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DVD and Blu-ray Releases for September 4th, 2012

2012-09-03

This week is again loaded with TV on DVD releases, including several in the top best sellers according to Amazon.com. The best TV on DVD release in terms of comedy is 2 Broke Girls: Season One on DVD or Blu-ray, while Person of Interest: Season One on DVD or Blu-ray is the best TV on DVD release as far as the dramas are concerned. Both are contenders for Pick of the Week, but neither quite gets there. The Five-Year Engagement on Blu-ray Combo Pack comes a little close, but in the end I went with Headhunters on DVD or Blu-ray. Just keep an eye on the price of the Blu-ray.

Blu-ray Sales: War Horse wins by a Nose

2012-04-18

This is becoming a pattern on the Blu-ray sales chart. Just like it has been for the past few weeks, new releases were soft. Granted, War Horse did top the Blu-ray sales chart, but with just 314,000 units / $7.84 million. Its opening week Blu-ray share was 36%, which is about average for the format.

2012 Awards Season: Will SAG Help Predict the Oscars?

2012-01-29

The SAG awards were announced on Sunday night, and there were a couple surprises among the theatrical categories. Arguably the biggest surprise of the night was the overall strength of The Help, which earned three wins and it was the only film to win more than once. As for the rest of the winners...

2012 Awards Season: Hugo and The Artist Compete for Oscar Glory

2012-01-24

Yesterday was one of the biggest days during Awards Season as The Oscar nominations were announced in the morning. It was a two horse race for top spot as far as the big winners are concerned. Hugo earned the most nominations with eleven, while The Artist was right behind with ten. However, one could argue The Artist is the bigger winner, as more of its nominations were in the more prestigious categories.

Blu-ray Sales: Overall Sales are in Remission

2012-01-19

The Blu-ray sales chart was both busy and slow this week. On the one hand, there were five new releases that charted this week, including three in the top ten. On the other hand, only one of those new releases, Contagion, did any significant business. It was able to sell 274,000 units while generating $4.93 million in revenue, giving it an opening week Blu-ray share of 40%. That's a very good share for a drama, but its overall home market run is disappointing.

Blu-ray Sales: New Releases Fail to Arrive on Top

2012-01-11

Rise of the Planet of the Apes returned to the top of the Blu-ray sales chart with 390,000 units / $5.84 million over the week for totals of 1.59 million units / $33.76 million after three.

DVD Sales: Brand New Year, Same Old DVDs

2012-01-10

There wasn't a lot of activity on this week's DVD sales chart. There were just two new releases that reached the top 30, neither of them reached the top five. In fact, there was only one film in the top five this week that was wasn't in the top five last week. The Hangover II remained in first place with 298,000 units / $2.96 million for the week giving it total sales of 2.91 million units / $38.35 million, after a month of release.

Blu-ray Sales: Harry Potter and the Century Mark

2012-01-06

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 climbed into first place on the Blu-ray sales chart with 232,000 units / $4.63 million over the week for a total of 4.79 million units / $102.50 million after seven weeks of release. It became only the third Blu-ray to reach the $100 million milestone.

DVD Sales: Serious Hangover on the DVD Chart

2012-01-04

There were only four new releases to reach the top 30 on this week's DVD sales chart, and only one of those placed in the top five. The Hangover II rose to first place with 521,000 units / $5.20 million for the week and 2.26 million units / $31.22 million after three. This is barely more than half what the original sold during its first week of release.

Blu-ray Sales: Apes Rise, Blu-rays Fall

2011-12-29

Rise of the Planet of the Apes led the way on the Blu-ray sales chart, but with only a few new releases that managed to chart, the overall sales were weak. Planet of the Apes sold 675,000 units generating $15.59 million. Its opening week Blu-ray share was 49%, which was good compared to the average of the format, but weak for the genre. Last minute Christmas sales may have resulted in deeper discounts for DVDs than Blu-rays, at least as a percentage, which could be a mitigating factor.

DVD Sales: Apes Conquer Pandas

2011-12-27

Only a trio of new releases were able to reach the top 30 on this week's DVD sales chart. However, this includes the top two spots. Rise of the Planet of the Apes earned first place with 716,000 units / $13.46 million. It's opening was a little weaker than we would like to see when compared to its theatrical run, but it should be better on Blu-ray.

