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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

8 Faces From "Star Trek" That Every Sci-Fi Fan Knows And Loves

May 7, 2009

The reboot of the biggest science fiction franchise of our time is coming out in 24 short hours. That’s right, Star Trek, the eleventh installment of the ultimate outer space tale is getting a highly publicized, very well reviewed release. To say that the Trekkies are excited is an understatement. I have to imagine that casting a film like this is a difficult process. Not only do you have to find actors that are relatively known and marketable, but you must be able to please the core sci-fi fanbase with your choices, because there’s nothing worse than a gang of pissed off fanboys threatening to shoot you with their quasar guns. You see, sci-fi fans are intensely loyal, and it’s important to them that the talent in any sci-fi/space/monster/fantasy/advenutre film has an appreciation for their beloved genre. It looks like the creators of Star Trek have clearly taken this into account, and a cast has been assembled that any true sci-fi fan is sure to approve of. Take a look at eight people involved in Star Trek that have paid their dues in the science fiction world and surely have the fanboys on their side:

8. Chris Pine (Captain James T. Kirk)
He’s not quite a sci-fi fixture…. YET, but with the release of Star Trek on Friday, the upcoming Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey, and rumors of him taking the title role in the super-buzzy superhero film, The Green Lantern, Pine may just be a sci-fi phenomenon waiting to happen.

7. Anton Yelchin (Pavel Chekov)
Though he’s far from a houseold name, Yelchin’s fanbase is sure to grow exponentially in the next two weeks as he’s a main character in both Star Trek and Terminator Salvation. Like Chris Pine, Anton Yelchin has potential to be a majr attraction in the sci-fi world. The only reason he’s up a bit higher on the list is because he had a brief stint in Stephen Spielberg’s Taken miniseries.

6. Zoe Saldana (Nyota Uhura)
The lone girl on the list, Zoe Saldana has a cult following that’s as fervent as they come. I’m not really sure when she won over so many fans. Maybe it was her appearance in the first Pirates of the Caribbean, maybe it was her role on J.J. Abrams short-lived series, Six Degrees, or maybe I’m just being too much of an idealist, and it’s because she’s flipping beautiful. Either way, she has somehow won the allegiance of fanboys everywhere, and people are genuinely excited to see her in Star Trek and James Cameron’s sure-to-be-epic Avatar later this year.

5. Karl Urban (Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy)
Here is a true-blue, hardworking science fiction actor. (And that’s not a cut- the guy is a legitmate actor- he just does a lot of sci-fi) Karl Urban has had roles in pretty much everything. After stints on television as Julius Caesar in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess, he’s appeared in films such as Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Riddick, Doom, and Pathfinder.

4. Alex Kurtzman (Writer)
Here’s a behind-the-scenes guy that has contributed so much to the sci-fi genre. Kurtzman not only wrote a good number of the episodes of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (Kevin Sorbo, come back to us!), but he’s a close friend of J.J. Abrams, and he served as executive producer Alias. On top of that, he’s one of the creators of current sci-fi mystery hit, Fringe. He proved his writing schops with the surprisingly effective Mission: Impossible 3, so Trekkies have got to be feeling good about his Star Trek script.

3. Zachary Quinto (Spock)
I gave up on the trainwreck of a TV show that is Heroes a while ago, but Zachary Quinto’s performance as uber-villain Sylar is one of the few bright spots in the otherwise messy program. Fans absolutely love him, and everyone seems to be excited to see him as Spock.

2. J.J. Abrams (Director)

Where do I even begin? He created and directed the popular television sci-fi programs: Alias, Lost, and Fringe! As if that wasn’t enough (it was), he seamlessly transitioned into the film world with his directorial debut as Mission: Impossible 3, which was easily the best in the franchise. With commercial viability and super-geek credibility, Abrams was the perfect choice to helm Star Trek.

1. Leonard Nimoy (Spock Prime)
The freakin’ original Spock! Need I say more?

So do you agree with my list? For my sake, I hope I haven’t offended any of you fanboys, but whatever you’re feeling, let me know in the comments!