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Blu-ray Sales: In the Driver's Seat

2012-02-14

New releases dominated the Blu-ray sales chart with as many as four in the top five. (Transformers: Dark of the Moon is a bit of an odd case, but more on that in a second.) Drive led the way with 420,000 units / $8.39 million giving it an opening week Blu-ray share of 57%. This is a great opening compared to the film's theatrical run.

Blu-ray Sales: Steel Grabs the Loot

2012-02-08

There was no competition on the Blu-ray sales chart, as Real Steel topped all new releases and holdovers by a healthy margin. It sold 799,000 units and generated $22.36 million in sales giving it an opening week Blu-ray share of 54%. Hopefully we will see a lot more films crack 50% as the winter blockbusters start to come out.

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for January 31st, 2012

2012-01-31

It's kind of an unusual week on the home market with five first run releases coming out on DVD and Blu-ray. However, all five films missed expectations in one degree or another. Some were outright bombs by anyone's definition, while others were expected to struggle to find a large audience, just not by as much as they did. That is not to say they were all bad movies. In fact one of them, Drive, has done quite well during Awards Season and the Blu-ray Combo Pack is a contender for Pick of the Week. Its main competition is To Kill A Mockingbird: 50th Anniversary Edition, which is also coming out on a Blu-ray Combo Pack. It's a coin toss, but I'm going with the latter over the former.

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Transformers: Dark of the Moon: Limited Edition 3D Set

2012-01-29

I previously reviewed Transformers: Dark of the Moon when it first came out on DVD and Blu-ray, but this week it is being released on the home market in two more forms, a four-disc 3D Blu-ray combo pack and a seven-disc trilogy box set. I was supposed to get the seven-disc set to review, but so far only the four-disc set has arrived. So what's new on the four-disc set? And is it worth picking up / upgrading to?

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.

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: Green Lantern can't Dethrone Lion King

2011-10-26

Despite the presence of four new releases in the top ten on the Blu-ray sales chart, none were able to overtake The Lion King for top spot. It sold an additional 496,000 units generating $12.39 million for totals of 2.03 million units / $57.86 million after two weeks of release.

DVD Sales: The Top of the Chart Looks Quite Horrible

2011-10-25

The top of the DVD sales chart was the weakest its been in more than a month and no new release was able to top 500,000 units sold. Horrible Bosses came the closest with 451,000 units / $6.89 million.

Blu-ray Sales: King Begins Reign of the Century

2011-10-19

A pair of powerful new releases helped push the Blu-ray sales chart to record levels. The Lion King led the way with 1.57 million units sold, earning $46.46 million. If you add in The Trilogy Box Set, which sold 44,000 units / $3.33 million, the film earned nearly $50 million in opening week sales. I wasn't expecting it to sell this well.

DVD Sales: Fast Five Takes Checkered Flag

2011-10-18

The list of new releases to reach the top 30 on this week's DVD sales chart was short with only two such DVDs. This does include a new number one film, Fast Five, which sold 851,000 units while generating $13.92 million during its first week of release.

Blu-ray Sales: Transformers Soar Past the Moon

2011-10-14

Transformers: Dark of the Moon dominated the new releases and the Blu-ray sales chart in a way few films have managed. It sold 1.42 million units generating $29.66 million from Friday through Sunday. Its opening Blu-ray ratio was 64%, which is a record for a first-run release. It also represented 68% of all Blu-rays sold, which is mind-boggling.

DVD Sales: Transformers Look on the Bright Side of Things

2011-10-12

There were only three new releases to reach the top 30 on this week's DVD Sales Chart, but all three placed high on the list. Leading the way was Transformers: Dark of the Moon with 796,000 units / $13.53 million from Friday through Sunday. This is lower than Bridesmaids opened with last week, but this was a Friday release, so that does have some effect. I'm still a little disappointed in the film's DVD sales, but hopefully it was much stronger on Blu-ray.

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for October 4th, 2011

2011-10-05

It's a maddening week on the home market. There were more than a dozen featured reviews this week, and what seems like an equal number that are late. (And that's not mentioning the more than a dozen Blu-rays and DVDs that arrived late last week that I still haven't gotten to. At least I don't have to worry about not having enough to do for the next few weeks.) There were a number of contenders for Pick of the Week, including The Walking Dead: Season One on DVD or Blu-ray. But in the end I choose The Lion King Blu-ray Combo Pack.

