New releases were not very prominent on the DVD rental chart this week, but they did have two in the top five, including the overall champion, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, which made $9.46 million during its first week of release.
New releases took the top two spots on the DVD rental chart with Knocked Up taking in $10.11 million during its opening week.
New releases were not plentiful on the sales chart this week, but they did take the first two places.
Leading the way was Knocked Up, which sold 2.29 million DVDs for first week sales of $43.87 million.
(The studio has reported that it sold 3.5 million units, but this is likely the number of units shipped, not the number sold during its opening week.)
New releases were dominant on this week's rental chart with ten charting, including first place We Are... Marshall and its $4.59 million in rentals.
New releases dominated this week's sales chart, taking the first seven spots, including the new number one, We Are... Marshall.
That DVD sold 449,000 units for opening week sales of $7.18 million.
There are even more TV on DVD releases this week, many of them worth adding to your DVD collection.
I would say that fans of TV on DVD might be tempted to mortgage their house in order to pay for all of the great sets coming out, but after the sub-prime meltdown, that's probably no longer an option. As for the DVD Pick of the Week, I decided to go with a David Hewlett double-shot with both Stargate Atlantis - The Complete Third Season and A Dog's Breakfast winning that honor.
It was a fairly predictable weekend as far as box office numbers go. No film really beat expectations by a wide margin, nor did any fail to do so.
This meant nearly every film in the top ten showed significant growth (the lone exception was Rocky Balboa), while the only film in the top twenty to see a serious drop-off was the Christmas film, The Nativity Story, which plummeted more than 67%.
Most films missed expectations this weekend and that hurt the overall box office, which was off 8% compared to last year.
But there were still reasons to celebrate with Pursuit of Happyness and Rocky Balboa matching their production budget over the weekend while Dreamgirls exploded on Christmas Day.
An abridged list with just the sites for movies opening this week, and maybe one or two others. Because it is such a short list, there's no real strong choice for Weekly Website Award. Rocky Balboa
- Official Site
comes the closest, but it doesn't quite get there.
Christmas is one of the busiest times of year and this year is no exception with five films opening wide from now to the 25th and another expanding. Because of the crowd, at least one or two will be lost, squeezed out by the competition. However, there are also two or three films that are aiming at $100 million, or more.
Three new releases hope to put a bit of cheer into the box office, a box office that has been far from impressive the last couple weeks. Not since Happy Feet and Casino Royale opened has any film really been able to set the box office on fire.
Or even just beat expectations by a significant margin.
This week should have given us the first $40 million film of the month, but the tracking numbers are just not there.
Looking at my calendar I see that it's March 11th. ... March 11th, 2003. This means it's time for me to get a new calendar, but more importantly, it's time for the December preview. December is an insanely busy time of year with studio release major blockbusters in hopes of cashing in on the holidays, as well as a ton of Oscar bait movies hoping to remain fresh in voters' minds by the time the ballots are handed out. On a side note, this is the first time in several years that's there not an obvious Must See movie opening during the month. Sure, there are quite a few that should crack $100 million at the box office, maybe even $200 million, but nothing like The Lord of the Rings
. In addition to the ton of wide releases and limited releases scheduled to open wide this month, there are several more movies opening in limited release this month before expanding in the new year. Movies like Home of the Brave
, Arthur & the Invisibles
, The Painted Veil
, Letters from Iwo Jima
, Children of Men
, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
, Fast Track
, and Pan's Labyrinth
, and possibly some others.
With more and more Oscar contenders getting ready to start their theatrical runs, it is fitting that a satire of such films, For Your Consideration
- Official Site
, takes home the Weekly Website Award.
This week's round of new movie release information contains release dates for Emilio Estevez' Bobby, Frank Miller's 300 and more.