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Limited Releases Fighting Mad

March 30, 2012

There are a number of films opening in limited release this week, including a few documentaries. The biggest of these is Bully, which earned a boost in its publicity thanks to a ratings fight with the MPAA. The Island President is another documentary worth checking out. Meanwhile, Goon makes its theatrical debut in the States and it deserves to find an audience south of the border. More...

Contest: Uniting People with Prizes

March 30, 2012

Next Friday there is only one wide release coming out, American Reunion. (Titanic is getting its 3-D re-release, but it makes its theatrical debut on Wednesday.) Clearly it should be the target film in this week's box office prediction contest. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for American Reunion. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win a copy of The Adventures Of Chuck And Friends: Friends To The Finish on DVD. Meanwhile, whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going under, will win a copy of Breaking Wind on DVD. Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

Weekend Predictions: Will Hunger Remain the Fairest or Feel the Wrath of the Fanboy Effect?

March 30, 2012

There are two saturation level releases coming out this week, Wrath of the Titans and Mirror Mirror. Even so, there's a 99% likelihood that The Hunger Games will repeat on the top of the chart. Wrath of the Titans would have to nearly double its average prediction and / or The Hunger Games would have to collapse by a near record amount for there to be a new number one this weekend. Additionally, unless there's some catastrophic event that keeps people away from theaters nationwide, the overall box office should see massive growth from last year. In fact, even without The Hunger Games, there could be some growth from last year, as most analysts expect the two new releases from this year to be stronger than the three new releases from last year. The only downside is the lack of depth. John Carter should place sixth with $2 million over the weekend, but that wouldn't even be enough for a top ten finish last year. More...

International Box Office: Hunger Not as Filling Internationally

March 28, 2012

The Hunger Games opened in first place internationally, but it wasn't as dominant as it was domestically. The film earned $59.25 million on 7,700 screens in 67 markets. That's a strong start for a film that cost $80 million to make, but it is a weak start for a film that opened with $152 million domestically. It open in first place in a number of major markets and did very well in Australia with $9.48 million on 471 screens. By comparison, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 made more than $12 million when it opened there last year. In the U.K. it made $7.77 million on 511 screens, compared to nearly $22 million for Breaking Dawn. It also opened in first place in Russia with $6.62 million on 1,165 screens, in Germany with $4.24 million on 613, in Mexico with $3.57 million on 1,362, in France with $3.55 million on 706, and in Brazil with $2.98 million on 636. These results are all good, but nowhere near as potent as its domestic opening. The film has yet to open in South Korea, Spain, Italy, and a few other markets, so it should earn about $200 million internationally and about $500 million worldwide. More...

Featured DVD Review: Inside Out

March 28, 2012

About a month ago I reviewed a film called Inside Out. When it arrived, I didn't remember requesting it, but it was a heist movie involving Nazi gold and Telly Savalas, so I wasn't surprised I make a request. However, it turns out I didn't. I had requested Inside Out, a film from 1986 starring Elliott Gould as an agoraphobic. Obviously the two films have nothing in common except the names, but will this one be as good as the other? More...

Contest: Feed Your Hunger with Prizes: Winning Announcement

March 28, 2012

The winners of our Feed Your Hunger with Prizes contest were determined and they are... More...

Blu-ray Sales: Tintin Finds First Spot

March 28, 2012

The Adventures of Tintin led all new releases and took top spot on the Blu-ray sales chart. It sold 504,000 units and generated $11.09 million in opening week sales. This represents an opening Blu-ray share of very nearly 50%, which is an excellent start for a kids film. More...

IMAX: IMAX Feasts on The Hunger Games

March 27, 2012

The Hunger Games broke records on IMAX earning $10.2 million on 268 IMAX screens for an average of $38,000. This was a record for a 2D non-sequel and for a digital-only release. It also earned about $400,000 internationally. Unfortunately, it won't have long legs on IMAX, because Wrath of the Titans takes over on Friday ending The Hunger Games one-week run. More...

Games Redeem Per Theater Chart

March 27, 2012

There were only two films in the $10,000 club on the per theater chart, but the number one film was massive. The Hunger Games not only took top spot on the overall chart, but it earned an average of $36,871, which was more than double its nearest competitor. Second place went to The Raid: Redemption with an average of $15,270 in 14 theaters. This suggests some potential for expansion, while it should reach at least one major milestone before its theatrical run is done. More...

