There is not a single first-run wide release on this week's list. The biggest new release of the week is Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, which made less than $2 million in theaters. The biggest selling release of the week is the Lord of the Rings - The Theatrical Trilogy on Blu-ray, but the extended edition has already been announced. After those two releases there is practically nothing of interest. In all honesty, many of the releases on this list would have been ignored had this been a busy week. The release I'm looking forward to the most is Yesterday Was A Lie, but the DVD is late, so I don't know if it is merely worth buying or if it is worthy of the Pick of the Week honor.
nominations were handed out today and for the most part they've followed the script written by previous awards committees fairly closely.
2007 continues its slow start with little in the way of quality first run releases.
The only one that is worth picking up is The Protector - Buy from Amazon, but the quality of the movie is a little low for it to be DVD Pick of the Week.
On the TV on DVD front the best of the best was Doctor Who - The Complete Second Series - Buy from Amazon, but here the price is a little high, which lowers its appeal.
To find the DVD Pick of the Week you have to dig really deep and come up with Purgatory House, which can be purchased through Amazon or direct from their official site.
There was only one new release
to crack the top five, or the top ten for that matter, but it was the number one rental. United 93
was that release with $8.27 million during its first week of release.
A ton of new releases
to chart this week led by The Sentinel
with $8.34 million. That's a reasonable start compared to its theatrical total, but weak given its production budget.
It was a relatively slow week for new releases
, but without much competition there were two newcomers finishing atop the standings. In first place was Poseidon
as the disaster
flick hopes to save its run on the home market; the $8.97 million it was able to bring in put it in first place comfortably, but it won't be enough to help it show a profit any time soon.
One of the most hotly anticipated releases of the summer opens this Friday as Snakes on a Plane finally hits theatres after what seems like years of hype. Because of this we have three prizes that will be awarded to both winners this weekend. To win you just have to predict Snakes on a Plane's opening 3-day weekend (Friday to Sunday). Whoever comes closest, without going over, and whoever comes closest, without going under with both win The Lost City on DVD, Half Nelson CD Soundtrack, and... most importantly, a handful of rubber snakes. And since these prizes will be airmailed to the winners, there really will be Snakes on a Plane. Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay!
Over the Hedge
may have slipped out of the top five landing in sixth place this week, but it is still bringing in plenty at the box office. After earning $7.12 million on 3877 screens in 33 markets the film now has $121.76 million internationally and is closing in on its domestic total with several more markets left to open in. Its biggest market was again Germany with $1.49 million on 743 screens over the weekend for a four-week total of $14.26 million. Should it perform well in Japan and Italy, it will have no trouble reaching $300 million worldwide. And while that is low compared to the historical averages for digitally animated
films, but is still a great result.
A first place debut in China lifted Mission: Impossible 3
into sixth place overall with $5.74 million on 838 screens in 21 markets for a total of $239.82 million. In China it earned $2.8 million on 394 screens while in Japan it managed $2.50 million on 540 for a total of $29.92 million after three weeks of release.
A South Korean
film, Hanbando, a.k.a. The Korean Peninsula, topped its native market with a huge $6.14 million on 520 screens over the weekend and a total of $9.85 million overall. That was good enough for sixth place on the international charts.
The Da Vinci Code
slipped out of the top five with $3.85 million on 3037 screens in 55 markets for a total of $515.15 million. This is the 11th best international total ever, while its worldwide mark of $728.36 million places it 23rd on the all-time worldwide chart
Last minute updates in weekend numbers showed that it was The Da Vinci Code
and not Poseidon
grabbing the final spot in the top five. It was an exceedingly close race with the former film topping the latter by less than $3000 both with $5.68 million. The Da Vinci Code
earned its box office on 4352 screens in 57 markets while Poseidon
needed just 3584 in 48. On the other hand, their running tallies are worlds apart with The Da Vinci Code
leading $507.68 million to $94.72 million. That film became just the 12th film to cross $500 million internationally and is less than $20 million from overtaking Finding Nemo
for 10th place on the international charts.
