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DVD Sales: Notorious B.I.G. Is Alive Again! On The Home Market, That Is…

May 13, 2009

The-Numbers‘ DVD Sales chart for last week was delayed, and then all the Star Trek pandemonium happened, so I apologize for the lateness of last week’s DVD Sales Chart, but I finally got some time to get it posted. The chart, and my notes, can be found after the jump:

DVD Sales Notes for the week ending April 26, 2009:

-In a week where no films really broke out on the home market, Notorious still had a pretty good weekend. The rapper biopic had a solid first week of $14 million worth of sales on DVD, which is all well and good, but we must remember that this is a film that defined the term “frontloaded” during its theatrical run. It opened to $20 million and finished with just $36 million in theaters, and you can trust me when I say that Notorious will plummet next weekend.

The Wrestler, the Oscar bait that saved Mickey Rourke’s career, found a modest $7.5 million on DVD in its first week on the home market. For a film that earned $26 million at the box office, this is probably sufficient, but a bit less than what Fox Searchlight might have hoped for. Meanwhile, the other Oscar nominated release on DVD this week, Frost/Nixon, was completely ignored, moving just 181,593 copies. It certainly does not fit into the Era of Easy Entertainment!

Twilight can not be stopped. Another 12% increase?! $139.4 million overall?! This film has singlehandedly made Summit Entertainment a viable studio.

-Dogs have proved themselves at the movies lately, and the DVD Sales Chart reflects this trend. Marley And Me, Bolt, and Beverly Hills Chihuahua have all sold very well on DVD, with cumes of $48.9 million, $57.3 million, and $50.6 million respectively.

Here’s the full chart:

Top 30 Selling DVDs for the Week Ending April 26, 2009
Rank Title Units this Week % Change Total Units Sales this Week Total Sales Weeks in Release
1 Notorious (2009) 605,916 -.-% 605,916 $14,535,925 $14,535,925 1
2 Wrestler, The 400,207 -.-% 400,207 $7,487,873 $7,487,873 1
3 Twilight 332,526 12.3% 7,715,411 $5,982,143 $139,483,327 5
4 Spirit, The 226,794 -32.2% 561,092 $5,425,185 $11,693,272 2
5 Day the Earth Stood Still, The 205,345 -29.8% 1,381,406 $3,325,090 $23,154,960 3
6 Marley and Me 199,589 -25.9% 2,720,508 $3,434,468 $48,876,571 4
7 Bedtime Stories 198,074 -29.3% 2,161,692 $3,392,651 $36,961,073 3
8 Bolt 186,137 -4.2% 3,220,500 $3,378,145 $57,344,529 5
9 Frost/Nixon 181,593 -.-% 181,593 $3,437,555 $3,437,555 1
10 Yes Man 176,806 -28.6% 956,385 $3,137,741 $16,661,455 3
11 Caprica 169,656 -.-% 169,656 $3,293,023 $3,293,023 1
12 Reader, The 156,932 -33.0% 391,308 $2,934,628 $7,476,835 2
13 Slumdog Millionaire 133,483 -13.6% 1,403,510 $2,134,393 $22,969,076 4
14 Seven Pounds 130,878 0.6% 990,066 $2,045,623 $16,632,842 4
15 Quantum of Solace 122,880 -0.3% 1,998,972 $2,124,804 $35,640,749 5
16 Tale of Despereaux, The 117,426 -25.5% 852,318 $1,995,068 $14,480,883 3
17 Doubt 93,978 -30.1% 486,753 $1,690,664 $8,681,783 3
18 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 92,584 7.1% 2,947,762 $1,480,418 $50,616,568 8
19 Stuart Little 78,466 -.-% $587,710 471
20 Not Easily Broken 75,618 -19.4% 387,084 $1,317,266 $7,168,377 3
21 Ron White: Behavioral Problems 71,862 -.-% 71,862 $789,763 $789,763 1
22 Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, The 70,529 -.-% $578,338 488
23 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 70,499 16.1% 5,815,130 $996,179 $88,946,988 12
24 Tom and Jerry’s Greatest Chases 67,499 -.-% $404,319 476
25 Role Models 57,804 -4.5% 1,706,794 $982,090 $28,998,430 7
26 Australia 52,048 -0.3% 1,406,260 $884,296 $23,713,349 8
27 Fireproof 49,685 0.9% 1,570,641 $741,300 $26,932,618 13
28 Pinocchio 47,625 -12.4% $809,149 496
29 High School Musical 3: Senior Year 33,892 -40.4% 3,005,165 $626,555 $53,802,366 10
30 Milk 33,072 -4.8% 527,610 $564,208 $9,391,518 7

