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Weekend Predictions: Black and White

May 31, 2012

Snow White and the Huntsman is the only new wide release of the weekend and it is looking to overthrow Men in Black 3 on the top of the chart. It should have a pretty easy time winning, if not, the box office is in serious trouble. It is more important to compare its opening to that of X-men: First Class, which opened this weekend last year. Asking Snow White to make $55 million is probably asking too much, while the holdovers won't be able to match last year's crop, so June will likely start off on a low note when compared to last year. After an amazing start to the year, 2012 is starting to really struggle. Hopefully it is just a minor bump in the road. More...

International Box Office: Will International Numbers Get Men Into the Black?

May 30, 2012

After Men in Black 3 missed expectations domestically, its international numbers became a lot more important. I have good news and bad news. The good news is, it opened in first place with $126.31 million on 22,195 screens in 103 markets over the weekend for a total opening of $135.29 million earning first place in 101 of those markets. The bad news is, it has nowhere else to go. It's going to need to rely on strong legs to keep going. In a lot of international markets, films tends to have better legs than they have here. For instance, Japan. But the opposite is true in places like Russia and China, where pump and dumps rule. Speaking of which, the film's best single market was China where it made $20.6 million on 6,073 screens, which was just ahead of The Avengers' opening there, but that film had to deal with a massive local hit. MiB3's second biggest market was Russia, with $16.92 million on 1,549 screens, which was also more than The Avengers managed. Unfortunately, those were the only two major markets where that was true. More...

Contest: Three for Three: Winning Announcement

May 30, 2012

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

IMAX: Aliens vs. Pirates

May 30, 2012

Men in Black 3 broke the Memorial Day IMAX record with $5.3 million on 278 IMAX screens domestically and $7.4 million on 196 IMAX screens internationally. The worldwide opening on $12.7 million on 474 screens topped the record previously held by Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Up next is Prometheous on the 8th of June, while there are a number of major releases throughout the summer. More...

Per Theater Chart: Moonrise is Intouchable

May 30, 2012

To call Moonrise Kingdom's opening impressive would be an understatement. The film earned more than $500,000 in just four theaters for an average of $130,749. ... I looked up three different sources to make sure that wasn't a typo. That's the ninth best per theater average of all time, and the best for a live action film. (Disney used to release the animated tentpole releases in one or two theaters for a prestige release a week before their wide releases and these films fill the top eight spots.) Les Intouchables placed second with an average of $25,263 in four theaters, which is excellent and suggests potential for expansion. The overall box office leader, Men in Black 3, was the final film in the $10,000 club with an average of $12,851. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Men are Back But Avengers Still Top Story

May 29, 2012

While the latest installment of the Men in Black franchise topped the box office over the Memorial Day long weekend, it was The Avengers that continued to be the big story of the year. Men in Black 3's opening was merely average given the release date, and well below average given the film's production budget. On the other hand, The Avengers continued to break records. Overall, the box office was up by 7% from last weekend reaching $153 million over the three day portion of the weekend. However, that's 31% lower than Memorial Day last year. Ouch. Over four days, the weekend pulled in $194 million, which was 30% lower than last year. Again, ouch. Year-to-date, 2012 is still ahead of 2011, but the lead is down to 12.5% at $4.28 billion to $3.85 billion. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for May 29th, 2012

May 28, 2012

It likely won't be a strong week on the home market. There's only one prime release, True Blood on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack. It is an excellent show and the Blu-ray is a clear contender for Pick of the Week, but as a TV on DVD release, I doubt it will sell as many units as the average first-run theatrical release sells. The biggest first run release is Man on a Ledge, but it did so poorly in theaters that I doubt it will have a real impact on the home market. True Blood isn't the only contender for Pick of the Week. Goon's Blu-ray Combo Pack is on that list. The price of the Combo Pack dropped since my review went online and at $15, it is the Pick of the Week, or should I say Puck of the Week. Also of note, Degrassi: Season 11, Part 1 - Buy from Amazon would also be a contender for Pick of the Week, but the full season set will likely be significantly cheaper on a price-per-minute basis. More...

Featured TV on DVD Review: True Blood: The Complete Fourth Season

May 28, 2012

When I reviewed the previous season of True Blood, I really enjoyed the show overall, but there were some troubling signs. Much of the show is fantastic; however, the introduction of so many new supernatural elements was troubling. The supernatural elements are what sets this show apart, but by adding to many, it risks going into the realm of self-parody. Does it avoid that pitfall? Or has the show jumped the shark? And if it is the latter, is it a ghost shark? No, they've already done ghosts. Time-traveling cyborg shark. More...

