May 7th, 2012
It's yet another very slow week on the home market. Boy, I feel like a broken record saying that every week, but it is true. It's especially true this week, as I'm having trouble picking out any release that is worth of Pick of the Week. In the end I went with a Doctor Who release. There are three of them coming out this week, but Story 153: The Happiness Patrol is the only one that is truly good, as opposed to the other two, which are weak installments that have a few fans that defend them.
May 5th, 2012
Before Sleeping Beauty opened here, there was quite a lot of buzz, at least when compared to most limited releases. However, critics were evenly split on the film, literally, and it currently holds a Tomatometer Score of exactly 50% positive. It struggled during its opening weekend and quickly exited theaters after that. It came out on on the home market a little while ago and the screener finally arrived. On what side of this close debate will I land on?
April 10th, 2012
It is a really slow week on the home market. The biggest theatrical release coming out is The Iron Lady. The film did extremely well for a limited release, but that's not saying a whole lot. The only other wide release is The Darkest Hour, but that film bombed quite badly, so it likely won't have much of an impact on the home market. As for the best of the best, A Trip to the Moon Blu-ray is at the top of the list and is the Pick of the Week. There are a couple runner-ups, namely Astonishing X-Men: Dangerous on DVD and Into the Abyss on Blu-ray
December 6th, 2011
We are right in the prime of Awards Season and over the weekend there were three films earning very impressive per theater averages and two of those films were recently given Independent Spirit Award Nominations. Leading the way for the second weekend in a row was The Artist with an average of $35,211 in six theaters. It is still barely in theaters, but it is already halfway to $1 million. Being a silent film will likely keep the film from expanding truly wide, but it should grab some measure of mainstream success. Shame debuted in second place with an average of $34,952 in ten theaters. It is rare for an NC-17 film to do this well. Rounding out the $10,000 club was A Dangerous Method placed third with an average of $29,894, while still playing in four theaters.
December 2nd, 2011
Since there are no wide releases this weekend, the box office will be looking to limited releases to help boost the numbers. Last year the biggest release was The Warrior's Way, which made just over $3 million during its opening weekend. Obviously no limited release is going to match that this weekend. However, The Warrior's Way finished with less than $6 million and that figure might be within reach for a couple limited releases. Shame has the best shot at reaching that level of box office success, but Outrage is also earning great reviews.
November 25th, 2011
Next week there are no wide releases. None. I'm not even sure any of the limited releases will have that much luck at the box office. (Sleeping Beauty has the most buzz, but the reviews are mixed.) So we are left with one of two options. A.) Skip this week's box office prediction contest. Or B.) go with a holdover. We're going with Option B using The Muppets as the target film in this week's contest. In order to win, one must simply predict the second weekend box office number for The Muppets.
Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going over, will win a copy of Gift Of The Magi on DVD.
Whoever comes the closest to predicting the film's 3-day weekend box office (Friday to Sunday), without going under, will win a copy of Nickelodeon Favorites: Merry Christmas on DVD.
Entries must be received by 10 a.m., Pacific Time on Friday to be eligible, so don't delay!