Black Swan

Black Swan poster
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $106,954,678Details
International Box Office $224,312,032
Worldwide Box Office $331,266,710
Home Market Performance
Domestic DVD Sales $19,160,707 Details
Domestic Blu-ray Sales $9,282,579 Details
Total Domestic Video Sales $28,443,286
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Synopsis

Nina, a featured dancer at the New York Ballet, finds herself caught in a web of competitive intrigue with Lily, a new dancer at the company. As the two dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
87% - Certified Fresh
Audience
84% - Upright

Movie Details

Production Budget:$13,000,000
Theatrical Release: December 3rd, 2010 (Limited) by Fox Searchlight
December 17th, 2010 (Expands Wide) by Fox Searchlight
Video Release: March 29th, 2011 by Fox Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual content, disturbing violent images, language and some drug use.
(Rating bulletin 2133, 8/11/2010)
Keywords: Hallucinations, LGBT, Dysfunctional Family, Mental Illness, Dancing
Source:Original Screenplay
Genre:Thriller/Suspense
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: Dune Entertainment, Cross Creek Pictures, Phoenix Pictures, Protozoa, Mad Chance

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International Box Office: Fast Five Laps Competition

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DVD Sales: King's in the Green

As expected, there were not many new releases to reach the top 30 on this week's DVD sales chart. However, in an unexpected twist, this weakness in the new releases allowed The King's Speech to climb into top spot with 531,000 units over the weekend for totals of 1.66 million units / $23.93 million after three. Maybe its word-of-mouth is helping out. More...

DVD Sales: Tangled in Tight Race on Top

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DVD Sales: Tangled Straightens Out the Competition

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DVD and Blu-ray Releases for March 29th, 2011

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International Box Office: Exporting Doldrums

The international box office is as weak as the domestic box office is with very few films worth talking about. We do have a new number one, as Battle: Los Angeles earned first place with $28.74 million on 8,384 screens in 52 markets for a running tally of $51.70 million after just two weeks of release. The film debuted in first place in Australia with $2.58 million on 328 screens, while it also placed first during its debut in Brazil with $1.51 million on 263 screens. On the other hand, it had to settle for second place in France with $2.07 million on 295 screens. The number one film was a local hit, so there is a mitigating factor. As for its long-term chances, it was down 51% in the U.K. to $1.42 million on 417 screens over the weekend for a total of $5.61 million after two. This is not a great start there and will likely ends its run with the equivalent of $50 million to $60 million here. More...

International Box Office: Rango Moseys to the Top

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Per Theater Chart: Jane Eyre is in the Red

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International Box Office: Giving Up Deadlines for Lent

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Per Theater Chart: Red Hot Start

Red State started its box office run over the weekend, sort of. It played at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City at a special engagement, bringing in $161,590 for one showing. However, with ticket prices at $54, it's hardly a regular showing, so some are saying it shouldn't count. There is an argument to be made that people were paying for the Q&A with Kevin Smith and it is more accurate to consider this part of his popular speaking tour. That said, Dreamgirls also started with a premium showing at higher that usual prices and that counted. Given the number of tickets sold, even if they cost the average amount, it still would have earned $30,000, which would have still led the way on the Per Theater Chart. The only real competition was from Happythankyoumoreplease, which opened with an average of $17,532 in two theaters. More...

International Box Office: Swan's Song a Three-Part Harmony

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Per Theater Chart: I Am Is Number One

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International Box Office: Swan and Speech Have Unlimited Success

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Unknown Finds Self On Top of Chart

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2011 Oscar Contest: Category Highlight: Best Director

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Oscar Contest: Category Highlight: Best Picture

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International Box Office: Swan in the Spotlight

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International Box Office: Tangled Sets Sights on Major Milestone

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Per Theater Chart is Left Out in the Cold

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Hitmen vs. Exorcists

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Better Late Than Never

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No Competition for No Strings

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Per Theater Chart: Phil Ochs has Fortunate Start

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Box Office Can't Find Any Traction

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Weekend Estimates: True Grit Tops Chart in Third Outing

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Will Holdovers Bewitch the Box Office?