started its staggered international release schedule with a first place, $22.13 million opening on 1779 screens in 11 markets. Highlights include a $3.88 million Australian debut on 409 screens and a $3.79 million debut on 355 screens in South Korea, ($5.00 million including Thursday). In both markets the film finished first. The rest of the markets were decidedly smaller, but the film still cracked $1 million in the Philippines with $2.58 million on 81, (while bringign in 90% of the market), Taiwan with $1.58 million on 151 screens, India with $1.49 million 274, Thailand with $1.47 million on 204, and Singapore with $1.16 million on 73. The film has no major openings this weekend and will slip to second with the debut of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
, but the two should battle for supremacy over the coming weeks.
With the World Cup heating up, the vast majority of the world was focuses on the world of sports and movies were a distant second choice for entertainment. No film was able to top $10.0 million internationally over the weekend while number one openings in a handful of markets helped Poseidon
top the charts. Over the weekend the film earned $8.90 million on 3982 screens in 46 markets for a total of $83.16 million. Its best debut came from Russia where it made $1.9 million on 371 screens over the weekend and $2.6 million in total while it took in $997,000 on 291 screens in Brazil. Other number one debuts include $378,000 on 60 screens over the weekend in Belgium, ($445,000 in total), and $255,000 on 134 in Turkey. The film has yet to opened in Germany, among other markets and should have no trouble reaching $100 million internationally, however, that isn't enough by a long shot.
Openings in South Korea and Taiwan helped X-Men: The Last Stand
climb into first place on the international charts with $14.64 million on 6271 screens in 57 markets for an international total of $180.81 million. (Which, like last week's international total, is another palindrome. What are the odds of that?) The film earned $5.9 million on 353 in South Korea and $1.4 million on 166 screens in Taiwan, finishing first in both markets. However, they were not the only results of note this week as the film dipped just 16% to $1.37 million on 459 screens over the weekend for a total of $32.16 million in total. At this point, even if the film didn't have any additional openings left, it would still cross the $200 million mark before its run was over. As it is, it has yet to open in both China and Japan and could earn more internationally than it did stateside.
The world's attention is focused on the World Cup, except for in the United States, which only has three days left till they are eliminated. This caused a huge drop in box office revenue in most markets, but The Da Vinci Code
still led with a strong $22.05 million on 9889 screens in 65 markets for a total of $453.40 million on the international stage. That ranks it 16th internationally while its $640.28 million worldwide puts it ahead of The Passion of the Christ
, among others, and into 27th place on the All Time Charts
. The film is still leading in a few major markets including Germany at $1.29 million on 905 screens over the weekend and $41.69 million in total and Italy at $1.50 million on 645 screens for a total of $32.90 million. However, both those markets are also football
-crazed, which led to drop-offs of 72% and 79% respectively. Its best market over the weekend and overall is Japan where it was down just 25% to $4.45 million on 767 screens for a total of $55.53 million after four weeks of release.
The Da Vinci Code completed its three-peat, earning $51.61 million on 11,676 screens in 66 markets for a total of $408.86 million on the international scene.
The film became only the 21st film to top $400 million internationally, and it should become the 12th to reach $500 million before too long.
Worldwide the film has $580.82 million, placing it in 32nd spot on the All Time Charts and should have no trouble reaching $700 million and might even place in the top twenty before its run is over.
As for individual markets, the film is still leading in many major markets including Germany ($6.19 million on 902 screens for a total of $38.79 million), Japan ($6.06 million on 822 screens and $45.95 million in total), Italy ($5.39 million on 747 screens for a $30.68 million total), as well as Spain ($2.69 million on 752 screens for a total of $25.77 million).
The Da Vinci Code could top the charts next week as well, but with the World Cup starting, it will likely see huge declines in most major markets, especially those with teams participating in the two-week football tournament.
