-Tyler Perry continues his impressive track record with a number one debut for The Family That Preys. Even if a $10 million debut on the home market isn’t huge, none of his movies tend to do especially huge numbers on the home market, and considering the domestic gross of The Family That Preys was $37 million, $10 million in sales isn’t a bad number. Perhaps he sees lower DVD sales because he caters to a more old school audience, that still prefer the theater. All in all, Perry’s unique brand of modern, racially themed, Christian friendly melodrama may not make much sense on paper, but it sells well, and his films are very cheap to make
-Just like I predicted, Pineapple Express fell hard in its second weekend on the home market. Who said potheads weren’t motivated to do anything? They’ll buy DVDs pretty darn quick! 1.57 million units and $33 million in sales are very solid figures.
–My Best Friend’s Girl…. I’m honestly trying my very hardest to remember what this movie is. As a movie guy, you’d think I would know, but I just can’t seem to even muster up a slight memory of its existence. It must have been one of those terrible September releases. Let me go check. [Five minutes later] I knew it was from September! I’m really quite happy this film, which only grossed $19 million domestically, sold so poorly on DVD- mostly because it stars Dane Cook, who is perhaps the least funny comedian I’ve ever seen. Anything that thwarts his movie career is fine in my book.
-You know, Appaloosa just never quite caught on. It earned $20 million in theaters, but audience reaction to the film was just kind of, “eh.” Audience reaction to the DVD appears to be the same. Westerns have to be pretty spectacular to generate business these days. 2007’s 3:10 To Yuma was stunning, and even it only made $53 million. An alternate theory for Appaloosa‘s relative insignificance: Renee Zellweger. After watching the film, my friends and I have begun to call the botox-infused actress “Puffy Face,” and believe me, the cosmetic procedure has not just affected her looks. How can you act if your face won’t move?!
-Gosh, it’s just one late summer/early fall release after another! Kiefer Sutherland starred in the generic thriller Mirrors, which earned $30 million back in August. In its first week on DVD, it sold 241,000 copies, for an inauspicious $4.6 million total.
-Was anyone else really rooting for Swing Vote? The film had a fantastic concept, but it was all but ignored while in theaters. The Kevin Costner election feature only grossed $16 million in theaters, so it’s first week DVD sales of $4 million aren’t all that surprising, especially post-Inauguration.
Here are the full results:
|Rank||Title||Units this Week||% Change||Total Units||Sales this Week||Total Sales||Weeks in Release|
|1||Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys||491,001||-.-%||491,001||$10,776,195||$10,776,195||1|
|3||My Best Friend’s Girl||269,707||-.-%||269,707||$6,283,876||$6,283,876||1|
|8||Bangkok Dangerous (2008)||143,372||-56.7%||474,494||$3,267,147||$10,958,747||2|
|9||Dark Knight, The||139,542||-22.1%||12,335,445||$2,885,826||$259,597,014||6|
|12||Tyler Perry’s Marriage Counselor||121,572||-.-%||121,572||$1,700,792||$1,700,792||1|
|15||Battlestar Galactica – Season 4.0||77,578||-54.6%||248,638||$2,481,720||$7,953,930||2|
|16||Kung Fu Panda||70,999||-13.3%||8,106,940||$1,273,601||$133,618,173||10|
|19||Horton Hears a Who!||64,341||-36.0%||3,876,781||$1,105,565||$67,517,535||6|
|21||Without a Paddle: Nature’s Calling||60,344||-.-%||60,344||$1,274,164||$1,274,164||1|
|22||Burn After Reading||56,318||-19.4%||953,910||$986,077||$17,276,103||4|
|23||Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, The||53,175||-35.4%||2,350,854||$929,834||$42,818,981||5|
|27||Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, The||37,194||-48.5%||5,337,325||$591,396||$88,111,142||7|
|30||Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia||32,161||-69.8%||138,635||$641,290||$2,764,382||2|