For those of you who haven't been following our ugly-stepsister podcast Found in the Alley lately, you may have missed out on one of the big things that the Ace of Geeks is doing this summer. First, make sure you head to their site and check out the podcast that started all of this. The gauntlet was thrown, and three weeks ago the battle of the Summer Movie Draft began. The rules were simple: Each of the four hosts had 100 points. We could use those points to draft as many summer movies as we could, and by the end of the summer, the team who's films did the best on opening weekend (that's important) would walk away the undisputed champions. We'll be doing updates on this every Friday, so stay tuned. Here's where we stand so far:
Robert Fulkerson - Found in the Alley - $34,644,211.
Robert's playing the slow game, waiting for his big films, like Transformers 4 and Guardians of the Galaxy, to hit. Still, he's made great progress off of sleepers like Draft Day and The Other Woman, making him the solid backup in Found in the Alley's army.
Ryan Burton - Found in the Alley - $95,356,387
Ryan's had a commanding lead up until this weekend, and it was all down to Peter Parker. Amazing Spider-man 2's $91 million take exploded him into the lead. But he didn't blow his wad (you're welcome for using your language, Ryan) on just that film, and has TMNT and 22 Jump Street still to come. Of course, he also has the lowest record with The Protector 2, which only took in $230.
Mike Fatum - The Ace of Geeks - $121,770,391
Mike wasn't conservative enough with his moolahs early on, and then TOO conservative at the end, leaving him with a whole 45 points in his pocket after all the bidding was over. In the interests of fairness, Robert allowed him to spend those remaining points to draft an unpicked film, and he chose the summer comedy Neighbors. That, combined with his investment in children's film Rio 2, and Christian box office bait Heaven is for Real, has allowed him to jump into an early lead. But now he's basically done, with all of his hopes riding on Toothless and How to Train Your Dragon 2.
Jarys Maragopoulos - The Ace of Geeks - 93,282,989
Jarys started with a bit of a mistake, putting some points into Only Lovers Left Alive, not realizing it was a limited release. In it's opening weekend, it only pulled in around $86,000. However, Jarys also managed to snap up Godzilla, who's ninety million dollar opening weekend managed to catapault him into third. With his other big film, Days of Future Past, coming this weekend, Jarys is looking to take an early lead and hold it.
Found in the Alley Total - 130,000,598
The Ace of Geeks Total - 215,063,380
The Ace of Geeks are about 100 million ahead right now, but it's the summer, and things can change quickly. Some of the biggest movies, like Guardians of the Galaxy and the Expendables, are in Found in the Alley's camp and have yet to drop. It'll be a nailbiter to the end of the summer, folks. Stay tuned to the Ace of Geeks every Monday for another update!
For the full details of who has what movie, check out the Google Doc here.
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