films of the summer in terms of domestic box office.
With domestic box office we mean the gross returns a movie made in the USA and Canada.
In each year a specific time period will be specified, which will define the "summer" period of that year in regard to this game. Usually such time period will start in May and ends on the labor day weekend (in the USA). For the year 2019 this time period will be: 06/16/2019 - 09/06/2019.
This time period determines what movies are considered to be released in the summer of that year. A movie is only eligible to be part of this game in case its first domestic theatrical release is inside that time period. In addition, to keep the list of eligible movies manageable, we as hosts will exclude certain movies, which do not get a wide release.
The domestic gross returns (Box Office) of an eligible movie is then only counted starting from that date on and ending on the last day (inclusive) of that time period. So even in case a movie makes additional box office after the specified time period, such box office does not count in regard to this game. After all such box office for each eligible movie is counted, a Top 10 of the highest grossing movies is created in a descending order from #1 to #10 with #1 being the highest grossing movie of the summer.
Before the time period starts, each player will create a list by picking 10 eligible movies and ordering them from #1 to #10. The composition and order of these picks should at best reflect the Top 10 of the highest grossing movies at the end of the time period. Additionally he will pick 3 more eligible movies as so called dark horses. The dark horses dont have an order. These dark horses should be movies the player thinks might also be part of the Top 10, as he of course cannot be sure that his first ten picks are the correct ones. For these 13 picks a player may only select each eligible movie at most once. Each player must create and submit his list before the start of the specified time period. Usually a deadline for such submissions will be specified.
After the end of the time period each list is given a score by comparing it to the correct Top 10. How such scoring is done will be explained in the next section. The player with the highest score wins the game. We dont use any tie breakers. If players are tied for a place they all share in the glory of that place together.
Each of your 13 picks (10 movies and 3 dark horses) gets a single score assigned to it by using the following rules:
The point value assigned to your list is then the total sum of those individual score values for each pick. The goal is to maximize this (total) point value of your list. Players are placed in descending order based on this total point value.