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New Feature: Blu-Ray Sales Chart

November 25, 2009

Fellow Box Office Junkies, I am very, very excited about what I have just accomplished!  For the past few weeks, I’ve been earnestly trying to find some sort of reliable figures for weekly Blu-Ray sales, so I could construct a Blu-Ray Sales Chart.  I’ve never seen one on the internet, for Nielsen VideoScan doesn’t release sales figures for Blu-Ray releases, but I think that with the rise in Blu-Ray consumption, a convenient chart would be extremely useful.  Thus, I’ve been combing through websites, googling my fingers off, and looking through many forums, hoping to find accurate sales figures.  As it turns out, I couldn’t.  Therefore, I decided, “Hey, if no one else is going to bother making a chart, then I should do it! Someone has to be interested, right?” Thus, I’ve been doing my research, and I think I have devised a reliable method for calculating some Blu-Ray sales estimates.  Using a combination of The-Numbers DVD Sales Chart, Home Media Magazine’s Blu-Ray share charts (here), and my very own calculator, I have constructed what I believe to be the first ever Blu-Ray Sales Chart!

Now, keep in mind that the chart that follows is dealing with estimates only!  In no way can I be sure of what the exact sales figures are, but I did a good amount of math to make sure that these approximate values offered a good idea of Blu-Ray sales, and I think these are pretty sensible numbers.  Also, you should know that Nielsen VideoScan does not include Wal-Mart in its figures, so those numbers are not factored into the chart.  Finally, because this is the first time I’ve ever done this, I don’t have total units listed for any movies except the ones that debuted this week.  That’s just going to be the case for a while.  Thus, without further ado, I present to you TBOJ’s Blu-Ray Sales Chart.  It’s pretty interesting, and I hope you enjoy it!  Let me know in the comments if this is something you want to see on a regular basis.

Top 20 Blu-Ray Sales Estimates for Week Ending November 15, 2009
Rank Title Units this Week Total Units
1 Up 1,513,714 1,513,714
2 Monsters Inc. 278,221 278,221
3 G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra 166,206
4 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 121,854
5 Snow White And The Seven Dwarves 103,387
6 The Ugly Truth 67,209 67,209
7 Heat 53,888 53,888
8 The Taking of Pelham 123 53,736
9 Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs 51,466
10 Monsters Vs. Aliens 28,004
11 Cars 27,852
12 The Terminator 22,100
13 Tinker Bell And The Lost Treasure 22,100
14 X-Men Origins: Wolverine 21,343
15 The Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut 20,284 20,284
16 The Dark Knight 20,132
17 Godzilla 18,165
18 It’s A Wonderful Life 17,408
19 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season One 17,256
20 The Boondock Saints 14,986

DVD Sales: Up Soars On The Chart, And That’s The Not-So-Ugly Truth!

November 25, 2009

It’s Tuesday, which means the DVD Sales Chart is posted, and holiday sales are definitely picking up on the home market.  This week, Disney-Pixar’s Up had a very high profile debut, but that’s not all that was going on in the DVD world. I think we all know the drill for these posts at this point, so keep on reading for my DVD Sales Notes and then the full chart. 

DVD Sales Notes

Up burst onto the scene in a big way this week, selling 5.3 million copies and earning a humongous $88.1 million in its first week.  It also topped the Blu-Ray chart.  Without a doubt, this is going to be the family DVD of the Christmas season, and as retail sales pick up substantially in the next few weeks, we could be looking at sales of 10+ million copies by years end.  It just goes to show that quality still matters in Hollywood.  Disney-Pixar are a quality brand, and people know it.  That’s why they’re so economically successful and consistent.

-In second place is the Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler romantic comedy, The Ugly Truth.  It started with 1.1 million units and grossed $18 million in its first week, which is a fair result for the $88.9 million box office hit.  The Proposal (which has earned $63.4 million thus far) opened a bit stronger, though.  Its first week sales represented 23% of its total box office gross, whereas The Ugly Truth‘s first week sales were 20% of its total gross.  Still, unless you actually went and bought this movie, there’s nothing too shameful about this debut.

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen and Twilight are both working their hardest to break the 10 million barrier before year’s end.  I can’t wait to see what kind of sales boost Twilight gets after New Moon‘s gigantic debut this past weekend.  Could it break back into the Top 5?

