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News That Caught My Eye: A Barbie Movie And A Batman Fallacy

September 24, 2009

Here are some film industry stories I’ve read lately that I think are worth sharing.  Here are my thoughts on some articles about two future projects: a Barbie movie, and a third Batman picture.

Barbie (I couldn’t bring myself to write it in pink.)

Variety is reporting that famous fifty year old doll, Barbie, is getting her own feature film.  Universal at Mattel are teaming up to produce a live action adaptation of the cheerful blonde icon.  This news is abosolutely fascinating to me.  The casting alone will be very interesting, for the producers are going to have to find the perfect actress for the job.  It probably can’t be someone who’s already famous, and it must be someone with a positive image and clean background.  Whoever is cast will be expected to be not only a great actress, but also a role model.  Barbie is a lucrative commodity.  According to the article:

Asked why there had never before been a live action feature (there have been 16 direct-to-video animated titles, selling 75 million units worldwide, per Mattel), Dickson called the U deal the logical next step in expanding the brand’s reach

Honestly, if Universal does this right, I could envision a sort of female-driven Forrest Gump. (Ken = Jenny?)  I really think it could be a cool movie if we saw Barbie in all of her different careers over the years, and this has the potential to be huge, but Universal has to make the right movie if they want to make money.  It cannot be too girly, and it cannot be too childish.  They’re targeting families with this, and if they can tap into that market successfully, they’ll be golden.  Obviously, a lot of people are buying the DVDs, so this has potential.  I’m seeing a holiday release for Barbie some time in the next few years.

Batman Fallacies
Honestly, I’m not really into speculating about sequels, and I’m not into being a blog critic, but this article is notable to me because it has a glaringly incorrect fact in it, and I’m tired of incorrect facts about the box office.  Last week, everyone kept telling me that Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs was the third highest grossing film worldwide of all time.  WRONG!  It is the third highest grossing film internationally of all time.  There’s a big difference.  This week, on EW’s Popwatch, Chris Nashawaty writes:

The one thing that is for sure, though, is that after The Dark Knight raked in $988 million worldwide — the second-largest historical gross after 1997’s Titanic — this sucker’s going to get made eventually. There’s too much money to be made for it not to.

WRONG! The Dark Knight is the fourth highest grossing film worldwide of all time.  Titanic is in first with $1.84 billion, in second is Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King with $1.19 billion, next comes Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest with $1.07 billion, and then The Dark Knight with $1.00 billion.  I know we like to speak in superlatives here in the blogosphere, but we can’t just make things up! Things like this are why people think blogs are unreliable.

Is "The Dark Knight" Sequel More Developed Than We Thought?

July 24, 2009


I’m sure everybody involved in the franchise gets a little tired of it: “When will the next Batman movie come out?!

You know everybody from Christopher Nolan to Gary the third grip gets asked this question at every turn. Everything we’ve heard so far is, basically, “We need to see what Chris does.”

That is, until Comic-con, the mecca of dorkdome. Though as of late it’s becoming more and more “entertainment”-con, as any movie or popular series gets involved regardless of comic book status (including Twilight). When Gary Oldman was asked about the next movie, he said, “The next batman is next year, so I think it is two years away. But you didn’t hear it from me.”

Alright, Gary. It’ll be our little secret. Does this mean they have a script working, or at least an idea? Is Nolan on board? CAN I BE IN IT?

Uncommon Common Movie Conventions That I’m Growing Tired Of

June 4, 2009

Ah the movie cliche. The cop that has to turn in his badge but solves the case anyway, the two guys of different race/belief/background who go from bitter enemies to the closest of friends, the romances that start strong, hit a snag, and result in a chase through downtown on a motorcycle, the car chase where the beautiful sports car is hardly damaged (or damaged so bad there’s no way it could still drive but still does); everyone has their favorite. And they are all over the place, hence ‘cliche.’ Now there are those that people always complain about:

“Of COURSE she drops the car keys when she has to hurry to start the car.”
“NOW her cell phone won’t work!”
“Now EVERYONE is a computer hacker!”
And of course, “The bad guys fire six thousand bullet and NEVER hit him! How bad is their aim?”

Yeah, these are really bad. That last one is perhaps most common, but I’ll let it slide. Why? Because I don’t want to see my hero’s temple explode and the credits roll. Sure it’s a bad convention, but there’s really no other alternative unless you want people to pretend they don’t have guns, or have them all simultaneously jam (another bad convention), or have them throw apples or something.

