The object of the game is to pick the top 3 highest-grossing movies at the box office over a given weekend. (For holiday weekends the weekend still only includes Friday-Sunday.) The best way to win is to get the movies in the right order as extra points will be given for those. I've decided to try a graduated scoring system that works in a top-down fashion, or sort of like a pyramid.
For each movie you guess correctly in the top 3 you get 100 points. The graduated system affects the bonus you get for putting them in the right order. It breaks down as follows:
If you guess the #1 movie correctly you get 100 bonus points. If you guess the #2 movie correctly you get 200 bonus points. If you guess the #3 movie correctly you get 300 bonus points.
The reason to do it this way is most weeks you can guess the #1 movie pretty easily. (This is not one of those weeks.) From what I've observed, it's much more difficult to pick the #3 movie as there are more options for that.
Even if you don't guess the #1 or #2 movies correctly you'd still get the bonus if you pick the correct #3 movie.
If there's a tie, the winner is determined by closest to actual (over or under) dollar value of the #1 movie. In the unlikely event there's still a tie then we move to the #2 movie and so on. And if in some weird twist there's still a tie then I guess I'd flip a coin or something. The important thing is to remember to put dollar values for your picks because no dollar value means you're guessing $0 and will certainly be outbid.
The winner of the round gets a 300 point bonus. This is dialed back a little in the hopes of keeping things a little closer and thus to maintain people's interest.
Picks should be made by 6am EST on Saturday. Any picks after that will not be accepted. The results will be tallied on Sunday afternoon.
The winner of Season 2 gets $25 as a gift card or cash through Paypal or whatever. Second place receives $15 and third place receives $10. Participants after that receive a free ebook from my imprint Planet 99 Publishing. If you don't have an ereader then you just get a hearty thanks for playing.
And now here's the list from my local megaplex (* denotes a new release):
- 2 Guns
- Baggage Claim
- Battle of the Year
- Blue Jasmine
- Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
- Don Jon
- Insidious 2
- Instructions Not Included
- Lee Daniels' The Butler
- Metallica Through the Never*
- One Direction: This is Us
- Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
- Runner, Runner*
- The Family
- We're the Millers
- Gravity $30M
- Cloudy Meatballs 2 $25M
- Runner, Runner $10M
Now make your picks in the comments!