Featured TV on DVD Review: Degrassi: Season 11, Part 1

May 27, 2012

The fourth installment of the Degrassi franchise begins its second decade on the air with Season 11. The first half of the season comes out on DVD this week, and as with most seasons, the name of the game is change. As the characters get older, some characters graduate and leave Degrassi High School, others arrive as new students. Relationships begin and end. Do these changes help the show maintain its high quality level? Or does it start to unravel? More...

Weekend Estimates: Men in Black Finally Topples Avengers

May 27, 2012

The Avengers vice-like grip on the top reaches of the box office chart will finally be loosened, according to studio estimates released on Sunday. Men in Black 3 is set for a 3-day haul of about $55 million according to Sony Pictures, which will comfortably give it the crown over Avengers' fourth weekend $37 million. The superhero pic will pass $500 million in the process and set a new record as the fastest film to reach that landmark, ahead of Avatar's 32 days. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Goon

May 27, 2012

There are a lot of people who described Goon as the best hockey movie since Slap Shot. Although it is not all that impressive when you look into it, as there haven't been a whole lot of hockey movies made in the past 35 years. Only one of them, Miracle, is both well-known and earned good reviews. (The Rocket is the best hockey movie of the last three decades, but very few people have seen it.) On the other hand, Goon certainly has a lot more in common with Slap Shot, but can it live up to that film's legacy? And is the DVD or Blu-ray worth picking up? More...

Featured DVD Review: Something's Cooking

May 26, 2012

When I got a chance to review Something's Cooking, a.k.a., La Cucina, I jumped at the chance, because it starred Christina Hendricks. I've been a fan of her since I first saw her on Firefly. However, I was a little worried the DVD cover was a little more than a marketing plot. It wouldn't be the first time an actor had a breakout role (Mad Men for Christina Hendricks) and some studio released their earlier films where they were only supporting actors. Is that the case here? Regardless, can the film thrive on its own merits? More...

Limited Releases are (Moon) Rising

May 25, 2012

It should be a strong week on the limited release front. Not only are there a number of releases, but four of them are earning overwhelmingly positive reviews. Granted, not all four of them have a great shot at mainstream success. OC87 is earning perfect reviews so far, but it is a documentary about a man with mental illnesses, and that screams art house circuit. Oslo, 31 August is earning nearly perfect reviews, but it is a Norwegian film and those movies don't have a large built in audience, not even on the art house circuit. The Intouchables has made $300 million internationally and French films do have a built in audience, at least compared to other foreign language films. Moonrise Kingdom has amazing reviews, a proven director, and an impressive ensemble cast. If I were a betting man, I would put money on this movie. More...

Contest: Fairy and Balanced

May 25, 2012

Snow White and the Huntsman is the only wide release next week, although that's a recent change. Piranha 3DD was supposed to open wide, but that's changed to a limited release. Because of this, it is the only choice for target film for this week's box office prediction contest. And because our target film is a fairytale adventure, so is the main prize. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for Snow White and the Huntsman. 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 Dora the Explorer: Dora's Storybook Adventure 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 a copy of The Backyardigans: Robin Hood the Clean on DVD. 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: Lexx: Season Two

May 25, 2012

I previously reviewed Season Three and Four of Lexx and this week I get to Season Two. It was released after Three and Four, while the screener arrived a little late. I mentioned that season three was my favorite of the three episodic seasons (although I do like the two two-part mini-series that make up season one the best overall). So while Season Two isn't the best, is it still worth picking up for fans? Or did it take too long for the show to find its legs? More...

Weekend Predictions: Will Men in Black Bring in the Green?

May 24, 2012

It looks like The Avengers run on top will finally come to an end this weekend with the release of Men in Black 3. It better. If The Avengers earns more during its fourth weekend of release than MiB3 opens with, then the overall box office will be in such serious trouble that I don't even want to talk about it. So the number one film shouldn't be in doubt, but there are still some questions to ask. Will Men in Black 3 live up to the previous two installments in the franchise? I am quite confident it will. However, in order for 2012 to earn the win on the year-over-year comparison, it will need to match The Hangover 2, which opened this weekend last year. I'm not very confident it will do that, to be very generous. Even if it manages the minor miracle needed to reach that level, there's still Kung Fu Panda 2 to deal with and the only other new release, Chernobyl Diaries, won't come anywhere close to that film's debut. It's probably going to be a really bad weekend at the box office. More...