Featured Blu-ray / DVD Review: Transformers: Dark of the Moon

2011-09-29

The first Transformers live action movie was an acceptable popcorn flick, but didn't do enough with the source material. Revenge of the Fallen is widely considered the worst movie ever to earn more than $400 million at the box office. Given its predecessors, expectations for Dark of the Moon were rather low. I think for most people, if it was just a fun popcorn flick, they would be satisfied. Was that the case? Was it able to improve on the first film? Or did it sink lower than the second?

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for September 27th, 2011

2011-09-27

It's another incredibly busy week on the home market with over 400 new releases on Amazon.com. However, again there were only a few that were worth mentioning with a whole lot of filler. The biggest release of the week is Transformers: Dark of the Moon on Blu-ray, but it doesn't come out till Friday. Looking at some of the other top selling releases and it's clear how weak the selection is. There's a stand-up comedy DVD, a couple catalog titles being released on Blu-ray, Anime, a couple TV on DVD releases, and the first DVD release of Adventure Time. Adventure Time on DVD? Pick of the Week.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

International Box Office: Transformers Hold Top Spot with Plenty of Milestones Below

2011-07-13

Transformers: Dark of the Moon repeated as champion on the international stage with $94.70 million on 11,222 screens in 58 markets for a total of $386.43 million internationally and $647.51 million worldwide. At this pace, by this weekend it will be ahead of Transformers and will have no trouble becoming the biggest hit in the franchise. As for individual markets, it earned the most in South Korea where it was down just 31% to $15.11 million on 1,301 screens over the weekend for a total of $54.47 million after two. It became the fastest film to reach $50 million in that market. It wasn't able to hold on as well in the U.K. down 56% to $7.58 million on 522 screens over the weekend for a total of $31.45 million after two. In Australia it was down 43%, which at first glance seems strong, but it was a holiday weekend in that market and half the films in the top five saw growth. It still added $7.52 million on 596 screens over the weekend for a running tally of $29.13 million, which is stronger than its performance, given the relative size of the two markets. The film fell 56% in Russia, which isn't bad compared to the average drop-off in that market. It managed $7.47 million on 1,385 screens over the weekend for a two-week total of $36.03 million.

IMAX: Transformers Becomes the Biggest on the Bigger Screen

2011-07-12

Transformers: Dark of the Moon continued its strong run on IMAX adding $4.7 million domestically and $3.5 million internationally. Its running tally now sits at $21.5 million domestically and $15.5 million internationally, and while Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II will steal away a lot of theaters this weekend, it has yet to debut in Japan and China, so there's still some upside ahead.

Per Theater Chart: Life at the Top

2011-07-12

Beats, Rhymes, and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest opened in first place on the per theater chart with an average of $27,996 in four theaters, which was the best per theater average in more than a month. Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness was relatively close behind with $20,247 in its lone theater. Transformers: Dark of the Moon was the only holdover to reach $10,000 on the per theater chart with an average of $11,469.

Weekend Wrap-Up: Transformers Lights Up the Competition, Box Office Remains Dark

2011-07-11

Transformers: Dark of the Moon led the way for the second weekend in a row and overall the top five films were a little stronger than expected, but sadly that wasn't enough for 2011 to score a win. It didn't even come close. The overall box office was just $156 million, which was 23% lower than last weekend, but the post-holiday slump mostly explains that. However, it was 19% lower than the same weekend last year and there's no excuse for that. The bad news continues as 2011 has fallen more than $500 million behind 2010's pace, while attendance is just down close to 10%. Unless Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 is an exceptional hit at the box office, the summer of 2011 could have the worst ticket sales in more than a decade.

Weekend Estimates: Transformers Unbeaten by Zookeeper, Horrible Bosses

2011-07-10

Transformers: Dark of the Moon became the highest-grossing movie of the year so far, according to Paramount's Sunday estimate. Its total gross of $261 million is a comfortable $11 million ahead of The Hangover 2, which itself passed $250 million this weekend. While it couldn't come close to topping the chart, Horrible Bosses had a good weekend, earning a shade over $28 million and beating Zookeeper for 2nd place. The Kevin James comedy, meanwhile, posted a decent $21 million.

Weekend Predictions: Will There Be Any Change on Top?

2011-07-07

While there are two wide releases coming out this week, it seems unlikely that either of them will seriously challenge Transformers: Dark of the Moon for top spot at the box office. In fact, it's more likely that Horrible Bosses and Zookeeper combined won't make as much as Dark of the Moon will make this weekend. The new releases are certainly weaker than those from last year and there's no hope any film will make more than Despicable Me did during its opening weekend. Worse still, June 2011 sold the fewest number of tickets for any June since the year 2000; we really can't afford another slow week at the box office, but that's likely to be exactly what we are going to get.

