From Mav: There are many reasons I wanted to start this podcast. Obviously I like talking about the topics that we cover here a lot… sure. And honestly, a lot of what we do on the show is me working out concepts that I am addressing in my own work (or one of the other hosts is addressing in theirs). And the show has been great for that. But it took me a while to pull the trigger and get it started. Wayne and I had talked about it for years. Katya and I had separately talked about it for years. I hadn’t met Hannah yet, but I’m sure if I had, we’d have talked about it for years too. But if there’s one thing that might have really pushed me over the edge and made me get the ball rolling… it was the opportunity to play a game. The Box Office Fantasy Game.
Our friends at The Protagonist Podcast, Joe and Andrew Darowski, have a game that they play on their show every year, and I’ve been fascinated by it. So much so that I said to my co-hosts that when we start the show, we are DEFINITELY doing this… I told the Darowskis that i was DEFINITELY stealing it (we have their blessing… I think in many ways, their goal is to have the game spread to every podcast ever). And now, since the new year is almost upon us. It’s time!
Here’s how the game works. All four hosts (actually five, I think Max of Thoughtform Music who wrote our theme song is also going to play) of the show are going to have a round robin fantasy draft where we each pick 12 movies that are set to premiere in 2019. Just like in fantasy football, no two people can have the same movie. The goal is to amass the highest US domestic box office total by the end of the year. BUT, there’s a couple caveats. You don’t get the entire domestic box office for the film. You only get the money that it amassed DURING 2019. This means, Star Wars IX(Dec 20th) only has 12 days to amass it’s entire total, but Escape Room(Jan 4th) has the entire year…. or at least as long as it can manage to stay in a theater of some kind or another. Furthermore, whatever the box office total is gets modified by the Rotten Tomatoes critic score. So a movie that makes $100M but only has a 50% is worth $50 and if a movie makes a billion dollars, but critically bombs and gets one of the rare 0% ratings, it’s worth nothing!
You can’t possibly understand how stupidly excited about this I am about playing this game.
So, think of this as the 2019 box office fantasy combine. Help us handicap the list. What movies should we be looking at to draft? What should we avoid? What’s going to make the most money and what’s going to have the best (and worst) critic scores.
And how do you think each of us will do in the game?