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DVD Sales: Bedtime Stories Hops Atop An Easter-Fueled Chart

April 23, 2009

Here’s the latest DVD Sales Chart from The-Numbers for the week ending April 12th. I’ve added my notes below:

-I was wrong about Bedtime Stories bombing last week on DVD. It looks like it just hit stores a day early, and it registered on the chart as having a poor debut. The reality of the situation is actually much rosier, though, and Bedtime Stories has accrued a solid $28 million over eight days. Not bad for the disappointing Disney/Adam Sandler collaboration that struggled to pass $100 million.

The Day The Earth Stood Still? More like The Day The DVDs Stood Still. It’s not that the Keanu Reeves sci-fi remake bombed with its $14 million debut, but when you factor in the fanboy effect, this is really not a great start on the home market for the Fox film, which also underwhelmed this fall, barely making it to $79 million despite huge buzz.

-Wow. The week of Easter is a great time to be a family film on DVD. Look at the giant boosts that the holiday offered all family-oriented films. A 16% increase for Bolt! A 117% increase for Beverly Hills Chihuahua! A 218% increase for High School Musical 3! A 300% increase for Kung Fu Panda! Pretty impressive stuff. The family effect also helped out The Tale Of Despereaux moderately, as it found a humble $9.8 in its first week on DVD, which is onl $300,000 less than it earned in its opening weekend.

Top 30 Selling DVDs for the Week Ending April 12, 2009
Rank Title Units this Week % Change Total Units Sales this Week Total Sales Weeks in Release
1 Bedtime Stories 1,462,555 562.2% 1,683,409 $25,005,595 $28,779,482 1
2 Day the Earth
Stood Still, The
883,383 -.-% 883,383 $14,650,377 $14,650,377 1
3 Bolt 729,084 16.6% 2,840,035 $13,244,030 $50,450,485 3
4 Marley and Me 726,305 -52.4% 2,251,541 $12,581,128 $40,813,246 2
5 Tale of
Despereaux, The
577,270 -.-% 577,270 $9,807,817 $9,807,817 1
6 Madagascar: Escape
2 Africa
537,196 173.7% 5,683,889 $4,981,795 $87,187,398 10
7 Yes Man 531,931 -.-% 531,931 $9,202,034 $9,202,034 1
8 Twilight 414,927 -35.6% 7,086,697 $8,057,882 $127,962,468 3
9 Slumdog Millionaire 273,059 -67.6% 1,115,447 $4,172,342 $18,341,308 2
10 Doubt 258,287 -.-% 258,287 $4,571,680 $4,571,680 1
11 Beverly Hills
Chihuahua
240,151 117.2% 2,768,695 $3,840,014 $47,753,286 6
12 High School Musical
3: Senior Year
225,526 218.0% 2,914,409 $4,053,153 $52,111,158 8
13 Seven Pounds 223,040 -55.9% 729,113 $3,789,450 $12,433,176 2
14 Not Easily Broken 217,628 -.-% 217,628 $4,256,804 $4,256,804 1
15 Kung Fu Panda 207,978 300.5% 8,332,557 $1,904,392 $126,522,601 22
16 Pinocchio 176,530 76.2% $2,999,245 494
17 Quantum of Solace 169,949 -54.1% 1,752,836 $2,962,636 $31,383,986 3
18 Tigger and Pooh
and a Musical Too
156,640 -.-% 156,640 $2,974,594 $2,974,594 1
19 Madagascar 156,493 274.5% $1,719,858 178
20 Bee Movie 109,838 -.-% 4,836,258 $908,481 $76,570,787 57
21 Role Models 104,719 28.6% 1,588,449 $1,779,176 $26,987,749 5
22 Shrek the Third 98,869 -.-% 11,578,058 $874,269 $173,439,755 74
23 Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword 95,797 -.-% 95,797 $1,340,200 $1,340,200 1
24 Australia 86,634 16.9% 1,301,995 $1,471,912 $21,941,887 6
25 Stuart Little 83,962 76.4% $712,837 469
26 WALL-E 80,148 121.9% 8,623,786 $1,297,372 $136,193,424 21
27 Milk 52,303 14.3% 459,790 $914,779 $8,219,568 5
28 Transporter 3 52,004 -6.3% 978,246 $893,117 $17,467,792 5
29 Punisher: War
Zone, The
51,054 14.6% 363,646 $1,003,553 $6,857,322 4
30 Cadillac Records 40,087 1.6% 281,076 $801,339 $5,423,709 5

