Archive for September, 2009

DVD Sales: Wolverine And Barbie Lead Chart (and this is the second Barbie headline in one week…)

September 30, 2009

Apologies for the delay, but the hard drive on my computer decided to enter meltdown mode this week, and I have been rendered laptop-less (that sounds like a computer strip club) for the week. Trust me, it’s frustrating. Anyway, there will be no Wednesday List this week, but I have managed to find enough time on a public computer to give you guys my DVD Sales Notes for the week. Keep reading for the Chart and my notes.

DVD Sales Notes

-It’s about time we had a massive debut on the DVD Sales Chart!  X-Men Origins: Wolverine blasted out of the gate with 2.4 million units sold in its first week, and $40.2 million in sales!  Both the DVD market and the X-Men franchise needed a huge success like this.

-Go Barbie!  First you get your own live-action adaptation deal.  Then, you go and have another solid debut in your direct-to-DVD franchise that has proven extremely lucrative for Mattel.  With 399,420 units and $5.6 million in sales, Barbie And The Three Musketeers is off to a solid start.

-Continuing the inexplicable trend of releasing TV shows on DVD right after the new season debuts, instead of releasing them beforehand and allowing viewers to catch up, three more shows had strong debuts on the home market this week.  Grey’s Anatomy: The Complete Fifth Season found $9.5 million.  The bawdy It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 4 nabbed $5.1 million.  And the breakout hit of the moment The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Second Season found $4.5 million, which is pretty great for a traditional sitcom.  I would be willing to bet that The Big Bang Theory gets the post-Super Bowl slot this year.

-Patrick Swayze’s death = $9.5 million for a re-release of Dirty Dancing.

Top DVD Sales for the Week Ending September 20, 2009
Rank Title Units this Week % Chg Total Units Sales this Week Total Sales Wks
1 X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2,423,662 -.-% 2,423,662 $40,196,919 $40,196,919 1
2 Barbie and the Three Musketeers 399,420 -.-% 399,420 $5,643,805 $5,643,805 1
3 Grey’s Anatomy: The Complete Fifth Season 259,089 -.-% 259,089 $9,472,294 $9,472,294 1
4 It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 4 201,406 -.-% 201,406 $5,067,375 $5,067,375 1
5 The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Second Season 156,084 -.-% 156,084 $4,524,875 $4,524,875 1
6 The Office – Season Five 149,782 -65.9% 588,548 $4,920,339 $19,895,422 2
7 Crank 2: High Voltage 118,517 -61.2% 424,074 $2,228,748 $7,573,826 2
8 Hannah Montana The Movie 104,945 -33.1% 2,231,310 $1,970,867 $38,201,979 5
9 Next Day Air 102,279 -.-% 102,279 $2,044,557 $2,044,557 1
10 X-Men, Volume 3 81,435 -.-% 81,435 $1,424,298 $1,424,298 1
11 Bionicle: The Legend Reborn 76,588 -.-% 76,588 $1,148,054 $1,148,054 1
12 X-Men, Volume 4 75,861 -.-% 75,861 $1,326,809 $1,326,809 1
13 Dirty Dancing – 20th Anniversary Edition 68,280 -.-% 822,349 $506,638 $9,037,337 124
14 Dexter – The Complete Third Season 56,471 44.8% 558,490 $1,491,964 $14,036,020 5
15 State of Play 54,775 -47.1% 513,428 $1,094,952 $8,746,439 3
16 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Clone Commandos 52,593 -.-% 52,593 $525,404 $525,404 1
17 Fringe: The Complete First Season 52,351 -53.0% 163,710 $1,861,602 $6,013,065 2
18 Heroes – Season Three 50,170 -45.6% 447,279 $1,870,338 $16,757,954 3
19 Bring It On: Fight to the Finish 47,504 -55.3% 415,629 $854,597 $7,397,149 3
20 Fighting 46,176 15.4% 464,867 $923,058 $8,169,835 4
21 Coraline 45,565 -22.8% 1,874,377 $788,548 $34,611,570 9
22 Disney Nature Earth 43,384 -43.6% 332,500 $858,136 $5,918,749 3
23 Fast And Furious 43,141 -31.0% 2,768,154 $656,188 $45,801,217 8
24 Race to Witch Mountain 42,656 -9.4% 1,365,038 $859,907 $24,532,090 7
25 True Blood: The Complete First Season 40,233 -15.9% 1,580,074 $1,361,887 $54,997,018 18
26 I Love You, Man 39,204 -26.9% 1,181,764 $778,199 $20,171,708 6
27 Duplicity 38,989 -0.2% 441,310 $779,390 $7,563,221 4
28 WWE: The Best of Smackdown – 10th Anniversary 1999-2009 37,809 -.-% 37,809 $755,802 $755,802 1
29 17 Again 26,211 -41.1% 1,109,613 $526,141 $20,393,117 6
30 Obsessed 26,002 -18.5% 979,910 $501,319 $16,542,139 7
All numbers compiled by The-Numbers