International Box Office: Avengers Crack Top Five All-Time

May 23, 2012

The Avengers remained on top of the international chart for the fourth weekend in a row and that helped it reach fourth place on the all time worldwide chart. Over the weekend it pulled in $59.1 million giving it totals of $726.4 million internationally and $1.18 billion worldwide. To put this into perspective, if the film had earned $700 million worldwide, it would have been considered a smash hit and it would have broken even before the home market. The film was pushed into second place in the U.K. with $4.45 million on 496 screens over the weekend, but it has $71.11 million in that market, making it the film's biggest single intentional market. China is right behind with $69.3 million. It has also topped $50 million in Mexico ($3.27 million on 1,757 screens over the weekend for a total of $53.53 million) and in Brazil ($5.40 million on 915 screens over the weekend for a total of $50.49 million). The film has yet to open in Japan and by the time it does, it will likely have overtaken Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II for third place on the all-time chart. More...

Blu-ray Sales: Underworld Reaches for the Sky

May 23, 2012

The same four new releases that charted on the DVD sales chart also charted on the Blu-ray sales chart this week, with just one addition. (And that one addition is actually related to the top film.) Leading the way was Underworld: Awakening, which earned $11.77 million from 590,000 units sold. Its opening week Blu-ray share was 56%, which is becoming commonplace for action films. More...

Contest: Winning the Battle: Winning Announcement

May 23, 2012

The winners of our Winning the Battle contest were determined and they are... More...

Per Theater Chart: Nothing Left to Avenge

May 23, 2012

The Avengers was the only film to reach the $10,000 mark on the per theater chart earning an average of $13,096. Elena probably would have earned a spot in the $10,000 club had it not opened on Wednesday. It earned $9,035 in one theater over the weekend, but $13,240 over its five-day opening. More...

DVD Sales: Unbreakable Vow

May 23, 2012

There was a weird mix of new releases and ancient holdovers on the top of the DVD sales chart this week. (Maybe "ancient" is overstating things.) Leading the way was The Vow with an impressive opening week sales of 810,000 units / $13.76 million. Given its domestic box office numbers, this is a great start and it is likely already profitable. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for May 22nd, 2012

May 22, 2012

It's a strange week on the home market. There are not a lot of films on this week's list, but there are more first run releases than normal, while we are also moving into the summer TV schedule, so a lot of those shows are getting home market releases this week, in preparation for their upcoming seasons. The list is top-heavy, not very deep, and lacks contenders for for Pick of the Week. The Secret World of Arrietty is the best release and the Blu-ray looks amazing, but there are not a lot of extras to be found. Likewise, Sherlock: Season Two is a great show, but the DVD and Blu-ray don't have a lot of extras, plus the price-per-minute is rather high for a TV on DVD release. I have high hopes for The Woman in Black, but the screener is late. In the end I'm going with The Secret World of Arrietty, but the other two are Honorable Mentions. More...

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: The Secret World of Arrietty

May 21, 2012

2012 has been an excellent year for movies. Not only have we had far more hits than most years past, we've also had a lot more high quality movies than we normally have at this time of year. One of the very early releases that pleased critics was The Secret World of Arrietty, which is the latest from Studio Ghibli, which is one of the best animation studios in the world. It's no surprise the film earned critical praise, but it wasn't able to find breakout success at the box office. (Anime films rarely open truly wide, so this is not a surprise.) Should moviegoers give it a shot now that it is out on the home market? Should fans of the genre in general or of Studio Ghibli's past work in particular pick it up? More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Battleship Mothballed

May 21, 2012

The Avengers continued its monster run and it crushed Battleship, The Dictator, and What to Expect When You're Expecting. In fact, The Avengers made more than the three new releases made combined. This is partially due to the film's strong hold, but in large part due to the newcomers' weaknesses, and this led to a 16% decline from last week to $143 million. Unfortunately, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides didn't show this weakness when it opened and the overall box office was a 15% lower than this weekend last year. 2012 still has a massive 16% lead over 2011 at $4.03 billion to $3.49 billion. Hopefully this is just a momentary blip and 2012 gets back to its winning ways very soon. More...

Final Weekend Numbers, New DVD, Blu-ray Sales Charts

May 21, 2012

Final weekend numbers for all studios reporting:

- 3-Day Weekend Chart
- Friday daily numbers
- Saturday daily numbers
- Sunday daily numbers

- The Vow beats Underworld on the DVD sales chart
- Underworld gets its revenge on the Blu-ray sales chart

Notes: We are now publishing our weekend and daily charts with updates as they are received from the studios. Most major studios, and many independent distributors report by about 1pm, Pacific Time, on Monday and final numbers are available by 3.30pm. To be included in our charts, please send box office reports and release schedule updates to bodata@the-numbers.com. More...

Featured DVD Review: Black Cobra

May 21, 2012

Low-budget action films that come out direct-to-DVD are a dime a dozen. They are arguably the most common genre out there, because in some ways, they are even easier to make than low-budget horror films. (You don't need as much money to make the special effects. Of course, you need lead actors that can fight, so that balances out the difficulty level somewhat.) So many are made that it is nearly impossible for any to stand out and almost none have any advanced buzz. This is certainly the case with Black Cobra, which arrived on my desk unannounced. It is going to be one of those rare wins? Or is it a movie destined for the bargain bin? More...