But there are others, plenty of them, that are rarely commented on but irk me to the point it distracts me from the movie. Here’s my list, in no particular order, of common movie conventions that have grown old, but are not spoke of all that often.

10. Romance in the Rain
The two players in the lovestruck couple have resisted each other at every turn, leaving only longing stares and sexual tension so thick you could choke on it. They annoy each other, sure, but only because their deep, sometimes forbidden love forces them to push away, because they don’t want to get hurt, or because some other stupid reason. Then, thunder rolls in the background. It starts to pour. They argue. She storms away in anger. He yells over the pounding water and roaring thunder, “Because I love you [girl’s name].” She half turns to him, a surprised look on her face. And then they’re kissing furiously.

Okay, so they don’t all play out exactly like this, but the rainy kiss has been exploited far too frequently. We get it, rain is chaotic, emotional, and beautiful, just like love. But their love does not control the weather, damn it. Pride and Prejudice, The Notebook, Spider-Man, Every B-movie romance ever made ever. It would be kind of awesome if Storm did it in the next X-Men movie, but other than that it’s gotten redundant.

9. The Super Secret Tunnel to a Super Public Place OR Why You Should Go In Through The Out Door
This is actually what first got my mind working on this in the first place. I saw Angels and
Demons, and there’s a point where they’re looking for this secret room that the Illuminati used to meet in. The police and Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks), find a car parked in a circular dead end. After a quick search they find nothing and leave. But Langdon isn’t convinced, and sure enough finds a super secret passageway tucked behind a huge slab. He takes it and finds the room, events happen (I won’t spoil it), and then it’s time to leave. Do they go the way they came? No, they take the back door, which exits right into the middle of Rome.

What? How did this place stay secret for so long? Did people really follow the ‘exit only’ sign that literally? The Indiana Jones series, classic though it is, uses this exploit far worse, twice. In Raiders of the Lost Ark, recall that they finally find the Well of the Souls. Pretty damn secret, no? Hiding place of the lost ark of the covenant? Now recall that Indy and Marion are sealed into the snake infested tomb to die. It looks bad, until Indy notices some snakes crawling through some holes in the wall. There must be something behind it, right? He smashes through the wall riding that huge statue, gets through the skull infested pit, and thank goodness finds his exit. Which issssssss….. A single stone block, that he pushes out of place, and finds himself in the middle of a Nazi air military base, air-strip and and all. Did nobody think to excavate that strange structure there? Evidently, to get to the ark, all they had to do was shift the rock, move through a very small room, and blow a hole in a very thin wall. Did the people who buried the ark really want to leave such an obvious entrance? Oh, that’s right, it’s only the emergency exit.

But my favorite happens in The Last Crusade. Indy’s at it again, and this time he’s found the secret tomb of the mythical last knight to return from the holy grail, the one whose shield reveals all the clues. How does Indy find it? He has to punch through a library marble floor and swim through a rat infested catacomb. But since this secret is supposed to be kept safe, some people torch the tomb and set the whole thing ablaze. In desperation, Indy covers he and Elsa with the coffin. But how is he going to get out? He goes underwater for ten seconds, come back and says, “I think I found a way.” Cut scene, they arise in a nice dining courtyard out of the sewer grate that was right under their feet. This super-secret tomb was a branch off the Venice sewer system. It took Indiana Jones three seconds to spot the entrance, how was that tomb secret for so long? Also, why did that nice restaurant put their dining area right over a sewer grate?! Okay, so that’s not as important.

I’m sure this was used in movies such as National Treasure or Tomb Raider as well, but bottom line is it’s getting ridiculous.

8. The Wise Blue-Collar Worker
This one has been beat to death. The lowly worker, typically a janitor, and typically black, who pushes our struggling hero to achieve his goals, or helps him in some fashion. Occasionally he’ll be endowed with powers, as in 17 Again. But typically he’s just a wise old philosopher who sweeps floors. He’s most prominently featured in Rudy, but you can find him everywhere. I appreciated Bruce Almighty, because they slightly spoofed it by having Morgan Freeman play the wise, black janitor who was actually God himself. But then Morgan Freeman played the exact role in Million Dollar Baby… But Damn. he played it well didn’t he?

7. Follow Your Heart
It’s the wisest advice that I’m sick and tired of hearing. This line cannot be said without sounding cheesy and ridiculous. Find another way to say it, I beg of you. And just putting ‘heart’ with synonyms doesn’t help. “You’re heart won’t lead you astray,” or, “Do what your heart tells you,” sound just as bad. From now on, mentors are not allowed to mention cardiac pumps whilst aiding the protagonist in difficult decisions.

