March 20th, 2007
It's a busy week for DVDs, and it's even busier next week.
Not only are the overall numbers high, the quality is good too, with several films from last year's award season / holiday rush coming to the home market.
One of these films, Rocky Balboa - Buy from Amazon, was a serious contender for DVD Pick of the Week, as was a TV on DVD release, NewsRadio - The Complete Fifth Season - Buy from Amazon.
But in the end I went with a cult classic that more people should experience, Re-Animator - Limited Edition - Buy from Amazon.
April 29th, 2006
It was a slow week for new releases as Hostel
took the top prize on the rental charts. But it was a close contest with it pulling in $8.42 million compared to the $8.11 million earned by the second place film, Fun with Dick and Jane
April 22nd, 2006
Fun with Dick and Jane
started its home market run off with a first place, $10.27 million run for the week but was unable to top the DVD sales chart.
April 15th, 2006
opened in first place on the home market with a lower than expected $8.73 million in rentals, and it did even better on the sales charts. But more on that in a bit.
April 8th, 2006
was the best of this week's
batch as it easily took top spot on the rental charts with $10.31 million in DVD rentals. This is higher than expected as I had assumed the vast majority of people who were interested in seeing it would buy it, but instead the buyers lead the renters by only a 2 - 1 margin.
April 1st, 2006
Despite a weak DVD, Derailed topped the rental charts with $8.39 million during its first week of release.
Last week's winner, A History of Violence, fell 28% to $6.42 million and now has $15.42 million during its home market run. A pair of family films, Chicken Little and Dreamer - Inspired by a True Story, came in third and fourth with $5.68 million and $5.45 million respectively. Rounding our the top five was Walk the Line, which added $5.10 million to its four-week total of $34.19 million.
March 26th, 2006
The only opening of note for Syriana
over the weekend was Turkey where the film placed third with $211,000 on 62 screens. Without a major opening, the film fell 35% to $3.68 million on 1992 screens in 43 markets and now has $27.35 million, which is still a disappointing total.
March 20th, 2006
Another busy week in terms of total releases, but only one jumps out as a must have.
That's Capote - Buy from Amazon, the DVD pick of the week.
March 19th, 2006
A number one opening in France, as well as a slew of smaller debuts, pushed Underworld: Evolution
into sixth place on the international charts with $4.98 million on 1473 screens in 20 markets for a running tally of $36.12 million after nearly two months in release. In France the film earned $1.84 million on 346 screens while it managed the same feat in a trio of Asian markets: Taiwan with $600,000 on 75 screens, Malaysia with $310,000 on 45, and Hong Kong with $290,000 on 25. Interestingly, the original
was banned in Malaysia.
March 12th, 2006
A fourth place, $1.63 million debut on 250 screens in France helped Memoirs Of A Geisha
leap up the charts this weekend. Overall the film finished in sixth place on the international charts with $3.98 million on 1723 screens in 47 markets for an international total of $88.34 million. The film placed higher during its opening in Finland with $79,000 on 12 screen over the weekend and $95,000 in total while it had to settle for ninth place in Belgium with $200,000 on 29 screens.
March 5th, 2006
On the weekend before the Oscars are announced, Brokeback Mountain
climbed a couple of spots to sixth with $4.44 million on 1368 screens in 30 markets for an international total of $53.89 million. New openings include Belgium where the filmed debuted in second place with $312,000 on a mere 27 screens for the best per screen average in the market. It wasn't as potent in Poland where it had to settle for fourth place with $194,000 on 40 screens over the weekend and $217,000 in total. The film also benefited from soft in the U.K. where it slipped just 5% to $442,000 on 245 screens for a very impressive total of $15.83 million so far. It was even better during its second weekend in Holland where it rose 1% to $210,000 for the weekend and $562,000 in total.
February 22nd, 2006
For the third weekend in a row, The French
film, Les Bronzes Amis Pour la Vie, topped the international charts. This week it made $11.28 million on 1019 screens in three markets for a total of $62.48 million. It goes without saying that its best market was France where it made another $9 million on 950 screens for a $57.8 million running tally there.