DVD Sales: Happy Feet's Debut Puts a Smile on Your Face

March 27, 2012

Like last week, new releases dominated the DVD sales chart this week with three new releases topping the chart. The best of the best was Happy Feet Two with 896,000 units / $13.43 million during its first week on the home market. The film struggled at the box office, so this start on the home market is better than expected. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Box Office is Stuffed

March 26, 2012

The buzz surrounding The Hunger Games became nearly deafening by the time it opened. There were some concerns that the film couldn't possible live up to the hype. However, not only did it live up to the hype, it crushed expectations and set records. Overall the box office pulled in $214 million, which is the ninth best combined weekend total and the best non-Holiday season weekend (Summer blockbuster season and the Thanksgiving to New Years holiday run). This was 93% higher than last weekend and 76% higher than the same weekend last year. Needless to say, 2012 stretched its lead over 2011, and it now sits 19% ahead of last year's pace at $2.41 billion to $2.02 billion. This is behind 2010's running tally of $2.69 billion, but ahead of 2009, which had $2.38 billion at this point of the year, so while we are not quite on a record-breaking pace, it has been a very good year so far. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for March 27th, 2012

March 26, 2012

It's not a particularly strong week when it comes to the home market. The biggest box office hit coming out this week is Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked, but that film missed expectations at the box office and was savaged by critics. It should be the best selling DVD and Blu-ray of the week, but that's because it is a slow week overall. As for the best of the best, Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXIII is my choice for Pick of the Week. Others might go with South Park: Season 15 instead, while A Dangerous Method would also be the top choice of many. By a strange coincidence, I'm waiting for the screeners for all four of these films. More...

Weekend Estimates: Hunger Games Smashes Records with $155 Million Debut

March 25, 2012

Lionsgate has reported a $155 million estimated opening weekend for The Hunger Games: a record for the studio, for a non-sequel, for March, and the 3rd-best weekend of all time. In fact, it's already Lionsgate's top-grossing film of all time, beating Fahrenheit 9/11's actual $119 million and inflation-adjusted $151 million in just three days. With an A CinemaScore and a more diverse audience than the Twilight franchise, the film will almost certainly top Summit's best performance (the $300 million earned by Eclipse), but for now the studio will have plenty to celebrate about this weekend alone. More...

Featured Blu-ray Review: Lion King Double-Shot

March 25, 2012

The Lion King was a huge hit. It was such a huge hit, that sequels were inevitable. However, instead of going the theatrical release route, Disney went direct-to-DVD for The Lion King 1 1/2 and The Lion King II: Simba's Pride. Disney direct-to-DVD sequels have a terrible reputation, but there are some that rise above the average. More...

Friday Estimates: Hunger Games Smashes Non-Sequel Single Day Record

March 24, 2012

Lionsgate have announced a massive opening day of $68.25 million for The Hunger Games, which is by a large margin the biggest ever day for a non-sequel film:


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Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Hop

March 24, 2012

Hop hit theaters last year just in time for Easter and follows in the footsteps of the Alvin and the Chipmunks films with live action / digitally animated cast. Those films earned a lot at the box office, but were savaged by critics. This film was not as popular at the box office, but is it the better film? More...

Featured TV on DVD Review: Wallace and Gromit: World of Invention

March 23, 2012

Wallace & Gromit's short, A Grand Day Out, was released in 1989 and was a huge hit with critics and even earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short. Since then, Wallace & Gromit has become one of the most beloved comedy duos around. Their latest project was a six-episode TV series called World of Invention, which came out on DVD and Blu-ray. So how does it compare to their shorts and features? More...

The Hunger Games Posts $19.735 Million at Midnight Screenings

March 23, 2012

Lionsgate report that The Hunger Games earned $19.735 million at midnight screenings last night, the seventh-best performance at midnight screenings of all time and the best ever for a non-sequel. The only films to better that number are all from the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises. Based on this pace, and comparing with those franchises, the film should do between $40 million and $50 million on Friday as a whole. But we're in somewhat uncharted territory here, so a direct comparison may not be entirely accurate. If comparatively more fans have decided to buy tickets for this evening's shows, then a day closer to $60 million is possible. So there's still a lot of uncertainty, but a total weekend between $90 million and $125 million seems likely. More...

Limited Releases are Feeling Blue

March 23, 2012

After last week's strange list of limited releases, which included three films playing in more than 200 theaters, this week's list is a lot more typical. In fact, there's only one film placing in more than a handful of theaters. That film is The Deep Blue Sea, which is also earning some of the best reviews and should be the biggest hit, at least in raw dollars. I'm not sure how well it will do on the per theater chart. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: The Sitter

March 23, 2012

The Sitter came out in early December, which is not a bad time of year to release a film, but it bombed opening with less than $10 million and finishing with just over $30 million. Granted, when it opened, the overall box office was in an extended slump. So perhaps the film was a victim of a weak market. Or perhaps it was just a bad movie. More...

