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DVD Sales: The Chart Was Already Hungover Before New Year’s Eve

January 19, 2010

Good news, everyone!  The-Numbers is getting all caught up with their DVD Sales Charts after the holiday delays, and this week, they posted two charts, which wrapped up 2009.  Next week, they should post two more charts, and then be right back on schedule!  You should really check out the site- it’s fantastic.  But let’s get on with the numbers.  Over the past two weeks, a few new movies debuted on the home market, but none of the newcomers could even come close to The Hangover‘s level of success.  The surprise blockbuster (and surprise Best Picture winner at the Golden Globes) continued its dominant run with two straight weeks atop the DVD Sales Chart.  Click inside to see two weeks of DVD Sales along with my observations:

DVD Sales Notes:

The Hangover finished out a relatively weak year of DVD sales with a bang!  With 5.9 million units sold, the R-rated smash comedy has grossed a tremendous $113 million in just two weeks.  It’s a little depressing when you consider that most of those egregiously inappropriate DVDs were opened on Christmas Day… have we truly lost any of the meaning of Christmas?

-Three movies with similar grosses debuted in the last two weeks.  Inglourious Basterds, the sole movie keeping the Weinstein Company alive at this point, had a pretty solid start on the home market.  The fictional World War II account, which earned $120 million in theaters, has moved 2.3 million copies in two weeks, good for $42.5 million in revenue.  Meanwhile, District 9, which earned a similar $115 million in theaters, got off to a softer start.  The alien comedy sold 1.1 million units in its opening week, earning $18.4 million along the way.  Finally, G-Force, the animated guinea pig comedy that found $119 million in theaters, got off to the softest start of the three.  Audiences apparently weren’t too impressed with what they saw in theaters, as G-Force sold only 1.7 million copies for $33.8 million after two weeks.

-Indie sleeper hit (500) Days Of Summer took its sweet time grossing $32.4 million in the late Summer and early Fall.  Will that be the case on the home market as well?  The film, which never earned more than $3.7 million on a weekend during its theatrical run, earned $5.2 million in its first week on DVD.  Not bad for a film budgeted at just $7.5 million.

-Let’s not even talk about All About Steve.  Maybe Sandra Bullock’s success in The Blind Side fooled $3.8 million worth of people to actually pick up this crappy movie on DVD.

-The TV-on-DVD performer of the week goes to Family Guy: Something, Something, Something Darkside, which earned $8 million in its first week.  Other TV big-shots are Lost – The Complete Fifth Season, with it’s $28.5 million gross, and Planet Earth, which has become a $187 million blockbuster in its two and a half years on the home market.

Up and Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen continue their impressive runs, and the films have sold 8.5 million and 9.3 million copies, respectively.  Check out the charts below:

Top DVD Sales For The Week Ending December 27, 2009
Rank Title Units this Week % Chg Total Units Sales this Week Total Sales Wks
1 The Hangover 2,047,577 -47.5% 5,944,241 $42,875,648 $113,683,099 2
2 District 9 1,080,097 -.-% 1,080,097 $18,379,039 $18,379,039 1
3 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 1,015,598 -29.4% 6,653,089 $16,568,567 $89,246,036 3
4 Inglourious Basterds 819,645 -45.8% 2,331,940 $15,335,640 $42,562,394 2
5 Up 742,861 25.1% 8,477,982 $12,571,808 $145,252,868 7
6 G-Force 647,444 -36.8% 1,671,487 $13,079,081 $33,827,523 2
7 Family Guy: Something, Something, Something, Darkside 630,858 -.-% 630,858 $8,062,365 $8,062,365 1
8 Star Trek 459,067 44.6% 6,069,513 $7,471,499 $89,535,355 6
9 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 402,758 27.0% 2,976,654 $6,442,114 $39,038,274 4
10 Julie And Julia 399,277 -13.0% 1,841,435 $6,799,687 $31,359,638 3
11 Public Enemies 326,384 -14.0% 1,590,359 $6,084,287 $28,868,532 3
12 (500) Days of Summer 316,351 -.-% 316,351 $5,150,194 $5,150,194 1
13 Santa Buddies 267,004 22.6% 2,177,890 $4,661,436 $38,436,294 5
14 All About Steve 258,609 -.-% 258,609 $3,876,549 $3,876,549 1
15 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 232,195 -0.9% 9,267,823 $5,802,553 $209,054,675 10
16 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 208,443 38.2% $3,435,287 429
17 Terminator Salvation 205,372 -16.1% 1,812,477 $3,361,303 $23,125,217 4
18 The Proposal 195,339 8.7% 4,735,360 $3,404,251 $77,819,029 11
19 Angels And Demons 174,454 4.1% 1,733,804 $3,163,793 $28,808,435 5
20 Four Christmases 173,430 11.0% 1,511,648 $2,970,856 $23,821,144 5
21 Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure 170,768 50.6% 3,263,274 $2,559,812 $51,580,997 9
22 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 158,687 9.5% 4,825,751 $2,605,053 $81,447,405 9
23 G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra 147,426 2.3% 4,197,601 $2,578,363 $67,920,913 8
24 Twilight 145,982 16.0% 10,239,767 $2,636,975 $186,221,644 40
25 National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 144,968 -.-% $1,439,431 632
26 The Ugly Truth 138,416 95.2% 1,793,982 $2,074,856 $28,373,641 7
27 A Christmas Story 132,683 -.-% $1,260,316 483
28 American Pie Presents: The Book of Love 128,178 -.-% 128,178 $2,177,744 $2,177,744 1
29 Lost – The Complete Fifth Season 122,036 -22.3% 730,531 $5,206,776 $28,582,126 3
30 True Blood: The Complete First Season 114,255 -.-% 1,790,340 $3,247,127 $61,528,999 32
Top DVD Sales For The Week Ending December 20, 2009
Rank Title Units this Week % Chg Total Units Sales this Week Total Sales Wks
1 The Hangover 3,896,664 -.-% 3,896,664 $70,807,451 $70,807,451 1
2 Inglourious Basterds 1,512,295 -.-% 1,512,295 $27,226,754 $27,226,754 1
3 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 1,437,869 -65.8% 5,637,491 $23,095,052 $72,677,469 2
4 G-Force 1,024,043 -.-% 1,024,043 $20,748,442 $20,748,442 1
5 Up 593,852 12.7% 7,735,121 $11,420,546 $132,681,060 6
6 Julie And Julia 459,027 -53.3% 1,442,158 $7,817,230 $24,559,951 2
7 Public Enemies 379,535 -57.1% 1,263,975 $7,337,854 $22,784,245 2
8 Star Trek 317,578 -37.1% 5,610,446 $5,248,453 $82,063,856 5
9 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 317,188 -49.4% 2,573,896 $5,276,327 $32,596,160 3
10 Terminator Salvation 244,710 -30.8% 1,607,105 $4,031,940 $19,763,914 3
11 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 234,189 -14.3% 9,035,628 $5,852,383 $203,252,122 9
12 Santa Buddies 217,824 -23.8% 1,910,886 $4,358,920 $33,774,858 4
13 The Proposal 179,636 22.6% 4,540,021 $3,324,326 $74,414,778 10
14 Angels And Demons 167,557 -20.8% 1,559,350 $3,435,874 $25,644,642 4
15 Lost – The Complete Fifth Season 157,036 -65.2% 608,495 $6,787,708 $23,375,350 2
16 Four Christmases 156,256 -20.5% 1,338,218 $2,721,980 $20,850,288 4
17 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 150,801 1.1% $2,577,280 428
18 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 144,956 -31.2% 4,667,064 $2,343,620 $78,842,351 8
19 G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra 144,177 -18.3% 4,050,175 $2,503,533 $65,342,550 7
20 Planet Earth – The Complete BBC Series 143,787 -.-% 3,475,176 $3,880,811 $187,320,938 139
21 The Original Television Christmas Classics 129,369 -19.8% $2,530,458 275
22 Twilight 125,866 -4.3% 10,093,785 $2,531,920 $183,584,669 39
23 Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie 120,017 -.-% 120,017 $2,399,140 $2,399,140 1
24 Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure 113,393 -13.1% 3,092,506 $1,893,663 $49,021,185 8
25 Monsters vs. Aliens 96,637 -40.0% 4,769,589 $1,394,994 $78,758,267 12
26 Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (TV Special) 91,182 -.-% 1,991,486 $1,184,454 $31,619,579 161
27 My Sister’s Keeper 88,454 -46.9% 1,044,135 $1,717,777 $17,147,544 5
28 Funny People 74,037 -39.5% 494,994 $1,534,624 $9,632,755 4
29 The Ugly Truth 70,919 -78.8% 1,655,566 $1,063,076 $26,298,785 6
30 Edward Scissorhands 70,140 -.-% $723,550 485

Review: "District 9"

August 16, 2009

I’m not sure I could claim with utter certainty that District 9 is the best movie of the summer. I didn’t find it as audaciously thought-provoking as I had hoped it would be, and the third act succumbs to a rather typical (though still entertaining) shoot-em-up, complete with a mechanized solder-suit. What I will say is that it’s one of the most unique and inventive movies I’ve seen in a while, a film that doesn’t quite fit the cliches of the many genres it seems to emulate; and in a decade full of sequels and remakes I found myself thoroughly enjoying watching something I realized I had never seen before.

If I could sum up what I thought District 9 was like briefly, I’d tell you it was a well-conceived combination of Independence Day, Iron Man, Hotel Rwanda, and The Fly. It’s certainly a science-fiction film, but it’s put in such a realistic, gritty tone that you’ll hardly recognize it as such.

About twenty years ago, in the film’s history (told in a documentary style), a large alien craft settled over the city of Johannesburg, South Africa, and stayed dormant for three years until humans finally cracked their way inside. They discovered rooms full of starving, emaciated alien creatures. Soon a civilization (of sorts) is set up on the ground in a place to be known as District 9, where the aliens are separated from the humans, apartheid style (Johannesburg was clearly chosen for a reason). Tensions mount, people don’t like them, they’re named after a sea shrimp they resemble (prawns); it’s tough being an alien.

Eventually the private weapons manufacturing company charged to oversee the aliens, Multi-National United, decides the aliens need to be moved to a new place, and charge a field operative named Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley) to give the eviction notices. In doing so, he comes across a strange cylinder which shoots black liquid on his face. He realizes within the next few hours that this liquid is altering his genes, and that he is turning into a Prawn. While this is naturally horrifying for him, MNU head-honchos realize this means he can fire the aliens’ DNA-specific weaponry.

The movie is, as I’ve said, original in many ways. For one, the aliens don’t land in Chicago or New York, but South Africa. Meaning they don’t blow up the White House in this one. Second, the alien civilization is shown to be distinctly, well, human. They aren’t all reptilian monster trying to eat us or laser-gunned invaders trying to gun us down, nor are they cute and cuddly E.T.s that snuggle nicely with stuffed animals. They have the good and bad, the black market and crime that come with any slum, as well as those that love and hate. It’s also kind of neat to see people treat the aliens like an everyday occurrence. We see that in more fantastic Star Wars-esque films, where aliens are all over the place, but I can think of few movies where character aren’t in absolute awe at the aliens walking over our homeworld. In this film, everybody’s adjusted to the initial shock. Now there are alien haters, alien rights activists, economies, and all other facets of human civilization entwined with the aliens existence, having developed over two decades.

The film is masterfully directed by Neill Blomkamp, who pulls off both the documentary and shaky-camera war-scene very well. And Sharlto Copley is fantastic as the kind-hearted and frantically terrified Wikus.

The obvious Apartheid analogy doesn’t quite pan out for me, just because the aliens didn’t really want to be around either. They were just sort of stranded. I can also understand why some people would be upset at the money spent towards the prawns when there were humans who could use it as well. But it’s still a harrowing, depressing look at the depravities that can become human nature, and while I felt the film took this a bit too far with just a bit too few good humans depicted (three, to be exact), I really did enjoy this film. It’s not some grand masterpiece, but it is imaginative and original. Which is saying a lot these days.

7.8/10

Trailer Attack, "I Love You, Phillip Morris," "District Nine"

July 18, 2009

Here is a trailer for the comedy I Love You, Phillip Morris starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor. And boy does it look…gay.


Or as Carrey says, “Gay, gay, gay, gay, gay.” It also happens to look pretty damn funny. This film doesn’t have a distributor for the U.S. yet, and if Bruno is getting such bad word of mouth I’m not sure how much that could hurt this film’s chances. But I hope to get to see it sometime, if anything just to see Jim Carrey in a film.

And then there’s a film I’ve been wanting to write about for a while, District 9.

What is this, an intelligent alien film? I’m sorry, I want stuff blowing up and Will Smith, please.

Peter Jackson is no slouch, and this film has a lot of positive buzz surrounding it. Alien refugees, the last survivors of their home world, have landed over South Africa to make a new home. They neither attack nor share with us their uber awesome space exploration technology, and selfishly keep their dastardly weapons to themselves. At least, that’s what some humans think.

I don’t know how much this movie will vilify humans (a tactic I’m not crazy about), but it has great potential. It comes out August 14.