You can pick your friends. You can pick your movies. But you can't pick your friends' movies.
Fantasy Box Office is the coolest online fantasy game ever. The game is so fun, so real, so completely engrossing, you'll quit your job and play full-time. Guaranteed! What makes FBO the greatest? Three points:
1. Cash and Prizes: Fantasy Box Office showers players with outrageous grand prize in the Race for a Billion, and weekly prizes for best weekly scores, and other unpredictable wacky criteria.
2. The community: Fantasy Box Office lets you compete in the group(s) you choose while you compete in the Race for a Billion. All over FBO, you'll find lots of ways to talk trash, compare scores, even challenge other players to a head-to-head matchup!
3. Keeping it simple: The studio executive's job is pretty simple, let's face it. But simple doesn't mean easy. Do you have the instinct to predict the blockbusters, the ones to raise the artistic bar for the best per-theater average, and the DVD or Blu-ray that cleans up with home viewers? We shall see.
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Fantasy Box Office Frequently Asked Questions:
1. How do I play Fantasy Box Office?
Playing Fantasy Box Office is pretty easy. Once you register and create your Studio page, you're ready to play. The first place you'll go is the Marquee, where you'll see the list of movies that will be released in the upcoming week, and movies currently in theaters. You will select the movies for your Marquee, sort of how you add movies to rental list on your favorite DVD Rental website. You'll see the movies fill in the Marquee list on the page.
You need three movies for the Blockbuster list. These are movies you think will have the best Gross Receipts. Think comic book movies, James Cameron, the much-anticipated horror.
Then, add three movies for your per-theater average movies. Think arthouse, limited release movies with a lot of buzz. But, not so fast, sometimes a blockbuster can dominate the per-theater averages too. You have 3000 theaters to spread between your three movie selections. Think of this like placing your bets. An executive only has so many theaters, and only so many ad dollars to work with, so put on your thinking cap and allocate those theaters. Spread them out however you want, but you must have at least one theater allocated for each movie.
Finally, every Producer knows the theater is only part of the game. At-Home success is a huge factor too. So, FBO includes the all-important rental market. You'll select the single DVD or Blu-ray you think will win the week.
FBO tallies up your choices as the numbers come in, with the official totals inking the books on Monday afternoon at 2pm PT.
2. How does scoring work?
Scoring is pretty simple at Fantasy Box Office. Your "score" is a dollar amount, based on how the movies you picked actually performed between Thursday night and Sunday night.
- Gross Revenues: You pick three movies for your "Blockbuster" list. We add up the revenues those movies earned.
- Per-Theater Average: You pick three movies for your "Per-Theater Average" list, then spread 3000 "theaters" across those three movies. To get your score, we take the per-theater average of the movies you picked, and multiply that by the number of theaters you allocated.
- At-Home: You pick the at-home selection you think will earn the most money. If you pick the #1 At-Home movie, you get $5 Million in your score. The #2 movie gets you $4 Million, the #3 gets you $3 Million, and so on.
3. What's a Private Studio League?
Sort of a like Fantasy Football, you can create a group or "league" of six players to compete in a short 7-week "season", crowning a champion. But, unlike fantasy sports games, your Private Studio League can start up at any time, and you can choose to restart your Private Studio League and continue playing as long as you want!
4. What is "Beta"?
"Beta" is a technology term meaning, "not quite done". We've tested our scoring, challenges, and Private Studio Leagues, so you can be confident the game is solid. But, we're still working out some kinks with other stuff on the site, and taking feedback before the site is officially "launched." So, please be patient with our occasional server reboots, misaligned text on the page, etc. "We're givin 'er all she's got, Captain!"
5. Why doesn't Fantasy Box Office have any ads?
In these early stages, we're presenting Fantasy Box Office with a "clean slate", so we can get feedback from players and potential sponsors about the most elegant and effective way to present relevant advertising. We gotta put food on the table, folks, so there will be advertising on Fantasy Box Office. But, we will work very hard to present ads in a way that we hope you'll find surprisingly beneficial to your experience.