Contest: Fairest Prizes of Them All

March 23, 2012

There are two saturation level releases coming out next week, and while Wrath of the Titans is opening wider, we're picking Mirror Mirror as the target film in this week's Box Office Prediction Contest. We are doing this because the prizes this week are costumes from HalloweenCostumes.com. Specifically, the winners will be able to choose from their Storybook / Fairytale line, if you want to dress up for Mirror Mirror. Or from the The Avengers line, for those wanting an early start for The Avengers, which kicks off the summer blockbuster season on May 4th. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for Mirror Mirror. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win a $50 coupon for either HalloweenCostumes.com's Storybook / Fairytale line or from the The Avengers line. Meanwhile, whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going under, will also win a $50 coupon for either HalloweenCostumes.com's Storybook / Fairytale line or from the The Avengers line. Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

Weekend Predictions: How Hungry are Moviegoers?

March 22, 2012

At the beginning of the month, most people were expecting The Hunger Games to have one of the biggest openings of March and one of the all-time biggest openings for a non-sequel film. However, that's changed... for the better. Instead of analysts predicting $70 million to $80 million over its opening weekend, expectations have grown to the point where it could earn over $100 million over the next three days and still be considered a disappointment. In fact, there are many who are predicting The Hunger Games will make more by itself than the entire industry made last year. Needless to say, if that happened, 2012 will make up for last week's 3.6% year-over-year decline in a huge way. More...

Contest: Doesn't Take Magical Powers to Win: Winning Announcement

March 22, 2012

The winners of our Doesn't Take Magical Powers to Win contest were determined and they are... More...

International Box Office: John Carter's International Run is Heavenly

March 21, 2012

John Carter's international run is heavenly, at least compared to its domestic run. It's weak compared to its production budget. This weekend it added $40.7 million in 54 markets for a total of $126.10 million. It opened huge in China with $10.4 million, while it held on reasonably well in Russia earning $6.60 million on 939 screens over the weekend for a total of $26.10 million after two. At this pace, getting to $200 million internationally and $300 million worldwide might be difficult. And that would be the minimum needed to save face. More...

Blu-ray Sales: Immortals and Game Battle for Blu-ray Throne

March 21, 2012

As it was on the DVD sales chart, there was a battle for first place on the Blu-ray sales chart between two new releases. Immortals beat Game of Thrones: Season Two in terms of units, 927,000 units to 680,000 units. However, Game comes out ahead in terms of revenue at $29.89 million to $21.31 million. As far as the two releases opening week Blu-ray share, Immortals managed 59% while Game earned 57%. Both of those results are fantastic. More...

Per Theater Chart: Bikes and Sushi Top List

March 21, 2012

The Kid with a Bike took top spot on the per theater chart with an average of $15,311 in three theaters, while Jiro Dreams of Sushi was in a virtual tie with an average of $15,202 in six. Gerhard Richter Painting was next with $13,537 in its lone theater. The overall box office leader, 21 Jump Street, was next with an average of $11,632, while last week's winner, Footnote, was right behind with $11,181. More...

DVD Sales: Immortals and Throne Both Have Claim to Top Spot

March 21, 2012

New releases dominated the DVD sales chart with two DVDs having a legitimate claim to the top spot. Immortals sold the most units 649,000 units, while its revenue was the second best for the week at $11.12 million. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for March 20th, 2012

March 20, 2012

It's another week were there are a lot of Awards Season players hitting the home market and a lot of screeners that are late. There are a trio of films that are high on the list of contenders for Pick of the Week. These include two serious drama / thrillers: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy on Blu-ray Combo Pack and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on Blu-ray. However, in the end, I went with the extreme other end of the serious scale with The Muppets's Wocka Wocka Value Pack More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: A Lonely Place to Die

March 20, 2012

A Lonely Place to Die is a British film that was made for just $4 million in 2010 and debuted in its native market last year. However, it struggled to find an audience there and it came out Video on Demand here last November, before coming out on DVD this week. Low budget films tend to struggle to find theatrical releases, while foreign ones have an added obstacle to deal with, even those made in English. So is this film an undiscovered gem? Or was it destined to go unnoticed. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: 21 Jumps High, but Overall Box Office Low

March 19, 2012

2012's winning streak finally came to a close, but it was close. Overall the total box office was $111 million, which was 17% lower than last week and more importantly, down 3.6% compared to the same weekend last year. 21 Jump Street did hold up its end of the box office numbers, but since the only other new release in the top ten was Casa di me Padre, is wasn't enough. Year-to-date, 2012 is still ahead of 2011's pace by 16% at $2.16 billion to $1.87 billion. That lead will grow next weekend with the release of The Hunger Games, which could be record-breaking at the box office and is just as strong with critics. More...