Blu-ray Sales: Hanging Out on Top

2011-12-21

The Hangover II was the first of three new releases on top of this week's Blu-ray sales chart, selling 951,000 units while generating $16.89 million. Its opening week Blu-ray share was 42%, which was good for a comedy.

Awards Season: SAG Spreads the Love

2011-12-15

The SAG nominations were handed out this week, and while The Help led the way with four nods, it wasn't the only film that earned multiple nominations.

Blu-ray Sales: High Definition Looking Blue

2011-12-15

The Smurfs led a group of five new releases on the Blu-ray sales chart earning first place in the process. It sold 355,000 units while generating $8.88 million during its first week on the home market, which represents 42% of all units sold. That's a very strong opening week Blu-ray ratio for a live action kids movie.

DVD Sales: Smurfs Start the Final Stretch in Style

2011-12-13

We are in the final stretch for the Christmas shopping season, but there are still few more summer blockbusters coming out from now till Christmas week. This time around, there were half a dozen new releases on this week's DVD sales chart, led by The Smurfs with 491,000 units / $8.34 million. For a kids' film that sold more than $140 million in tickets, this is slow start.

Blu-ray Sales: Top of the Chart Looks Super

2011-12-08

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 and Super 8 had legitimate claim to top spot in this week's Blu-ray sales chart. The holdover sold more units at 550,000 units to 503,000 units, but the newcomer led the way in revenue at $11.49 million to $9.89 million. That represented an opening week Blu-ray ratio of 55%, which should make the studio happy. Also of note this week, the final Harry Potter release became the best selling Blu-ray of the year with 3.95 million units sold and $86.16 million in total revenue so far.

DVD Sales: Cars 2 Retakes Lead Thanks to Black Friday

2011-12-06

Cars 2 returned to top spot on the DVD Sales Chart this week thanks in part to Black Friday sales. Over the week it sold 1.06 million units, lifting its totals to 3.86 million units / $61.14 million putting into fourth place for 2011.

Blu-ray Sales: Harry Potter Powers It's Way to the Top

2011-11-30

The Harry Potter franchise held three of the top four spots on this week's Blu-ray sales chart with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 earning top spot with 1.29 million units / $28.83 million during its first full week of release for totals 3.40 million units / $76.27 million.

DVD Sales: Harry Potter Stays Ahead of Duo of DVD Debuts

2011-11-30

New releases this week were a little strange. While there were two massive releases, both were in fact released on Blu-ray a month ago. The weak new releases helped Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 lead the way on the DVD sales chart selling 2.38 million units, while generating $35.57 million in revenue. After just two weeks of release, the film has sold 5.21 million units and generated $77.79 million in revenue, placing it third for the year.

2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Part I

2011-11-23

This weekend is Thanksgiving and as always that means Black Friday and Cyber Monday plus 48 hours of shopping in-between. And as always, I've already done my Christmas shopping, for the most part. (I'm still waiting to see if the B.C.Lions win the Grey Cup. If not, I'll need to look for an alternative gift.) For everyone else who is still searching, we present the first part in our annual Holiday Gift Guide. As usual, the gift guide is divided into several sections, starting with Major Movie Releases. These are first run releases, franchise box sets, etc. However, before we get into the individual titles, we will start with an update on...

Blu-ray Sales: High Definition Reaches New Heights

2011-11-23

It was a record-breaking week on Blu-ray as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 made its debut on the home market. That film crushed competition selling 2.71 million units / $60.75 million during its debut, which is even more impressive, as it was released on Friday and not Tuesday. By comparison, Avatar sold 2.55 million units and generated $52.80 million during its debut. (It was also a Friday release, so the comparisons are valid.) Its opening Blu-ray ratio was 49%, which is a little lower than some first run releases have earned. However, I think some of the people who are most likely to buy the films on high definition would either grab the Box Set, or perhaps are waiting for next year's Uber collection. Even without taking into account the box set numbers, the film is instantly in seventh place on the all time chart and, by this time next week, it should be in second place. (It will be a while before Avatar is dethroned).

DVD Sales: Harry Potter has a Lot of Life on the Home Market

2011-11-22

While there were a few new releases on this week's DVD Sale Chart, one of them dominated so thoroughly that the others pale in comparison. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 opened with 2.83 million units sold and $42.22 million in sales. This is about 800,000 more units than Part 1 sold during its first week of release, and it is already in fourth place for the year. And this doesn't take into account the Box Set, which placed 13th with 98,000 units / $4.82 million.

