THE SUMMER MOVIE POOL IS BACK!  And this ain’t no foolin’.  Ok, you might’ve noticed that the SMP website is currently down… but that’s only because we are (again) migrating to our new host.  But don’t fear, we’re ready for another year of excitement and pain as SMP XXIV is on! 

2022 RECAP

After a two-year hiatus, SMP 2022 was back in force with 41 entries.  Despite worldwide concerns of the health of theaters, Top Gun: Maverick went out and obliterated the competition with an all-time summer record $692M.  Only 3 players finished with 9 correct picks, and then to make things even more thrilling our pool came down to a Deviation Score TIE and a share of the Championship!

1st Place (tie) – Dennis Berg (9 correct / Deviation Score 19)

1st Place (tie) – JP Bernardo (9 correct / Deviation Score 19)

3rd Place – Mark Adolphus (9 correct / Deviation Score 27)

Bonehead Award (tie) – Clayton Vandiver + Gretchen Hinton

2023 RULES

The rules are the same as always, and (will be) fully posted on the Rules page of the website:

  • The pool officially runs from May 1 to Aug 31, so the only eligible movies are those that release domestically within that date range.
  • Submit your Top 10 list of movies in the order that you believe they will finish.
  • The SMP 2023 entry deadline is Tuesday May 2 at 11:59pm PST.
  • Entry Fee = $10.00 due by the deadline.
  • The final box office earnings will be tallied on Sept 1, which is when the SMP winner will be determined.
  • The player with the highest # of correct Top 10 picks wins.
  • In the event of a tie, the Deviation Score for all contenders’ picks will be calculated.
  • There will always be a 1st Place + 2nd Place + Bonehead Award prize.  A 3rd Place prize will be subject to the total # of entries.

The website is expected to be operational by April 15, so we ask that players hold off submitting their entries until then.  It is our goal to be able to submit picks through the site as we’ve been accustomed, but we are prepared to again go old school with email submission if necessary.  Just hang tight for now.

Any questions?  E-mail us at

See you all soon!!

– SB

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