Featured TV on DVD Review: Lexx: Season Three and Four

March 19, 2012

This is one of the more confusing TV on DVD releases I've had to review. Lexx started as a series of four TV movies that were released as Season One way back in 2008. Seasons three and four are coming out this week, either separately of combined, but Season Two doesn't come out till May. How am I going to review seasons three and four without spoiling season two? More...

Featured DVD Review: Snow White: A Deadly Summer

March 19, 2012

There are a number of films based on the Snow White legend that are coming out this year. Two of them are theatrical releases, but many, like Snow White: A Deadly Summer, are going direct-to-DVD. This does lower expectations somewhat, but will this movie be a diamond in the rough? Or is it a film best left alone? More...

Featured DVD / Blu-ray Review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

March 18, 2012

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was seen as a favorite to be an Awards Season player very early on. However, something strange happened as its release date neared. The buzz evaporated. It didn't sour, so the film wasn't busted Oscar Bait; the buzz just got really quiet. It did earn a trio of Oscar nominations, but otherwise it was mostly forgotten. Did it deserve better? Or was it passed over for a reason? And shouldn't the title be, Tinker COMMA Tailor COMMA Soldier COMMA Spy? I can't tell you how much that bugs me every time I have to type that name. More...

Weekend Estimates: 21 Jumps to Top of Chart

March 18, 2012

The industry will enjoy another solid weekend at the box office thanks to a healthy debut by 21 Jump Street, which will ride very positive reviews to about $35 million, according to Sony's Sunday estimate. Unfortunately, that probably won't be quite enough to give 2012 another win over 2011 -- somewhat surprisingly, because Limitless topped the chart last year with only $18.9 million, but the five movies that topped $10 million compared to three this year gives last year the edge. More...

Featured DVD / Blu-ray Review: The Muppets

March 18, 2012

The Muppets have lasted around 40 years starting as a TV special in 1974. However, as a franchise, it has been neglected for the past decade or so. When it was announced The Muppets would return to the big screen in more than a decade, there was a lot of excitement, but also a lot of trepidation. Would the series return to hits heights from the 1970s and 1980s? Or would it be mired in the doldrums of the 1990s and 2000s? More...

Featured DVD Review: Roadracers

March 17, 2012

Roadracers was only the second film by Robert Rodriguez and by far it is his least well known. It was made for TV back in 1994 as part of Showtime's Rebel Highway series. It was supposed to have a DVD release in 2005, with color correction, audio commentary track, and another installment of Robert Rodriguez's Ten-Minute Film School. However, at the last minute, it was pulled from the schedule. Now it is being released by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment, a studio that specializes in low budget releases for hard to get films. For instance, I recently reviewed The Station Agent, which is a featureless re-release of an out of print DVD. For fans of the actor, being able to buy the film on DVD is good news. But is this going to be a featureless bargain DVD? More...

Featured DVD Review: Adventures in Lalaloopsy Land: Search for Pillow

March 17, 2012

Lalaloopsy is the latest doll craze to make the transition to animated adventures. The number of previous such toy adaptations is too long to list (There's Bratz, Barbie, My Little Pony, just to name a few.) I'm clearly not in this film's target demographic, but I've seen enough similar shows to judge if the target audience will like the show, or if they should stick to other franchises. More...

Limited Releases are Mucho Grande

March 16, 2012

It's not a particularly busy week in terms of total number of limited releases. However, it is a huge week in terms of total theater count, as there are three films opening in hundreds of theaters each. Will any of these films succeed? Jeff, Who Lives at Home has the best shot of the three. Or will any of the much more limited releases find an audience? Of those, The Kid with a Bike has the best shot at finding an audience. Additionally, Intouchables has a sneak peak on Saturday at the Paris Theater in New York City. More...

Contest: Feed Your Hunger with Prizes - Update!

