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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

A Double Dose Of DVD Sales Charts; State Of Play… Eh, But Heroes Flies High

September 15, 2009

Somehow I missed last week’s edition of The-Numbers‘ DVD Sales Chart, but never fear, we’ve got two weeks worth of DVD Sales Charts along with my DVD Sales Notes today.  Take a look:

DVD Sales Notes:

State of Play, the star-studded political thriller with Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck that failed to take off at the box office (it earned $37 million) didn’t make a huge splash in its first week on the home market.  Sure, it earned a number one debut with 344,745 units sold, but it was a very slow week for DVD Sales, and its $5.5 million worth of sales was actually third in terms of pure dollars for the week.

-Sci-Fi television on DVD is a hot commodity right now.  Heroes – Season Three had the best total sales this week with about $11.1 million.  Supernatural – The Complete Fourth Season was not far behind with $8.7 million.  Both grosses are solid starts for the DVD sets.  Still, neither of these feats can even touch True Blood: The Complete First Season, which increased by 44.8% and 11.9% over the past two weeks, as the second season drew to a close on TV.   Thus far, the set has sold about 1.49 million copies for a $51.9 million total!  These sci-fi successes bode well for the releases of CW’s Vampire Diaries (which is already a success), and ABC’s FlashForward and V.  As Star Trek proved this Summer, science fiction is in a very profitable place right now.

-TV comedies, however, did not fare so well.  Two And A Half Men – The Complete Sixth Season found $2.4 million, which, in my opinion, is $2.4 million too much.  That show is awfulDesperate Housewives – The Complete Fifth Season sold fewer copies, though it was more expensive, and it grossed $2.9 million.  Comedies are palatable and widely accessible, but they don’t have the fanboys!

Hannah Montana The Movie continues its solid run, and with almost 2 million units sold, it’s raked in a terrific $33.2 million  for Disney thus far.  But then, does this surprise you?

Bring It On: Fight To The Finish sold 254,456 copies for sales of $4.3 million, proving that there is still an audience for these direct-to-DVD spinoffs about cheerleading.  With a few more weeks of solid sales and an inevitable MTV deal down the road, why not keep pumping out these pictures and finding a small profit?

Both charts are below:

Top DVD Sales for the Week Ending September 6, 2009
Rank Title Units this Week Change Total Units Sales this Week Total Sales Wks
1 State of Play 344,745 -.-% 344,745 $5,512,473 $5,512,473 1
2 Heroes – Season Three 296,170 -.-% 296,170 $11,103,413 $11,103,413 1
3 Hannah Montana The Movie 269,349 -41.4% 1,961,734 $4,710,914 $33,240,346 3
4 Bring It On: Fight to the Finish 254,456 -.-% 254,456 $4,323,207 $4,323,207 1
5 Supernatural – The Complete Fourth Season 238,081 -.-% 238,081 $8,670,910 $8,670,910 1
6 Disney Nature Earth 206,192 -.-% 206,192 $3,503,202 $3,503,202 1
7 Two and a Half Men – The Complete Sixth Season 100,493 -.-% 100,493 $2,360,581 $2,360,581 1
8 Fighting 95,563 -66.0% 376,277 $1,910,304 $6,398,921 2
9 House, M.D. – Season Five 92,909 -63.1% 344,895 $3,702,424 $10,503,526 2
10 Duplicity 90,944 -66.3% 360,764 $1,648,815 $5,963,237 2
11 I Love You, Man 82,497 -29.8% 1,086,833 $1,513,820 $18,321,055 4
12 The Last House on the Left 80,670 -43.7% 565,703 $1,733,598 $11,644,391 3
13 Fast And Furious 78,671 -6.8% 2,660,318 $1,191,622 $44,163,257 6
14 Desperate Housewives – The Complete Fifth Season 78,085 -.-% 78,085 $2,927,407 $2,927,407 1
15 Adventureland 77,912 -57.0% 258,972 $1,518,505 $4,813,797 2
16 17 Again 72,396 -32.1% 1,037,072 $1,429,770 $18,939,841 4
17 NCIS: The Complete Sixth Season 70,537 -50.6% 213,261 $2,503,358 $7,568,633 2
18 Race to Witch Mountain 64,260 -7.6% 1,273,354 $1,242,062 $22,655,408 5
19 True Blood: The Complete First Season 62,123 11.9% 1,490,665 $2,164,987 $51,938,565 16
20 Dexter – The Complete Third Season 57,331 -46.1% 461,276 $1,989,386 $11,127,154 3
21 Watchmen 56,814 1.9% 2,103,190 $1,218,592 $44,027,040 7
22 Smallville: The Complete Eighth Season 55,435 -73.1% 261,776 $2,022,823 $9,552,206 2
23 Terry Fator: Live from Las Vegas 53,367 -.-% 53,367 $540,608 $540,608 1
24 Obsessed 53,076 5.8% 920,387 $928,299 $15,443,049 5
25 Coraline 46,299 -12.9% 1,768,351 $909,697 $32,775,990 7
26 The Soloist 44,072 -25.7% 448,142 $717,492 $7,577,465 5
27 Sunshine Cleaning 39,000 -64.9% 150,146 $821,340 $2,773,064 2
28 One Tree Hill: The Complete Sixth Season 38,943 -68.3% 161,948 $1,401,559 $5,828,509 2
29 Scrubs: The Complete Eighth Season 34,716 -68.3% 144,299 $902,269 $3,750,331 2
30 Sons of Anarchy – Season One 31,512 -37.0% 171,732 $1,008,069 $5,493,707 3
Top DVD Sales for the Week Ending September 30, 2009
Rank Title Units this Week Change Total Units Sales this Week Total Sales Wks
1 Hannah Montana The Movie 459,660 -62.7% 1,692,385 $7,942,925 $28,529,432 2
2 Fighting 280,714 -.-% 280,714 $4,488,617 $4,488,617 1
3 Duplicity 269,820 -.-% 269,820 $4,314,422 $4,314,422 1
4 House, M.D. – Season Five 251,986 -.-% 251,986 $6,801,102 $6,801,102 1
5 Smallville: The Complete Eighth Season 206,341 -.-% 206,341 $7,529,383 $7,529,383 1
6 Adventureland 181,060 -.-% 181,060 $3,295,292 $3,295,292 1
7 The Last House on the Left 143,322 -58.1% 485,033 $3,079,990 $9,910,793 2
8 NCIS: The Complete Sixth Season 142,724 -.-% 142,724 $5,065,275 $5,065,275 1
9 One Tree Hill: The Complete Sixth Season 123,005 -.-% 123,005 $4,426,950 $4,426,950 1
10 I Love You, Man 117,535 -44.4% 1,004,336 $2,114,455 $16,807,235 3
11 Sunshine Cleaning 111,146 -.-% 111,146 $1,951,724 $1,951,724 1
12 Scrubs: The Complete Eighth Season 109,583 -.-% 109,583 $2,848,062 $2,848,062 1
13 17 Again 106,641 -40.4% 964,676 $2,081,462 $17,510,070 3
14 Dexter – The Complete Third Season 106,365 -64.3% 403,945 $3,061,185 $9,137,768 2
15 WWE: The Rise and Fall of WCW 87,565 -.-% 87,565 $2,056,902 $2,056,902 1
16 Fast & Furious 84,394 -18.2% 2,581,647 $1,315,112 $42,971,635 5
17 Race to Witch Mountain 69,547 -31.5% 1,209,094 $1,309,396 $21,413,346 4
18 The Simpsons – The Complete Twelfth Season 60,813 -63.5% 227,601 $1,945,408 $7,280,956 2
19 The Soloist 59,305 2.4% 404,070 $939,984 $6,859,973 4
20 Corpse Bride, The 58,423 37.4% $514,707 187
21 Watchmen 55,757 -9.9% 2,046,376 $1,276,869 $42,808,448 6
22 True Blood: The Complete First Season 55,527 44.8% 1,428,542 $1,942,890 $49,773,578 15
23 Coraline 53,183 -20.7% 1,722,052 $1,028,086 $31,866,294 6
24 Obsessed 50,149 -29.1% 867,311 $877,106 $14,514,750 4
25 Sons of Anarchy – Season One 49,985 -44.6% 140,220 $1,599,020 $4,485,638 2
26 Gossip Girl: The Complete Second Series 43,380 -58.4% 147,669 $1,626,316 $5,409,921 2
27 Twilight 34,206 0.2% 9,123,018 $544,560 $163,775,902 23
28 Knowing 30,584 -11.1% 1,406,774 $471,605 $21,136,515 8
29 Push 29,776 -.-% 860,784 $459,146 $13,685,313 8
30 The Haunting in Connecticut 27,939 -6.0% 826,655 $476,377 $16,386,518 7

MPAA, Average Ticket Price, And The Recession: Theater Statistics for 2008.

April 1, 2009

The MPAA just released their annual Theatrical Stats Report. The document is pretty fascinating. It’s filled with the typical blurbs about how healthy and thriving the film industry is, and based on the whopping 9% increase in attendance so far this year, it’s tough to argue with them. Maybe the recession is exactly what Hollywood needed to buck the trend of decreasing attendance and increased ticket price, but we all know ticket prices are not going anywhere but up. All that’s clear right now is that the recession is hurting almost everyone, but not Hollywood. Escapist entertainment is thriving. Here are the most interesting facts from the press release, which you can download and read in its entirety here:

-The average ticket price in 2008 was $7.18, an increase of 4.4% of 2007’s average ticket price of $6.88. Ticket price has increased by $2.10 over the last decade.

-There were 1.364 billion admissions in 2008, down 2.6% from 2007. In the last decade, 2002 has the most admissions, with a whopping 1.597 billion.

-Overall box office revenue hit an all-time high last year with $9.791 billion, an increase of 1.7% over 2007.

-Worldwide box office for increased 5.2% in 2008 to reach another historic high, at $28.1 billion, compared to $26.7 billion in 2007. International box office ($18.3 million) made up 65% of the worldwide total, while domestic – the U.S. and Canada ($9.8 billion) made up 35%.

-There are currently 6,269 theaters in the United States, which is pretty much flat with the year before. Within those theaters, there are 40,194 screens, 5,474 of which are digital screens. This is big 33% increase in digital screens in 2008.

Any of these statistics surprise you? I think its all pretty amazing, but hey, I’m a movie geek. Let me know what you’re thinking in the comments!

DVD Sales: Tyler Perry Does Pretty Well. Appaloosa Doesn’t.

January 26, 2009

DVD Sales Notes for the week ending January 18, 2009

-Tyler Perry continues his impressive track record with a number one debut for The Family That Preys. Even if a $10 million debut on the home market isn’t huge, none of his movies tend to do especially huge numbers on the home market, and considering the domestic gross of The Family That Preys was $37 million, $10 million in sales isn’t a bad number. Perhaps he sees lower DVD sales because he caters to a more old school audience, that still prefer the theater. All in all, Perry’s unique brand of modern, racially themed, Christian friendly melodrama may not make much sense on paper, but it sells well, and his films are very cheap to make

-Just like I predicted, Pineapple Express fell hard in its second weekend on the home market. Who said potheads weren’t motivated to do anything? They’ll buy DVDs pretty darn quick! 1.57 million units and $33 million in sales are very solid figures.

My Best Friend’s Girl…. I’m honestly trying my very hardest to remember what this movie is. As a movie guy, you’d think I would know, but I just can’t seem to even muster up a slight memory of its existence. It must have been one of those terrible September releases. Let me go check. [Five minutes later] I knew it was from September! I’m really quite happy this film, which only grossed $19 million domestically, sold so poorly on DVD- mostly because it stars Dane Cook, who is perhaps the least funny comedian I’ve ever seen. Anything that thwarts his movie career is fine in my book.

-You know, Appaloosa just never quite caught on. It earned $20 million in theaters, but audience reaction to the film was just kind of, “eh.” Audience reaction to the DVD appears to be the same. Westerns have to be pretty spectacular to generate business these days. 2007’s 3:10 To Yuma was stunning, and even it only made $53 million. An alternate theory for Appaloosa‘s relative insignificance: Renee Zellweger. After watching the film, my friends and I have begun to call the botox-infused actress “Puffy Face,” and believe me, the cosmetic procedure has not just affected her looks. How can you act if your face won’t move?!

-Gosh, it’s just one late summer/early fall release after another! Kiefer Sutherland starred in the generic thriller Mirrors, which earned $30 million back in August. In its first week on DVD, it sold 241,000 copies, for an inauspicious $4.6 million total.

-Was anyone else really rooting for Swing Vote? The film had a fantastic concept, but it was all but ignored while in theaters. The Kevin Costner election feature only grossed $16 million in theaters, so it’s first week DVD sales of $4 million aren’t all that surprising, especially post-Inauguration.

Here are the full results:

Top 30 DVD Sales For The Week Ending January 18, 2009
Rank Title Units this Week % Change Total Units Sales this Week Total Sales Weeks in Release
1 Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys 491,001 -.-% 491,001 $10,776,195 $10,776,195 1
2 Pineapple Express 409,494 -65.0% 1,579,538 $8,312,933 $33,112,016 2
3 My Best Friend’s Girl 269,707 -.-% 269,707 $6,283,876 $6,283,876 1
4 Appaloosa 257,628 -.-% 257,628 $4,982,551 $4,982,551 1
5 Mirrors 241,621 -.-% 241,621 $4,650,093 $4,650,093 1
6 Righteous Kill 192,570 -57.4% 644,090 $3,943,776 $13,486,245 2
7 Swing Vote 151,375 -.-% 151,375 $3,139,518 $3,139,518 1
8 Bangkok Dangerous (2008) 143,372 -56.7% 474,494 $3,267,147 $10,958,747 2
9 Dark Knight, The 139,542 -22.1% 12,335,445 $2,885,826 $259,597,014 6
10 Babylon A.D. 128,740 -61.3% 461,734 $3,147,397 $11,581,302 2
11 Eagle Eye 125,451 -54.0% 1,625,228 $2,471,385 $34,189,656 3
12 Tyler Perry’s Marriage Counselor 121,572 -.-% 121,572 $1,700,792 $1,700,792 1
13 Mamma Mia! 118,331 -30.1% 5,456,486 $2,762,118 $119,092,770 5
14 WALL-E 94,469 3.5% 9,445,766 $1,625,415 $161,715,419 9
15 Battlestar Galactica – Season 4.0 77,578 -54.6% 248,638 $2,481,720 $7,953,930 2
16 Kung Fu Panda 70,999 -13.3% 8,106,940 $1,273,601 $133,618,173 10
17 Disaster Movie 66,383 -26.6% 156,827 $1,456,443 $3,440,784 2
18 Wanted 65,450 -19.2% 3,873,089 $1,253,655 $79,620,756 7
19 Horton Hears a Who! 64,341 -36.0% 3,876,781 $1,105,565 $67,517,535 6
20 Step Brothers 62,995 -22.8% 3,008,596 $1,136,109 $55,587,755 7
21 Without a Paddle: Nature’s Calling 60,344 -.-% 60,344 $1,274,164 $1,274,164 1
22 Burn After Reading 56,318 -19.4% 953,910 $986,077 $17,276,103 4
23 Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, The 53,175 -35.4% 2,350,854 $929,834 $42,818,981 5
24 Death Race 53,028 -25.0% 958,805 $1,233,962 $22,900,239 4
25 Duchess, The 51,105 -55.3% 321,356 $890,561 $5,642,352 3
26 Tropic Thunder 41,391 -27.2% 2,840,893 $858,288 $56,127,549 9
27 Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, The 37,194 -48.5% 5,337,325 $591,396 $88,111,142 7
28 Traitor 34,117 -49.6% 743,136 $569,484 $13,144,863 5
29 Iron Man 33,241 -63.3% 8,612,182 $672,067 $161,302,382 16
30 Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia 32,161 -69.8% 138,635 $641,290 $2,764,382 2
All Numbers Provided By Nash Information Services via The-Numbers

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I’m So Over The Oscars.

January 22, 2009

If you read The Box Office Junkie, you know I despise the Academy Awards, but I’m a film blogger, and I feel obligated to post these. The most boring, stilted, pretentious, fickle, unreasonably admired awards show of all of time just released their 2009 nominations. Of course, fan favorites The Dark Knight and Wall-E were shunned from the Best Picture race because they were released in the summer and actually appeal to large audiences. Instead, we get The Reader?! Ugh. Here are the nominations for the 81st Annual Academy Awards, announced this morning: Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz….

Best Picture
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“Frost/Nixon”
“Milk”
“The Reader”
“Slumdog Millionaire”

Actor
Richard Jenkins, “The Visitor”
Frank Langella, “Frost/Nixon”
Sean Penn, “Milk”
Brad Pitt, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler”

Actress
Anne Hathaway, “Rachel Getting Married”
Angelina Jolie, “Changeling”
Melissa Leo, “Frozen River”
Meryl Streep, “Doubt”
Kate Winslet, “The Reader”

Supporting Actor
Josh Brolin, “Milk”
Robert Downey Jr., “Tropic Thunder”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Doubt”
Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”
Michael Shannon, “Revolutionary Road”

Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, “Doubt”
Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
Viola Davis, “Doubt”
Taraji P. Henson, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Marisa Tomei, “The Wrestler”

Director
David Fincher, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Ron Howard, “Frost/Nixon”
Gus Van Sant, “Milk”
Stephen Daldry, “The Reader”
Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire”

Check here for a full list of nominations. Gosh, the Academy sure is in love with Benjamin Button… The only parts of this entire list that makes me happy is the fact Slumdog Millionaire is being recognized and that Robert Downey Jr. got nominated for his work in the uproarious Tropic Thunder. I’m pretty angry that Wall-E did not get the Best Picture nomination it deserved. Being stuck down in the Best Animated Picture category is a slap in the face to the beautiful, flawless film.

Honestly, if the Oscars didn’t effect theatrical box office tremendously, I wouldn’t bother reporting on them at all. They are boring and completely out of touch with the collective consciousness. In their efforts to prove they have good taste, they look over any film that is remotely mainstream, which just isn’t fair and makes for a very uninteresting awards season. I truly don’t understand their mystique and appeal. They are the very last show in the whole awards season, and they nominate the exact same films that everyone else does! I will certainly not be tuning in. But what about you? Do you agree with me, or am I just a cynic? Anyone else over the Oscars?