-Just as we saw the Halloween effect on horror movies a few weeks ago, we are now seeing a major Christmas effect on Christmas movies.  The Polar Express, Peanuts Holiday Collection, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, and Mickey’s Magical Christmas all re-entered the chart this week, and they’ll continue to thrive over the next month.

-The TV-on-DVD performer of the week is once again Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Complete Season One, but that’s just because there wasn’t another big TV release this week.  Star Wars sold 53,495 copies for an additional $1.6 million in sales.

Top 30 Selling DVDs for the Week Ending November 15, 2009
Rank Title Units this Week % Chg Total Units Sales this Week Total Sales Wks
1 Up 5,296,538 -.-% 5,296,538 $88,134,392 $88,134,392 1
2 The Ugly Truth 1,129,751 -.-% 1,129,751 $18,053,421 $18,053,421 1
3 G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra 816,726 -67.8% 3,355,303 $13,190,125 $54,188,143 2
4 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 518,531 -34.5% 8,082,694 $11,143,231 $181,861,284 4
5 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 518,001 -46.9% 4,000,052 $9,204,878 $68,373,108 3
6 Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure 343,745 -46.0% 2,496,540 $5,496,483 $39,919,675 3
7 The Taking of Pelham 123 282,835 -69.2% 1,202,562 $4,352,831 $18,507,429 2
8 The Proposal 217,688 -21.4% 3,813,587 $3,757,295 $63,353,318 5
9 Twilight 192,052 30.0% 9,389,559 $3,758,458 $169,435,287 34
10 Polar Express, The 174,786 98.4% $1,571,326 203
11 Monsters vs. Aliens 156,248 1.4% 4,044,614 $2,107,786 $69,719,794 7
12 Land of the Lost 141,418 33.9% 946,248 $1,624,893 $14,774,590 5
13 Aliens in the Attic 105,931 -65.5% 412,845 $1,860,148 $6,841,363 2
14 Peanuts Holiday Collection 97,986 -.-% $2,252,698 479
15 X-Men Origins: Wolverine 96,927 4.6% 4,048,648 $1,484,922 $68,270,234 9
16 National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 94,808 -.-% $1,188,892 626
17 Tale of Despereaux, The 93,219 -.-% 1,417,364 $1,397,353 $23,851,299 32
18 Hannah Montana The Movie 87,393 -10.8% 2,938,238 $1,310,021 $50,021,750 13
19 How the Grinch Stole Christmas 85,274 -.-% $1,065,072 417
20 Mickey’s Magical Christmas 79,978 1.3% $1,278,848 419
21 Orphan 73,092 -47.1% 498,019 $1,314,925 $8,959,362 3
22 I Love You, Beth Cooper 69,914 -43.8% 194,304 $1,337,455 $3,450,841 2
23 Edward Scissorhands 59,357 -38.0% $617,378 480
24 My One and Only 57,203 -.-% 57,203 $971,879 $971,879 1
25 Dark Knight, The 54,846 32.2% 13,014,845 $547,912 $224,570,060 49
26 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Complete Season One 53,495 -65.8% 210,125 $1,604,315 $6,301,649 2
27 Battlestar Galactica: The Plan 43,961 -46.7% 306,234 $831,303 $5,790,885 3
28 Watchmen 34,322 -.-% 2,299,561 $975,431 $48,691,650 17
29 My Life in Ruins 27,956 -.-% 286,066 $558,840 $5,718,459 6
30 Legend of the Seeker: The Complete First Season 26,503 -.-% 167,597 $773,888 $5,308,797 5

DVD Sales: G.I. Joe Shoots To The Top Of The Chart

November 18, 2009

Finally!  The paper from Hell is done, and I have a life again!  Until Monday, when another paper is due…ugh,  But don’t let me sit here and whine my whole day away- it’s time to get back to what I do best- being a numbers-obsessed blogger!  This week, for about the fifth week running now, we’ve had a new DVD earn about $40 million, and these figures should stay strong through holiday season.  This week, G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra topped the DVD Sales Chart, which you can see in full, along with my DVD Sales Notes, below.