March 16, 2012

The Hunger Games is almost here and it is already breaking records. (Fandango reported more than 1000 sold out shows, so far. That's the most for a non-sequel.) Its opening could be massive, but more importantly, it is the target film in this week's Box Office Prediction Contest. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for The Hunger Games. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), regardless if they go over or not, will win a copy of Jane By Design: Volume One on DVD. Turns out we don't have a copy of Jane By Design, but two of them. So a second copy will be given out to one additional entrant, regardless of their prediction. So if you have bad luck making predictions, now's your chance to win. Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

Featured TV on DVD Review: Victorious: Season Two

March 16, 2012

The latest Victorious DVD release, Season Two, is coming out this Sunday as an exclusive at Target stores. (I believe it is just the physical stores, because it's not the on website at the moment.) Later on May, it will be released on Amazon.com and all other retailers. Is it worth picking up if you are a fan of the previous releases? And is it worth grabbing early? More...

Weekend Predictions: Will Moviegoers Jump at a Quality Release?

March 15, 2012

So far 2012 has brought hit after hit, but what has been lost in the box office success is the dearth of quality releases. Last weekend, there wasn't a single film in the top ten to earn overall positive reviews. (Although Doctor Seuss' The Lorax is very close to that level.) Fortunately that will change this weekend as 21 Jump Street is earning unbelievably positive reviews. It is the only wide release of the week, compared to three wide releases last year. On the other hand, the best of last year's crop, Limitless, opened with less than $20 million and all but the most pessimistic think 21 Jump Street will top that with ease and if the holdovers can hold on, we could see yet another win at the box office. More...

Featured DVD Review: Strawberry Shortcake: Bright Lights, Big Dreams

March 15, 2012

The Strawberry Shortcake franchise started in the early 1980s and while its popularity has ebbed and flowed, it has has been going ever since. A couple weeks ago, there were two DVDs from the franchise released, Berry Brick Road and Bloomin' Berry Garden. The screeners arrived a little late, so without further delay, let's get to the reviews. More...

Blu-ray Sales: Hugo's Huge in High Definition

March 14, 2012

Hugo led a limited number of new releases on top of the Blu-ray sales chart. It sold 523,000 units while generating $14.37 million in sales. This is a good result compared to its theatrical run, but not great given the film's production budget. Its opening week Blu-ray share was 51%, which is fantastic for a family film, although this is not your typical family film. More...

International Box Office: John Carter's Earthly Opening

March 14, 2012

John Carter absolutely dominated the international box office; however, this is because of how wide it opened, not how strong its opening was. Over the weekend, it earned $66.12 million on 18,890 screens in 51 markets for a total opening of $68.93 million. Its per screen average was a mere $3,500, which is low for this type of release. There were some highlights, led by a first place, $16.55 million opening on 939 screens in Russia. It also opened in first place in Mexico with $3.42 million on 1,144, which is better than Journey 2: The Mysterious Island opened with earlier in the year. On the other hand, it's first place opening in the U.K. was more subdued at $3.07 million on 456 screens. More...

Contest: Answers for Everything: Winning Announcement

March 14, 2012

The winners of our Answers for Everything contest were determined and they are... More...

IMAX: John Carter Leaps Higher on IMAX

March 14, 2012

John Carter had a poor start in theaters, but its IMAX numbers were strong by comparison. Out of the $30.18 million it earned domestically, approximately $5.0 million came on 289 IMAX screens. It added approximately $4.5 million on 194 IMAX screens on the international scene. Additionally, with openings in Japan, China and other markets still ahead, it still has a lot of box office potential. Granted, this isn't enough to break even, but at least it was a hit in one regard. More...

Featured Blu-ray Review: Wizards: 35th Anniversary Edition

March 14, 2012

Wizards came out in 1977, just a few weeks before Star Wars came out. This does help explain why it never became a massive hit at the box office, but pulling in $9 million on a $1.2 million budget is solid result. However, it came out 35 years ago and perhaps it hasn't aged as well as some other films of the genre. And is this release of the Blu-ray worth picking up or even upgrading from the previous release? More...

Footnote Dreaming of Success on the Per Theater Chart

March 13, 2012

Footnote led the way on the per theater chart with an average of $23,764 in two theaters, while Jiro Dreams of Sushi was right behind with an average of $21,018, also in two theaters. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen was playing in a lot more theaters, but it managed an average of $12,550 in 18 theaters. Even more impressively, it saw growth from Friday to Sunday of 85%, which is amazing for a new release. This bodes very well for its long term potential. Finally, the overall box office leader, Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, rounded out the $10,000 club with an average of $10,370. More...