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Per Theater Chart: Blue Pulls in the Green

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Awards Season: WGA Sticks to the Letter of the Law

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Awards Season: PGA Doesn't Toy With Expectations

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New Year Brings Little to Celebrate

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The weekend before Christmas brought little cheer to the movie industry, with Tron: Legacy posting a fairly ordinary $43.6 million opening, and the weekend's two other wide openers and one wide expansion missing the mark. Since Avatar was released this weekend last year, the year-on-year comparisons look bad for the industry as a whole, and 2010 looks certain to lag 2009 in tickets sold, and possibly in total revenue. More...

Awards Season - SAG Solidifies Awards Season Picture

The SAG nominations were handed out this week, and while there were a couple of interesting notes, overall there was a decided lack of surprises. The King's Speech and The Fighter led the way with four nominations each, while Black Swan and The Kids Are All Right were right behind with three. All four have been considered Awards Season players for a long time, so their success with SAG merely confirms that and is not shocking in the least. More...

Fighting to the Top of the Per Theater Chart

The Fighter started its run on top of the per theater chart with an average of $75,003 in four theaters. That's not the best per theater average of the year, or even of recent weeks, but it does suggest it will perform well when it expands wide on Friday. Black Swan remained potent on the per theater chart despite very significant expansion. It earned an average of $36,726 in 90 theaters, which is more than enough to assume further expansion over the coming weeks. The King's Speech was close behind with an average of $31,148 in 19 theaters during its third week of release. More...

Awards Season - King of the Globes, or at Least the Nominations

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominations early this morning, and there are some interesting surprises included in the mix. Leading the way was The King's Speech, which has long been seen as one of the major players this Awards Season. Meanwhile, The Fighter and The Social Network were right behind with six each. There were many, many other films nomination, including more than a few shocks. ... Mostly in one category. More...

Voyage of the Damned

Well that sucked. Both new releases underperformed at the box office this past weekend, by a large margin. In fact, combined Dawn Treader and The Tourist earned less than many were thinking Dawn Treader alone would earn. Needless to say, this hurt the overall box office. It was still able to grow by 6.5% from last weekend to $92 million, but that's more than 5% lower than the same weekend last year, and the same weekend last year was a disappointment to begin with. 2010 still has a lead over 2009, but that lead is down to 1.5% at $9.90 billion to $9.75 billion, and by this time next weekend, that lead could be cut in half. And by the end of Christmas weekend, it could be gone entirely. More...

The Beginning of the Voyage

It could be a strong weekend at the box office with two wide releases, both with the potential of earning more than $100 million, perhaps a lot more in one case. This is great news for 2010, as this week last year was not strong. Both Dawn Treader and The Tourist should open with more than The Princess and the Frog did during its debut in wide release, although it could be close for the latter. Combined the two films could make more than the top five did last year. If so, 2010 should win big over 2009, but it will be the last win for 2010, and it still might not be enough to maintain its lead over 2009 in the end. More...

Black Swan Looking Bright on the Per Theater Chart

Black Swan beat all expectations during its opening; in fact, it broke records for Fox Searchlight earning an average of $80,212 in 18 theaters. This bodes well for its expansion this Friday. Last week's winner, The King's Speech, earned a very strong second place with an average of $54,086 in six theaters. I Love You, Phillip Morris and All Good Things opened with nearly identical averages of $18,753 and $18,586 respectively. The Salvation Poem reached the $10,000 mark with an average of $13,124 in two theaters, which is unexpected. More...

No Swan Song for Limited Releases

There's another eclectic mix of limited releases on this week's list, including a film that could be bound for Oscar glory, another that has been delayed many times in the past, a Christmas film, two Christmas films if you include the re-release of The Polar Express, and more. Will any find some measure of mainstream success. Let's hope so. More...

Awards Season: Winter Showed Its Independence

The official arrival of winter is still a few weeks away, but Winter's Bone ushered in the start of Awards Season picking up seven Independent Spirit Award nominations. This was the most of any film, with The Kids Are All Right placing second with five. More...