DVD Sales: Marley And Me Is Top Dog

April 16, 2009

Here’s the latest DVD Sales Chart (along with my notes) from The-Numbers:

Best performer: Marley And Me

Pretty good, considering its still in theaters : Slumdog Millionaire

Disappointing: Seven Pounds

Epic failure: Bedtime Stories

Most impressive overall: Twilight

Top 30 Selling DVDs For The Week Ending April 5th
Rank Title Units this Week % Change Total Units Sales this Week Total Sales Weeks in Release
1 Marley and Me 1,525,236 -.-% 1,525,236 $28,232,118 $28,232,118 1
2 Slumdog Millionaire 842,388 -.-% 842,388 $14,168,966 $14,168,966 1
3 Twilight 643,955 -73.8% 6,671,770 $11,584,750 $119,904,586 2
4 Bolt 625,042 -56.3% 2,110,951 $11,188,189 $37,206,456 2
5 Seven Pounds 506,073 -.-% 506,073 $8,643,727 $8,643,727 1
6 Quantum of Solace 369,870 -69.5% 1,582,887 $6,526,393 $28,421,350 2
7 Bedtime Stories 220,854 -.-% 220,854 $3,773,887 $3,773,887 0
8 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 196,298 16.6% 5,146,693 $1,866,657 $82,205,603 9
9 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 110,580 -7.3% 2,528,544 $1,768,174 $43,913,272 5
10 Pinocchio 100,208 -31.9% $1,702,534 493
11 Role Models 81,448 -34.3% 1,483,730 $1,383,802 $25,208,573 4
12 Australia 74,126 18.9% 1,215,361 $1,259,401 $20,469,975 5
13 High School Musical 3: Senior Year 70,923 -9.2% 2,688,883 $1,311,246 $48,058,005 7
14 Transporter 3 55,519 -34.8% 926,242 $963,177 $16,574,675 4
15 Eagle Eye 54,756 -.-% 2,083,282 $1,045,949 $36,591,766 14
16 Barbie Presents: Thumbelina 54,603 -47.4% 438,201 $654,690 $6,320,432 3
17 Kung Fu Panda 51,930 7.4% 8,124,579 $485,951 $124,618,208 21
18 Stuart Little 47,587 -.-% $404,014 468
19 Milk 45,757 5.9% 407,487 $800,290 $7,304,788 4
20 Punisher: War Zone, The 44,537 -40.7% 312,592 $868,721 $5,853,769 3
21 Madagascar 41,791 -23.7% $459,283 177
22 Fireproof 41,505 8.3% 1,440,120 $725,922 $24,872,521 10
23 Hannah Montana: Keeping it Real 39,961 -.-% 39,961 $559,054 $559,054 1
24 Cadillac Records 39,474 19.9% 240,989 $789,085 $4,622,370 4
25 South Park – The Complete Twelfth Season 38,283 -17.9% 229,359 $1,186,390 $7,107,835 4
26 The Venture Bros.: Season Three 36,758 -51.2% 112,127 $698,034 $2,129,292 2
27 WALL-E 36,126 -.-% 8,543,638 $657,547 $134,896,052 20
28 Body of Lies 31,355 -20.8% 913,342 $632,430 $17,457,403 7
29 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – A Galaxy Divided 30,200 -56.7% 99,922 $392,298 $1,297,987 2
30 Space Buddies 28,674 -.-% 1,831,265 $458,497 $27,574,735 9

DVD Sales: Twilight Has Already Sold 6 Million Copies! Plus, Bolt Debuts Well

April 8, 2009

Another week, another DVD Sales Chart from The-Numbers! Here are my DVD Sales Notes for the week ending March 29, 2009:

Twilight continues to astound me as it actually had a very small drop! This surprises me on so many levels, since this type of fangirl flick should have plummeted after its huge first week of DVD sales. I mean, I can understand girls going to see a movie like Twilight two or three times in theaters, but there is absolutely no reason to assume that they would be repeat-buying the DVD. I guess the franchise simply has more internal demand than anyone really comprehended, but let me just say this: I sincerely hope that mothers are not purchasing Twilight to put in their daughter’s Easter basket- that’s just wrong.

-Disney’s Bolt has never been a blockbuster performer for the studio, but it’s certainly been a solid addition to the Disney canon. Targeting the ever lucrative family market, a $25 million first week for the CG animated dog comedy ain’t too shabby.

-Meanwhile, Quantum Of Solace, which earned $54 million more at the box office than Bolt ($168 million vs. $114 million), earned $4 million less in its first week of DVD sales. This certainly represents an underwhelming start for the latest Bond DVD, but the truth of the matter is, audiences just didn’t love the grim QOS all that much, especially when compared to the superb Casino Royale, which also enjoyed a nice little boost this week from the release of its sequel, and now it sits just a few hundred copies away from the 5 million threshold.

-At first I was confused by Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa‘s explosive 97% increase on the chart this week. After a bit of looking around, though, I remembered that Nickelodeon released a new animated series called The Penguins Of Madagascar last week, which featured the ridiculous penguins from the films. It premiered to huge ratings, and clearly, it’s having a positive effect on its mother-franchise, as Escape 2 Africa has now sold almost 5 million DVDs. TV truly is the most powerful marketing tool for children.

Pinocchio now has a running total of $34 million over three weeks for its latest release cycle. Unfortunately for Disney, Lilo And Stitch clearly does not have the same kind of lasting drawing power as the classic puppet. Lilo And Stitch could only manage a lackluster $1.5 million week for its re-release.

Top 30 DVD Sales For The Week Ending March 29
Rank Title Units this Week % Change Total Units Sales this Week Total Sales Weeks in Release
1 Twilight 2,455,003 -31.3% 6,027,815 $44,116,404 $108,319,836 2
2 Bolt 1,430,530 2,483.2% 1,485,909 $25,048,580 $26,018,267 1
3 Quantum of Solace 1,213,017 -.-% 1,213,017 $21,894,957 $21,894,957 1
4 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 168,413 99.7% 4,950,395 $1,965,110 $80,338,947 8
5 Pinocchio 147,055 -59.3% $2,498,464 492
6 Role Models 123,978 -50.4% 1,402,282 $2,106,386 $23,824,771 3
7 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 119,313 -40.7% 2,417,964 $1,907,815 $42,145,098 4
8 Barbie Presents: Thumbelina 103,847 -62.9% 383,598 $1,533,820 $5,665,742 2
9 Transporter 3 85,189 -52.1% 870,723 $1,479,741 $15,611,498 3
10 High School Musical 3: Senior Year 78,069 -10.4% 2,617,960 $1,435,002 $46,746,759 6
11 Lilo & Stitch 76,351 -.-% $1,526,256 330
12 The Venture Bros.: Season Three 75,369 -.-% 75,369 $1,431,257 $1,431,257 1
13 Punisher: War Zone, The 75,123 -61.1% 268,055 $1,481,403 $4,985,048 2
14 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – A Galaxy Divided 69,722 -.-% 69,722 $905,689 $905,689 1
15 Australia 62,357 -40.4% 1,141,235 $1,059,445 $19,210,575 4
16 Madagascar 54,747 -.-% $601,670 176
17 Secrets of the Furious Five 53,028 -.-% 53,028 $529,750 $529,750 1
18 Kung Fu Panda 48,341 -.-% 8,072,649 $538,185 $124,132,258 20
19 South Park – The Complete Twelfth Season 46,645 22.0% 191,076 $1,445,529 $5,921,445 3
20 Milk 43,208 -37.7% 361,730 $774,287 $6,504,498 3
21 Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter and Under the Hood 42,472 -.-% 42,472 $832,876 $832,876 1
22 Body of Lies 39,573 10.8% 881,987 $800,087 $16,824,973 6
23 Fireproof 38,332 -5.9% 1,398,615 $670,427 $24,146,599 9
24 Happily N’Ever After 2: Snow White 36,825 -.-% 36,825 $441,532 $441,532 1
25 Cadillac Records 32,918 -21.9% 201,515 $643,876 $3,833,285 3
26 Rachel Getting Married 30,948 -26.0% 199,052 $618,651 $3,979,049 3
27 Haunting of Molly Hartley, The 28,612 -27.9% 270,096 $571,954 $5,201,047 5
28 Casino Royale 26,121 -.-% 4,999,253 $314,374 $79,165,581 107
29 Quarantine 26,002 -22.6% 496,540 $519,780 $9,798,421 6
30 Zack and Miri Make a Porno 24,025 -28.5% 936,646 $480,260 $17,154,523 8

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Weekend Preview: Jim Carrey vs. Will Smith In A Bipolar Box Office Frame

December 18, 2008

This weekend, the holiday season is officially here, and studios are hoping that with kids out of school, and parents off from work, the movies can rake in some serious cash. Timing wise, there’s no better space on the calendar to take advantage of the public’s holiday freedom. Last year, we had National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Enchanted, and I Am Legend all riding very high on their way to profitability So here’s my question: On one of the biggest weekends of the entire year, is this really the best Hollywood could do? Opening this Friday, we have the Jim Carrey screwball comedy, Yes Man, the Will Smith sobfest, Seven Pounds, and another CG animated film, The Tale Of Despereaux. Really, the battle is between Yes Man and Seven Pounds, as this weekend’s main offerings hit the two extremes of mainstream movie tastes. Although both films are headlined by established box office stars, thematically, they couldn’t be more different.

Warner Brothers’ Yes Man sees Jim Carrey in the kind of role that made him famous. That means over-the-top, exaggerated facial gestures, crazy voices, and general absurdity to boot. Yes Man is about a man who only says, “Yes,” and the way that that liberating mentality eventually becomes a hindrance. Sound familiar? Liar, Liar comes to mind… I’m not sure that audiences still love this version of Jim Carrey. His work in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Truman Show showed he’s a versatile actor, but after straying a bit too far from his own persona in this years awful The Number 23, perhaps Carrey wanted to get back to his initial bread n’ butter. In the last few years, however, comedies have become much more fast-paced, quick-witted affairs, with snappy dialogue and wry humor. I don’t know that Ace Ventura would necessarily work in today’s marketplace, and that’s the problem with Yes Man. It doesn’t seem fresh; it seems like a retread. The reviews aren’t great at all, but it does stand out amongst all the Oscar dreck, and the lighthearted Jim Carrey film should find an audience. Opening in 3,434 theaters, look for Yes Man to pull in $18 million.

