It's a busy week for DVDs, and it's even busier next week.
Not only are the overall numbers high, the quality is good too, with several films from last year's award season / holiday rush coming to the home market.
One of these films, Rocky Balboa - Buy from Amazon, was a serious contender for DVD Pick of the Week, as was a TV on DVD release, NewsRadio - The Complete Fifth Season - Buy from Amazon.
But in the end I went with a cult classic that more people should experience, Re-Animator - Limited Edition - Buy from Amazon.
Three new DVDs topped the DVD Rental Charts, the VHS Rental Charts and the DVD Sales Charts, in the same order. Leading the way was the wonderful
with $6.70 million in DVD rentals and $1.03 million in VHS rentals. The film also lead the week in DVD sales with 1.5 million units sold on just its first day of release.
After the Sunset
stole top spot from The Incredibles
on both the DVD and VHS rental charts, (the latter film did triumph on the sale charts.) The film, which only made $28.3 million during its entire domestic run, made $6.00 million in DVD rentals and $900,000 in VHS rentals.
Despite three new films in the top five, The Incredibles
continue their domination of the home market topping the DVD rentals with $6.97 million and $1.33 million in VHS sales. On the sales side it remains number one this week and in fact is the number one for sales for the year.
Every week films get a second chance at success from the home market; or, in some cases, a first chance at success. Here is a list of wide releases, limited releases and a few from the growing TV on DVD section including this week's winner, Star Wars - Clone Wars, Vol. 1 - Buy from Amazon, although Being Julia - Buy from Amazon and Finding Neverland - Buy from Amazon are also worthwhile films.
After gathering in all the data the winner for the race for fifth place is Million Dollar Baby
, I think. It would need to lost more than 40% from last week's total and that's not taking into account its openings in South Korea at $1,515,672 and second place, its $110,000, third place debut in Finland, $86,000 in Russia, $50,000, second place debut in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, exact weekend totals are unknown but it is estimated at $6 million raising its international total to $43 million so far.
As expected, both Millions and The Upside of Anger made it to the $10,000 club.
However, they finished in the opposite order than expected. The Upside of Anger topped the charts with $211,559 in 9 theatres for an impressive average of $23,507.
That bodes well for this weekend, when it expands into more than 100 theaters, and the weekend after when it goes wide. Millions, on the other hand, opened a little lower than expected but still very strong, with an average of $14,045 in just 5 theaters.
The last film in the $10,000 club was Best of Youth, which saw its weekend haul climb by 37.85% to $10,325 in its loan theater.
That's even more impressive when you take into account its 6 hour runtime.
finished its international run with a second place $2.08 million opening in Japan on 485 screens. Its $4,296 per screen average it quite low for the market and generally means the film won't have the usual legs films in Japan have. The film performed much better in Italy where it finished first again with $3.0 million, down just 23% during its sophomore stint. Overall it took in $5.2 million to raise its international total to $181 million, but without any more openings it might struggle to hit $200 million.
Meet the Fockers
maintained their hold on the international box office crown with $20.8 million on 4200 screens in 48 markets for a running tally of $184.7 million. The film opened in only one market, New Zealand, which is strange since the film has been playing in Australia since Christmas. Like Canada and the U.S., most films tend to open in Australia and New Zealand on the same day, and it looks like the delay hurt the film's box office as $524,000 on 53 screens was lower than expected. The film maintained its pole position in several larger markets including Germany, where the film dropped just 15% to $5.0 million and Austria down just 7% to $1.0 million.
The Aviator started out Oscar evening extremely well, but it was Million Dollar Baby that won the biggest prizes at the 77th annual Academy Awards.
Only two films were able to crack the $10,000 club this week, at least if you only count the three day weekend.
The charts were led by the German Oscar contender, Downfall, which opened in only one theater and earned $18,195 over the 3-day weekend, and $24,220 if you add in the holiday Monday.
In second place was Bride and Prejudice with a per theater average of $10,047 / $12,015.
Aided by number one debuts in 8 markets, Meet the Fockers easily topped the international box office with $28.1 million on 3,750 screens in 33 markets for a total of $153.7 million internationally, which tops the original's $139.6 million total.