Cast

Natalie Portman    Nina Sayers/ The Swan Queen
Mila Kunis    Lily/The Black Swan
Vincent Cassel    Leroy/ The Gentleman
Barbara Hershey    Erica Sayers/The Queen
Winona Ryder    Beth MacIntyre/ The Dying Swan
Benjamin Millepied    David/The Prince

Production and Technical Credits

Director    Darren Aronofsky
Producer    Mike Medavoy
Producer    Arnold W. Messer
Producer    Brian Oliver
Producer    Scott Franklin
Executive Producer    Bradley J. Fischer
Executive Producer    Ari Handel
Executive Producer    Tyler Thompson
Executive Producer    Peter Fruchtman
Executive Producer    Rick Schwartz
Executive Producer    David Thwaites
Executive Producer    Jennifer Roth
Co-Producer    Joseph Reidy
Co-Producer    Gerald Fruchtman
Co-Producer    Darren Aronofsky
Screenwriter    Mark Heyman
Screenwriter    Andrew Heinz
Screenwriter    John McLaughlin
Story Creator    Andrew Heinz
Cinematographer    Matthew Libatique
Editor    Andrew Weisblum
Music Director    Clint Mansell
Music Supervisor    Jim Black
Music Supervisor    Gabe Hilfer
Production Designer    Thérèse DePrez
Art Director    David Stein
Set Decorator    Tora Peterson
Costume Designer    Amy Westcott
Sound Editor    Ken Ishii
Supervising Sound Editor    Craig Henighan
Re-recording Mixer    Dominick Tavella
Re-recording Mixer    Craig Henighan
Choreography    Benjamin Millepied
Visual Effects Supervisor    Dan Schrecker
Stunt Coordinator    Doug Crosby
Assistant Director    Joseph Reidy

