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"Voyage Of The Dawn Treader" Will Sail, Thanks To A Pick Up From Fox 2000

January 29, 2009

Oh my Aslan- this is awesome! So last month, Disney discontinued their involvement with the Narnia franchise, due to the high production costs, and relative disappointment of last year’s Prince Caspian. But don’t write out the Pevensie children just yet! The third installment of the popular franchise, The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, has just found a new home at Fox 2000, and the studio is aiming for a release during the holiday season in 2010. According to THR:

Despite a couple of suitors, including Columbia, Walden only had eyes for Fox, with whom it partnered to market and distribute its fare under the Fox Walden banner after the first “Narnia” film.

I’m very excited about this! I think that the Narnia franchise has a tremendous amount of potential, both creatively and financially. I thought that The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe was charming, but I was disappointed in the muddled characterization and bland action of Prince Caspian. As far as the box office decline between the first and second films ($745 M vs $419 M worldwide), I attribute most of the blame to Disney, who was utterly lazy in their marketing. With the right advertising, I think Fox could move The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader back into the $200-$250 million range, domestically, and $500-$600 million worldwide.

Story wise, Voyage Of The Dawn Treader is infinitely more interesting than Prince Caspian, with sea monsters, dragons, and some dynamic new children, so I’m thrilled about the pick up from Fox. Now, let’s just hope they make a good movie! What about you? Are you as excited as I am for the next Narnia film?

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DVD Sales – Mamma Mia Has Fangirls!

January 7, 2009

Scroll down for the chart. Here are DVD Sales Notes for the week ending December 28:

The Dark Knight has sold about 12 million copies! Over $250 million already! The best selling DVD of 2008 by far in just three weeks. Utter insanity.

Mamma Mia fell hard in its second week of release. It’s already earned a fantastic $106 million, but normally these sorts of drops are reserved for teen slasher flicks and sci-fi titles, which fanboys rush out to buy as soon as they debut. But in Mamma Mia‘s case, we’ve got the ever elusive fangirls!

-Jason Statham continues to prove he’s got a small but loyal DVD audience with the debut of Death Race. For a film that only earned $36 million in theaters, a $15 million first week of DVD sales ain’t too shabby.

-Don’t worry, though, fanboys are alive and well. In three weeks, Lost – The Complete Fourth Season has almost generated more revenue than The Office – Season Four, which has been out for 17 weeks! I know I picked up my copy.

The House Bunny did much better in its second week of release. While it’s $11 million total isn’t amazing, it’s proved itself to be the little engine that could over its theatrical run.

-2 million people actually bought The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor?! Can’t they just wait a couple months and watch it non-stop on USA?

-I love how much Wall-E has made so far.

