2014 Summer Draft Final Results

 Behold, Romo the Destroyer.

Behold, Romo the Destroyer.

Congratulations to Justin Romo, inaugural champion of the Summer Movie Draft! Here are the final rankings:

  1. Justin - $831M
  2. MPK - $712M
  3. Gavin - $645M
  4. Carlos - $578M
  5. Team Mullen - $482M
  6. Jameson - $358M 

That’s all well and good, but let’s see how we got here.

What’s that you say? What were the top 5 grossing movies in the draft? Well, I’m glad you asked.

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy (Justin, $37) - $307.9M
  2. Transformers: Age of Extinction(Justin, $37) - $245.1M
  3. Maleficent (Justin, $18) - $239.7M
  4. X-Men: DOFP (MPK, $42) - $233.8M
  5. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Gavin, $33) - $207M

Congrats Romo, you managed to take Gold, Silver, and Bronze.


How about the 5 lowest grossing movies?

  1. Walk of Shame (Mullens, $8) - $59,209  (believe that was supposed to get a wide release)
  2. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (Jameson, $32) - $13.6M
  3. Step Up: All In (Jameson, $5) - $14.8M
  4. Get On Up (Carlos, $6) - $30.6M
  5. Deliver Us From Evil (Jameson, $3) - $30.6M

Of course, it doesn’t only matter how well the movie did; success depends on what you paid for it.

The top 10 best values of the draft.

I divided the domestic gross from Box Office Mogo by the amount spent. Who got a great deal?

  1. Lucy (Carlos, $8) - $20.7M per dollar  ($123,958,255/$8)
  2. Earth to Echo (Justin, $2) - $19.3M per dollar
  3. The Purge: Anarchy (Mullens, $4) - $17.9mpd
  4. Tammy (MPK, $5) - $16.8mpd
  5. Think Like a Man Too (Carlos, $4) - $16.3mpd
  6. The Fault in our Stars (Carlos, $8) - $15.6mpd
  7. 22 Jump Street (MPK, $13) - $14.7mpd
  8. Maleficent (Justin, $18) - $13.3mpd
  9. Lets be Cops (Mullens, $7) - $10.6mpd
  10. Deliver Us from Evil (Jameson, $3) - $10.2mpd

Carlos had the steal of the draft in “Lucy”. “Fault in our Stars”, “22 Jump Street”, and “Maleficent” are some of the highlights of big movies at a discount. That said, people were able to build their totals with small bets like “Earth to Echo”.

Ok, so we’ve seen the best. Now its time to look at the 10 worst buys of the draft.

  1. Walk of Shame (Mullens, $8) - $7,401 per dollar
  2. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (Jameson, $32) - 0.42 Million per dollar’
  3. Expendable 3 (Jameson, $18) - $2.1mpd
  4. Step Up: All In (Jameson, $5) - $2.9mpd
  5. Chef (Jameson, $10) - $3.1mpd
  6. Million Dollar Arm (Mullens, $10) 3.7mpd
  7. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Carlos, $46) - $3.8mpd
  8. A Million Ways to Die in the West (Mullens, $11) - $3.9mpd
  9. Get On Up (Carlos, $6) - $5.1mpd
  10. The Giver (Gavin, $8) - $5.2mpd

Counting “Sin City” may not be fair, as the last movie in the draft will likely always be bid overly high, as people use all of their remaining cash. In fact, that may influence a lot of August movies on this list. 

In some cases, this game was won by smart buys (“X:Men” and “Spider-Man” may have done well, but they were the 12th and 14th worst buys of the summer. “How to Train Your Dragon 2” underperformed, which was really rough on Carlos after he spent nearly half his budget on it.

Noticeably missing from these lists: “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Transformers”. Justin made several smart bets and avoided drafting any bombs. That turned out to be quite a challenge.


Bonus: The “If only this was international” award.

If we add overseas returns, things come out a little differently.

Top 10 International Box Office:

  1. Transformers
  2. Maleficent
  3. X-Men
  4. Amazing Spider-Man 2
  5. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  6. Guardians of the Galaxy
  7. How to Train Your Dragon 2
  8. Godzilla
  9. Edge of Tomorrow
  10. Lucy

International Draft Totals 

  1. Romo Destroys All - $2.5 Billion
  2. MPK - $1.87 Billion
  3. Gavin - $1.65 Billion
  4. Carlos - $1.46 Billion
  5. Team Mullen - $990 Million
  6. Jameson - $798 Million (Still not enough to win the domestic draft)

Thanks for playing, I hope you had fun. I sure did.