The one major change from the studio estimates was in fourth place as the Spanish
, grew by 15% to $4.55 million on 835 screens in 5 markets for a total of $21.33 million. The big surprise came in France where the film was up a massive 41% from its opened taking in $2.64 million on 333 screens for a two-week total of $5.53 million. Meanwhile, in Italy is was down a mere 16% to $1.11 million on 309 screens for a total of $3.30 million.
For the second weekend in a row there's only one wide release to deal with.
However, unlike last weekend, there is no chance records will be broken, at least not the good kind.
The weekend should keep pace with 2005, which saw the all three wide releases struggle.
In fact, the one wide release this week could make more than all three did last year.
Records fell this weekend as X-Men: The Last Stand beat all expectations, so there's little surprise that the overall box office was also much stronger than expected.
For the 3-day weekend it was up 20.3% from last weekend at $197 million, which was 6.9% higher than the same weekend last year.
The total box office for the 4-day weekend was $242 million or 4.2% higher than last year.
Year-to-date, 2006 is ahead of 2005 by a 3% margin, which is in line with ticket price inflation.
Mission: Impossible 3
was knocked out of first place by The Da Vinci Code
, but that was not a surprise to anyone. What was a surprise is the lack of staying power Mission: Impossible 3
has exhibited so far; this week the film fell a further 43% o $23.22 million on 6392 screens in 57 markets for a total of $164.32 million. Its best market of the weekend was the U.K. where it added $3.44 million on 445 screens to its total of $23.70 million. However, South Korea is close behind with $3.19 million on 330 screens for a total of $23.22 million. The film only as a few openings left and Japan is the only major player out there so unless a minor miracle happens Mission: Impossible 3
won't reach the heights that its predecessors
Memorial Day long weekend is the busiest weekend of the year. Many times it has been compared to the Superbowl, and for good reason. Over the next four days more than 25 million people will go to see a movie, each of them will be inundated with ads for upcoming releases. Trailers, posters, stands, ads on their popcorn boxes, ads on their drinks, ads, ads, ads.
If the films fail to bring in moviegoers this weekend, the effects will be felt for months.
All this pressure falls on just one wide release and last week's superstar.
It was a good news, bad news weekend. Good news, The Da Vinci Code had one of the biggest opening weekends of all time and that helped the overall box office climb 63.8% from last weekend to $163 million. Bad news, every other film in the top five missed expectations, leaving the box office of flat with the same weekend last year.
Not all of the smaller, independent releases have reported yet, but when they do, this weekend should see just a tiny increase, one that would round to 0.0%, but that's compared to microscopic decline of 0.001% it is showing right now.
One of the most hotly anticipated movies of the year opens this weekend, as does the latest digitally animated movie.
Neither film looks likely to break any opening weekend box office records on its own, but we could have the biggest one-two opening punch ever, and with their respective target audiences, both movies should have strong legs.
Whatever happens, one record will be broken this weekend, although it's a mark that no-one will be proud of achieving.
Mission: Impossible 3
was again able to top the international charts this time down 42% to $40.5 million on 7,390 screens in 57 markets. It showed amazing legs in some unusual markets including Germany where it was down 19% to $2.25 million on 881 screens for a total of $5.91 million while in South Korea it was down 24% to $5.54 million on 390 screens for a total of $17.73 million. On the other hand, in France the film tumbled 53% to $2.79 million on 850 screens for a two-week total of $10.4 million. So far the film has amassed $129.2 million internationally with openings in Japan and other smaller markets yet to go. On a side note, the film looks like it will be banned in China even though several parts of the movie were filmed there. Surprisingly the film is not being banned due to TomKat
overexposure but because the movie shows the Chinese police and government officials as corrupt and / or incompetent.
There was very little to celebrate for Poseidon
over the weekend. Sure, the Sunday numbers turned out to be much stronger than estimated, but the real good news was the film's performance at IMAX theatres nationwide. Playing on just 62 screens, the film was able to bring in an estimated $1.4 million. Its per theatre average on IMAX was $22,700 compared to an average of $5940 in conventional theatres.
It was a bad week for new releases with no newcomer able to beat expectations.