Featured DVD Review: Get Over It

May 21, 2012

High school comedies are a rather common genre in movies. They are rarely major hits, but because they are limited in scale, don't have expensive special effects, and hire up-and-coming actors instead of A-listers, they usually cost a fraction of what the average film costs. Some of these films can become lasting parts of the movie culture. Other times they are forgotten. Get Over It is mostly forgotten. Does it deserve this fate? Or should fans of the genre give it a try, now that it is coming out on a bargain DVD? More...

Weekend Estimates: Avengers Sink Battleship

May 20, 2012

The Avengers will continue as the undisputed hit of the Summer this weekend, as it has proved to be too much competition for another contender. After defeating Dark Shadows last weekend, the superhero movie has crushed Battleship in its domestic debut. The nautical action movie will earn an estimated $25.35 million this weekend, according to Universal, a drop in its $209 million (according to the studio) production budget. With $55 million, Avengers will pass $450 million in its 17th day in release, marking another record. More...

Featured DVD Review: Daltry Calhoun

May 20, 2012

When Daltry Calhoun was made, Johnny Knoxville was most famous for being the host / star / biggest idiot of Jackass, the TV show. He had made a number of movies, but none had earned overall positive reviews. (He was mostly a supporting character in these movies, so you couldn't blame him for this.) There was some buzz that this film would finally break that streak, especially with Quentin Tarantino acting as producer, but it was not to be. In fact, for a while, it was his worst reviewed film. Looking back, is it really that bad? Or does it have enough positive qualities to at least be worth a rental? More...

Featured DVD Review: Fox Triple-Shot

May 19, 2012

Fox and MGM have been using Amazon's MakeSpace program to release a number of lesser known films from their back catalog. At the end of March, the latest wave of movies was released, and while it took a while for the screeners to get to me, they finally did. The screeners that arrived were for Number One With a Bullet, Sinful Davey, and Wanda Nevada. Like all of these films released under this program, they are mostly unknown today. Are any of these forgotten gems? Or should they remain forgotten? More...

Guiding Limited Releases

May 18, 2012

It could be a bad week for limited releases. There are a number of films that are opening this week that earned more buzz than most limited releases earn, but almost all of them have really bad reviews. The one I'm most interested in is Indie Game: The Movie, which is currently earning 100% positive reviews, but I'm not sure there are enough fans of Indie games to support the film in theaters. Likewise, Polisse and Quill: Life of a Guide Dog are earning great reviews, but foreign language films rarely expand wide enough to earn some measure of mainstream success. Maybe one of them will prove to be the exception. More...

Contest: Three for Three

May 18, 2012

Next week Men in Black 3 opens up in an estimated 4000 theaters. There are some reporting that this film is the most expensive movie in the history of movies costing an incredible $375 million to get to theaters (the breakdown is $250 million to make and $125 million in global prints and advertising). Will it earn enough to pay for that? The consensus is no. However, it could still open with $100 million over the long weekend and should have no trouble finishing in first place. (Although, we are only interested in the Friday through Sunday weekend.) Regardless of whether or not it breaks even or costs Sony a ton of money, it is the target film in this week's box office prediction contest and to celebrate Men in Black 3, we have three $25 coupons for Shirts.com. In order to win, one must simply predict the opening weekend box office number for Men in Black 3. Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win the first $25 coupon for T-Shirts.com. Meanwhile, whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going under, will win the second $25 coupon for T-Shirts.com. And finally, one additional entrant will be chosen and they will win the final $25 coupon for T-Shirts.com. Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

Weekend Predictions: Avengers Look to Complete the Hat Trick

May 17, 2012

For the first time all month, there is more than one new release coming out. However, despite this, it looks like The Avengers will still reign on top of the box office chart. Only Battleship has a real shot at beating it, while The Dictator and What to Expect When You're Expecting combined probably won't make as much as The Avengers will over the weekend. This is a little worrisome, as last year saw the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which opened with $90 million. There's almost no chance any film will make that much this weekend. In fact, the top two films might not make that much combined. So will 2012 lose on the year-over-year comparison? Probably not, as this year has a little more depth. It could be uncomfortably close though. More...

International Box Office: Avengers are Billionaires

May 16, 2012

The Avengers reached the $1 billion worldwide milestone in a mere 19 days, tying the record set by Avatar and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II. However, this is even more impressive, as The Avengers opened domestically one week later than it opened internationally. Over the weekend the film added $93.8 million on 17,104 screens in 54 markets for totals of $635.1 million internationally and $1.01 billion worldwide. It is the first Marvel film to reach this milestone, but amazingly the fifth Disney movie to do so. There have only been twelve films to reach $1 billion worldwide, and Disney have made five of them. More...

Blu-ray Sales: New Releases Go Haywire

May 16, 2012

We are in the slowest time of year on the home market, and it is really showing on the Blu-ray sales chart. There were only three new releases to place on the Blu-ray sales chart this week, and only one of them earned a respectable opening week Blu-ray share. Haywire opened in first place with 185,000 units / $3.69 million giving it a Blu-ray share of 49%. That's a solid percentage for a film that struggled to find an audience in theaters. More...

Contest: Hiding in the Shadows: Winning Announcement

May 15, 2012

The winners of our Hiding in the Shadows were determined and they are... More...

Per Theater Chart: New Releases Are Overshadowed

May 15, 2012

No new releases managed to earn a spot in the $10,000 club on this week's per theater chart. That doesn't mean it was empty, as The Avengers remained potent with an average of $23,696 during its second weekend of release. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was arguably even more impressive, as it expanded into more than 150 additional theaters, but its per theater average only fell to $15,012. It did well enough to grab eighth place overall, and with this average, it will certainly expand more. On the other hand, the best new release was Dark Shadows with an average of $7,906. This is good, but not great. The best limited release was Girl in Progress. That was was playing in more than 300 theaters and managed an average of $4,298. That's a good start, but I don't think it will expand greatly. More...

DVD Sales: New Year's Eve Makes a Joyful Noise on the Home Market

May 15, 2012

New releases dominated the top of the DVD sales chart this week. This includes two films that could make a claim for first place: Joyful Noise and New Year's Eve. Joyful Noise led the way in terms of units at 399,000 units to 390,000 units, but New Year's Eve led the way in terms of raw dollars at $7.02 million to $6.38 million. Given their respective production budgets, this is a good start on the home market. More...

Weekend Wrap-Up: Avengers Begin New Century Club

May 15, 2012

For the first time ever, a film earned more than $100 million during its sophomore stint. The Avengers again led the way at the box office and again broke records. It wasn't all good news as Dark Shadows missed modest expectations and the overall box office slid 34% from last weekend to $171 million. That is still 22% higher than the same weekend last year, while 2012's lead over 2011 grew to 17.5% at $3.83 billion to $3.26 billion. I don't know how long The Avengers can keep 2012 ahead in the year-over-year comparison, but it sure is helping build up its lead in the short term. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for May 15th, 2012

May 14, 2012

It's not a bad week, for this time of year, with three films that are selling well, and two of those earned really good reviews. Unfortunately, I'm still waiting for those screeners. Also, after those three big releases, there's a sharp drop-off in sales strength and we quickly find releases that would be overlooked most weeks. As for the best of the best, both Chronicle and The Grey are contenders for Pick of the Week, but like I said, I don't have the screeners to judge the extras. Therefore, I'm giving that title to Being John Malkovich Criterion Collection Blu-ray. More...

Final Weekend Numbers, DVD Sales Chart

May 14, 2012

Final weekend numbers for all studios reporting:

- 3-Day Weekend Chart
- Friday daily numbers
- Saturday daily numbers
- Sunday daily numbers

- Joyful Noise tops DVD sales chart More...

Featured DVD / Blu-ray Review: Albert Nobbs

May 14, 2012

Albert Nobbs was made to win awards. I don't think it is a stretch to make that claim. It was released in late December, it is a period piece, it gives its lead a daring role to play. However, while it was made to win awards, its record during Awards Season was mixed. It did pick up a number of major nominations, mostly for the performances by Glenn Close and Janet McTeer. However, it came up empty handed during awards night. Did the movie deserve to do better? Or was it a couple good performances in an otherwise mediocre movie? More...

Featured TV on DVD Review: The Universe: Season Six

May 13, 2012

So much for my review for The Complete Series. Fans of The Universe were happy the show got a sixth season when it looked like the show was over for good, but after half a decade, have they run out of interesting topics? More...

Weekend Estimates: Avengers Piles on the Records

May 13, 2012

A second-weekend drop-off of 50% for a major release is considered a very respectable performance these days. But when it occurs for a film that opened with over $200 million, that puts the performance into a different league. Those legs will mean The Avengers will cruise to another major record this record, with its predicted $103.2 million the biggest second weekend in history. The film will have $373 million by the close of the day on Sunday, according to Disney, and about $1 billion worldwide. More...

Featured TV on DVD Review: The War

May 13, 2012

I previously reviewed a previous release of Ken Burns' documentary, The War. Although it is a difficult mini-series to review, as calling it a, "Ken Burns' documentary" is not only a description, it is also a review in itself. If you know Ken Burns' style, you know exactly what you are getting with this film. But how well will it make the transition to high definition? That's the important question. More...