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for November 8th, 2011

2011-11-07

It's a rather mixed week on the home market. Granted, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 is coming out this week, but it doesn't make its home market debut till Friday. Also, after the Harry Potter releases, there's a huge drop in quality. Given the issue with the Harry Potter releases, it's best to wait till next year and grab the ultimate editions. I'm not sure there's anything here that rises to the level of Pick of the Week. In the end I went with Captain America: The First Avenger on Blu-ray Combo Pack, even though it didn't come out this week. However, the screener was late and it is the best release on this week's list.

International Box Office: Smurfy Way to Start September

2011-09-08

The Smurfs started September the same way they ended August, on top of the international chart. Over the weekend the film earned $25.09 million on 8,318 screens in 78 markets for totals of $297.72 million internationally and $429.77 million worldwide. The film opened in first place in the United Arab Emirates with $1.9 million on 37 screens, which was the second best opening in the market this year, behind only Pirates of Caribbean on Stranger Tides. It also earned first place in Sweden with $1.11 million on 128 screens and second place in Norway with $1.05 million on 132. Given its surprising strength over the weekend, getting to $500 million worldwide has become more of a reality.

International Box Office: Quarter Billion Reasons to Say Smurf

2011-09-01

For the third weekend in a row, The Smurfs earned first place on the international chart. This time they pulled in $26.82 million on 9,023 screens in 48 markets for a total of $258.27 million internationally and $384.22 million worldwide. It was a pretty slow weekend in terms of new releases (it earned $739,000 on 137 screens in Denmark) but that changes next weekend with an opening in Japan, while Australia and Italy are also just around the corner. Even if the film had no markets left to open in, it would still get to $300 million internationally and $400 million worldwide, but even with these three major markets, it probably won't hit any other major milestones.

International Box Office: Little Blue Guys Earning Lots of Green

2011-08-24

The Smurfs remained in first place with $35.18 million on 10,737 screens in 47 markets for a total of $211.52 million internationally and $329.07 million worldwide. The film had no major market openings this past weekend, but did add $3.95 million on 504 screens during its third weekend in Brazil and it now has $21.91 million in that market. That's like earning more than $200 million domestically. With openings in Italy, Japan, and Australia still ahead, the film should have no trouble getting to $400 million worldwide, which means it is on pace to earn a profit before the home market.

International Box Office: Tiny Heroes, Huge Box Office

2011-08-18

The Smurfs continued to expand this past weekend and reached first place with $61.48 million on 11,055 screens in 40 markets for a total of $143.23 million internationally. Its biggest opening came in China where it debuted in first place with $13.4 million on 3,110 screens from Wednesday through Sunday. It also opened in first place in Russia with $4.28 million on 662 screens, but had to settle for second place in the U.K. with $6.16 million on 447 and third place in South Korea with $2.07 million on 455 screens over the weekend and $2.42 million in total. It also held on really well in Brazil, down just 21% to $5.34 million on 559 over the weekend for a total of $15.36 million after two.

IMAX Fails to Spark Final

2011-08-16

Final Destination 5 missed expectations overall and so it comes are no surprise that it is not re-writing the record books on IMAX. It pulled in $1.4 million domestically over the weekend. In comparison, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II added $1.1 million domestically and $1.1 million internationally during its fifth weekend of release.

International Box Office: Another Week, Another Potter Milestone

2011-08-10

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 became just the third film in history to reach $800 million internationally, and that wasn't the only big news of the week. Over the weekend, the film pulled in $62.43 million on 14,316 screens in 62 markets for totals of $801.32 million internationally and $1.14 billion worldwide. It is now the highest grossing non-James Cameron film of all time. The film opened with just shy of $30 million in China, which is more than twice the previous film's debut there. In fact, it is about 10% less than the previous film's final box office there. There is a chance Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 will break the century mark in this market. Other big news of the weekend came from the U.K. where it earned $4.61 million on 525 screens for a total of $102.39 million. It's still very rare for films to earn $100 million or more in any individual box office, so this is good news. Its next biggest individual market is Japan at $82.19 million, including $4.76 million on 822 screens this past weekend. Looking forward, the film should have no trouble reaching $900 million internationally and it should top Titanic's international number worldwide.