Daily Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2010/12/03 13 $415,822   18 $23,101   $415,822 1
2010/12/04 - $543,443 +31% 18 $30,191   $959,265 2
2010/12/05 11 $484,544 -11% 18 $26,919   $1,443,809 3
2010/12/06 10 $210,708 -57% 18 $11,706   $1,654,517 4
2010/12/07 11 $209,974 n/c 18 $11,665   $1,864,491 5
2010/12/08 10 $212,750 +1% 18 $11,819   $2,077,241 6
2010/12/09 10 $201,933 -5% 18 $11,219   $2,279,174 7
2010/12/10 8 $987,144 +389% 90 $10,968   $3,266,318 8
2010/12/11 7 $1,306,579 +32% 90 $14,518   $4,572,897 9
2010/12/12 5 $1,011,645 -23% 90 $11,241   $5,584,542 10
2010/12/13 5 $425,076 -58% 90 $4,723   $6,009,618 11
2010/12/14 5 $475,896 +12% 90 $5,288   $6,485,514 12
2010/12/15 5 $477,750 n/c 90 $5,308   $6,963,264 13
2010/12/16 5 $445,010 -7% 90 $4,945   $7,408,274 14
2010/12/17 7 $2,516,655 +466% 959 $2,624   $9,924,929 15
2010/12/18 7 $3,175,269 +26% 959 $3,311   $13,100,198 16
2010/12/19 6 $2,691,555 -15% 959 $2,807   $15,791,753 17
2010/12/20 6 $1,497,124 -44% 959 $1,561   $17,288,877 18
2010/12/21 6 $1,593,300 +6% 959 $1,661   $18,882,177 19
2010/12/22 7 $1,763,495 +11% 1,456 $1,211   $20,645,672 20
2010/12/23 7 $1,788,402 +1% 1,456 $1,228   $22,434,074 21
2010/12/24 8 $1,055,312 -41% 1,457 $724   $23,489,386 22
2010/12/25 7 $2,523,933 +139% 1,466 $1,722   $26,013,319 23
2010/12/26 8 $2,675,741 +6% 1,466 $1,825   $28,689,060 24
2010/12/27 8 $2,451,056 -8% 1,466 $1,672   $31,140,116 25
2010/12/28 8 $2,492,650 +2% 1,466 $1,700   $33,632,766 26
2010/12/29 8 $2,587,327 +4% 1,466 $1,765   $36,220,093 27
2010/12/30 8 $2,706,103 +5% 1,466 $1,846   $38,926,196 28
2010/12/31 11 $1,940,147 -28% 1,553 $1,249   $40,866,343 29
2011/01/01 7 $3,884,035 +100% 1,553 $2,501   $44,750,378 30
2011/01/02 5 $3,057,413 -21% 1,553 $1,969   $47,807,791 31
2011/01/03 4 $1,489,744 -51% 1,553 $959   $49,297,535 32
2011/01/04 4 $1,330,323 -11% 1,553 $857   $50,627,858 33
2011/01/05 4 $1,224,323 -8% 1,553 $788   $51,852,181 34
2011/01/06 4 $1,253,312 +2% 1,553 $807   $53,105,493 35
2011/01/07 6 $2,436,070 +94% 1,584 $1,538   $55,541,563 36
2011/01/08 5 $3,404,969 +40% 1,584 $2,150   $58,946,532 37
2011/01/09 5 $2,271,972 -33% 1,584 $1,434   $61,218,504 38
2011/01/10 2 $811,617 -64% 1,584 $512   $62,030,121 39
2011/01/11 2 $954,765 +18% 1,584 $603   $62,984,886 40
2011/01/12 2 $923,099 -3% 1,584 $583   $63,907,985 41
2011/01/13 2 $960,373 +4% 1,584 $606   $64,868,358 42
2011/01/14 5 $2,399,857 +150% 2,328 $1,031   $67,268,215 43
2011/01/15 5 $3,272,843 +36% 2,328 $1,406   $70,541,058 44
2011/01/16 5 $2,669,948 -18% 2,328 $1,147   $73,211,006 45
2011/01/17 6 $1,809,114 -32% 2,328 $777   $75,020,120 46
2011/01/18 4 $863,100 -52% 2,328 $371   $75,883,220 47
2011/01/19 4 $744,864 -14% 2,328 $320   $76,628,084 48
2011/01/20 4 $752,547 +1% 2,328 $323   $77,380,631 49
2011/01/21 6 $1,766,812 +135% 2,407 $734   $79,147,443 50
2011/01/22 6 $2,758,228 +56% 2,407 $1,146   $81,905,671 51
2011/01/23 6 $1,344,704 -51% 2,407 $559   $83,250,375 52
2011/01/24 6 $490,969 -63% 2,407 $204   $83,741,344 53
2011/01/25 6 $672,920 +37% 2,407 $280   $84,414,264 54
2011/01/26 5 $551,674 -18% 2,407 $229   $84,965,938 55
2011/01/27 5 $638,103 +16% 2,407 $265   $85,604,041 56
2011/01/28 8 $1,411,118 +121% 2,315 $610   $87,015,159 57
2011/01/29 8 $2,285,440 +62% 2,315 $987   $89,300,599 58
2011/01/30 7 $1,421,711 -38% 2,315 $614   $90,722,310 59
2011/01/31 7 $432,383 -70% 2,315 $187   $91,154,693 60
2011/02/01 7 $446,339 +3% 2,315 $193   $91,601,032 61
2011/02/02 7 $428,434 -4% 2,315 $185   $92,029,466 62
2011/02/03 7 $458,391 +7% 2,315 $198   $92,487,857 63
2011/02/04 10 $1,070,534 +134% 1,977 $541   $93,558,391 64
2011/02/05 10 $1,694,699 +58% 1,977 $857   $95,253,090 65
2011/02/06 9 $608,618 -64% 1,977 $308   $95,861,708 66
2011/02/07 9 $304,938 -50% 1,977 $154   $96,166,646 67
2011/02/08 9 $404,529 +33% 1,977 $205   $96,571,175 68
2011/02/09 10 $308,387 -24% 1,977 $156   $96,879,562 69
2011/02/10 9 $335,103 +9% 1,977 $170   $97,214,665 70
2011/02/11 13 $562,221 +68% 1,069 $526   $97,776,886 71
2011/02/12 14 $982,477 +75% 1,069 $919   $98,759,363 72
2011/02/13 13 $577,857 -41% 1,069 $541   $99,337,220 73
2011/02/14 13 $319,043 -45% 1,069 $298   $99,656,263 74
2011/02/15 13 $192,542 -40% 1,069 $180   $99,848,805 75
2011/02/16 13 $174,098 -10% 1,069 $163   $100,022,903 76
2011/02/17 13 $186,172 +7% 1,069 $174   $100,209,075 77
2011/02/18 15 $314,007 +69% 656 $479   $100,523,082 78
2011/02/19 15 $565,568 +80% 656 $862   $101,088,650 79
2011/02/20 15 $448,213 -21% 656 $683   $101,536,863 80
2011/02/21 15 $281,128 -37% 656 $429   $101,817,991 81
2011/02/22 14 $142,194 -49% 656 $217   $101,960,185 82
2011/02/23 13 $140,422 -1% 656 $214   $102,100,607 83
2011/02/24 13 $147,967 +5% 656 $226   $102,248,574 84
2011/02/25 15 $352,057 +138% 617 $571   $102,600,631 85
2011/02/26 14 $663,867 +89% 617 $1,076   $103,264,498 86
2011/02/27 15 $311,920 -53% 617 $506   $103,576,418 87
2011/02/28 13 $130,149 -58% 617 $211   $103,706,567 88
2011/03/01 13 $145,649 +12% 617 $236   $103,852,216 89
2011/03/02 13 $127,157 -13% 617 $206   $103,979,373 90
2011/03/03 14 $127,167 n/c 617 $206   $104,106,540 91
2011/03/04 15 $275,657 +117% 681 $405   $104,382,197 92
2011/03/05 16 $453,223 +64% 681 $666   $104,835,420 93
2011/03/06 15 $283,466 -37% 681 $416   $105,118,886 94
2011/03/07 - $85,597 -70% 681 $126   $105,204,483 95
2011/03/08 - $97,126 +13% 681 $143   $105,301,609 96
2011/03/09 - $87,850 -10% 681 $129   $105,389,459 97
2011/03/10 - $98,254 +12% 681 $144   $105,487,713 98
2011/03/11 - $122,167 +24% 337 $363   $105,609,880 99
2011/03/12 - $204,118 +67% 337 $606   $105,813,998 100
2011/03/13 - $114,219 -44% 337 $339   $105,928,217 101
2011/03/14 - $47,302 -59% 337 $140   $105,975,519 102
2011/03/15 - $56,652 +20% 337 $168   $106,032,171 103
2011/03/16 - $52,491 -7% 337 $156   $106,084,662 104
2011/03/17 - $44,785 -15% 337 $133   $106,129,447 105
2011/03/18 - $52,405 +17% 191 $274   $106,181,852 106
2011/03/19 - $76,614 +46% 191 $401   $106,258,466 107
2011/03/20 - $45,191 -41% 191 $237   $106,303,657 108
2011/03/21 - $21,396 -53% 191 $112   $106,325,053 109
2011/03/22 - $25,317 +18% 191 $133   $106,350,370 110
2011/03/23 - $21,204 -16% 191 $111   $106,371,574 111
2011/03/24 - $22,495 +6% 191 $118   $106,394,069 112
2011/03/25 - $51,684 +130% 207 $250   $106,445,753 113
2011/03/26 - $82,221 +59% 207 $397   $106,527,974 114
2011/03/27 - $50,450 -39% 207 $244   $106,578,424 115
2011/03/28 - $21,131 -58% 207 $102   $106,599,555 116
2011/03/29 - $24,508 +16% 207 $118   $106,624,063 117
2011/03/30 - $22,493 -8% 207 $109   $106,646,556 118
2011/03/31 - $22,771 +1% 207 $110   $106,669,327 119
2011/04/01 - $32,048 +41% 162 $198   $106,701,375 120
2011/04/02 - $45,437 +42% 162 $280   $106,746,812 121
2011/04/03 - $27,785 -39% 162 $172   $106,774,597 122
2011/04/04 - $12,381 -55% 162 $76   $106,786,978 123
2011/04/05 - $15,638 +26% 162 $97   $106,802,616 124
2011/04/06 - $14,007 -10% 162 $86   $106,816,623 125
2011/04/07 - $14,634 +4% 162 $90   $106,831,257 126
2011/04/08 - $16,547 +13% 103 $161   $106,847,804 127
2011/04/09 - $22,341 +35% 103 $217   $106,870,145 128
2011/04/10 - $12,145 -46% 103 $118   $106,882,290 129
2011/04/11 - $5,965 -51% 103 $58   $106,888,255 130
2011/04/12 - $7,721 +29% 103 $75   $106,895,976 131
2011/04/13 - $6,584 -15% 103 $64   $106,902,560 132
2011/04/14 - $6,854 +4% 103 $67   $106,909,414 133
2011/04/15 - $5,613 -18% 49 $115   $106,915,027 134
2011/04/16 - $9,366 +67% 49 $191   $106,924,393 135
2011/04/17 - $4,605 -51% 49 $94   $106,928,998 136
2011/04/18 - $3,016 -35% 49 $62   $106,932,014 137
2011/04/19 - $3,628 +20% 49 $74   $106,935,642 138
2011/04/20 - $3,515 -3% 49 $72   $106,939,157 139
2011/04/21 - $3,425 -3% 49 $70   $106,942,582 140
2011/04/22 - $2,335 -32% 20 $117   $106,944,917 141
2011/04/23 - $2,123 -9% 20 $106   $106,947,040 142
2011/04/24 - $1,103 -48% 20 $55   $106,948,143 143
2011/04/25 - $595 -46% 20 $30   $106,948,738 144
2011/04/26 - $691 +16% 20 $35   $106,949,429 145
2011/04/27 - $672 -3% 20 $34   $106,950,101 146
2011/04/28 - $656 -2% 20 $33   $106,950,757 147

