March 8th, 2004
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. It was a really slow week this week. I may not even buy a single DVD tomorrow. How will the industry survive? I guess I'll rent Prey for Rock & Roll
- (Buy from Amazon
) If you're looking for a DVD recommendation for the week, check out some independent films on DVD. Independent films like Chance
and Six-String Samurai
are definitely worth hunting down.
February 3rd, 2004
Strong holdovers and a half a dozen smaller openings kept The Last Samurai
in first place on the international scene for the third weekend in a row. This week it took in another $23.3 million to raise its total to nearly $250 million internationally. Ken Watanabe
's Oscar nomination helped the film's Japanese take rise by 22% from last weekend, and is now just shy of $100 million in that nation.
January 27th, 2004
The weekend take for The Last Samurai
dropped less than expected, just 23% or $31.3 million, and that helped it maintain first place for the second weekend in a row. It also crossed $200 million internationally and $300 million worldwide. A mid-February opening in Russia is the last major opening for The Last Samurai, but strong legs in many markets could pull in another $100 million internationally.
January 25th, 2004
With the awards ceremony only hours away, here's one last look at the theatrical nominations for tonight's 61st annual Golden Globes awards.
December 24th, 2003
There's really no doubt Lord of the Rings: Return of the King will remain number one over Christmas / the weekend. The only real question is how much of last weekend's record breaking performance will it maintain and how well will the other movies fare.
December 22nd, 2003
Expectations for Lord of the Rings: Return of the King were huge, but unlike so many other movies with huge expectations that opened this year Return of the King didn't disappoint. A record-breaking performance lead to a huge 59% jump in the box office from last week. But the major letdown in other films led to a 2.3% drop from last year.
December 21st, 2003
New Line announced today an estimated debut weekend total of $73.6 million for Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - the 7th biggest single Friday-Sunday performance in history.
The trilogy finale also scores a host of other records.
December 19th, 2003
While there are two major and a few smaller releases, only one movie is getting talked about this weekend. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
will crush all competition, but there still is some question if records can be broken and how well the other competition will fare.
December 18th, 2003
During the past week promotional websites for several movies were launched and some older ones added additional content. Here is a list of highlights, (including this week's winner Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
- Official Site
plus one last look at websites for films opening this week. If you know of any new movie websites not on this list feel free to e-mail me with the details.
November 6th, 2003