Summer Movie Wager 2016

About This Episode

This episode’s a bit different than most:  No entertainment news roundtable, no movie review, just sheer listmania from start to finish. Here’s the deal:  The Screeners have decided to try their hands at picking the top summer movies of 2016, as determined by their box office haul. The “official” rules are here, but Chad didn’t read them, so why should you?

It’s pretty simple, actually:  Rank the gross domestic (US + Canada) profit of movies released between May 6 and September 5 from 1 to 10 in descending order, and pick 3 more “dark horses” that you’re not as confident about but think might make a good showing. We won’t summarise the gory scoring details here, but rest assured:  There will be a winner, and that winner will inflict some form of horrific cinematic torture on the rest of our beloved Screeners. Some of them might not make it, but they knew that when they signed up for this.

Just so no one can back out of their terrible, terrible picks after the fact, we’re going to post them all right here, right now; don’t read on if you want to play along unbiased by your favorite Screener’s opinions. OK—we’ll list Josh’s first so you can have just a taste of how this goes; we’re pretty sure he’s not your favorite Screener anyway.

Josh:

  1. Captain America: Civil War
  2. Suicide Squad
  3. Independence Day Resurgence
  4. X-Men Apocalypse
  5. Star Trek Beyond
  6. Jason Bourne
  7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
  8. Mechanic: Resurrection
  9. Central Intelligence
  10. Finding Dory

Dark Horses:

  1. The Secret Life of Pets
  2. Ice Age: Collision Course
  3. Ghostbusters

Daniel:

  1. Captain America: Civil War
  2. Finding Dory
  3. X-Men: Apocalypse
  4. Suicide Squad
  5. Independence Day: Resurgence
  6. Star Trek Beyond
  7. The Secret Life of Pets
  8. Ghostbusters
  9. Jason Bourne
  10. Central Intelligence

Dark Horses:

  1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
  2. Alice Through the Looking Glass
  3. Ice Age: Collision Course

Melody:

  1. Captain America Civil War
  2. Finding Dory
  3. Suicide Squad
  4. The Secret Life of Pets
  5. X-men Apocalypse
  6. Independence Day: Resurgence
  7. Ghostbusters
  8. Star Trek Beyond
  9. Angry Birds
  10. Jason Bourne

Dark Horses:

  1. Central Intelligence
  2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
  3. Neighbors 2

Chris:

  1. Captain America: Civil War
  2. Independence Day: Resurgence
  3. X-Men Apocalypse
  4. Finding Dory
  5. Ghostbusters
  6. The Secret Life of Pets
  7. Suicide Squad
  8. Star Trek Beyond
  9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
  10. Jason Bourne

Dark Horses:

  1. Neighbors 2
  2. Bad Moms
  3. Central Intelligence

Chad:

  1. Captain America: Civil War
  2. Finding Dory
  3. Suicide Squad
  4. The Secret Life of Pets
  5. X-Men Apocalypse
  6. Star Trek Beyond
  7. Angry Birds
  8. Jason Bourne
  9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
  10. Ghostbusters

Dark Horses:

  1. Central Intelligence
  2. BFG
  3. Alice Through the Looking Glass