Top 30 DVD Sales For The Week Ending December 28
Rank Title Units this Week % Change Total Units Sales this Week Total Sales Weeks in Release
1 Dark Knight, The 1,694,485 -39.5% 11,995,355 $37,108,544 $252,824,346 3
2 Mamma Mia! 1,370,839 -61.7% 4,948,085 $32,048,297 $106,830,624 2
3 Death Race 668,305 -.-% 668,305 $15,911,674 $15,911,674 1
4 Burn After Reading 655,088 -.-% 655,088 $11,897,905 $11,897,905 1
5 Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, The 613,404 -58.0% 2,073,994 $11,121,321 $37,763,797 2
6 WALL-E 602,220 -18.6% 10,755,884 $9,937,292 $185,389,217 6
7 Horton Hears a Who! 570,415 -51.5% 3,678,868 $10,056,302 $64,477,082 3
8 Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, The 547,658 -12.7% 5,562,857 $9,144,300 $91,890,427 4
9 House Bunny, The 465,645 193.2% 624,475 $8,207,505 $11,000,054 2
10 Wanted 440,566 14.0% 3,876,545 $8,918,333 $80,162,150 4
11 Kung Fu Panda 438,194 -29.0% 8,869,512 $7,020,131 $146,146,800 7
12 Hancock 405,321 -30.0% 5,417,683 $7,753,385 $108,121,135 5
13 Step Brothers 393,798 -9.2% 2,989,373 $7,274,394 $55,041,553 4
14 Traitor 356,859 76.6% 558,973 $6,278,470 $10,039,246 2
15 Iron Man 317,547 -3.3% 9,726,080 $6,355,322 $181,311,148 13
16 Women, The 255,528 -.-% 255,528 $5,108,005 $5,108,005 1
17 Tropic Thunder 238,245 -3.8% 3,078,801 $4,260,011 $61,318,778 6
18 Fred Claus 219,641 33.5% 1,805,041 $3,419,569 $30,970,173 5
19 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 192,494 -19.7% 6,157,198 $3,295,382 $127,920,857 11
20 Eagle Eye 190,121 -.-% 190,121 $4,344,645 $4,344,645 0
21 Get Smart 168,771 22.9% 2,257,022 $2,831,606 $41,041,066 8
22 Lost – The Complete Fourth Season 159,282 -20.9% 854,268 $6,051,505 $32,582,434 3
23 Sex and the City – The Movie 155,893 -13.7% 4,443,157 $3,005,321 $91,772,177 14
24 X-Files: I Want to Believe, The 100,089 -16.5% 756,058 $1,912,431 $15,850,567 4
25 Hellboy 2: The Golden Army 98,012 -47.3% 2,752,100 $2,080,226 $57,862,588 7
26 Jeff Dunham’s Very Special Christmas Special 74,765 -52.0% 857,248 $672,137 $7,800,218 6
27 Incredible Hulk, The 69,805 -54.6% 4,030,136 $1,292,433 $85,335,707 10
28 Space Chimps 56,930 -.-% 605,955 $1,095,373 $12,285,769 5
29 Longshots, The 54,870 -.-% 367,446 $1,096,851 $7,345,246 4
30 Office, The – Season Four 51,360 -.-% 1,171,033 $1,283,486 $35,842,373 17
All Numbers Provided by Nash Information Services via The-Numbers

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New Feature: DVD Sales Chart

January 2, 2009

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For my New Year’s resolution, I told you I wanted to keep The Box Office Junkie growing, and today, I’m proud to introduce to you the debut of the DVD Sales Chart on the site. Of course, I have no way of accruing all this information with just my little MacBook, so let me be sure to clarify that all of this information was recorded by Nash Information Services, a phenomenal company who runs The-Numbers. Each week I’ll try to post the Top 30 DVD Sales, which I think is extremely important information for everyone to see, as the industry is becoming increasingly DVD-driven. Keep in mind that it takes a long time for these results to process, so they’re not as up-to-the-minute as box office results. I’m very excited about this development, and I hope you are as well! Also, I’ll place some links at the top if you’d like to buy these DVD’s. Here you go:

Top DVD Sales for the Week Ending December 21
Rank Title Units this Week % Change Total Units Sales this Week Total Sales Weeks in Release
1 Mamma Mia! 3,715,976 -.-% 3,715,976 $77,682,478 $77,682,478 1
2 Dark Knight, The 2,987,645 -60.2% 10,488,962 $60,806,344 $219,543,963 2
3 Mummy: Tomb of the
Dragon Emperor, The
1,672,189 -.-% 1,672,189 $30,502,232 $30,502,232 1
4 Horton Hears a Who! 1,439,755 -25.5% 3,371,044 $25,221,772 $59,020,875 2
5 Kung Fu Panda 824,947 61.0% 8,638,832 $12,873,298 $142,364,925 6
6 WALL-E 780,355 33.0% 10,193,887 $12,552,791 $176,098,952 5
7 Chronicles of Narnia:
Prince Caspian, The
743,195 -29.1% 5,131,303 $12,279,514 $84,664,467 3
8 Hancock 709,751 70.2% 5,142,957 $13,800,753 $102,907,104 4
9 Step Brothers 479,361 -15.0% 2,641,374 $8,888,983 $48,616,428 3
10 Wanted 442,201 -38.0% 3,491,837 $8,630,879 $72,334,053 3
11 Fred Claus 356,574 131.9% 1,777,421 $5,453,550 $30,487,431 4
12 Iron Man 353,018 40.5% 9,433,160 $6,784,653 $175,429,132 12
13 Tinker Bell 304,338 61.7% 4,118,324 $4,743,169 $64,709,710 8
14 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom
of the Crystal Skull
274,982 39.9% 6,000,010 $4,883,790 $125,252,524 10
15 Tropic Thunder 263,834 26.5% 2,856,845 $4,605,803 $57,343,128 5
16 Traitor 245,254 -.-% 245,254 $4,563,490 $4,563,490 1
17 Lost – The Complete Fourth Season 237,822 -51.8% 731,409 $9,065,608 $27,919,348 2
18 Hellboy 2: The Golden Army 222,959 79.1% 2,691,030 $4,715,159 $56,563,615 6
19 Little Mermaid –
Ariel’s Beginning, The
196,947 -.-% 2,459,275 $3,149,183 $41,905,165 17
20 House Bunny, The 185,799 -.-% 185,799 $3,266,718 $3,266,718 1
21 Incredible Hulk, The 182,083 43.6% 3,988,592 $3,470,247 $84,581,889 9
22 Get Smart 142,644 20.4% 2,093,576 $2,336,166 $38,296,670 7
23 X-Files: I Want to Believe, The 124,540 -32.1% 660,618 $2,607,021 $14,035,454 3
24 Sisterhood of the Traveling
Pants 2
118,718 -26.7% 989,055 $1,820,434 $15,520,665 5
25 Star Wars: The Clone Wars 96,863 -23.4% 1,326,161 $1,600,216 $24,447,227 6
26 Space Chimps 77,622 -28.5% 551,923 $1,580,920 $11,249,419 4
27 This Christmas 64,562 -.-% 1,014,552 $1,148,022 $19,251,800 6
28 Sex and the City – The Movie 64,467 -60.0% 4,171,080 $1,209,755 $86,586,605 13
29 Longshots, The 58,827 -28.5% 314,772 $1,175,952 $6,292,292 3
30 Original Television Christmas Classics, The 56,371 -70.2% $1,368,592 223