News The Caught My Eye: X4, X-Men: First Class, Paranormal Activity, Venom, And Iron Man 2

September 29, 2009

Welcome to the new Monday feature: News That Caught My Eye.  In this feature, I’ll post some of the coolest news articles I spot each week.  I might write a few of my own thoughts, but really, I’m just hoping to pass along relevant, useful information to YOU, my faithful readers!  I guess that’s enough of an introduction, so let’s go ahead and get started:

Future Of The X-Men Franchise

This is a cool write-up via SlashFilm of X-Men producer Lauren Schuler Donner on the upcoming projects within the franchise.  She talks about the status and/or possibility of features like  X4, Deadpool, and X-Men: First Class. Personally, I think X-Men: First Class should be at the top of the list. I think Deadpool would be an egregious mistake to shell out too much money on…

As well as the eventual New Class, then – whenever that might be – Shuler Donner revealed that she has been cooking up plans for several other mutant films. The two she named? An X4, reuniting the X-Men and a big screen outing for The New Mutants. X4, she said, had yet to be pitched to the studio, however.

5 Minutes on Iron Man 2’s Set

Entertainment Tonight provides us with a look at Iron Man 2 with their exclusive set visit.  Collider posted both of ET‘s videos, one of which you can see here.  The longer (though less informative) one is over at Collider.

Paranormal Activity Director Says “Thanks”

The director of Paranormal Activity, a little horror movie that is socially networking itself into getting a wide release, took a moment to thank excited fans this week.  Latino Review posted the YouTube video of the director, as well as the list of cities that Paranormal Activity is headed to next.  I definitely want to keep my eye on this movie, as it’s release strategy completely fascinates me.

Are We Getting A Venom Movie?

According to Sci-Fi Wire, Sony is going to be producing a Venom movie, despite the incredibly negative response to the character in Spider-Man 3.  Hopefully, they actually spend some time developing him this time!  The article also talks about how this will affect the production of Spider-Man 4.

Today Wernick confirmed to us that the project is still moving forward and the writing team has turned the script in to the suits at Sony. “We’ve written two drafts of Venom, and the studio has it, and they’re pushing forward in whatever ways they push forward,” Wernick told SCI FI Wire in an exclusive interview.

Weekend Fix: In Its 2nd Weekend, Meatballs Earns As Much As Surrogates And Fame Combined!

September 27, 2009

Friday Estimates: Surrogates Sits Beneath A Cloudy Sky; Fame And Pandorum Are In A Storm

September 26, 2009

Early Friday Estimates are in, so come on in here and see how the weekend box office is shaping up!

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
It looks like Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs will being sitting on top of the box office again this weekend.  With $5.5 million on Friday, expect the weekend multiplier to be very strong, since this is a family movie, which tend to thrive on Saturdays and Sundays.  Cloudy could be headed for a $20 million weekend.


The Buena Vista thriller found $5.1 million on Friday.  It should finish right in line with my prediction, earning about $15 million over the weekend frame.


The musical remake couldn’t live up to its name, scoring a mere $3.8 million on Friday.  This has to be disappointing result for MGM.  Give it $10 million for the weekend.

The Informant
This held up very well this weekend, earning $2.2 million on Friday.  A $7 million weekend seems to be in store for the Matt Damon film.


Dennis Quaid’s sci-fi film undercut my already low prediction.  With $1.5 million on Friday, Pandorum can probably only beam up $4.4 million this weekend.

