November 29th, 2007
It's the official start of award season as the Independent Spirit Award nominations were announced. Several films received nods, but I'm Not There and Juno were the big hits.
September 9th, 2007
There was only one new release to reach the top five this week, or the top ten for that matter, as Blades of Glory opened with $9.47 million in rentals.
August 27th, 2007
The last week in summer brings with it a mixed bag of DVD releases, very few of which are top-notch releases.
There are a few that are worth picking up though, and two that are clear contenders for DVD Pick of the Week: Heroes - The Complete First Season and Heroes - The Complete First Season - HD-DVD edition.
This is the first time a high definition release has won the DVD Pick of the Week, and while the format war will drag on at least one more year, we should start seeing more and more releases take the top prize before that happens.
May 15th, 2007
Brand Upon the Brain! was the top dog on the per theater chart this week, scoring an impressive $46,412 in its one theater over the weekend and $63,837 since Wednesday.
In most cases this would be clear evidence that the film was destined for mainstream success. However, given the nature of the movie, it should have a successful tour of art house theaters in major cities, but it will never play in multiplexes.
The second place film was Brooklyn Rules with $41,811 an exclusive engagement ahead of this Friday's opening.
Paris, je t'aime remained in third place while its average rose to $20,247.
The overall number one film, Spider-man 3, earned an average of $13,680, which was more than the four new wide releases combined.
Finally, Waitress just maintained a $10,000 average, earning an average of $10,108 in 65 theaters.
There is little doubt the film will earn some measure of mainstream success at this point.
April 17th, 2007
There was only one film able to top $10,000 on the per theater charts, and that was Year of the Dog at $15,460. The next closest movie, Disturbia, had less than half that at $7,598.
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 13th, 2007
This week's list of limited releases includes a directorial debut, the latest in a long career, a low-key Canadian indie, as well as a Japanese film that is anything but low-key.
It makes for an interesting week, but one where it is hard to predict which film, if any, can have a break-out success.
April 7th, 2007
It's the Saturday after Good Friday, which explains why this column was delayed one day. But while the Friday was good, this week's sites were mediocre, at least they were compared to high expectations. If this was January, it would be a great list. However, at this point of the year I'm expecting one potential summer blockbuster to have a major website launch each week, and that didn't happen this time. We still had an award-worthy effort with Grindhouse - Official Site.
March 10th, 2007
We are starting to see more and more summer blockbusters launching or updating their websites. However, this week it was still a spring release taking top spot as The Fracture - Official Site won the Weekly Website Award.
November 19th, 2006
This week's round of new movie release information contains release dates for Charlotte's Web, Speed Racer, The Dark Knight and more.