Fantasy movie season is finally underway, and boy did it go off with a bang. Here’s a quick primer on our league if you missed it before. You can go back and hear our draft on the BSR podcast, as well, or just nerd out on our spreadsheet.
Some leagues floating around the internet include movies going up to March and April in their pool, but the fact that “The Avengers” opened with the bang that it did I think justifies our choice for having a May 1-August 31 season.
“The Avengers” was the only film drafted to open this week, but it got founding editor Zach Wilt’s team off to a super start. Taking in $200 million in domestic box office and logging a 93% on RottenTomatoes makes it the odds-on favorite for the most valuable property of the year. For reference, last year’s top fantasy performer was “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” grossing $381 million and getting a 96% fresh on RT.
And “The Avengers” wasn’t even the number one pick in the draft.
That honor, unsurprisingly, went to “The Dark Knight Rises,” taken by Matt “The Boss” Sadler. We’ll have to wait until July 20 to see if it can eclipse “The Avengers,” which will be no small task.
Standings: 1 Zach Wilt (59.65), four others tied at 00.00