Contest: Winning the Battle

May 11, 2012

Next week is the busiest week of the month with three wide releases. However, The Dictator is opening on Wednesday while What to Expect When You're Expecting is strictly counter-programing, which leaves Battleship as the obvious choice for 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 Battleship. 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 Bob's Burgers: Season One 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 Strawberry Shortcake: Bright Lights Big Dreams on DVD. Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay! More...

God Bless Limited Releases

May 10, 2012

God Bless America is one of four limited releases opening in more than ten theaters this weekend, but of those four films, it is the only one earning overall positive reviews. In fact, it is one of only four films on this week's list earning overall positive reviews. The others are I Wish, Nobody Else But You, and Sleepless Night, all three of which are foreign language films, which tends to limit box office potential. Hopefully one will have breakout success, otherwise, new releases might not show a lot of strength on the per theater chart this week. More...

Weekend Predictions: Avengers Overshadows New Releases

May 10, 2012

There is one wide release this week, Dark Shadows, plus a busy slate of limited releases. However, the only film most people are talking about is The Avengers. There is a chance that by the end of business this weekend, it will be the biggest hit of the year, overtaking The Hunger Games. Even if Dark Shadows makes $50 million over the weekend, it will be a mere footnote at the box office compared to The Avengers' sophomore stint. Dark Shadows probably won't match the combined openings of last year's two wide releases, Bridemaids and Priest 3D (about $41 million), but it could be close. However, since there are some that are predicting The Avengers will earn more than last year's top five earned (about $110 million), 2012 should easily walk away with the win. More...

International Box Office: Avengers were Hungry for More

May 9, 2012

The Avengers crushed the competition on the international chart this week and held on so well that it became the biggest hit on the worldwide chart for 2012, overtaking The Hunger Games. Over the weekend it managed $151.5 million on 12,410 screens in 52 markets for totals of $475.8 million internationally and $683.2 million worldwide. It just pushed Forrest Gump out of the top 50 on the All Time chart and is climbing the ranks quickly. By the end of business on Monday, it had topped $700 million worldwide and will be fighting for a spot in the top 40 before the weekend begins. More...

Contest: Prizes Assemble: Winning Announcement

May 9, 2012

The winners of our Prizes Assemble were determined and they are... More...

IMAX Can't Contain the Avengers

May 8, 2012

As expected, The Avengers was huge on IMAX during its opening weekend breaking numerous records. Domestically, it made $15.3 million in 275 IMAX theaters, which just overtook Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II's record. It could have earned more, but they ran out of tickets. It also expanded internationally adding 80 more theaters earning $6.1 million on 176 theaters over the weekend for a total international haul of $16 million. Its three-day global take of $21.4 million was another record, while its running tally of $31.3 million worldwide is more than enough to cover the expense of converting it via DMR. The film has yet to open in Japan, as well as some other markets, so it should continue to do well this weekend. More...

Avengers are the Best on the Per Theater Chart

May 8, 2012

The Avengers opened on top of the per theater chart with a record-breaking average of $47,698. This is the highest ever for a number one film. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was in second place with an average of $27,298 in 27 theaters. It should have little trouble expanding. Last week's winner, Bernie, slipped to third place with an average of $17,568 in five theaters. It too should expand. More...

Blu-ray Sales: Contraband Can't Hide at the Top

May 8, 2012

There were only two new releases to earn a spot on the Blu-ray sales chart, but one of them, Contraband, took top spot on the chart. The film sold 510,000 units / $10.19 million giving it an opening week Blu-ray share of 52%. At this point, any action film that doesn't open with a 50% Blu-ray share should be considered a disappointment. More...

DVD Sales: Contraband Smuggled to the Top

May 8, 2012

Contraband benefited from a really weak slate of new releases and this helped it earn first place on the DVD sales chart. During its first week of release, it sold 470,000 units and generated $7.52 million, which is good given its box office numbers. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for May 8th, 2012

May 7, 2012

It's yet another very slow week on the home market. Boy, I feel like a broken record saying that every week, but it is true. It's especially true this week, as I'm having trouble picking out any release that is worth of Pick of the Week. In the end I went with a Doctor Who release. There are three of them coming out this week, but Story 153: The Happiness Patrol is the only one that is truly good, as opposed to the other two, which are weak installments that have a few fans that defend them. More...

Weekend Wrap-up: Avengers Assemble a New Record Book

May 7, 2012

Expectations for The Avengers were high, record-breakingly high among some people. However, as high as they were, reality was higher. Records were not just broken, but destroyed beyond recognition. The overall box office was in the top five combined biggest weekends with $258 million, which was 134% higher than last weekend. 134%. It was 55% higher than the same weekend last year. Like I've said before, this kind of year-over-year change usually only happens when there is a misalignment in holidays. The victory erases all of the losses from April, and then some, giving 2012 a $500 million lead over 2011 at $3.58 billion to $3.08 billion. This is an amazing start for the summer and with with roughly 25 million people seeing movies this weekend, upcoming films got a ton of free publicity and added hype. More...