Even though the holdovers held up well the overall weekend box office numbers sank.
In total, theatrical releases earned $100 million, which was down 9.7% from last week and more importantly 2.7% from last year.
This was the first year-to-year drop-off in eight weeks, although it was relatively small.
In fact, had either Poseidon or Just My Luck matched expectations, the total box office would have seen a small growth.
The small decline wasn't enough to put a dent in 2006's lead over 2005, which remains at 6%.
There's a better than average selection on this week's list, but for the vast majority of the sites, there are only minor changes. The best of the bunch is Click
- Official Site
but there are a several other sites on this week's list that are just a update or two away from being an award winning site.
The second weekend of summer is looking soft this year with Mission: Impossible 3 getting off to a slower than expected start last weekend and buzz surrounding Poseidon being rather weak.
The good news is that both those films should top last year's winner and that should lead to another week of year-to-year growth.
It's the start of wedding season, maybe. Or maybe not. Why would I know when wedding season is? Stop pestering me! ... Moving on. To celebrate the alleged beginning of Wedding Season, this week's contest is the Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue contest. To win the contest you just need to predict the opening box office of Poseidon
. Whoever comes closest to predicting the opening 3-day weekend (Friday to Sunday), without going over
, will win That Girl - Season One
, which is the something old. Secondly, whoever comes closest to predicting the opening 3-day weekend (Friday to Sunday), without going under
, will win Something New
, which is something new, obviously. As for the something borrow and something blue, I don't know, maybe I'll find something blue in my room and mail to one random entrant, but they have to mail it back or it's not borrowed. Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay!
There are quite a few sure-fire, monster hits coming out this month, although none looks likely to come close to the box office performance of last year's May champ, Revenge of the Sith.
On the other hand, this time last year, the Summer Box Office season got off to a really, really bad start so we should at see some strong year-to-year gains, at least for the first two weeks. This should help 2006 extend its lead over 2005 and push ticket sales into the black.
The first of the new Friday edition Weekly Website Review column is here, but not without a hitch. We had a bit of a power outage early in the day so I did what any modern man would do when faced with the prospects of going without the Internet for an undetermined amount of time, I took a nap. Fortunately, I was mostly done before the power went out so there was no real affect on this week's list, but I am starting to this that this column is cursed. As for the list, its pretty average with the best of the bunch being A Scanner Darkly
- Official Site
Another week with less sites than I would have liked. (On a side note, it seems every time something weird happens it happens on a Thursday. This time its slight internet connection problems / memory leak. I think. Whatever it is, it's causing my computer to act really slowly.) This shorter list doesn't mean there isn't an award-worthy site and the best of the best is Over the Hedge
- Official Site
Pretty average week with all best sites being previous award winners. The best of the rest was Silent Hill
- Official Site
, and even though this week's update wasn't huge, it was enough to make the overall site award-worthy.
During the past week promotional websites for several movies were launched and some older ones added additional content. It was the busiest week in more than a month, but there weren't many big launches or massive updates, so it is the slow-growing V For Vendetta
- Official Site
that earns the Weekly Website Award.
While the overall domestic box office dropped by an estimated 6% this year, IMAX had a record breaking year for total ticket sales (although exact figures were not released).
Much of this success was due to DMR releasing of blockbuster Hollywood films like Batman Begins, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
During the past week promotional websites for several movies were launched and some older ones added additional content. We've hit another slow patch for movie websites, which is not unexpected since the most of the new site on this list are for films that open months from now so there's hardly any content, or open during the dead zone that is January. I would say the best of the rest would be King Kong
- Official Site
, but it is not strong enough to win the Weekly Website Award.
During the past week promotional websites for several movies were launched and some older ones added additional content. Despite being there being two weeks between updates, this was not a very strong week. Sure, there were plenty of websites updated, but not a lot that really stood out as being award worthy. In the end it was Clerks 2: The Passion of the Clerks
- Official Site
that was the best of the bunch and hopefully it will continue to grow and earn that award.