International Box Office: Potter Breaks $1 Billion Milestone

2011-08-03

It took just 17 days for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 to reach the $1 billion milestone at the worldwide box office, matching a record set by Avatar. Over the weekend it pulled in $65.91 million on 13,156 screens in 61 markets for a total of $698.92 million internationally and $1.02 billion worldwide. It is only the ninth film in history to reach that milestone, but amazingly, it isn't the first, nor is it the last film of the year to do so. The film remained in first place in Germany with $7.93 million on 899 screens over the weekend for a total of $61.70 million after three. It also topped the chart in the U.K. with $7.43 million on 576 screens over the weekend for a total of $90.29 million after three. It was pushed into second place in Japan ($6.93 million on 853 screens over the weekend and $68.74 million in total); France ($5.16 million on 815 screens over the weekend and $44.80 million in total); and in Australia ($4.20 million on 663 screens over the weekend and $48.87 million in total). At this pace, it should overtake Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides before too long, especially since it hasn't opened in China yet. While it has its sights set on the record for biggest worldwide box office for a non-James Cameron film, currently held by Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

IMAX: Double Milestone Weekend

2011-08-03

It was a double milestone weekend for IMAX as both Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II and Transformers: Dark of the Moon crossed $50 million worldwide. The latter still has the lead at $51.6 to $51.2 million; however, the latter earned more over the weekend at $5 million to $3 million, and still has yet to open in China.

DVD Sales: Rango's Appeal Remains Limitless

2011-08-03

During its first full week on the home market, Rango led the weekly DVD sales chart, holding off a few new releases in the process (very few new releases).It sold an additional 621,000 units / $9.93 million during the week for totals of 1.18 million units / $20.43 million after two. That's very close to Gnomeo & Juliet's running tally, and that DVD was released two months ago.

Weekend Wrap-Up: Cowboys Win Close Race

2011-08-01

It was a very, very close race for top spot at box office this weekend with the top two films separated by less than $1 million. In the end, it was Cowboys and Aliens that came out on top, even though it finished on the low end of predictions. However, with The Smurfs earning much more than expected, the overall box office take was a surprisingly brisk $180 million. This was still 6% lower than last weekend, but more importantly, 24% higher than the same weekend last year. Year-to-date, 2011 has brought in $6.42 billion, or about 6% less than last year's pace. With a little luck, 2011 will be able to close that gap a bit more before the end of summer.

Weekend Predictions: Can Cowboys Overtake Captain?

2011-07-28

Summer is starting to wind down and while there are no sure-fire monster hits opening from now until November, there are still a few more potential $100 million hits coming out before we can close the book on the summer. Cowboys and Aliens is one of these films, and while it is clearly the biggest new release of the week, it still has competition from Captain America: The First Avenger during its opening weekend. On the high end, the film could earn more than the combined openings of last year's three wide releases. Even on the low end, it should have no trouble topping last year's number one film. This should help 2011 win over 2010 for the third week in a row, which is enough to be considered a streak.

International Box Office: Potter Powers into Second Place

2011-07-27

After just 12 days of release, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 raced into second place for the year on the international chart with $564.36 million, putting it just ahead of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. This includes its weekend haul of $119.54 million, which was earned on 16,529 screens in 60 markets, while its worldwide total reached $837.90 million, putting it into third place for the year, just behind Dark of the Moon. It is still miles away from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which is nearing $800 million internationally. I'm not saying the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 won't get there, but I'm also unwilling to bet money it will.

IMAX: Deathly Rises, But Not Quite Over the Moon

2011-07-26

There were two films making noise on IMAX this weekend: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The former added $9 million over the weekend for a total of $41.6 million worldwide, and it has yet to open in China. Speaking of China, Dark of the Moon debuted there over the weekend and earned $3.7 million on just 31 screens. The film already has $45.5 million worldwide, and it has yet to open in Japan.

Key to the Per Theater Chart

2011-07-26

Sarah's Key found its way to the top of the per theater chart with $23,142 in five theaters. Another Earth was also a strong performer earning an average of $19,435 in four theaters. Captain America: The First Avenger led the way on the overall chart and earned an average of $17,512 on the per theater chart. Last week's winner, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow, Part 2, fell to fourth place with $10,839.

Weekend Wrap-Up: Avengers Assembled!

