Official Rules

Objective

Studios compete to accumulate the most Pegacorn points by selecting movies that compete both at the box office and for Academy Awards.

Roster + Waiver

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Each studio drafts a roster of 16 various films that premiere at any point within the designated calendar year. Throughout the year, studios can add non-rostered movies by dropping a movie from their roster. The waiver order determines priority and it begins in reverse order of the initial draft. All non-rostered movies can only be added via the waiver process. When a studio wishes to add a movie, that studio should post in the waiver thread (1) which movie it is making a claim on; and (2) the movie they are dropping. If other studios are higher in waiver priority, they have 72 hours to claim the same movie or pass; after 72 hours, any studio that has not indicated its intent will be assumed to have passed. If you use your waiver spot to pick up a movie, you move to the end of the waiver order.

Once the waiver claim is processed, the movie is added to the winning studio’s roster, and the designated movie is dropped from the roster. At this point, any studio other than the original studio that dropped it can pick up the dropped movie.The waiver system has the following caveats:

– Both the added and dropped movies must have a release date more than a month (30 days) out from the date the claim is made.
– A dropped movie cannot be picked back up at any time by the original studio that owned it.
– The 72 hour waiver period as a buffer for the 30-day rule i.e. as long as you make the claim to add and drop a movie before the 30 days is up, the claim is valid throughout the 72 hours. In the event you are “jumped” in waiver priority and the movie you wished to drop now releases within 30 days, you have 24 hours to choose a different movie to add, if you so choose.

Opening Weekend

An “Opening Weekend” is the wide release date found on a film’s IMDB page. Opening Weekend is determined by the first Friday through Sunday release, this pertains to films that are released on Wednesdays, Thursdays, or fall on a 4-day holiday weekend. An Opening Weekend is never determined by more than a film’s first Friday through Sunday release. Opening Weekend points are awarded based on a general pool of films. A studio’s film must actually be the #1 grossing film for a given weekend to win the top point. Even if a studio’s film makes more money than an opposing studio’s film, but does not make more money than a film that was not drafted, then it still does not win the Opening Weekend point.

Statistics for Opening Weekend is determined by Domestic (USA) release from BoxOfficeMojo.com.

The Cloverfield Rule

In the event a movie goes direct to a streaming service or television, the studio will have 14 days from the date of non-theatrical release to drop the movie and pick up a replacement.

This rule does not apply where the movie has received a limited theatrical release for the purposes of awards season consideration. In that case, the Release Day and the 30-day rule apply as normal for the date of theatrical release.

Kyle’s Law

Only movies with listings on IMDB are eligible to be drafted. Studios can draft ANY movie with an IMDB listing – even if it does not yet have an official release date. This includes untitled projects that are listed on IMDB.

Changes in Release Date

If an Opening Weekend is changed for a given film, the change is automatically reflected on the roster of the studio that owns the film. If a film’s premiere date is pushed back to the next year (past the current season) then the film loses Fantasy Box Office eligibility for the current season.

Draft

Primary Draft: At the beginning of the season, before the start of the new calendar year, each studio chooses 16 different films that premiere over the course of the next year during the primary draft.

The draft is performed in snake style. Studios then take turns drafting according to the order. The studio with the last selection in one round will own the first pick in the subsequent round. That subsequent round will then proceed in reverse order from the previous round and so on throughout the rest of the draft. The primary draft order is randomly determined prior to the draft.

Scoring & Point Categories

Films may score points either through (1) grossing money at the domestic box office or (2) being nominated and/or winning Academy Awards at the end of the season. There are four box office categories and two Academy Award categories. The box office point categories are Weekend points, Monthly points, Film of the Year, and Studio of the Year. Academy Award points are distributed for nominations along with the actual award winner. Below is a description of each point category along with the scoring associated with each.

Box Office Points

1. Weekend – Weekend points are awarded each weekend during the season to the top three films at the domestic box office for any given weekend (Friday through Sunday). A film can win multiple Weekend Points so long as it continues to place in the top three (3) grossing films over a weekend.

– 1st Place: 3 Points
– 2nd Place: 2 Points
– 3rd Place: 1 Point

2. Monthly – Monthly points are awarded at the end of each month during the season to the top three films with the largest premiere weekend at the domestic box office during the given month. A film may only be awarded a monthly point during the month it premieres.

– 1st Place: 3 Points
– 2nd Place: 2 Points
– 3rd Place: 1 Point

3. Film of the Year – The Film of the Year category awards points to individual films with the biggest premiere weekends at the domestic box office over the course of the season. Studios may have multiple films on their roster that are awarded Film of the Year points.

– 1st Place: 8 Points
– 2nd Place: 7 Points
– 3rd Place: 6 Points
– 4th Place: 5 Points
– 5th Place: 4 Points
– 6th Place: 3 Points
– 7th Place: 2 Points
– 8th Place: 1 Point

4. Studio of the Year – The Studio of the Year category ranks studio’s total domestic box office gross of each film’s entire theatrical run for their whole roster.

– 1st Place: 8 Points
– 2nd Place: 6 Points
– 3rd Place: 4 Points
– 4th Place: 2 Points
– 5th Place: 1 Points
– 6th Place: 0 Points

Note: While you can’t get points for movies not released in the current season’s calendar year, you can still accumulate weekly points for year-end films, or re-releases, that continue to make the top 3 in weekend box office going into the following calendar year up to the cut-off date, which is a week before the Academy Awards. That total box office up to the cut-off date will also get added into the year-end awards.

Academy Awards Points

Points are awarded to films that have been nominated and/or won an Academy Award in one of the following categories:

1. Categories:

– Primary – Best Picture, Directing, Actor in a Leading Role, Actress in a Leading Role, Actor in a Supporting Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Animated Feature Film.

– Secondary – Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Music (Original Song), Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects, Writing (Adapted Screenplay), Writing (Original Screenplay).

2. Points:

– Nominations – Films nominated in a primary category will be awarded 1 point while films nominated in a secondary category will be awarded a half point.

– Academy Award Winners – Films selected as the winner of a primary category will receive 4 points while films selected as the winner of a secondary category will receive 2 points.

Winning

The winning studio will be determined immediately following the conclusion of the Academy Awards. The studio that has accumulated the most combined Pegacorn points over the course of the season wins.