February 15th, 2006
film, Les Bronzes Amis Pour la Vie, fell 40% this weekend, but that was still more than enough to finish first on the overall box office charts with $15.68 million on 1019 screens in three markets for an international total of $47.05 million so far. It earned the vast majority of that amount in France where it finished first with $14.37 million on 950 screens over the weekend for a running tally of $43.16 million. The film also finished first in Belgium with $805,000 on 39 screens and in Switzerland with $505,000 on 30 screens; so far it has earned $2.32 million and $1.57 million in those two markets respectively.
February 8th, 2006
Les Bronzes Amis Pour la Vie, which is the latest film in a trilogy that started in the late 70s, opened in its native France
and dominated the market. The film made $24.26 million over the weekend, which was more than 60% of the overall French box office. The film also finished first in Belgium with $1.25 million on 41 screens and in Switzerland with $734,000 on 30 over the weekend and $882,000 in total. This film cost 35 million Euros to make, which at today's exchange rate would about $42 million American, and the film should have no trouble showing a profit in its native markets even if it has shorter legs than most films there have.
February 1st, 2006
had the widest international opening in a long time and that helped it reach the top of the charts with $15.34 million on 2911 screens in 30 markets. Its biggest market was France at $2.5 million on 437 screens and it did similar business in the U.K. with $2.15 million on 383 screens. Other million dollar markets include Germany at $1.69 million on 394 screens, Spain at $1.67 million on 218, Italy at $1.63 million on 296, and Australia at $1.34 million on 211. While those numbers are acceptable, the film wasn't able to top any of the markets. On the other hand, it finished first is Israel with $151,000 on 30 screens.
January 29th, 2006
Late updates have changed some of the results on in International Top Five
this week as My Boss, My Student crushed the competition in South Korea
with $7.59 million on 450 screens over the weekend and $9.31 million in total. This meant that despite Brokeback Mountain
earning a better than initially reported $7.39 million, it was pushed out of the top five and into sixth place.
January 22nd, 2006
A few more markets helped Fun with Dick and Jane remain flat last weekend at the international box office with $5.25 million on 1,458 screens in 18 markets for an early total of $18.09 million.
Its best market was Mexico where it opened in first place with $1.87 million on 418 screens while in Germany the film added $1.47 million on 478 screens for a two-week total of $4.39 million.
The film's biggest running total still came from Australia, where the film has managed $7.39 million after three weeks, including $710,000 over this past weekend.
January 11th, 2006
Narnia again led the international box office, this time taking in $30 million on 7,528 screens in 36 markets for a total of $277 million as it broke $500 million worldwide.
That puts the film in sixth place for the year on the international charts and its $525 million worldwide total is fourth for the year.
There were not much in the way of new openings this weekend but it did finish first in both Poland with $1.5 million and in Argentina with $1 million.
The film's best market over the weekend was again France with $5.9 million for a $28.1 million overall.
On the other hand, the film's best market overall is still the U.K. where the film has earned an amazing $67.81 million overall, including $3.78 million on 489 screens this weekend.
January 6th, 2006
It's guild day today as the Producers Guild of America
nominations were announced this week.
January 4th, 2006
extended its lead on the international scene this weekend with $41.5 million on 6,584 screens in 31 markets for a total of $225.5 million. (Total included an estimated $12 million on Monday.) The film opened in second place in South Korea with $3.94 million on 262 screens over the weekend and $5.22 million overall. Meanwhile, in Taiwan the film earned $1.3 million on 60 and $1 million on 95 in Thailand. Its best market overall was France where the film earned $8.4 million during its second weekend of release while in the U.K. the film was up 5% for the weekend with $5.13 million on 526 screens for a total of $58.86 million.
December 28th, 2005
It was a close race, but Narnia was able to climb to the top of the international box office this weekend with $35.2 million on 3,908 screens in 25 markets.
