Earlier this year, we set out a challenge to our readers: accurately predict the top 10 highest grossing of the summer. You, our loyal patrons, answered the call and submitted your lists in hopes of winning fantastic, non-monetary prizes. Unfortunately the prizes we offered were not fantastic, but don’t worry because they are still non-monetary. Instead we offered you the chance to force one of us to review any movie of your choosing, no matter how inhumane the experience may be, as well as the opportunity to pen a guest column to be published here at TheFilmsmiths.com.
Before we proceed, let’s take a look at the actual highest grossing films of Summer 2017:
- Wonder Woman
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
- Spider-Man: Homecoming
- Despicable Me 3
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
- Cars 3
- War for the Planet of the Apes
- Transformers: The Last Knight
- Girls Trip
Yes you read that correctly, Girls Trip made it into the Top 10. Here are some other interesting things I noticed when calculating the winners:
- Nobody accurately predicted the #1 film of the summer, Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman.
- 9 of the 13 submissions had Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as their #1.
- The Mummy, which did not break the Top 10, was predicted by some to hit as high as #3.
- Along with The Mummy, Alien: Covenant was the other most popular pick to not crack the Top 10.
- 8 of the 13 submissions had Transformers: The Last Knight in the Top 5.
- Not a single contestant had Girls Trip anywhere in their Top 10.
- The lowest-grossing film prediction was Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets with a take of $40,147,123. That is $71,950,602 less than Girls Trip at #10.
- There was a difference of $297,439,314 between #1 (Wonder Woman) and #10 (Girls Trip). That difference is higher than the individual summer gross of films 4-10.
- Girls Trip is the only R-Rated film in the Top 10, as well as the only film that is not either an action or children’s movie.
- The Top 10 movies of the summer combined for $2,274,125,101.
Many of our submissions underrated the box office potential of films like Wonder Woman and Dunkirk, while assuming Transformers
17: Still Transformin’ The Last Knight would blow the others out of the water (hey guys, maybe try having more faith in humanity next time). Now that we’ve broken down the Top 10, let’s take a look at how everyone fared out of a potential 130 points:
- Zach Liles* – 67 pts
- Stephanie Shaffer – 62 pts
- Gary Baker – 57 pts
- Bryan Carr – 57 pts
- Dylan Clauson* – 57 pts
- Nick Potter* – 52 pts
- Matt Gillette – 49 pts
- Grant Pichla – 47 pts
- Anna Swando* – 44 pts
- Tony Schelevitz – 39 pts
- Nathan Newport – 39 pts
- Shawn Boseak – 37 pts
- Patty Williamson* – 24 pts
*Current Filmsmiths Contributor
Congratulations to Zach Liles and Stephanie Shaffer! You both will now get to force our very own Patty Williamson to watch and review any movie of your choosing. Patty is a film professor, which makes her the perfect candidate to write-up a deep, well-informed analysis of your favorite film. Or, you can make her weep over her PhD as she watches whatever “film” Adam Sandler manages to fart into existence next.
Stephanie will also receive an honor that a number of people are fighting for (yes zero is a number), the chance to
do our work for us write her very own column! The topic can be on anything she wishes, pending approval from our editors.
Thank you everyone for participating, we hope you had fun compiling your lists and who knows, maybe we’ll come up with something for awards season.