2011-07-25

The weekend race at the box office turned out to be not quite as close as expected with Captain America: The First Avenger running away with things. Fortunately, while Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 fell a little faster than expected, the overall box office was a little stronger than expected. It still fell 27% from last weekend, but a 30% decline would not have been surprising here. Compared to last year, the weekend total of $191 million was 17% higher, while the gap between 2011 and 2010 has close from just over $600 million to just over $400 million in roughly ten days. Revenue is still down by 6%, while ticket sales are close to 8% lower, but if we can end summer less than $300 million off 2010's pace, we might be able to close the gap entirely by the end of the year.

Weekend Estimates: Captain America Neck-and-Neck with Thor for Superhero Honors

2011-07-24

After last week's fireworks, this weekend was another good one for the industry thanks to a better-than-expected opening for Captain America: The First Avenger. The superhero movie is set to gross about $65.8 million at the box office this weekend, which is almost exactly the same as Thor's $65.7 million opening back in May. Captain's estimate does rely on a slightly better Sunday than Thor, so it might not quite top the list of superhero opening weekends in 2011, but the difference will basically be a rounding error. What was billed as a potentially close race for top spot this weekend turned in to a very one-sided battle, with Deathly Hallows dropping a steep 72% from its massive opening to an estimated $48.1 million. $274 million after 10 days is still a best for the franchise, however.

Weekend Predictions: Last vs. First

2011-07-21

This weekend the battle will be between the last Harry Potter movie and The First Avenger. As long as the two films are close, the box office should be strong. In fact, The Deathly Hallows, Part 2 could break the record for largest week-to-week drop off (in terms of raw dollars) and still top last year's number one film. As long as Captain America comes close and Friends with Benefits doesn't bomb, we should see strong growth on a year-over-year basis.

Analysis: Harry Potter and the Big Pile of Money

2011-07-21

With Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 off to a record-breaking start, the biggest-earning franchise at the worldwide box office is nearing its end. A few records are still to fall (notably, it will overtake Star Wars in a day or two to become the biggest domestic franchise), but we thought now would be good time to look back at how Harry Potter has shaped the movie industry, and the financial records it has broken along the way. For each film, we look at both the box office receipts and domestic spending on DVD, Blu-ray and video rentals. Warning: some readers may find the large numbers presented disturbing.

Harry Potter and the Record Book

2011-07-20

There's yet another record to report for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, as the film crossed $200 million in just its fifth day for release, matching the record previously held by The Dark Knight and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

International Box Office: Harry Potter's Record-Breaking Ways Extended Overseas

2011-07-20

It seems every day we have another broken record to report on. The final international numbers for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2's opening weekend came in, mostly, and the film earned $264.32 million on 17,539 screens in 58 markets for a total opening of $323.38 million internationally and $492.57 million worldwide. Needless to say, this is the biggest international and worldwide opening ever. To put this into perspective, not counting the fellow Harry Potter films, this is already the tenth best Warner Bros. movie of all time. (With this franchise and Christpher Nolan's Batman franchises ending, there's got to be someone at the studio is full panic mode. They might have an entire division of people whose sole job is to panic 24 hours a day.) The only small downside for the film is its per screen average, which didn't lead the international chart, but more on that in a bit.

Contest: To the Death: Winning Announcement

2011-07-19

The winners of our To the Death contest were determined and they are...

IMAX: Deathly Kills Another Record

2011-07-19

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II became just the second film ever to earn more than $20 million globally during its first weekend of release on IMAX and in the process broke a record that has lasted for a full two weeks. It was extremely close as Harry Potter earned $15.2 million domestically and $8 million internationally for a worldwide opening of $23.2 million and this is just ahead of the $23.1 million earned by Transformers: Dark of the Moon during its worldwide opening at the beginning of the month. In the long run, Harry Potter should have a larger advantage, because the competition is much weaker going forward. No offense to Cowboys and Aliens, which opens in IMAX theaters in ten days, but the final installment in the Harry Potter franchise could still be the biggest draw in IMAX theaters even during its third weekend of release.

Per Theater Chart: Harry Potter and Yet Another Record

2011-07-19

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow, Part 2 added another record over the weekend earning the highest per theater average for a wide release with $38,672, surpassing the previous record holder, The Dark Knight. However, Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour still holds the record for best per theater average for a number one film at $45,561. That record might not be broken till the $200 million opening weekend milestone is cracked. The only other member of the $10,000 club was Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness, which grew by a few percent to $20,998. Its ability to expand is untested, but growth is always a good sign.