The film debuted in two major markets, bringing in $5.8 million on 629 screens in Germany and $4.3 million on 591 in France.
The film also had $1 million openings in Austria ($1.1 million on 110 screens) and Belgium (an incredible $1.3 million on just 51 screens).
In holdovers, the film was equally impressive, dropping just 25% during its second weekend in Italy and 36% in its fourth weekend in the U.K., where it remained in first place.
Meet the Fockers
easily topped the international marketplace while surpassing the $100 million milestone internationally. The film's biggest box office was in Italy where the film brought in $5.9 million on 497 screens, more than double what the original
opened with. The film is also opened well in several mid-level markets like Greece where the film took in $650,000 on 59 screens and $790,000 on 94 screens in Holland. Add in strong holdovers in the U.K. ($5.6 million down just 36%) and Spain, ($3.4 million down just 27%) and it all adds up to a $20.2 million on 2500 screens in 25 markets for an international total $114 million.
The re-release of Masculine Feminine took top spot on the per theater charts, with an average of $13,428 in two theaters.
This is the second time in three weeks that a re-release has managed that feat.
There was an extremely close battle for second place between the overall box office champ, Hitch and Bride and Prejudice, which earned averages of $12,068 and $12,058 respectively.
Had the latter film sold just 50 more tickets it would have finished in second place.
A higher than expected opening in Spain and a lower than expected decline in the U.K. allowed Meet the Fockers
to retain top spot on the international charts. The film opened first in a handful of markets, including a $4.7 million opening in Spain on 356 screens, $377,000 in Denmark, $352,000 in Taiwan and $275,000 in Israel. Its most prolific market continues to be the U.K. where the film brought in $8.5 million during its second weekend there; that's a 42% drop-off, which is a little high for the market, but not as high as expected given its huge start last weekend. That one market represented more than half of its weekend total of $16.3 million on 1700 screens in 28 markets for a running tally of $82.9 million.
The 11th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are handed out tonight and while there are numerous awards only five are for theatrical releases.
The re-release of the classic boxing movie Raging Bull topped the Per Theater Charts this past weekend with $13,568 in one theater.
The only other film in the $10,000 club was Born into Brothels, which had its best performance since its debut, with over $30,000 in 3 theaters for an average of $10,554.
gave a box office boost to many films this past weekend while other films are too far into their runs for it to make a difference, (The Motorcycle Diaries
) or out of theatres completely, (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
.) But of the 35 films that received Oscar Nominations
, 17 saw increases in either their overall box office, per theatre average or both.
On Saturday, the Directors Guild of America celebrated their 57th annual awards. And while there were many winners, only two awards were for theatrical releases.
The Oscar Nominations were announced this morning and at first glance it appears that most of the nominations went to films with smaller budgets and box office results.
Box office hits were nearly shut out of the major nominations.
Over the weekend The Producers Guild of America handed out their 15th Annual awards with The Aviator taking top prize for Darryl F. Zanuck as Producer of the Year Award - Theatrical Motion Pictures. This is the first of four Guild Awards that will be handed out over the next few weeks leading up to the Oscars on February 27th.
After a massive opening last week in Spain, Alexander
took top spot on the international charts thanks to a strong opening in Italy, Brazil and Hong Kong. The film managed first place in all three markets with $3.87 million on 446 screens in Italy, $906,900 on 193 screens in Brazil and $275,244 on 30 screens in Hong Kong. Holdovers were not as kind to the Sword and Sandal
epic as it dropped nearly 50% in the U.K., Spain and France. Overall the film brought in $14.5 million on 3600 screens in 51 markets for a running tally of $88 million. And while the film will easily cross $100 million internationally, which is roughly 3 times its domestic figure, it has to be looked at as a disappointment financially.
Million Dollar Baby climbed back into first place on the per theater charts with an average of $14,868 in 122 theaters. The only other film to beat the $10,000 mark was Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbh Mela with $12,127 in its lone theater.
