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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

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.