Disney Abandons The Narnia Franchise; But Will "The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader" Still Sail?

December 27, 2008

This week the Walt Disney Company announced that they would no longer be working with Walden Media to produce The Chronicles Of Narnia franchise. Although the studio remained rather mum on the issue, they cited “budgetary considerations and other logistics” as part of their reasoning. Really, though, if you are a box office junkie, it’s no mystery why Disney is suddenly pulling out of the franchise. Let me explain:

The first film in the Narnia franchise, The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe, was a massive success both domestically and internationally. Debuting in December 2005, it earned $291 million in the US, and $745 million worldwide, and went on to sell fantastically on DVD. The second film, Prince Caspian premiered on May 16th of this year, and was a huge disappointment. Domestically, it earned $141 million, less than half of what the original earned. Worldwide, it earned “only” $419 million. That’s a terribly steep decline for a sequel to a blockbuster, and it was immediately clear to Disney that they had misjudged the public’s love of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia books. Apparently, people had a special attachment to the most famous book in the series, The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe, but not the entire set of books. The problem is that these movies are not cheap. Prince Caspian cost $200 million to produce, and that’s not even including the prints and advertising budget (the first film carried a $60 million budget). In the midst of an economic downturn, Disney, like many other studios, is looking critically at its big budget expenditures.

Disney was originally planning on releasing The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader on May 7, 2010, but that clearly won’t be happening anymore. (Somewhere, Iron Man 2 is cheering…) Walden Media, who owns the movie rights to the Narnia books, claims that they remain committed to the franchise, but were “disappointed” in Disney’s decision. It will be interesting to see what happens next.

Personally, I’m a little bit sad. While I didn’t love the second film, I don’t think that the Narnia franchise was a bad investment at all. Prince Caspian was a relatively tough source material to work with, but frankly, Disney was just plain lazy in their advertising. They expected audiences to come to the theaters just because the word “Narnia” was in their title. The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader is such an exciting book, and could have made a wonderful movie. I actually hope that another studio, who really believes in Dawn Treader‘s potential, makes a deal with Walden Media to co-finance the project. What do you think? Are you sad about the end of the Disney/Narnia relationship? Do you think the third Narnia film will ever see the light of day?

Prince Caspian Trailer

December 6, 2007

     The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, which hits theaters on May 16, 2008 has a new trailer!  I swear, if my roommate weren’t asleep right now, I’d be jumping up and down, squealing like a little girl- that’s how excited I am!  This is the first footage to be released, and it looks fantastic!  The original film, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe grossed a massive $291 million in the US, and Disney has a lot riding on this franchise.  Thankfully, it looks great.  More magic, more action, more monsters, more battles, more Lucy, more Aslan!  If you’re a movie geek like me, May can’t get here fast enough!  Watch the trailer below: