Minisode 000: Summer Movie Challenge (2016)

This year we’ve decided to join in the popular 2016 Summer Movie Challenge. We’ll be competing both individually and as a team against Richard and David, the hosts of Popcorn Theology!

2016 Summer Movie Challenge Rules

The rules for the game come from TimeTravelReview’s Summer Movie Pool:

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 1st 2016 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 1st, 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.

2016 Summer Movie Challenge Scoring:

To see how we are doing check out the official SMC Scoreboard:

  • 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.


1. Captain America: Civil War
2. Finding Dory
3. Independence Day: Resurgence
4. X-Men: Apocalypse
5. Suicide Squad
6. The Secret Life of Pets
7. Star Trek Beyond
8. Jason Bourne
9. Central Intelligence
10. Angry Birds Movie
DH: Alice: Through the Looking Glass, TMNT 2, Warcraft
 1. Captain America: Civil War
2. Finding Dory
3. X-Men: Apocalypse
4. Suicide Squad
5. Star Trek Beyond
6. The Secret Life of Pets
7. Jason Bourne
8. Independence Day: Resurgence
9. TMNT 2
10. Ghostbusters
DH: Warcraft, Legend of Tarzan, Central Intelligence

Follow our competitors and mentors:

@PopcornTheology / Their picks 

/Filmcast, @davechensky, @Devindra, @JeffCannata

Science Fiction Film Podcast, @Dean_LSGMedia

Reel World Theology, @ReelWorldTheo

Intro/Outro Music – “Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie

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