September 2nd, 2007
New releases weren't big sellers this week as Wild Hogs remained in first place despite falling more than 66% during its second week of release. It sold an estimated 738,000 units for a running tally of 2.94 million.
That works out to $46.96 million in sales, including $11.80 million this past week.
September 2nd, 2007
While there were plenty of new releases that charted this week, the top five was nearly identical to last week. In fact, the top four were identical, which left Wild Hogs in first place with $7.81 million in rentals over the week and $17.75 million in total.
August 20th, 2007
This is another week without a first run release that demands to be purchased.
That is not to say there are no first run releases coming out tomorrow, just none that need picking up.
Fortunately, TV on DVD and Special Editions were able to pick up the slack.
From the former category we have Ugly Betty - The Complete First Season and House, M.D. - Season Three that were contenders for DVD Pick of the Week.
From the latter, we have House of Games - Criterion Collection and Serenity - Collector's Edition.
And the winner is... Serenity - Collector's Edition.
Buy it early, buy it often, and maybe we'll have a sequel before too long.
August 17th, 2007
The box office prediction contests are going to get a lot harder as the lack of an obvious number one film complicates matters. It is unlikely that Mr. Bean's Holiday will be that number one film, but it is the target film this week. To win one must simply predict the box office opening for Mr. Bean's Holiday.
Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win Redline on DVD and a copy of The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3: The Complete Series on DVD.
Meanwhile, whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's opening 3-day weekend (Friday to Sunday), without going under, will win Redline on DVD and a copy of The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3: The Complete Series on DVD.
In addition, one more winner will be chosen arbitrarily from all of the valid entries and they will win the third copy of Redline on DVD.
Finally, we have one last prize that will be awarded to the person who comes closest to predicting Mr. Bean's Holiday's 3-day opening, regardless of whether they are above or below the actually box office. In addition to winning the prizes mentioned above, they will receive a copy of TV guide from April 6-12, 1996. Yes, you could win a decade old copy of TV Guide. What makes is so special is it features Rowan Atkinson on the cover.
Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay!
April 23rd, 2007
It was a slow weekend at the box office as most of the new releases, and a couple of the holdovers, were unable to live up to expectations.
How slow was it?
The overall box office dropped below $100 million.
It fell 25% from last weekend to just $89 million and that's a severe 19% drop-off from the same weekend last year.
In fact this was the worst weekend since last September.
However, it is important to note that overall 2007 is still ahead of last year's pace by 5% and most analysts expect many, many records to fall this summer.
April 16th, 2007
The weekend box office numbers were mixed. On the one hand, there was a small drop in the overall box office numbers with the total ticket sales coming in at $119 million, which was 4% lower than last weekend and 1% lower than the same weekend last year. However, while that's hardly a reason to worry, there were six wide releases meaning the merely average box office numbers had to divided up amongst a crowded field and that really hurt a lot of the new releases. In fact, only one of the six had any real reason to celebrate.
April 14th, 2007
Even with the extra day, it was a slow week for websites. There were a couple films to have their full sites go live this week, but in both cases there was a lack of features. The best of the list is Pathfinder - Official Site, but it's not up to the level of an award winner.
April 12th, 2007
There's six new wide releases this weekend, but the overwhelming thought I have when checking them out is, "ZZZZZzzzzzzzz." There are two reasons for this. Firstly, there's not much here to get excited about; most are opening in less than 2,000 theaters and most are earning reviews that are terrible.
Because of this, none look to be runaway hits at the box office; in fact, there's talk that Blades of Glory will again win the weekend box office race.
The second reason for the snores above, last night was the start of the NHL playoffs and the Canucks played their first two games.
Or at least that's how long game one lasted.
Four overtime periods.
Oh so tired.
At least they won.
April 1st, 2007
This week's round of new movie release information contains release dates for The Nanny Diaries, Sweeney Todd, The Happening and more.
April 1st, 2007
April is an interesting month to open a movie. Interesting, but not a particularly good month. This year it does start with Easter, but that's traditionally not a strong long weekend. Only one movie has topped $40 million over that weekend and only one other has cracked $30 million. Worst still, it's jammed right up against May, the start of the summer blockbusters season.
Ironically, the closer you get to this most lucrative time of year, the tougher it is for films to make a buck.
No movie wants to open the weekend before Spider-man 3, for instance.
Overall, there are a few hits to be found in the month, and a few misses, but nothing that really stands out above the pack.