Here are the estimates from Steve Mason’s SMOG.

1. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Sony) – $5.5M
2. Surrogates (Disney) – $5.1M
3. Fame (MGM) – $3.8M
4. The Informant! (Warner Bros) – $2.2M  
5. I Can Do Bad All By Myself (Lionsgate) – $1.65M
6.  Pandorum (Overture) – $1.5M

Be sure to check back here on Sunday for the Weekend Fix, where you can watch my video recap of this weekend’s box office. BTW, you can see my YouTube channel here. There you can subscribe to my videos to see them as soon as their posted.

Weekend Preview: Can "Surrogates" Find More "Fame" Than "Meatballs?"

September 25, 2009

The final weekend of September marks the end of the dreck that studios dump upon the moviegoing public and the official start to the Fall box office season.  This week, Surrogates, Fame, and Pandorum (all one word titles…interesting) hit theaters, but really, only Surrogates has a shot at the top spot.

Alright, I address the new releases in the video above, so let me take a brief moment to discuss holdovers.  With no competition in sight, and very positive word-of-mouth on its side, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs should see a very soft decline of around the 33%.  The Informant, because it caters to an adult audience will not see too harsh of a weekend drop, but its box office performance has already proven fairly underwhelming.  A 45% drop would give it $6.2 million for the weekend.  Love Happens will continue to prove that romantic comedies, no matter how bad they are, usually hold up well week-to-week at the box office. A 40% drop would give the Jennifer Aniston sobfest $5.2 million for the weekend.  Jennifer’s Body would probably see a drop of about 60%, but it’s adding138 theaters to its count, which will soften the blow a bit.  A 55% drop will give the Megan Fox horror comedy $3.2 million.  Here’s the full chart:

Box Office Predictions for September 25-27, 2009

Movie Theaters Predicted Gross
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 3,119 $20 million
Surrogates 2,951 $15 million
Fame 3,096 $14 million
Pandorum 2,506 $6.5 million
The Informant! 2,505 $6.2 million
Love Happens 1,898 $5.2 million
I Can Do Bad All By Myself 2,120 $4.9 million
Jennifer’s Body 2,738 $3.2 million
9 2,025 $2.8 million
Inglorious Basterds 1,960 $2.3 million

News That Caught My Eye: A Barbie Movie And A Batman Fallacy

September 24, 2009

Here are some film industry stories I’ve read lately that I think are worth sharing.  Here are my thoughts on some articles about two future projects: a Barbie movie, and a third Batman picture.

Barbie (I couldn’t bring myself to write it in pink.)

Variety is reporting that famous fifty year old doll, Barbie, is getting her own feature film.  Universal at Mattel are teaming up to produce a live action adaptation of the cheerful blonde icon.  This news is abosolutely fascinating to me.  The casting alone will be very interesting, for the producers are going to have to find the perfect actress for the job.  It probably can’t be someone who’s already famous, and it must be someone with a positive image and clean background.  Whoever is cast will be expected to be not only a great actress, but also a role model.  Barbie is a lucrative commodity.  According to the article:

Asked why there had never before been a live action feature (there have been 16 direct-to-video animated titles, selling 75 million units worldwide, per Mattel), Dickson called the U deal the logical next step in expanding the brand’s reach

Honestly, if Universal does this right, I could envision a sort of female-driven Forrest Gump. (Ken = Jenny?)  I really think it could be a cool movie if we saw Barbie in all of her different careers over the years, and this has the potential to be huge, but Universal has to make the right movie if they want to make money.  It cannot be too girly, and it cannot be too childish.  They’re targeting families with this, and if they can tap into that market successfully, they’ll be golden.  Obviously, a lot of people are buying the DVDs, so this has potential.  I’m seeing a holiday release for Barbie some time in the next few years.

Batman Fallacies
Honestly, I’m not really into speculating about sequels, and I’m not into being a blog critic, but this article is notable to me because it has a glaringly incorrect fact in it, and I’m tired of incorrect facts about the box office.  Last week, everyone kept telling me that Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs was the third highest grossing film worldwide of all time.  WRONG!  It is the third highest grossing film internationally of all time.  There’s a big difference.  This week, on EW’s Popwatch, Chris Nashawaty writes:

The one thing that is for sure, though, is that after The Dark Knight raked in $988 million worldwide — the second-largest historical gross after 1997’s Titanic — this sucker’s going to get made eventually. There’s too much money to be made for it not to.