International Box Office: Transformers Tops, Pirates Earns its Billion

2011-07-06

Transformers: Dark of the Moon earned top spot on the international chart, which came as no surprise. However, it did so in impressive fashion with $154.93 million on 11,565 screens in 58 markets over the weekend for a total opening of $219.81 million. This is the best international debut for Paramount topping the previous champion, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Its biggest opening came in South Korea where it scored $21.82 million on 1,442 screens over the weekend for a total opening of 31.09 million. It was also tops in Russia with $16.95 million on 1,385 screens over the weekend and $21.97 million in total. It earned $17.30 million on 521 screens in the U.K. and $16.18 million on 595 in Australia, including midweek numbers. It also cracked $10 million in Germany with $15.29 million on 617, including midweek numbers, and in Mexico with $10.81 million on 2,097 screens.

Contest: Dark Side Warriors: Winning Announcement

2011-07-06

The winners of our Dark Side Warriors contest were determined and they are...

IMAX: Transformers Becomes the Biggest on the Bigger Screen

2011-07-06

Not only did Transformers: Dark of the Moon break records for biggest Independence Day weekend, it also broke records on IMAX. This includes becoming the first film to ever top $20 million during its global debut, as it earned $23.1 million on 251 screens. The breakdown for that number was $14.0 million on 146 screens domestically and $9.1 million on 105 screens internationally. In addition, the film has yet to open in several markets, including major markets like Japan and China, so it has a lot of potential left, at least internationally. The only downside for the film is the competition, as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II is sure to chase it away from most IMAX theaters when it opens on the 15th.

Per Theater Chart: Transformers Towers over Terri

2011-07-06

There were only two films in the $10,000 club with Transformers: Dark of the Moon easily outperforming Terri $23,937 to $10,851. For the former, that was enough to break records over Independence Day. For the latter it's probably not enough to suggest significant expansion, but it might stick around longer than most limited releases.

Weekend Wrap-Up: Dark of the Moon Shines Brighter than Expected

2011-07-06

There was mostly good news over the Independence Day long weekend, with the number one film topping expectations. However, while Transformers: Dark of the Moon set records, it was the only film to surpass Thursday's predictions by any serious degree. The total box office take was $202 million over three days and $241 million over four, but the lower-than-expected Monday numbers meant that, while the combined take from Friday to Sunday for all films was up 15% from last weekend and 7% from last year, over four days, 2011 was down 4% compared to last year. I think we can conclude 4th of July fireworks had a lot to do with this.

Weekend Predictions: Will Dark of the Moon Burn Bright?

2011-06-30

It's Independence Day long weekend, which is generally one of the busiest weekend of the year. School kids are all out of school for summer, adults have Monday off, and it is the perfect time to celebrate by going to an air conditioned movie theater. Unfortunately, while there's a lot of hype surrounding the megawide release of the week, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the reality might not live up to the hype. It's already off to a slow start compared to last year's number one film, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and since 2011 is still $400 million behind 2010, we can't afford a major loss this weekend.

IMAX: Cars 2 in the Lead, but Transformers are Right Behind

2011-06-29

Cars 2 led the way on IMAX with a global debut of $3 million on 153 screens, of which $1 million was earned on just 33 screens internationally. Since the film's per screen average was much stronger internationally than it was domestically, this could be an excellent sign for its international numbers overall.

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.

Contest: Dark Side Warriors

2011-06-24

While there are three wide releases opening next week, only one has a shot at top spot. In fact, even though Transformers: Dark of the Moon opens on Wednesday, it should still earn more from Friday through Sunday than the other two movies combined and it is the obvious choice for 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 Transformers: Dark of the Moon. 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 Warrior's Way on DVD. 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 The Warrior's Way on DVD. Finally, one additional entrant will be chosen and they will win the final copy of The Warrior's Way on DVD. Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay!

IMAX: Hornet has Some Sting

2011-01-20

There were a trio of news items relating to IMAX this past week, starting with box office numbers for The Green Hornet, which were good, but not great. The film managed $3.0 million on 173 screens over four days, which gave it a per screen average significantly higher than in regular theaters, but not by as much as some other releases. I think this was because it was a better than expected marginal release. There were likely two groups of people who were on the fence about this movie: those that wanted to see it, but weren't willing to pay IMAX prices, and those who wanted to see it, but were willing to wait for the home market. Better than expected reviews are more likely to change the minds of the latter group than the former, resulting in a higher than expected overall box office, but not as much change in IMAX. That said, this is still a good result, especially for this time of year.