It nearly doubled its market count, including a number one, $8.7 million debut on 908 screens in France, and it also opened first in Russia with $2.72 million on 303.
The film had to settle for third place in Italy, but earned a strong $2.6 million on 456 screens. It also climbed back into first place in the U.K. with $4.92 million over the weekend and $42.73 million overall, but that was more due to King Kong's complete collapse than Narnia's staying power as the film was down 42%.
Including Monday, the film has made $138 million internationally and $303 million worldwide; that is likely enough to cover the film's production budget and it should pay for its P&A budget as well before long.
December 23rd, 2005
fell out of the top five with $6.81 million on 3697 screens in 32 markets for a $66.03 million running tally. The film had no major openings while holdovers varied from strong in France, (down just 29% to $3.03 million on 910 screens for the weekend and $7.75 million in total) to very poor in Italy, (down 59% to $658,000 on 367 for a $6.39 million total). The film has yet to open in several major markets including the U.K., Japan, and Germany and when it does it should have no trouble topping its domestic total since it is already more than halfway there.
December 14th, 2005
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire took a bit of a tumble at the international box office this weekend, but that is understandable since it only had one new opening and the competition was much steeper this weekend. Overall the film added $53.13 million on nearly 11,000 screens in 58 markets for a running tally of $415 million internationally and $659 million worldwide.
Both of those figures represent the second best for the year, and the film is now in 17th place internationally and 23rd worldwide all-time.
In the film's only opening, it did break industry records, earning $837,000 on 37 screens in Israel, including previews.
Other big takes include $11 million on 950 screens during its second weekend in France for a $32.9 million total in the market.
It dropped just 13% during its sophomore stint in South Korea, which is a nearly unheard of drop-off; the film made $4.5 million on 486 screens over the weekend and $12.9 million overall.
The U.K. is still the film's best market with just shy of $70 million so far, including $3.5m on 1,050 screens this weekend.
December 7th, 2005
For the third week in a row, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire expanded on the international scene, and that allowed its overall box office to remain nearly flat with $92.6 million on more than 11,600 screens in 57 markets.
Its total has now reached $330.6 million, putting it fourth for the year, just behind Madagascar, and just outside the top thirty all-time, while its worldwide total of $560 million is third for the year and 30th all-time.
December 2nd, 2005
The first weekend of December is usually not a very strong; too many people are trying to get their gift shopping done and are way too busy to check out a movie. (I, on the other hand, have been finished for weeks now.) Without much in the way of competition, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will likely win the weekend race for the third time in the film's run.
December 2nd, 2005
I learned a lot this week. For instance, I learned that when you removed the power supply from your computer, you should write down where each connection goes so you know how to put it back. To make a long story short, I'm writing this on my parents' computer and I'm picking up mine from the repair shop at 6:00 p.m. (I'm such an idiot.) In the meantime, here are the abbreviated predictions for the top five this week...
November 30th, 2005
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire added nearly two dozen more markets this weekend, including several major ones, and that allowed its international haul to grow to $96.8 million on 9,488 screens in 42 markets for a two-week total of $208.9 million.
New openings this weekend included a record-setting debut in both Italy, with $9.9 million on 869 screens, and in Belgium, with $2.8 million on 177.
The film had the second-best opening in several markets, including Spain at $8 million on 527 screens, Brazil with $3.9 million on 550, the Netherlands with $2.7 million on 252, and Greece with $1.5 million on 84.
While it didn't set records, it also had very impressive debuts in both Japan, where it made $14.2 million on 856 screens, and in Argentina, with $1.1 million on 156.
It should be noted that in Japan the film was on par with other entries in the franchise, and that should lead to a $100 million box office in that market.
Speaking of $100 million markets, the film is on track to reach that milestone in the U.K. after dropping just 38% during its second weekend there, adding $15.9 million on 536 screens for running tally of $51.3 million.
Holdovers were less kind in Mexico, where it was down 47% to $3.7 million for the weekend and $13.7 million in total, and in Germany, where it fell 53% to $10.3 million on 1,248 screens for a $34.9 million running total.
So far the film has nearly $410 million worldwide, which puts it just shy of the Top 50 All-Time, but with several more markets coming this week (including a trio of major ones in France, Australia and South Korea), the film should have no trouble making it there by this time next week.
November 28th, 2005
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire continues to prop up an otherwise sagging box office.
It was the only film to top $20 million over the long weekend, the first time that just a single movie has topped that figure over Thanksgiving weekend since 1997.
This led to a decrease of 8.4% compared to last weekend, but the three-day weekend was still 1.7% more than last year. The five-day result was even better, with 2005 up 2.9% over 2004.
Year-to-date, 2005 is still 6% behind, but with a few more potential monster hits on their way, it could close the gap.
November 23rd, 2005
Thanksgiving Weekend is as busy as ever.
With five films opening wide (and another expanding wide) and with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire a dead cert to finish first again, many of the films will have a difficult time attracting moviegoers.
November 23rd, 2005
In a result that surprised no one, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire topped the international charts with a fantastic $85.5 million on 4,268 screens in just 16 markets, which was more than the rest of the top 30 combined.
This isn't quite as big an opening as Prisoner of Azkaban's $87.2 million, but that film opened in more markets and on more screens, giving Goblet of Fire a significant advantage when it comes to long-term potential.
The film was first in every one of its markets, and even set records in many of them, including the U.K., where it earned $25.6 million on 535 screens for the best 3-day weekend ever.
In Germany, it made $21.68 million on 1,243 screens, breaking the record for biggest 4-day weekend, while in Denmark its opening was $2.85 million on 97 screens for the best 3-day weekend.
It just missed setting records in Taiwan, where it earned $3.5 million on 184 screens, the second biggest opening there behind just Kung Fu Hustle, and it had the third best opening in Mexico with $6.8 million on 654 screens.
Other key markets included China, at $3.4 million on 349 screens, Austria, with $2.5 million on 173, Norway, with $2.38 million on 109, Sweden, also with $2.38 million on 168, and Thailand, with $2 million on 218.
Next week Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will open in several more major markets including Japan, Italy, and Spain, while it should have million dollar openings in Brazil, Argentina, and others.
November 21st, 2005
It was a great weekend at the box office, as Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire topped almost all expectations.
Even with holdovers falling a little faster than expected, there were massive gains at the box office.
Week-to-week the overall box office was up an astounding 42.9%, but more importantly it was up 19.2% from the same weekend last year, cutting the year-to-date deficit to 6%.
November 18th, 2005
For the first time since Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith opened, there is a monster hit awaiting moviegoers at the box office. And while it is very unlikely that Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will have a better opening, it should still reinvigorate the box office and pull 2005 out of this slump.
November 16th, 2005
It was a first place finish for Flightplan
this weekend with $15.2 million on 3,484 screens in 39 markets for a running tally of $60.2 million on the international scene. The film had several first place finishes including $2.8 million on 303 screens in Spain, $1.6 million on 313 screens in Australia, $570,000 on 85 screens in the Netherlands. It also performed well in France with $2.3 million on 500 screens finishing in third place, South Korea with $2.1 million on 120 screens in South Korea, and in Russia with $750,000 on 160 screens. Holdovers include a $1.3 million, first place finish on 303 screens in its second weekend in Italy and $1.3 million on 660 screens during its fourth weekend in Germany for a total of $12.4 million total in the market.
November 14th, 2005
It was another soft weekend at the box office, with nearly every film in the top five missing expectations.
That pushed the overall box office down 7% from last weekend and 14% from the same weekend last year.
Year-to-date, 2005 is now 7% behind last year's pace, while the fall box office season is down 3%.
