Welcome Back, Kotter! This year the podcasters settled on a unique tiebreaker, because everyone since Ted Lasso knows: There are no ties! Everyone will guess what the highest grossing movie of the summer will make. Only the total box office is guessed and not what movie it will be. Ties are then settled by checking who got closer to the real amount. Price is right rules are not in effect, so the value guessed is allowed to be higher than the actual value. It does not matter if or at what place the highest grossing movie was selected in the list. The movie could even be not selected at all. Of course the highest grossing movie will be determined by only looking at the eligable movies in scope of the Summer Movie Wager and the box office is also counted by using the Summer Movie Wager rules. These are the amounts everyone guessed for this tiebreaker: Devindra $650 Million, Germain $578 Million, Peter $540 Million, David $501 Million and Jeff $478 Million. Not sure why Jeff must also trail the others in this list, but so it must be.
Germain made a bold move by including Top Gun: Maverick at #3 in his list. Everyone thought that this was a big mistake to put it that high. Now we know that it was not high enough. You can watch the clipped discussion about Top Gun: Maverick in this YouTube Video.
As winner of this years wager, Peter selected the movie Go to be watched by everyone on the podcast.
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Germain won this year and selected the movie Slackers.
First participation of Kristy.
Jeff, The Unsullied, did not watch the trailer for Disney's Christoper Robin, and thinks it is a happy go lucky family film with Winnie-the-Pooh. Instead it is about an old Robin in desperate need to rediscover the joys of life.
Also the new /Film Daily podcast record their own wager episode for the first time.
It's the year of the i-am-going-with-my-gut-guys Jeff and Germain vs the number guys with their statistics: Dave and Peter. Devindra breaks out from the pack with a bold second half of his list.
Jeff is looking for that Finding Dory Moment with his number one pick of Spider-Man: Homecoming. So sadly he did not chosse Avatar. Maybe next year then.
Everyone does not want Dave to threepeat his win of the wager.
One of the /Filmcast listeners heard the Summer Movie Wager episode and produced the following piece of fan art, which shows everyone as a charachter from their number one movie pick in 2017: Peter, Germain and Devindra from Guradians of the Galaxy 2, Jeff is Spiderman and Dave is one of the Minions. Thanks to The Man from Tallahassee @CandyAppleFox.com!
First participation of Devindra. Ghostbusters was put back into more theaters for the labor day weekend, that bascially cheated Devindra out of 3rd place.
Dave got 61 points, obtaining more points than any other player before in the history of this wager.
Jeff's number one pick in 2017 will be Avatar, because its cultural relevance alone should propel it again to be first in Box Office.
First official participation of Dave. I say official because it seems he must have been part of the /Film team in 2010. In the Results video of 2010 (at 11m:07s) Jeff says that he beat David Chen.
First and only year in which everyone chose the same movie as number one: Avengers 2: Age of Ultron.
Dave and Jeff switch horses at the last moment to get in on the action that will be the Fantastic Four movie. To make room for that Dave ditches guys (Entourage) and Jeff ditches girls (Pitch Perfect 2).
Peter seems to have incorreclty calcualted or stated his total points as 37 in the result podcast. His actual total points were 39 for shared second place.
Chappie was not eligable for this year (released 06.03.2015), but it did not matter because Devindra only first participated next year.
Again Jeff, Peter and Germain wagered on.
This year had the curiosity, where the number one movie of that summer (Guardians of the Galaxy) was only picked 7th, 10th and as a dark horse by the players.
The first year after the Totally Rad Show was no more. Jeff did not want to let the Summer Movie Wager tradition die, so together with Peter and Germain the game continued.
I could not yet find the result page or video for that year.
First participation of Germain.
According to the /Film players (Peter and Germain) you had to have the 3rd Nolan directed Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises as number one to win - that was not the case.
Total points for Peter stated as 47, should be 45. Maybe Dark Horse considered as 3 points instead of 1.
We have the utmost weirdest thing here with Jeff's list. In the Wager video he states his picks very clearly. There is only one small hickup, where he states Brave as his number 7 at 11m:18s, and at 11m:55s he also puts Brave at 8th and Prometheus at 9th. My approach to resolve this conflict is to only count his first mentioning of Brave at 7th.
He never mentiones a 10th pick in the video. Going only with this list as it is stated in the video, having only 8 movies and 3 dark horses, Jeff made 58 points.
But Jeff messed up his numbering, and thus the stated list was probably not his intended list. He thus awarded himself, not to his best advantage, only 56 points (in Results video at 8m:47s).
Alex had 60 points with only 2 dark horses on his list. His 3rd dark horse that year is unknown to us and also to him.
Another year, and again another problem with total points calculations. Dan's total points are stated as 41, but should be 44.
First participation of /Film with Peter, Dave and Russ.
The year Alex chose MacGruber as his 3rd highest grossing movie of the summer. In fact it only did 8.5 Million Dollars for around 50th place that summer. In the Results video they say 90th, which is the placement of that film at that time for the overall top film grosses of 2010 - so not limited to the summer.
In comparison: Twilight Eclipse, the number three movie in 2010, made 300 Million Dollars. Watch it in Results video beginning at 7m:54s.
The only year in which two teams for /Film and TRS were formed and scored. The /Film team with Peter, Dave and Russ scored 112 points and TRS with Dan, Jeff and Alex scored 86 points. See also the Result Page at /Film by Adam Quigley for a report of how this years wager went down.
As it was in the year 2008, the stated box office top ten list for that summer in reported results does not really align itself with lists from the usual box-office reporting sites. Thats the reason why the player points over time chart does not match the end result. Of course i need to keep the official end result minus calculation errors. But i have no data to adjust player points over time so that it aligns itself with that odd end result.
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Everything stated in the Results video regarding total points seems to be completely off. Watch the video beginning at the 22m mark.
Scores calculated in the video are: Jeff (36), Dan (29) and Alex (36).
Scores re-calculated by lists are: Jeff (39), Dan (26) and Alex (29).
After Alex calls out results, Dan cautions: "I need to double-check my math."
Also the stated box office top ten list for that summer in the result video does not really align itself with lists from the usual box-office reporting sites. Thats the reason why the player points over time chart does not match the end result. Of course i need to keep the official end result minus calculation errors. But i have no data to adjust player points over time so that it aligns itself with that odd end result.
Steve, Editor of TRS, also made a list, which would have topped all others. Not knowing the list, i am not sure about it.
The first year of the Totally Rad Show (TRS) in which Dan, Alex and Jeff also started to do a Summer Movie Wager. The Wager and Result videos are heavily edited and only include snippets of their lists.
Complete lists were posted in the forum of TRS at that time. The scores presented in the result video were correctly calculated and match the re-calculated ones using the complete lists from the forum.
Dave never watched Firefly.