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2010/12/03 13 $1,443,809   18 $80,212   $1,443,809 3
2010/12/10 6 $3,305,368 +129% 90 $36,726   $5,584,542 10
2010/12/17 7 $8,383,479 +154% 959 $8,742   $15,791,753 17
2010/12/24 9 $6,254,986 -25% 1,466 $4,267   $28,689,060 24
2010/12/31 9 $8,881,595 +42% 1,553 $5,719   $47,807,791 31
2011/01/07 5 $8,113,011 -9% 1,584 $5,122   $61,218,504 38
2011/01/14 5 $8,342,648 +3% 2,328 $3,584   $73,211,006 45
2011/01/21 6 $5,869,744 -30% 2,407 $2,439   $83,250,375 52
2011/01/28 8 $5,118,269 -13% 2,315 $2,211   $90,722,310 59
2011/02/04 9 $3,373,851 -34% 1,977 $1,707   $95,861,708 66
2011/02/11 14 $2,122,555 -37% 1,069 $1,986   $99,337,220 73
2011/02/18 15 $1,327,788 -37% 656 $2,024   $101,536,863 80
2011/02/25 15 $1,327,844 n/c 617 $2,152   $103,576,418 87
2011/03/04 15 $1,012,346 -24% 681 $1,487   $105,118,886 94
2011/03/11 20 $440,504 -56% 337 $1,307   $105,928,217 101
2011/03/18 27 $174,210 -60% 191 $912   $106,303,657 108
2011/03/25 29 $184,355 +6% 207 $891   $106,578,424 115
2011/04/01 34 $105,270 -43% 162 $650   $106,774,597 122
2011/04/08 45 $51,033 -52% 103 $495   $106,882,290 129
2011/04/15 57 $19,584 -62% 49 $400   $106,928,998 136
2011/04/22 85 $5,561 -72% 20 $278   $106,948,143 143
2011/04/29 100 $1,570 -72% 8 $196   $106,952,327 150

Weekly US DVD Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
4/3/20112542,332 542,332$8,129,557$8,129,5571
4/10/20115154,500-72% 696,832$2,315,955$10,445,5122
4/17/2011886,048-44% 782,880$1,418,932$11,864,4433
4/24/20112578,049-9% 860,929$1,086,442$12,950,8854
5/1/2011773,445-6% 934,374$954,051$13,904,9365
5/8/20114197,386+169% 1,131,760$2,056,762$15,961,6986
5/15/20112032,185-84% 1,163,945$321,528$16,283,2267
5/22/20112522,074-31% 1,186,019$248,995$16,532,2218
5/29/20112229,094+32% 1,215,113$377,931$16,910,1529
6/5/20113017,339-40% 1,232,452$217,778$17,127,93010

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
4/3/20112206,150 206,150$4,739,380$4,739,3801
4/10/2011735,379-83% 241,529$707,230$5,446,6102
4/17/20111618,046-49% 259,575$391,600$5,838,2103
4/24/20111620,590+14% 280,165$436,309$6,274,5194
5/1/20111411,884-42% 292,049$237,557$6,512,0765
5/8/2011726,906+126% 318,955$492,658$7,004,7346
5/15/20112013,045-52% 332,000$281,514$7,286,2487
5/29/2011209,744 350,008$205,898$7,661,0559

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