Featured DVD / Blu-ray Review: Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie

May 7, 2012

Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie is the second feature-length film based on an Adult Swim TV series. The first was Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters. I liked that movie, certainly more than the average critic, but it is rare for a sketch comedy show to make the leap to theaters successfully. Will Billion Dollar Movie be one of the rare exceptions? Or should they have stuck with the TV show? More...

Final Weekend Numbers: Avengers $207,438,708 Official Weekend Total

May 7, 2012

Disney have posted the official weekend total for The Avengers, and it's even better than Sunday's projection. The film officially earned $207,438,708 over the weekend.

Final weekend numbers for all studios reporting:

- 3-Day Weekend Chart
- Friday daily numbers
- Saturday daily numbers
- Sunday daily numbers

- Contraband tops new DVD sales chart

Notes: We are now publishing our weekend and daily charts with updates as they are received from the studios. Most major studios, and many independent distributors report by about 1pm, Pacific Time, on Monday and final numbers are available by 3.30pm. To be included in our charts, please send box office reports and release schedule updates to bodata@the-numbers.com. More...

Featured DVD / Blu-ray Review: Playback

May 6, 2012

Playback is a horror film that opened in limited release in March. As I've said many times, horror films rarely do well in limited release. It also opened Video on Demand ahead of its theatrical release, so expectations were low at the box office. They weren't as low as $264. Is the movie really that bad? Or will fans of the genre find something worth checking out here? More...

Featured DVD Review: Girl Fight

May 6, 2012

Girl Fight is the name of a Lifetime original movie that was inspired by real life events. Lifetime original movies based on real life events tend to have a poor reputation. The term, "Melodramatic", and all of its negative connotations come to mind. However, this film earned a DGA nomination. Is that a good sign? Or should I avoid getting my hopes up? More...

Weekend Estimates: Avengers Shatters All-Time Record

May 6, 2012

Marvel's The Avengers will shatter the all-time weekend record, according to Disney's Sunday estimate. Based on current sales, the film is projected to earn an extraordinary $200.3 million Friday-Sunday, setting a new benchmark for what's possible in the space of three days. It has also already broken the record for best-ever Saturday, with $69.7 million, per Disney, and they project it will have the best ever Sunday too, at around $50 million. That last figure is $7 million ahead of The Dark Knight, which is the only film previously to make over $40 million on a Sunday. That number is not a huge stretch, but could prove to be a bit high, and a final weekend figure just shy of $200 million is definitely still a possibility. Either way, the film will reach $200 million in three or four days, handily beating the five days taken by Deathly Hallows: Part II, The Dark Knight and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. The exact number isn't too much to worry about though, this is a great weekend.

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Featured DVD Review: Sleeping Beauty

May 5, 2012

Before Sleeping Beauty opened here, there was quite a lot of buzz, at least when compared to most limited releases. However, critics were evenly split on the film, literally, and it currently holds a Tomatometer Score of exactly 50% positive. It struggled during its opening weekend and quickly exited theaters after that. It came out on on the home market a little while ago and the screener finally arrived. On what side of this close debate will I land on? More...

Featured DVD Review: House of Pleasures

May 5, 2012

House of Pleasures opened domestically last November, right during the heart of Awards season. It earned great reviews, but competition at that time of year is really tough and it never found an audience in theaters. Now that it is out on the home market, will it perform better? Or is it too "Art House" for wider audiences? More...

The Best Exotic Limited Releases

May 4, 2012

It's a good week for limited releases, mostly because it is the week The Best-Exotic Marigold Hotel comes out. Given its international run, its chances at success on the domestic front are very strong. There are a couple other new releases that I'm cautiously optimistic about: Death of a Superhero and First Position. Perhaps summer will get off to a strong start on the limited release front as well as the wide release front. More...

Contest: Hiding in the Shadows

May 4, 2012

The only wide release opening next weekend is Dark Shadows, which could be a huge hit, or one of Tim Burton's rare misses. (I'm a little worried it might be a little too strange for mainstream audiences and it could have a Sweeney Todd-like run.) Despite my concerns, 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 Dark Shadows. 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 Spongebob Squarepants: Vs. The Big One on DVD, which features Johnny Depp. 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 Spongebob Squarepants: Runaway Roadtrip 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 Box Office Records Be Avenged?

