'Fantasy Movie League' Lets You Play Theater Owner Instead of Franchise Owner
Minions vs. Trainwreck vs. Ant-Man – it's war!
Box office results just got a lot more exciting.
Matthew Berry, ESPN’s Senior Fantasy Sports Analyst, recently launched Fantasy Movie League – essentially, a fantasy league for films.
Instead of drafting a dream team of athletes to their roster, players are given fake money each week to fill a theater with eight movies of their choice (with blockbusters costing more than indie films). The goal: Try to guess which movies will generate the highest revenue. Think Trainwreck is going to be the next Bridesmaids? Put it in two theaters! Think Self/less will overcome the reviews and hit it big? Put it in three! Think Minions is going to have a smaller week? Put it in one!
“The game is really fun, really addictive and doesn’t take a lot of time,” Berry tells PEOPLE. “If you love movies, it makes you love them more. If you don’t love movies, it gives you a reason to care. You have no idea what it’s like to find yourself saying things over the weekend like “Come on, Minions!” or trying to convince all your friends to see Trainwreck instead of Ant Man.
Berry is widely considered the authority on fantasy sports and can count Seth Meyers, Jay Z and Zooey Deschanel among the celebrity fans who come to him for advice. Recently, Fox developed a pilot based on his New York Times best-selling book, Fantasy Life, and cast Kevin Connolly to play him.
If you’re itching to become a theater mogul, head over to the league’s site to get started. Berry says you’ll be joining “Rich Eisen, Michelle Beadle and some of the cast of The Howard Stern Show.” Eisen, he adds, “is fourth overall.”