DVD Sales: Boots Walks All Over Competition

March 13, 2012

Puss in Boots remained in first place on the DVD sales chart during its first full week of release. It sold an additional 798,000 units and generating $12.16 million in revenue for totals of 1.65 million units / $26.74 million so far. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for March 13th, 2012

March 13, 2012

There are two themes this week. The first is Awards Season. There are no fewer than half a dozen Award Season players on this week's list, although one was a late review. Speaking of late reviews, that's the other theme on this week's list, as there are no fewer than eight releases on this week's list where I'm waiting for the screener to arrive. (This includes Wizards which arrived on Monday; however, screeners need to arrive by Friday if I'm to get the review done on time.) Unfortunately, there's a lot of crossover among these two groups and a few Pick of the Week candidates are late. For instance, My Week with Marilyn and Melancholia fit into both groups. Other screeners I'm waiting for that could be Pick of the Week are Wallace & Gromit: World of Invention and the aforementioned Wizards: 35th Anniversary Blu-ray, while The Guild: Season Five was up for that honor as well. However, in the end I went with The Descendants on Blu-ray Combo Pack. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Lorax has a Sustainable Run

March 12, 2012

As expected, Doctor Seuss' The Lorax led the way at the box office, but unfortunately, it was on the low end of expectations. Unfortunately, while John Carter did land on the high end of expectations, it really wasn't able to pick up the slack. Overall, the box office fell 21% from last week to $133 million. This was higher than the same weekend last year, but by only 3%. At least the streak is still intact and has now reached ten weeks. Year-to-date, 2012 has reached $2 billion and is now ahead of 2011 by 18% at $2.01 billion to $1.70 billion. Let's hope next week is just as lucrative. More...

Featured DVD / Blu-ray Review: The Descendants - Blu-ray Update

March 12, 2012

From the minute Alexander Payne decided to work on an adaptation of Kaui Hart Hemmings' novel, The Descendants was an Awards Season favorite. His previous three films each earned at least one Oscar nomination and he won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Sideways. Will this film live up to his career average? Is it really his best, as many are claiming? More...

Featured DVD Review: Stuck Between Stations

March 11, 2012

Stuck Between Stations opened in limited release in November, but despite earning good reviews, it went nowhere at the box office. It doesn't have a lot of star power, while it's the directorial debut for Brady Kiernan, and the first script for either of the co-writers, Sam Rosen and Nat Bennett, so the odds were stacked against the film. But now that it is coming out on the home market, will it find a more receptive audience? More...

Featured DVD / Blu-ray Review: Take Shelter

March 11, 2012

Before Take Shelter opened, there was significant Awards Season buzz surrounding the film. However, it was a much smaller film than a lot of other Oscar bait, so it was mostly lost in the crowd. It did pick up a number of smaller award nominations and earned more than $1 million at the box office, but it wasn't a major player in either regard. Did it deserve to find a more receptive audience in theaters? Did it deserve to win more awards? Or was it lucky to get where it did? More...

Weekend Estimates: Carter Disaster Gives Weekend to Lorax

March 11, 2012

Although John Carter's opening won't be as bad as the direst predictions, an anemic $30.6 million debut will condemn the film to the record books for all the wrong reasons and (in spite of good international numbers) almost certainly cause a write-down for Disney. Or more immediate embarrassment, the film will fail to win the weekend, coming in second to The Lorax, which is set to post $39.1 million in its second weekend, according to Universal's estimate. That combination of two $30 million plus films will give 2012 another weekend win over last year. More...

Contest: Don't Give Up Contests for Lent: Winning Announcement

March 10, 2012

The winners of our Don't Give Up Contests for Lent contest were determined and they are... More...

Friends with Limited Releases

March 9, 2012

There are plenty of limited releases on this week's list, including a couple that earned some strong pre-release buzz. One of these, Friends with Kids is opening in close to 400 theaters, which is a huge amount for a limited release. It will certainly be the biggest limited release at the box office, but I'm not sure how well it will do on the per theater chart. There are a few films earning amazing reviews, including Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Footnote, and Sound of Noise. I'm not sure any have what it takes to expand significantly, but hopefully at least one of them will find a receptive audience in limited release. More...

Contest: Doesn't Take Magical Powers to Win

March 9, 2012

Next week there is only one wide release, 21 Jump Street, so it is obviously the target film in this week's Box Office Prediction Contest. Fortunately, its early reviews are amazing, so maybe it will be a bigger hit than expected. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for 21 Jump Street. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win a copy of Wizards: 35th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray. Meanwhile, whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going under, will also win a copy of Wizards: 35th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray. Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

Weekend Predictions: Will New Releases Be Silent?

