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2024 Summer Movie Draft

In a world where movies rely on marketing more than ever to connect with audiences, one podcast aims to make sense of it all…

What’s in this episode?

Two despicable deadpool bad boys team up, get twistered and turned inside out, and let their furiosa fly me to the moon as they compete to predict the top movies at the summer box office. Warning: This episode will not be a quiet place (but you may feel trapped).

 

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CHECK OUT THE FULL LIST OF SUMMER MOVIES

MAY (INCLUDES MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND)

  • Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga – The origin story of renegade warrior Furiosa before her encounter and team-up with Mad Max.
  • The Garfield Movie – After an unexpected reunion with Garfield’s long-lost father – the cat Vic – he and Odie are forced to abandon their pampered life to join Vic in a high-stakes heist.
  • Ezra – EZRA centers on comedian Max co-parenting autistic son Ezra with ex-wife Jenna. Faced with crucial decisions about Ezra’s future, Max and Ezra go on a life-changing cross-country road trip.
 
JUNE
  • Bad Boys 4: Ride or Die – This Summer, the world’s favorite Bad Boys are back with their iconic mix of edge-of-your seat action and outrageous comedy but this time with a twist: Miami’s finest are now on the run.
  • Inside Out 2 – Teenager Riley’s mind headquarters is undergoing a sudden demolition to make room for something entirely unexpected: new Emotions.
  • The Watchers – A young artist gets stranded in an extensive, immaculate forest in western Ireland, where, after finding shelter, she becomes trapped alongside three strangers, stalked by mysterious creatures each night.
  • The Bikeriders – After a chance encounter, headstrong Kathy is drawn to Benny, member of Midwestern motorcycle club the Vandals. As the club transforms into a dangerous underworld of violence, Benny must choose between Kathy and his loyalty to the club.
  • Horizon: An American Saga – Chapter 1 – Chronicles a multi-faceted, 15-year span of pre-and post-Civil War expansion and settlement of the American west.
  • A Quiet Place: Day One – Experience the day the world went quiet.
 
JULY
  • Despicable Me 4 – Gru, Lucy, Margo, Edith, and Agnes welcome a new member to the family, Gru Jr., who is intent on tormenting his dad. Gru faces a new nemesis in Maxime Le Mal and his girlfriend Valentina, and the family is forced to go on the run.
  • Fly Me to the Moon – Brought in to fix NASA’s public image, marketing maven Kelly Jones wreaks havoc on launch director Cole Davis’s already difficult task of putting a man on the moon. When the White House deems the mission too important to fail, Jones is directed to stage a fake moon landing as backup.
  • Twisters– An update to the 1996 film ‘Twister’, which centered on a pair of storm chasers who risk their lives in an attempt to test an experimental weather alert system.
  • Deadpool & Wolverine – Wolverine is recovering from his injuries when he crosses paths with the loudmouth, Deadpool. They team up to defeat a common enemy.
 
AUGUST
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon – Inside of his book, adventurous Harold can make anything come to life simply by drawing it. After he grows up and draws himself off the book’s pages and into the physical world, Harold finds he has a lot to learn about real life.
  • Borderlands – Based on the best-selling video game, this all-star action-adventure follows a ragtag team of misfits on a mission to save a missing girl who holds the key to unimaginable power.
  • Trap – A father and teen daughter attend a pop concert, where they realize they’re at the center of a dark and sinister event.
  • It Ends with Us – Lily believes she’s found true love with Ryle, but when a painful incident triggers past trauma, she must decide if love alone can carry her marriage through. However, things are complicated when her first love returns to her life.
  • Alien: Romulus – While scavenging the deep ends of a derelict space station, a group of young space colonizers come face to face with the most terrifying life form in the universe.
  • Horizon: An American Saga – Chapter 2 – The continuation of one story of the settlement of the American west. It follows the further adventures of characters first featured in Horizon: An American Saga.
  • The Crow – Soulmates Eric Draven and Shelly Webster are brutally murdered. Given the chance to save his true love by sacrificing himself, Eric sets out to seek revenge, traversing the worlds of the living and the dead to put the wrong things right.
  • The Forge – After graduating from high school without any plans for the future, Isaiah receives a push to start making better life decisions.
  • They Listen – Plot under wraps.
 
INDEPENDENT MOVIES
  • MaXXXine – In 1980s Hollywood, adult film star and aspiring actress Maxine Minx finally gets her big break. But as a mysterious killer stalks the starlets of Hollywood, a trail of blood threatens to reveal her sinister past.
  • Longlegs – FBI Agent Lee Harker is assigned to an unsolved serial killer case that takes unexpected turns, revealing evidence of the occult. Harker discovers a personal connection to the killer and must stop him before he strikes again.
  • Cuckoo – A 17-year old girl is forced to move with her family to a resort where things are not what they seem.
  • Blink Twice – Frida is a young waitress in Los Angeles who has her eye on tech entrepreneur Slater King. On a dream vacation to his private island, strange things start to happen. Frida will have to uncover the truth if she wants to make it out alive.
CHECK OUT THE RULES OF THE DRAFT AND BONUS STRUCTURE
WINNER’S CHOICE  — Last year’s winner chooses whether to take picks 1 & 4 or picks 2 & 3
BONUS STRUCTURE
  1. Raiders Reward – Rewards the movie that makes money for the longest duration throughout the summer, or the movie with the “best legs”. Named after Raiders of the Lost Ark, which The Numbers reports is the “leggiest” movie of all time — opening with $8M in 1981 and ultimately earning $225M
    • The movie that multiples its opening weekend gross by highest number, gets $5M x that number (for example 5 x 5M = 25M bonus)
  2. Wick Award – Each team will guess their total box office (before bonuses) during the draft. Named for John Wick, who can seemingly fire a gun blindly and hit his man
    • The team that comes closest to hitting the target (the actual result) WITHOUT GOING OVER gets a $10M bonus
  3. Indie Equalizer – WITH THEIR FINAL PICK, each team has the option to select from a list of films released by independent studios. Named for The Equalizer b/c this bonus evens the playing field to allow indie movies to participate in the draft.
    • If you choose one these films, the box office results will be multiplied by 4 (for example 4 x 15M = $60M). You can also choose to pass on this option.
  4. Trade Back to the Future – At the conclusion of the draft, each team can choose to use this option for one of their picks. Named for the greatest time-travel movie of all time, this bonus transports a movie from another year into the draft!
    • If you use this option, you trade back in time for a movie that finished in the domestic rankings the same number as your pick (#1-14). Here’s the twist: the year will be picked randomly from the years 1984-2024 by spinning a wheel. Some years could give you a great result, while early years or especially the COVID year might not — it’s a game of chance! Domestic rankings and box office figures will be according to Box Office Mojo. You can also choose to pass on this option.

MARKETING CATEGORY – MOVIE TRAILERS

Movie trailers are the central focus for movie studios when they’re marketing movies to audiences. When we discuss movies on MOMA, we’ll often have the accompanying trailers here for listeners to watch as a visual reference. Follow along when listening to this podcast episode and form your own opinion.

SHAD’S BOX OFFICE LIST

Will Shad’s list win this year’s box office challenge?

PATRICK’S BOX OFFICE LIST

Or will Patrick’s list win?

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