WRONG! The Dark Knight is the fourth highest grossing film worldwide of all time.  Titanic is in first with $1.84 billion, in second is Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King with $1.19 billion, next comes Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest with $1.07 billion, and then The Dark Knight with $1.00 billion.  I know we like to speak in superlatives here in the blogosphere, but we can’t just make things up! Things like this are why people think blogs are unreliable.

5 Reasons I Hate 3-D Movies

September 23, 2009

It’s List Wednesday, which means that it’s time for a countdown!  This week, I decided to do make a video for List Wednesday… I’ve been doing that a lot lately, haven’t I?  Well, I hope you enjoy them!  Still, this post isn’t just a placeholder for one of my videos- it’s useful too!  Inside, you’ll find a list of all of 2009’s 3-D releases, as well as how much money they earned at the box office.

Box Office Performance of 2009 3-D Movies

Release Date Movie Total Gross
Jan 16, 2009 My Bloody Valentine 3-D $51.5 million
Feb 06, 2009 Coraline $75.3 million
Feb 27, 2009 Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience $19.1 million
Mar 27, 2009 Monsters Vs. Aliens $198.4 million
May 1, 2009 Battle For Terra 3D $1.9 million
May 29, 2009 Up $291.9 million
Jul 01, 2009 Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs $195.1 million
Jul 24, 2009 G-Force $117.2 million
Aug 21, 2009 X-Games 3D: The Movie $1.4 million
Aug 28, 2009 The Final Destination $62.9 million (so far)
Sep 18, 2009 Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs $33.0 million (so far)
Oct 02, 2009
Toy Story ???
Oct 30, 2009 Horrorween 3D ???
Nov 06, 2009 A Christmas Carol ???
Nov 20, 2009 Planet 51 ???
Dec 18, 2009
Avatar ???
Dec 18, 2009 Frankenweenie ???
Dec 25, 2009 The Princess And The Frog ???

DVD Sales: The Office Is The Latest Powerhouse TV Show on DVD

September 22, 2009
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The latest DVD Sales Chart is out, so get on in here and check it out, along with my DVD Sales Notes:

DVD Sales Notes:

-Following the strong debut of Heroes last week ($14.6 million so far), and the amazing performance of True Blood this summer ($53.5 million!), The Office – Season Five continued the trend of TV shows performing well on DVD as it sold 407,426 copies in its first week for sales of $13.9 million.  That’s pretty great!  Unfortunately, the super buzzy Fringe: The Complete First Season didn’t breakout as much as Fox would have hoped.  If Supernatural can debut with $8.7 million, Fringe should have been able to do better than $3.8 million.

Crank: High Voltage‘s $5 million opening sales week might seem unimpressive at a first glance, but the Jason Statham action movie only earned $13 million in theaters.  For whatever reason, Statham can not open a movie.  His movies almost never do very well, and yet, they always get sequels, and they always do pretty well on DVD.  I love the guy as an actor, but if I ran a studio, I would not be booking him as a lead.  His career is unique and inexplicable.

-Thomas the Tank Engine is on the chart! Thomas And Friends: Hero of the Rails earned $902,299 in its first week.  This takes me right back to my childhood!

-You know what’s been quietly doing very well for itself on DVD for the past two months?  Fast And Furious! After seven weekends, the relaunch of the action franchise has sold 2.7 million DVDs and earned $45.1 million, which is very solid.

-Can anyone explain to me why Iron Man popped into 15th place after being off the Top 30 chart for a few months?  Was it the Disney/Marvel merger?  Did Iron Man 2 info get released?  Let me know in the comments.  Here’s the full chart:

DVD Sales Chart for the Week Ending September 6, 2009
Rank Title Units this Week % Chg Total Units Sales this Week Total Sales Wks
1 The Office – Season Five 407,426 -.-% 407,426 $13,905,449 $13,905,449 1
2 Crank: High Voltage 283,731 -.-% 283,731 $4,963,278 $4,963,278 1
3 Hannah Montana The Movie 145,655 -47.4% 2,115,161 $2,650,921 $36,027,200 4
4 Fringe: The Complete First Season 103,405 -.-% 103,405 $3,854,938 $3,854,938 1
5 Bring It On: Fight to the Finish 98,719 -62.3% 360,531 $1,944,764 $6,392,950 2
6 State of Play 96,071 -73.0% 451,263 $1,831,113 $7,510,633 2
7 Heroes – Season Three 85,559 -71.9% 390,527 $3,207,607 $14,640,857 2
8 Disney Nature Earth 71,463 -66.3% 283,619 $1,352,080 $4,956,610 2
9 Thomas And Friends: Hero of the Rails 64,496 -.-% 64,496 $902,299 $902,299 1
10 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Adventures in Wonderland 60,910 -.-% 60,910 $913,041 $913,041 1
11 Fast And Furious 58,058 -28.2% 2,720,547 $881,111 $45,077,252 7
12 Supernatural – The Complete Fourth Season 57,121 -76.7% 302,168 $2,288,267 $11,212,879 2
13 Coraline 54,840 15.0% 1,824,594 $946,654 $33,750,210 8
14 I Love You, Man 49,787 -41.2% 1,138,730 $959,893 $19,319,666 5
15 Iron Man 46,673 -.-% 9,033,049 $652,241 $161,697,021 50
16 True Blood: The Complete First Season 44,409 -30.0% 1,536,424 $1,531,666 $53,517,279 17
17 Race to Witch Mountain 43,717 -34.0% 1,319,019 $909,182 $23,602,243 6
18 The Last House on the Left 43,065 -48.0% 610,858 $879,387 $12,568,692 4
19 Criminal Minds: The Complete Fourth Season 42,413 -.-% 42,413 $1,517,537 $1,517,537 1
20 Watchmen 41,639 -28.4% 2,146,195 $866,537 $44,922,875 8
21 17 Again 41,313 -44.3% 1,080,224 $827,185 $19,803,345 5
22 Two and a Half Men – The Complete Sixth Season 38,746 -62.3% 141,610 $1,305,740 $3,722,016 2
23 Fighting 37,157 -62.1% 415,833 $742,768 $7,189,646 3
24 Duplicity 36,261 -61.2% 399,532 $719,781 $6,728,469 3
25 Dexter – The Complete Third Season 36,220 -38.7% 499,233 $1,259,732 $12,447,160 4
26 Sons of Anarchy – Season One 34,590 6.5% 207,277 $1,106,534 $6,630,791 4
27 House, M.D. – Season Five 33,857 -64.4% 380,892 $1,503,928 $12,092,733 3
28 Adventureland 31,356 -60.7% 292,228 $620,222 $5,471,050 3
29 Obsessed 29,632 -45.8% 951,628 $528,931 $16,000,122 6
30 Smallville: The Complete Eighth Season 29,624 -48.1% 293,080 $1,080,980 $10,694,489 3
All figures compiled by The-Numbers

Weekend Fix: Meatballs’ Box Office Performance Wasn’t Cloudy At All!

September 20, 2009

Friday Estimates: Meatballs-Good, Informant-Solid, Love Happens-Fair, Jennifer’s Body-Poor

September 19, 2009

Here are your box office estimates for Friday September 18:

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs had a solid first day with $8.1 million, and it seems headed for a $27 million weekend.  The Informant! fared pretty well with $3.7 million on Friday, and a $10.8 million weekend seems in order.  Jennifer Aniston’s Love Happens found $3.1 million, while Megan Fox’s Jennifer’s Body earned $2.8 million on Friday, but Jennifer’s Body is sure to be frontloaded.  Give Love Happens $9 million for the weekend, while Body might find $6.8 million.

Friday Estimates for September 18, 2009
1. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs – $8.1 million
2. The Informant – $3.7 million
3. I Can Do Bad All By Myself – $3.1 million
4. Love Happens – $3.1 million
5. Jennifer’s Body – $2.8 million
6. 9 – $1.6 million
7. Inglorious Basterds – $1.2 million
8. All About Steve – $1.1 million
9. Sorority Row – $850,000
10. The Final Destination – $740,000
11. Whiteout – $665,000
12. Julie And Julia – $590,000

What do you think about these results? Let me hear your reactions in the comments!