March 8, 2012

Three films open wide release this week, but none of them look like they will compete with the Doctor Seuss' The Lorax for top spot. John Carter is the only one with a real shot at first place, but there's a chance it won't make half as much as The Lorax does over the next three days. Silent House is the best-reviewed new release of the week, and if it can remain above 60% positive, it will be the only film in the top ten with overall positive reviews. Finally there's A Thousand Words, but the less said about that film, the better. (It's opening in under 2,000 theaters with zero positive reviews.) Last year Battle: Los Angeles opened in first place with $35 million, a figure The Lorax should top, while the rest of the top ten look about same this year as last. The winning streak should continue. More...

International Box Office: Journey About to Come to an End

March 7, 2012

It was a slow week on the international chart with only three films that topped $10 million. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island was the best, earning $15.7 million on 6,381 screens in 52 markets for a total of 185.6 million internationally and $270.8 million worldwide. It has now topped the original worldwide as well as internationally. The film opened in Germany with a mediocre total of $1.68 million on 424 screens. However, it is already a success, so the studio shouldn't complain about that result. The film has yet to open in Japan, but when it does, it should be above $300 million worldwide. More...

Blu-ray Sales: Puss Rises Above Tower

March 7, 2012

Like it did on the DVD Sales Chart, Puss in Boots opened on first place on the Blu-ray sales chart. It sold 571,000 units generating $15.99 million in sales, and that's just from Friday through Sunday. Its opening Blu-ray share was 40%, which is excellent for a kid's movie. More...

Per Theater Chart is Feeling Green

March 7, 2012

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax was surprisingly strong during its opening and that helped it win the race on top of the per theater chart with an average of $18,830. The only other two films in the $10,000 club, Being Flynn and Boy, were neck-and-neck at $10,998 and $10,622 respectively. More...

DVD Sales: Boots Snatches Top Spot

March 7, 2012

Puss in Boots opened in top spot on the DVD Sales Chart despite coming out on Friday instead of Tuesday. Over the weekend, it sold 851,000 units generating $14.58 million in sales. As a point of comparison, Shrek Forever After sold about twice as many during its first week of release, but it was a Tuesday release and it came out during the heart of Christmas shopping season. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for March 6th, 2012

March 6, 2012

The number of big releases coming out this week can be counted on the fingers of one hand. The biggest theatrical release of the week is Immortals, but its reviews were weak enough that I think it might struggle on the home market in comparison. There are also a few catalog titles coming out on Blu-ray that are note-worthy, like To Catch a Thief. However, by far the biggest release, and the best, is Game of Thrones: Season One on DVD or Blu-ray, the latter of which is the Pick of the Week with To Catch a Thief not too far behind. More...

Featured DVD Review: Mercenaries

March 6, 2012

Mercenaries arrived on my desk unannounced. It features a few actors I recognized by name, like Billy Zane, but for the most part I had no idea what to expect. Going in without expectations is probably the best way to review a movie, but will this film benefit from that? More...

Featured TV on DVD Review: Transformers: Prime: Season One

March 6, 2012

Transformers: Prime previously made its debut on the home market as Darkness Rising, which I previously reviewed. At the time, I thought it was easily the best result of the live action Transformers franchise. However, it wouldn't take much to do that. Is the show worth watching for fans of the original series? Will it make new fans for the franchise? More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Lorax Parties On Top of the Chart

March 5, 2012

Nearly everyone expected Doctor Seuss' The Lorax to top the box office chart this weekend, but very few people saw it doing this well. It opened so well that The Hunger Games could have trouble topping it for biggest hit of the month. The overall box office rose to $168 million, which was 26% above last week's pace, as well as the same weekend last year. And here I was worried the streak might end. Year-to-date, 2012 has now pulled in $1.82 million, which is 19% higher than last year's pace. Hopefully this winning streak will continue, and it will if The Lorax has strong legs. More...

Featured TV on DVD Review: Game of Thrones: Season One

March 5, 2012

Game of Thrones is a fantasy series based on the A Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R. R. Martin. It features an amazing ensemble cast, all of whom die within 30 seconds of the opening credits. I'm joking, of course, but I'm not too far off. For those who don't know, George R. R. Martin has a reputation for killing off characters in his novels, and Game of Thrones is no different and it offers plenty of blood. But does it also offer a compelling story? More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Footloose

March 4, 2012

The original Footloose came out nearly 30 years ago. Its reviews were moderately good, but it became a massive hit at the box office. (If you take into account inflation, it would have earned $175 million today, more or less.) Remaking Footloose for 2011 was a bit of a risk. Updating the story could be a little difficult without offending fans of the original movie. While if they didn't do enough, those who are in the target demographic now might think the story is too much a relic of the 1980s to bother seeing. Were the filmmakers able to walk that tightrope? More...