Weekend Wrap-Up: Harry Potter Breathes Life Into the Box Office

2011-07-19

After a weak start, 2011 started to improve in late April. However, by June it had all fallen apart again and it looked like the summer of 2011 would be even worse than the summer of 2010, which was the worst summer in a decade. Thank goodness Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 came along. That film made more than the entire box office did last weekend and came within $10 million of doing the same in comparison to last year. It helped the overall box office reach $262 million, or 68% more than last weekend and 47% more than the same weekend last year. 2011 is still off 2010's pace by more than 7% at $5.85 billion to $6.30 million, but at least there's some hope for the near future.

Deathly Hallows Sets All-Time Record with $168.55 Million Opening

2011-07-17

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II will rewrite the record books this weekend with an opening of about $168.55 million, according to Warner Bros.' estimate released on Sunday. That's a remarkable $10 million more than The Dark Knight's debut in 2008 and more than $40 million more than the first weekend enjoyed by Deathly Hallows Part I last year. It's a fitting finish for the most successful franchise in film history, which broke the same records back in 2001 when Sorcerer's Stone posted a $90.3 million opening weekend and ushered in a new era for the industry.

Friday Estimates: Will Deathly Hallows 2 Break the Weekend Record?

2011-07-16

The Harry Potter franchise looks as though it may end as it began, with records for (among other things) biggest single day and biggest weekend. Back in 2001, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone set then-record marks of $32.3 million for the day and $90.3 million for the weekend. On Friday, Deathly Hallows: Part 2 showed how it's done these days with a stellar $92.1 million opening day, which would have been enough for the weekend record just ten years ago. Its next goal is The Dark Knight's $158.4 million opening weekend, which is very much in its sights, but will still take a little bit of work.

Records Fall to Harry Potter Finale

2011-07-15

For those who were worried that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 wouldn't be able to live up to the hype at the box office, those fears were put to rest today. Its midnight showings brought in a record-breaking $43.5 million. Record-breaking is an understatement, as the previous record was held by The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Some analysts are predicting an $80 million opening day, which would top the previous single day record, while the opening weekend record is in serious trouble of falling. Over on IMAX it brought in $2.0 million during the midnight showings, overtaking Part 1's record of $1.4 million. Look for more records to fall as the weekend continues.

Weekend Predictions: Will Harry Potter Go Out on Top?

2011-07-14

This week is all about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, although I know at least a couple of people who are more interested in seeing Winnie the Pooh. Potter will dominate the box office in a way rarely seen and help boost overall box office substantially. In fact, there is a chance it will make more than the entire top ten did the same weekend last year. As long as it doesn't miss low end expectations, it should help give 2011 a much needed win.

Contest: To The Death

2011-07-08

Harry Potter comes to a close next weekend and not only is it very likely Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 will become the fastest opening film of the year, but more importantly, it is also 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 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. 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 Yo Gabba Gabba!: Party in a Box on DVD. 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 Dora's Big Party Pack on DVD. Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay!

2011 Preview: July

2011-06-28

July starts with one of the most important holidays of the year, which is good news for the industry, as June was a little weaker than expected, at least on average. None of the films were shockingly bad at the box office, even if a few missed early predictions by significant degrees. But conversely, none really shocked analysts with their box office prowess. As such, 2011 continued to slide a little further behind 2010's pace, a trend the movie industry hopes will end this month. Fortunately, that is a reasonable goal. Last July was home to two $100 million movies, two $200 million movies, and a one $300 million movie, assuming you count The Twilight Saga: Eclipse as a July film. This time around, we could see two films top $300 million, assuming you count Transformers: Dark of the Moon as a July release. Meanwhile, there are several potential $100 million films. I count up to six films with a statistically significant shot at reaching the century mark, but I would be amazed if more than half of them got there.

New Movie Announcements, Stars and Directors - March 18, 2008

2008-03-18

This week another number of upcoming movies, new stars and directors have been added to our archive!

Cast Updates - March 13, 2008

2008-03-13

This week's round of new casting information contains updates for Confessions of a Shopaholic, Monsters vs Aliens, The Promotion, and more!