Four of last week's five films in the $10,000 club managed to repeat that feat this week with In Good Company continuing its reign on the charts. The film, which opens wide this week, dropped a mere 5% at the box office earning an average of $48,050 in three theatres. Well back at $17,619 was Million Dollar Baby, which did an amazing job holding onto its per theatre average despite increasing its theatre count from just 9 to 109. On the other hand, The Merchant of Venice dropped almost 30% to $12,237 even though its theatre count was unchanged. Another film holding up well despite massive gains in its theatre count was Hotel Rwanda with $11,155 on average in 105 theatres. Rounding out the $10,000 club was the only new wide release this weekend, White Noise with $10,665.
As you can probably guess from the grammatically incorrect headline, In Good Company
took top spot on the Per Theatre Charts with an amazing $50,583 average in three theatres over the weekend and a total of $225,000 since the film opened on Wednesday. Coming in second is the oldest film in the $10,000 club, Million Dollar Baby
, which saw its per theatre average jump to $30,164 in nine theatres and has already topped $1 million during its limited run. Hotel Rwanda
also saw its per theatre average climb and earned $20,340 in 7 theatres and needs to expand quickly to take advantage of its strong start. Oscar hopeful, The Merchant of Venice
, started well with nearly $70,000 over the weekend and over $100,000 since its Wednesday opening, which works out to a $17,467 average in 4 theatres. Rounding out the $10,000 club was the overall box office leader, Meet the Fockers
with an average of $11,845.
During its second weekend of release, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
saw its per theatre average drop just 12.6% to land at $49,394, easily the best result this weekend. Next on the list are two new award season hopefuls, Million Dollar Baby
with $22,494 in 8 theatres and The Aviator
with $21,451 in 40 theatres. The second returning member of the $10,000 club rounds out the list as Bad Education
earned an average of $12,816 to spend its fifth week on the list.
It is a week after the Golden Globe nominees
were announced and a perfect time to look at the effect, if any, that the acclaim has brought previously released films.
The limited releases this weekend have combined for more than a dozen Golden Globe
nominations and could come close to matching that when Oscars nominations are announced late in January.
Golden Globe Nominations were announced on Monday and as with the IFP Independent Spirit Awards
lead the pack with 7 nominations. This does not mean it is the favorite in any particular category, but it does help its chances of taking home some hardware on January 16th.
Bad Education has stretched its amazing streak atop the Per Theatre Charts to thee weeks. With an expansion this weekend, it will probably be the last time the film top the charts, which is good because I'm running out of ideas for headlines using the education theme. This week it was a much closer contest with Bad Education beating out House of Flying Daggers $29,619 to $26,498, with the later film playing in more theatres, 15 to 3. Meanwhile, A Very Long Engagement dropped a spot to third with $18,146 average in four theatres. Rounding out the $10,000 club was Closer, which took in $7.7 million in 476 theatres for an average of $16,193.
For the second weekend in a row Bad Education easily took top spot on a per theatre chart with $46,182, down just 6% from last week. Next on the list was A Very Long Engagement with just over $100,000 in 4 theatres for an average of $25,437. Compared to Audrey Tautou's biggest hit, Amelie, it's quite a big drop, but it's too soon to tell how well this film will do. Last week's second place film, Days of Being Wild dropped a long way in its weekend box office, but still managed to earn $10,600 in its lone theatre.
It was the leftovers that ruled Thanksgiving weekend as neither of the new films could meet expectations. That helped the some of the holdovers excel, but not enough for any big gains over the weekend. Comparing the 3-day weekend we see gains of just 7.0% from last weekend and 0.25% from last year. Over the 5-day weekend, this year was up a mere 0.55% from last year. Year to date, 2004 know sits at $8.277 billion at the box office, up approximately 2.4% from the same point in 2003.
Thanksgiving long weekend is one of the busiest long weekends of the year and is usually a boon to new releases and family films. And while the later should do well, the former could struggle as they are both being savaged by critics.
took top spot on a per theatre chart loaded down with Oscar hopefuls. The latest offering from acclaimed director, Pedro Almodovar
, earned nearly $150,000 in just three theatres for an average of $49,123. Coming in second place with $18,090 in its lone theatre was Days of Being Wild
, a Hong Kong film from the early 90s. Three and four on the list were last week's one and two as Kinsey
beat out Finding Neverland
$16,048 to $14,680. The only other film to make it to the $10,000 club was the overall box office champ, National Treasure
There are only two new films on this week's list of limited releases; however, plenty of older limited releases are expanding their theatre counts.
Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason
opened in a mere half a dozen international markets over the weekend, but what an opening it was. Despite place on fewer than 1000 screens the film was able to pull in an amazing $26.7 million, the lion's share coming from the U.K. where the film took in $19.1 million on 496 screens, (including $5.9 million from sneak peaks.) That was the best opening for a Working Title film smashing the previous record of $11.1 million for Love Actually
. In each market the film broke the record for Working Title films and more than doubled the original
's debut. And even with legs that are expected to be much lower, it should be able to break $300 million internationally, although it may have trouble hitting $50 million domestically.
Kinsey, the biography of sex researcher Dr. Alfred Kinsey was top of the per theatre charts this past weekend. With nearly $170,000 in 5 theatres, the film was able to earn an impressive $33,808 per theatre average. Coming in second place was another biography, Finding Neverland with an average of $27,566 in 8 theatres. Well back was Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, which took in $16,385 in 530 on average. The only returning film in the $10,000 club was the overall box office champ, The Incredibles with $12,777 per theatre.
This weekend we have dueling Biopics
, which is similar to dueling banjos
but with less squealing like a pig
. Moving on. Just like the wide releases, this is a very busy week for limited releases and while there are a couple of films earning impressive reviews, most are sub-par at best.
It's a rare feat for a non-Hollywood film to top the international charts, but that's just what the German spoof, Seven Dwarfs, did this week. Playing in just three markets the film took in $10.6 million on under 1,000 screens. In its home market of Germany the film eased just 19% to $9.2 million; the result was not quite as good in Austria where it dropped a respectable 30% to $915,000, but it was in Switzerland where it shined - increasing
4% to $500,000. Overall the film has now made $29.0 million so far but the real test comes with increased competition from holiday fare and the ability to find an audience in non-German speaking markets.
During the past week promotional websites for several movies were launched and some older ones added additional content. Here the list of this week's releases, a couple of new sites and few updates, including this week's winner Closer
- Official Site
. If you know of any new movie websites not on this list feel free to e-mail
me with the details.
Holidays throughout Europe, and a $1.5 million, first place finish in Russia helped Shark Tale
remain in top spot for the fourth straight week, although it was a much closer contest this week. Highlights include $4.3 million in the U.K., off just 24% compared to its sophomore weekend, $4.0 million in France, which was up
47% from last weekend for a $15.5 million in 4,300 theatres in 27 markets weekend. Its international running total topped $100 million, the 13th film to do so this year, and now sits at $109.6 million.
Award season kicks into high gear and the Thanksgiving Holiday means one thing: Christmas movies. Christmas In November movies are becoming frustratingly common these days and this year is no different, with two such movies coming out.
There are also a few more award season hopefuls that span the whole spectrum of box office possibilities. More...
Traditionally, Halloween is not a good day for the movies, with kids and families staying away from the theatres in order to trick or treat. The only films that really benefit from Halloween are horror
films aimed at High School and College students.
During the past week promotional websites for several movies were launched and some older ones added additional content. Here the list of this week's releases, a couple of new sites and few updates including the winner for the week, Vanity Fair
- Official Site
. If you know of any new movie websites not on this list feel free to e-mail me with the details.
During the past week promotional websites for several movies were launched and some older ones added additional content. This week saw a deceptively poor crop of site as there were a lot of movie site launched / updated / released, more than 30 in fact. However, very few of them even came close to the being considered for this week's award. It's so bad I've spent the last 3 hours looking for a gem of movie site that I may have missed in previous weeks. In the end it was Kill Bill: Volume 2
- Official Site
that won the award with only one or two other that were even briefly considered. If you know of any new movie websites not on this list feel free to e-mail me with the details.
After a break for the Holidays, Hollywood is back in action again, shuffling around another batch of movie release dates.
This week's shuffle includes, among others, new dates for Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen,
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,
John Grisham's Skipping Christmas,
J.M. Barrie's Neverland,
Kingdom of Heaven and Little Black Book.
If you know of any other new release information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week's round of release planning includes new dates for Against the Ropes,
Catch That Kid,
J.M. Barrie's Neverland,
Dawn of the Dead and Exorcist: The Beginning.