May 3, 2012

The Avengers. That's all that really matters. The Avengers has no competition from any film playing this weekend and will finish in first place by a margin of well over $100 million. It has no competition with any film that opened last year and it might beat Thor's opening by $100 million. Its only real competition comes from The Hunger Games for biggest opening of the year at $152.54 million, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, for Biggest Opening of All Time. More...

International Box Office: Avengers are Marvelous

May 3, 2012

The weekend international numbers came in a little late for two main reasons. Firstly, it was May Day. In North America the normal reaction to that is, "Huh?" (My knowledge of the holiday is limited to a joke on Red Dwarf.) But internationally, it's a pretty big deal. Secondly, it takes a long time to count to $200 million, which what The Avengers made. Technically, it made $185.1 million on 12,152 screens in 39 markets over the weekend, for a total opening of $218.2 million. To put this into perspective, this is more than Captain America made in total on the international scene, as well as both of the Hulk films. It is possible that the film will reach $300 million internationally by the end of business on Thursday, while by the end of this weekend, it will be one of the biggest hits Marvel has produced. More...

Contest: Engage the Competition: Winning Announcement

May 3, 2012

The winners of our Engage the Competitioncontest were determined and they are... More...

IMAX: Quarterly Report Released In Advance of Avengers

May 2, 2012

While there were no weekend box office numbers announced by IMAX, their first quarterly report for 2012 came out this week and the news was good. The box office nearly doubled to $121.7 million, while revenue increased to $55.6 million. They also added 8 more new theaters to IMAX and upgraded 10 others. They will need as many theaters as they can get for The Avengers, which opens this Friday on 275 theaters domestically and 451 worldwide. More...

Bernie Buried the Competition on the Per Theater Chart

May 2, 2012

Bernie got off to an unexpectedly strong start with an average of $28,602 in three theaters. With 82% positive reviews, it should have strong enough word-of-mouth to expand significantly. Headhunters was the only other film in the $10,000 club earning an average of $10,753 in four theaters. As a foreign language film, it will have more trouble expanding. More...

Blu-ray Sales: Mission did the Impossible

May 2, 2012

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol led all new releases topping the Blu-ray sales chart with an impressive debut of 1.34 million units / $29.51 million. Its opening week Blu-ray share was an outstanding 67%. As a result of this fantastic opening, I'm making a bold prediction. By the end of the year, a summer blockbuster will open with a Blu-ray share of 75%. More...

DVD Sales: Mission Disavowed on DVD

May 2, 2012

There were not a lot of new releases to reach the top 30 on the DVD sales chart this week and only one of them reached the top five. We did have a new number one film, as Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol easily topped the chart with 661,000 units / $10.24 million. This is a disappointing start for a film that made $200 million in theaters. Fortunately, it did better on Blu-ray. More...

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for May 1st, 2012

May 1, 2012

It's yet another very slow week on the home market. In fact, all of May is very slow on the home market, although this is not surprising for this time of year. I'm not even going to attempt to pad out the list this week. Is there anything in contention for Pick of the Week? Fortunately, the answer to that is yes. Unfortunately, the screener is late. Normally I really don't like awarding Pick of the Week to a film when the screener is late, but in this case, Haywire is head and shoulders above the rest, so unless the Blu-ray has less than zero special features, it's the best out there. More...

Featured Blu-ray Review: Mimic Franchise Collection

May 1, 2012

Mimic came out in 1997 and marked the English-language debut of Guillermo Del Toro. The film earned a solid profit and respectable reviews, enough to generate two direct-to-DVD sequels. However, Guillermo Del Toro wasn't with the theatrical cut and late last year he finally got a chance to release a Director's Cut. That screener never arrived, but this week a complete franchise collection hit my desk. Did the changes improve the original film? And are the two sequels worth checking out? More...

2012 Preview: May

May 1, 2012

There's good news / bad news going forward into May. First the bad news, April was really weak. It was weak compared to the previous month and weak compared to last year. For the first time all year, we had losses for a month on the year-over-year comparison. As for the good news... it could have been worse? Maybe there wasn't good news with regards to April, but there is certainly good news going forward. Every weekend in May has at least one film with the potential to hit $100 million, while there are a couple that could hit $200 million, and one that, pie in the sky, could reach $400 million. That one film is The Avengers, or as it is officially called, Marvel's The Avengers. I guess they don't want people reminded of the 1998 TV adaptation. While there are four films that should reach $100 million, there are only three other films opening wide, maybe two, maybe four. (More sources have Chernobyl Diaries opening wide than in limited release, but it is not a sure thing either way. Meanwhile, the opposite is true for LOL.) Additionally, there are a couple films opening in limited release this month with a real potential to expand wide: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and God Bless America. By comparison, last year had no film reach $300 million, but it had five films reach $100 million. If we are going to earn the win this year, we need strength from the top. More...