Fantasy Movie League is very reminiscent of fantasy sports leagues, but it's all about movies! I've been playing this game for a long time, and I truly believe it should be much more well known, not only because it's extremely fun, but it's perfect counter-programming for those who don't follow professional sports. Here is an excerpt of the rules from their website:
"Fantasy Movie League is a fantasy sports-style weekend movie box office game, where players use their knowledge and skill to pick which group of films will generate the highest gross revenue..
The game is broken down into four seasons. For the 2015-2016 game year, the Seasons are:
Summer - May 22 to Aug 30 (15 weeks)
Fall - Sep 4 to Nov 29 (13 weeks)
Awards - Dec 4 to Feb 28 (13 weeks)
Spring - Mar 4 to May 22 (12 weeks)
Each week, players select up to eight films to feature on the screens of their own Fantasy Cineplex. Each movie available for selection has an associated FML Bux cost and all players must stay within a fixed spending limit of $1,000 FML Bux. In most weeks, there will be 15 movies available for selection. However, in some weeks where there is only one major release, a single movie will be broken down into three different showings (Friday Only, Saturday Only and Sunday Only) with each available as its own selection. In this case, a player's Cineplex will only earn the Box Office total for the individual day (e.g., If you put the Saturday Only showing in your Cineplex, you will earn the Box Office total for Saturday but not for Friday or Sunday). Players can feature a movie on as many screens as their budget allows. They will earn the movie's Box Office total for each screen of their Fantasy Cineplex that features the movie. Players do not have to select movies for all eight of their Fantasy Cineplex screens and may strategically choose not to do so. However, a $2MM penalty will be assessed for each unused screen and the total sum of all penalties will be deducted from the players box office total at the end of the week. If a player does not select any movies for their Cineplex, all movies from the prior week that are available in the current week will automatically be carried over - the lowest priced movies will be dropped in the event that the prior week's lineup would exceed the $1000 FML Bux limit using the current week's prices. The actual box office earnings of the movie featured on each screen in the players Fantasy Cineplex are added together to form a total score for that week. The total of all weeks during a Season is accumulated for ranking purposes, but does not carryover from one Season to another. The box office totals used are the Weekend earnings, as reported by BoxOffice.com. Typically, Weekend earnings are calculated as Friday through Sunday except for Holiday Weekends (Memorial Day, Labor Day, MLK Day & Presidents Day), where the totals carry through until Monday. Additionally, any movie opening on Friday but offering "sneak peek" or "previews" on Thursday will have the latter included in their total as well. If a movie opens on a Wednesday, the Wednesday and Thursday numbers are NOT included in the Weekend total. New game weeks begin at 5:00:00PM PT each Monday, except for Holiday Weekends, where the new week does not start until 5:00:00PM PT on Tuesday. Regardless of the start day, all players must finalize their Fantasy Cineplex selections by 9:00:00 AM PT each Friday. Players may add and remove movies as often as they would like prior to the Friday deadline. Movies that have been selected may be removed from Fantasy Cineplex screens and new movies added, so long as the player's budget never exceeds the $1,000 FML Bux limit. However, time of submission will be used to break any ties, with the earliest time getting preference. At the conclusion of each game week, the player with the highest total Box Office score for the week will be rewarded with a prize: $25 gift card from Fandango. Time of submission will be used to break any ties, with the earliest time getting preference. Regardless of league choices, for every $1MM in total box office earned by a player's Fantasy Cineplex they will receive one Golden Ticket. Players will earn a bonus $2MM in Box Office total and the associated two Golden Tickets for each screen showing the weekly Best Performer, which is the movie with the highest Box Office per FML Buck. Players will earn a bonus $5MM in Box Office total and an extra 500 Golden Tickets for each week in which they select the Perfect Lineup, which is the combination of eight screens resulting in the highest possible total Box Office score."
If you'd still like to learn more, here is an interview with the founder of fantasy movie league via their site as well:
And make sure to check out www.fantasymovieleague.com!