January 19th, 2010
The flood of home debuts for September releases continues this week and unfortunately there are not a lot of TV on DVD releases or limited releases to take up the slack at the top.
There are a few releases that are of interest though, including The Invention of Lying on Blu-ray and Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging on DVD.
The former probably has more mainstream appeal, but the latter is the better film, and with plenty of extras on the DVD, it is the Pick of the Week.
December 27th, 2009
Last year while working on the international box office stories, I came across a movie called Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging.
My immediate reaction was, "Oh please let me review that movie!"
How could you not want to see a movie with a name like that?
So when the chance came to review it, I jumped at it.
However, I knew almost nothing about the movie, other than the name and the fact that it was a mid-level hit back in its native Britain.
This is very rare for me, as I usually have done extensive research into a movie before it first hits theaters and more than a few times I've known the ending before its premiere.
In many ways, going in with absolutely no advance knowledge is very advantageous, because without that knowledge, there can be no bias going in.
The only question now is whether this British comedy is a gem waiting to be discovered?
Or will something be lost on its journey across the pond?
August 10th, 2008
Hancock fell from second to sixth with $12.03 million on 5425 screens in 68 markets, however, it still reached $300 million internationally since last week and now has a running tally of $319.43 million. Its best market of the weekend was Spain where it added $1.92 million on 567 screens over the weekend for a total of $20.56 million after two. Meanwhile, its best market overall remains the U.K. where it has $47.09 million after a month of release, including $900,000 on 318 screens this past weekend. With Japan and Italy still ahead, the film should become Will Smith's second $600 million movie, but it will end well back of Independence Day.
August 3rd, 2008
Hancock fell 56% to $20.22 million on 7516 screens in 70 markets, however, that was still enough for second place on the international chart this week, and lifted its totals to $295.58 million internationally and $502.06 million worldwide, reaching a major milestone. The film's best market of the week was Spain where it remained in first place with $3.98 million on 575 screens for a total of $16.86 million. It is also performing well in Germany where it held on to second place with $1.70 million on 755 screens over the weekend and $33.62 million after four. However, it is starting to slip in the U.K. falling to fifth place with $1.40 million on 400 screens, but its total of $45.15 million in that market is still fantastic. Hancock likely hit $300 million early last week, and it has yet to open in Japan and Italy.