Weekend Estimates: Huge Weekend for Lorax Keeps Box Office on Track

March 4, 2012

Universal will be celebrating this weekend as their good year gets a whole lot better thanks to the estimated $70 million opening of The Lorax. While not a record for March (a mark held firmly by Alice in Wonderland with $116 million), that will be enough for either second or third on the all time March openers list, basically level with 300's debut in 2007. Given its $65 million - $70 million production budget, the film will be a huge boost for the studio's animation arm. It also means that this weekend will be about 25% ahead of the same weekend last year. More...

Featured DVD / Blu-ray Review: Like Crazy

March 3, 2012

Like Crazy had advance buzz that most limited releases could only dream of. It even earned some Award Season buzz. It did earn some awards at film festivals and critics associations; however, it was shut out at the majors. Likewise, it earned $3 million at the box office, which is great compared to most limited releases, but wasn't able to truly escape the art house circuit. Did it deserve to win a few more awards and reach a few more major milestones? Or did it over-perform compared to its quality? More...

Featured Blu-ray Review: To Catch a Thief

March 3, 2012

To Catch a Thief is the fourth Alfred Hitchcock Blu-ray I've reviewed this year. Unlike the first three, which were early in his Hollywood career. To Catch a Thief is, as I pointed out the last time it came out on the home market, from the heart of Alfred Hitchcock's most productive decade (1954 to 1963) both in terms of quality and quantity. However, it is nearly 60 years old and there's a chance it has aged poorly since then or is it as good as it was the day it was released? More...

Limited Releases Look to Earn a Billion Dollars

March 2, 2012

It's quite a busy week in terms of limited releases with nine films on this week's list. There are a couple that are earning very strong reviews, like Boy and Last Days Here. There are also a couple opening wider than the average limited release, like Paan Singh Tomar and Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie. Unfortunately, the widest release of the week, Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie, is also earning some of the weakest reviews of the week. More...

Contest: Answers for Everything

March 2, 2012

Next week John Carter debuts, which could be a monster hit, or a $250 million boondoggle. No matter how well it does at the box office, it is the target film in this week's Box Office Prediction Contest. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for John Carter. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win a copy of Answers to Nothing on DVD. Meanwhile, whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going under, will win a copy of Stormhouse on DVD. Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

Weekend Predictions: Will Lorax Chop Down the Competition?

March 2, 2012

March begins with two wide releases, although there's no real suspense which one will lead the way at the box office. Doctor Seuss' The Lorax should have no trouble earning first place. The real question is whether or not it will top Rango, which opened with $38 million last year. Not everyone is convinced it will. The only other wide release is Project X, which has a range of expectations going from the low teens to the mid-twenties. If both films land in the high end of expectations, then 2012 should continue its winning streak, as this year has slightly better depth than last year. More...

Blu-ray Sales: Vamps Defeat Tramp

March 1, 2012

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 and Lady and the Tramp switched places on the Blu-ray sales chart. The former rose to first place during its first full week on the home market selling 455,000 units / $10.46 million giving it an early total of 1.24 million units / $28.58 million. More...

2012 Preview: March

March 1, 2012

February continued 2012's winning streak, which has now reached eight weeks. Will that streak continue in March? I'm not sure it will. There are some very good signs. For instance, last March, only one film reached $100 million, Rango, while there were a couple others that cracked $75 million, Battle: Los Angeles and Limitless. Plus the final weekend of this month lines up with the first weekend of April last year, which also had a $100 million hit, Hop. This time around, things look a whole lot better at the top with a potential $200 million hit, The Hunger Games, and two more that should hit the century mark, Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, and Wrath of the Titans. Plus a couple others, 21 Jump Street and John Carter of Mars, that could top $75 million. However, there are a few weeks that look soft when compared with last year. I suspect The Hunger Games will be such a huge hit that overall March 2012 will perform better than March 2011, but I also think there will be a couple weeks of year-over-year declines. On the plus side, very few films feel like filler; in fact, there are very few films, period. Over the next five weekends, only nine films are opening wide, which is odd for this time of year. In fact, it would be slow for the heart of summer, when most weeks have a blockbuster and one counter-programming film. Will this help the overall box office, as no films will be squeezed out? Or will the lack of choices hurt the box office? We will soon find out, but I remain cautiously optimistic. More...