November 13th, 2005
started its international run with day-and-date debuts in 9 markets earning $5.54 million on 900 screens, just missing the top five in the process. Its best market was kid-friendly Mexico with $3.1 million on 600 screens, which is about on par with its opening domestically. On the other hand, the film broke records in Malaysia with $477,000 on 40 screens. Other results include a first place debuts in Russia with $1.1 million on 197 screens and in Taiwan with $463,000 on 18 screens, (including previews).
November 11th, 2005
Three new wide release hit theatres this weekend, but none seem likely to overtake Chicken Little for top spot on the charts. It also seems likely that the overall box office will continue to fall well behind last year's pace with the combined total of the new releases being less than The Incredibles' sophomore stint.
November 8th, 2005
Jarhead was one of only two films to crack the $10,000 per theatre average mark over the weekend with a chart topping average of $11,500. The only other film to do so was the overall box office champ, Chicken Little, which managed an average of $10,961 in 3,654 theatres.
November 7th, 2005
Both new releases beat expectations, as did every single holdover in the top five, and that led to a serious increase in total box office of 31.5% from last weekend.
However, this time last year saw a 43.8% increase, meaning the year-to-year comparison with 2004 was 6.8% down.
So far, the Fall season box office has been nearly keeping up with 2004, at $1.118 billion to $1.122 billion, but year-to-date 2005 is 6.4% behind with $7.153 billion.
November 4th, 2005
There are just the two wide releases this weekend: the prime attraction and the counter programming.
While this usually means both films will maximize their box office, this probably won't be the case this weekend.
Part of the problem is the box office slump we're in; people are just not interested in going to the movies at the moment.
In May, it took a monster hit to start the summer box office session when it normally starts the first week of the month.
Likewise, November usually starts off with a bang, but since October was so weak it will probably take until the first monster hit of the month before we see a serious increase in the overall box office.
November 3rd, 2005
During the past week promotional websites for several movies were launched and some older ones added additional content. Here the list of this week's releases, a couple of new sites and few updates, including this week's winner, Pride and Prejudice
- Official Site
November 1st, 2005
Wow, that sucked.
October was a terrible month at the box office and all the gains made in September were erased. November promises to be better than October, but the real question is whether it will be better than November of last year.
On the plus side, last November was pretty bad, with most films missing expectations.
On the down side, there is only one guaranteed hit this month, and only a couple of others that should also perform well with both the critics and the moviegoers. If you have predictions of your own to make, feel free to head over to our forum and share them with our readers.
October 27th, 2005
During the past week promotional websites for several movies were launched and some older ones added additional content. Here the list of this week's releases, a couple of new sites and few updates, including this week's winner, Jarhead
- Official Site
October 13th, 2005
During the past week promotional websites for several movies were launched and some older ones added additional content. Here the list of this week's releases, a couple of new sites and few updates, including this week's winner, Prime
- Official Site
June 23rd, 2005
During the past week promotional websites for several movies were launched and some older ones added additional content. Here the list of this week's releases, a couple of new sites and few updates, including this week's winner, Chicken Little
- Official Site
May 26th, 2005
During the past week promotional websites for several movies were launched and some older ones added additional content. Here the list of this week's releases, a couple of new sites and few updates, including this week's winner, Cinderella Man
- Official Site
November 10th, 2004
During the past week promotional websites for several movies were launched and some older ones added additional content. Here the list of this week's releases, a couple of new sites and few updates, including this week's winner Closer
- Official Site
. If you know of any new movie websites not on this list feel free to e-mail
me with the details.
May 20th, 2004
During the past week promotional websites for several movies were launched and some older ones added additional content. Here the list of this week's releases, a couple of new sites and few updates. It was another deceptively slow week as there are lots of site on the list, but none stood out as an award winning site. Many were simple placeholders, others had just minor updates, and the only three flash sites to launch were mostly marked coming soon. I was even tempted to not give out an award or maybe even bring in a ringer
. But in the end I went with The Incredibles
- Official Site
. If you know of any new movie websites not on this list feel free to e-mail me with the details.