DVD Sales Notes

G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra, known mostly as a movie that blew stuff up every five seconds, blew up on the DVD Sales Chart this week, selling 2.5 million copies for $41 million in sales.  This is a really great result for an action movie that made $150 million in theaters, and $300 million worldwide.  With strong DVD sales like this, Paramount may just be convincing me that greenlighting a sequel for this wasn’t a terrible idea.

-What does this say about me?  The Taking Of Pelham 123, which starred John Travolta and Denzel Washington, grossed $65 million in theaters, $14.2 million in its first week on DVD, and I could not remember what it was for the life of me.  Meanwhile, Aliens in the Attic, which starred nobody but Ashley Tisdale, grossed $25 million in theaters, $5 million in its first week on DVD, and I knew exactly what it was…

-Disney is still working its magic Tinker Bell And The Lost Treasure, which earned another $10.2 million this week, for $34.4 million overall.

-With New Moon coming on this Friday (What? You haven’t heard?), Twilight is back on the charts, trying its hardest to break the 10 million unit barrier by Christmas.  This week, it got 149,284 copies closer to that goal, earning $2.9 million in the process.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Complete Season One is the TV-on-DVD performer of the week.  Cartoon Network’s big hit sold 156,630 units for $4.7 million in its first week, and I’m wondering how old the people are who are buying this DVD.  Do you think its mainly kids or adults?  I’m genuinely wondering.

Check out the full chart below:

DVD Sales for the Week Ending November 8, 2009
Rank Title Units this Week Total Units Sales this Week Total Sales Wks
1 G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra 2,538,577 2,538,577 $40,998,019 $40,998,019 1
2 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 974,814 3,482,051 $17,322,445 $59,168,230 2
3 The Taking of Pelham 123 919,727 919,727 $14,154,599 $14,154,599 1
4 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 791,782 7,564,163 $17,015,395 $170,718,052 3
5 Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure 636,167 2,152,795 $10,172,310 $34,423,192 2
6 Aliens in the Attic 306,914 306,914 $4,981,214 $4,981,214 1
7 The Proposal 276,959 3,595,899 $4,780,312 $59,596,023 4
8 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Complete Season One 156,630 156,630 $4,697,334 $4,697,334 1
9 Monsters vs. Aliens 154,092 3,888,366 $2,551,764 $67,612,008 6
10 Twilight 149,284 9,312,042 $2,921,488 $167,739,089 33
11 Orphan 138,099 424,927 $2,484,401 $7,644,437 2
12 I Love You, Beth Cooper 124,390 124,390 $2,113,386 $2,113,386 1
13 Family Guy – Volume 7 117,028 706,926 $2,397,904 $16,901,163 21
14 The Simpsons – The Complete Twelfth Season 105,859 420,282 $1,720,505 $11,903,326 12
15 Land of the Lost 105,605 804,830 $1,748,819 $13,149,697 4
16 24 – Season Seven 101,035 694,804 $2,373,312 $21,284,505 25
17 Hannah Montana The Movie 97,989 2,850,845 $1,468,855 $48,711,729 12
18 Edward Scissorhands 95,704 $984,976 479
19 The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Second Season 93,674 385,723 $2,762,446 $11,279,403 8
20 X-Men Origins: Wolverine 92,658 3,951,721 $1,419,521 $66,785,312 8
21 Drag Me to Hell 88,850 632,612 $1,585,973 $11,132,721 4
22 Polar Express, The 88,089 $791,920 202
23 Battlestar Galactica: The Plan 82,504 262,273 $1,560,151 $4,959,582 2
24 Ice Age: The Meltdown 82,458 8,009,712 $1,165,132 $131,237,769 155
25 Mickey’s Magical Christmas 78,950 $1,307,412 418
26 Dr. Seuss – Green Eggs and Ham and Other Favorites 41,359 $268,420 318
27 Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead 40,110 201,325 $715,964 $3,534,361 3
28 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past 31,478 1,019,583 $458,320 $17,844,124 7
29 The Last House on the Left 28,686 872,883 $430,003 $16,701,703 12
30 Legend of the Seeker: The Complete First Season 22,339 141,094 $706,583 $4,534,909 4
Figures from The-Numbers