On the other side of the spectrum is Sony’s Seven Pounds, a dramatic film starring Will Smith and Rosario Dawson that hopes to capture the same success as 2006’s The Pursuit of Happyness. The subject of this film has been exceedingly difficult to gather from the advertisements, which work hard to sell the film on Will Smith, rather than the convoluted premise. The official synopsis reads: “In the film, Smith plays Ben Thomas, an IRS agent with a fateful secret who embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.” Not giving audiences a clear idea of the story is never a good idea, and I think Seven Pounds will ultimately pay for that. Still, Will Smith is a proven draw at the box office, and I expect that his latest inspirational drama will manage to pull in solid crowds throughout the holiday season. But Seven Pounds is not going over to well with critics, which diminishes much of its long term potential, and the story doesn’t look particularly uplifting- just very dour. I don’t see this matching The Pursuit of Happyness‘ $163 million run, and maybe not even The Bucket List‘s (a similarly-schmaltzy film) $93 million. Will Smith’s name will draw in viewers, though, and from 2,758 theaters, Seven Pounds might earn $17 million as well.

The final new wide release this weekend is Universal’s The Tale Of Despereaux, a computer-generated animated film about a heroic mouse’s adventures. I’m going to be frank. As long as the world is spoiled by the perfection that is Pixar, all other animated films will simply pale in comparison, both in the visuals and in the story. Despereaux doesn’t look to have too much going for it, other than being cute, but very few people know about the source material, and reviews are bad. Debuting in 3,104 theaters, I’m only seeing a $6 million weekend. Let’s just hope it doesn’t pull a Delgo

I know I must sound terribly Scrooge-like today, but I have to wonder how this weekend’s slate ended up at this. None of these films is a surefire, family-friendly tentpole release. I just cant wrap my mind around why Disney didn’t bump Bedtime Stories up to this weekend, or maybe they could have waited to release High School Musical 3 in December, so they could cash in on this lucrative season. I guess it’s no use crying over spilled egg nog, though, so I digress. Holdovers should be relatively soft, though former chart-topper The Day The Earth Stood Still might nonetheless see a 50% drop. Four Christmases should do well, and other family films should have the smallest drops in the Top 12. Also of note, Oscar-lock Slumdog Millionaire expands into 589 theaters this weekend, and it should find some success in doing so. Here are my predictions for the frame:

Predicted Top 12 For December 19-21
1. Yes Man – $18 million
2. Seven Pounds – $17 million
3. The Day The Earth Stood Still – $14 million
4. Four Christmases – $10 million
5. The Tale Of Despereaux – $6 million
6. Bolt – $5.7 million
7. Twilight – $5.5 million
8. Slumdog Millionaire – $3.3 million
9. Australia – $2.8 million
10. Quantum Of Solace – $2.6 million
11. Milk – $2.6 million
12. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa – $2.1 million

What about you? What are your predictions?

Weekend Fix: The Day The Earth Stood Still Leads, Four Christmases Holds, And Delgo Is Nowhere To Be Found

December 14, 2008

It was a slow weekend at the box office this week, and without powerhouse openers like I Am Legend and Alvin and The Chipmunks, the Top 12 Films grossed an estimated $83,309,552, down a hefty 45% from last year’s Top 12. The Day The Earth Stood Still was a victim of high expectations, while Nothing Like The Holidays simply peformed poorly, and Delgo flopped hard (it only earned $915,840).

