Saturday, April 17, 2010

Summer Movie Ca$h

The summer movie contest is back. As a quick refresher, three friends of mine and I choose eight upcoming movies in a fantasy sports-esque draft, and whoever has the highest-grossing slate at the end of the contest wins $20 from each of the other participants, normally paid out at a humiliating luncheon.

Last year's contest was a runaway, with Stu's picks outgrossing his nearest competition by more than $470 million dollars. We can't let that happen again.

The 2010 contest covers the U.S. box office earnings of films between April 30 and September 6. The draft was conducted last night, and here are our picks:


1. Iron Man 2
8. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
9. Knight and Day
16. The Expendables
17. The A-Team
24. Predators
25. Nightmare on Elm Street
32. Letters to Juliet

Note: John asserts that six of these films will gross more than $100 million. We think he's delusional. Check back at the end of the summer.

2. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
7. Sex and the City 2
10. Robin Hood
15. Step Up 3D
18. Grown-Ups
23. Killers
26. Jonah Hex
31. The Switch
Note: Not sure about at that Step Up 3D pick or passing over Toy Story 3 with his first choice.

3. Toy Story 3
6. Salt
11. The Sorcerer's Apprentice
14. Get Him to the Greek
19. The Other Guys
22. The Adjustment Bureau
27. Marmaduke
30. Splice
Note: Four guaranteed $100 million grossers and a sleeper kids' dog movie = your winner.

4. Shrek Forever After
5. Inception
12. The Last Airbender
13. Despicable Me
20. Dinner for Schmucks
21. Eat, Pray, Love
28. Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
29. The Karate Kid
Note: Stu thinks he has five films destined for $100 million or more. Please.