The real stars of the frame were holdovers Four Christmases, Twilight, and Bolt, which dropped 21%, 39%, and 23%, respectively. And despite the relatively small weekend, I’m optimistic about the remainder of the holiday season; after all, Will Smith and Adam Sandler (the two most consistent draws in Hollywood) are on their way! Here are the weekend’s results:


Top 12 Actuals for December 12-14

# Movie Title Weekend Gross Total
1 The Day The Earth Stood Still $30,480,153 $30,480,153
2 Four Christmases $13,074,470 $87,775,974
3 Twilight $7,951,131 $150,045,826
4 Bolt $7,464,282 $88,849,005
5 Australia $4,169,277 $37,767,253
6 Quantum of Solace $3,715,522 $157,583,232
7 Nothing Like The Holidays $3,531,664 $3,531,664
8 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa $3,181,231 $169,937,394
9 Milk $2,598,638 $7,590,976
10 Transporter 3 $2,351,229 $29,377,088
11 Slumdog MIllionaire $2,175,518 $8,048,764
12 Cadillac Records $1,585,407 $5,909,492

All Numbers Courtesy of Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc.

Friday Estimates: Keanu Reeves Is Not Will Smith, And Delgo Crashes And Burns.

December 13, 2008

Wow. There’s not much good news to report about this Friday’s numbers. The Day The Earth Stood Still had an alright first day of $12.2 million. Since fanboys probably make up a large percentage of that audience, I’m not foreseeing a great multiplier here. Give the Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly starrer $32 million for the weekend. Nothing Like The Holidays, a family Christmas movie starring Debra Messing, Alfred Molina, and Freddy Rodriguez (among others) had a first day of $1.2 million, which should give it about $4 million for the weekend. And then there was Delgo… In all my years of researching the box office, I don’t know if I can remember a movie doing this poorly… not even Hoot). Delgo had a pitiful first day of just $130,000, good for a venue average of only $60!!! That result is so bad, I don’t even know how to articulate it to you all. Here are the rest of the results:

Friday numbers for December 12, 2008:
1. The Day The Earth Stood Still – $12.2 million
2. Four Christmases – $4.2 million
3. Twilight – $2.7 million
4. Bolt – $1.7 million
5. Australia – $1.3 million
6. Nothing Like The Holidays – $1.2 million
7. Quantum of Solace – $1.1 million
8. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa – $710,000
9. Milk – $710,000
10. Transporter 3 – $660,000
11. Slumdog Millionaire – $560,000
12. Role Models – $50,000
— Delgo – $130,000

What do you all think of these results?

Weekend Preview: Will The Day The Earth Stood Still Be I Am Legend v. 2.0?

December 12, 2008

This weekend we get a special-effects-driven sci-fi remake starring Keanu Reeves (The Day The Earth Stood Still), a Christmas dramedy (Home For The Holidays), and an ill-conceived computer animation film about an alienish monster (Delgo). Overall, the box office should remain in decent shape, with TDTESS on top and holdovers doing most of the heavy lifting.

This year it seems like each of the opening films is trying to be 2008’s version of other formerly successful December titles. The Day The Earth Stood Still is trying to be 2008’s I Am Legend. A little bit less ambitious, Nothing Like The Holidays is hoping to find the success of 2006’s The Family Stone. And Delgo would settle for even a scrap of Happy Feet or Alvin and the Chipmunks‘ receipts. But will any of these films achieve the heights of their predecessors? Probably not.

Here’s the forecast for the weekend of December 12-14, 2008:

1. The Day The Earth Stood Still – $49 million
2. Four Christmases – $12.1 million
3. Twilight – $7.3 million
4. Bolt – $7 million
5. Nothing Like The Holidays – $6.8 million
6. Australia – $4.3 million
7. Delgo – $4.2 million
8. Quantum of Solace – $3.9 million
9. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa – $3.3 million
10. Transporter 3 – $2.8 million
11. Milk – $2.4 million
12. Punisher: War Zone – $2.2 million
13. Cadillac Records – $2.2 million
14. Slumdog Millionaire – $1.9 million