Sidenote: When did the brain become such a second stringer? No one ever says, “follow your brain.”

6. James Marseden Losing the Girl in Every Movie He’s In
This one’s pretty self explanatory, but I’ve never seen such typecasting. X-Men, The Notebook, Superman Returns, Enchanted, he’s always losing the girl he loves to whomever the focus of the movie is. Ridiculous. I’m a straight guy, but I’ll admit James is a pretty damn handsome fella. Why are girls so ready to leave him?

Though, I’ll add a positive to this, however. In many romantic comedies, the lead girl is in a relationship with a man who the audience knows she isn’t meant to be. Why? Because he’s a total douche-bag, a general jack-ass, and almost always unfaithful (think Wedding Crashers or The Wedding Singer or perhaps some other Wedding movie. Wow I can’t wait til the Waynes brothers make Wedding Movie…). He has to be, right? Or else we’d feel bad when the girl leaves him for the male lead.

Except this is not how real life always is. A woman can love another man for inexplicable reasons, and sometimes the person she’s with isn’t a bad guy at all, it just wasn’t (cliche warning) meant to be. Also, when we see this woman in a long term, often betrothed relationship, with this ass-muncher, it takes away her credibility and intelligence as a character. It’s been three years and he’s had forty hickeys, and you don’t like the taste of his aftershave, figure it out. But James Marsden plays good characters, good men whom you should care for, and it does add a hint of realism to the relationships. But can’t we get another actor to play the part sometimes?

5. Horror Movies: Their Entirety
Some of these are common complaints, but I found too many cliches in this genre to narrow it down. There is the aforementioned “fumbling of the car keys,” but other conventions flood through the genre like herpes. Here are a few of my least favorites:

1. How fast can he walk? The masked killer never breaks stride, while the victims sprint as fast as they can. Somehow he catches up to disembowel them.
2. The dog in the trashcan. Generally this will happen in the beginning of the movie. There’s a rattling outside, and the protagonist tenses up, though s/he really has no reason to be scared at this point other than the fact that s/he’s in what will become a horror movie. S/he slowly goes to investigate, nervous as a whore in church, until a dog or some other harmless animal sprints out of the bushes or trashcans or whatever and sprints into the night. Whew! This is a cheap and stupid horror trick, done for a quick scare and nothing more. It’s even worse, when the camera will switch point of views to make it look like someone is watching the character creep up, until we learn we were looking through dog eyes.
3. Eerie musi-BANG. The animal scare is often used with this little horror gimmick as well. The suspense in the scene is mirrored by the eerie music that is getting more and more intense, rising to a climax we know will scare us. Suddenly, the eerie music increase in volume four-fold and there is a loud beat from the strings. Everyone jumps! Oh it was a dog, or it was just the friend of the character behind the door. This BANG is another cheap, artificial scare. I want the movie to scare me, not its soundtrack.
4. The helpless victim. Too often in horror movies, the people do nothing but scream. They don’t grab weapons, they don’t make good decisions, they just scream. Why not grab an effing shovel and smack that stupid punk with the mask in the forehead? He won’t walk so fast, then.

The fact that Silence of the Lambs uses none of these gimmicks, and is still scary and unsettling, is what makes it such a great movie. And you know what cliche will never get old? Creepy little girls. Those bitches are horrifying.

4. How Far Can You Fall?
I don’t want my heroes dead, I’ve said that already, so I don’t want them to be crushed when they plummet from great heights. But if they DO take that plunge, I wouldn’t mind a believable way for them to not splatter. In The Dark Knight Batman and Rachel are plummeted from a ridiculously high penthouse, and walk away without a scratch. Yeah, yeah he stuck out his cape, but that really didn’t slow them down much it just made them spin. And they landed hard enough to damage the car they used as a pillow, so you can’t tell me that wouldn’t break a leg or something. They could have done a lot to save this, all they needed was to make his wing slow them down enough to NOT cave in a buick.

You’ll see this in a lot of movies. In Spider-Man 2 a completely human Peter Parker falls and bangs off the walls and cars like we was a bouncy ball and walks off, just holding his slightly bruised back. In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull they go over not one, but three waterfalls in their little floating car, no problem. It’s completely absurd! What’s worse is when they land in a dumpster and the trash acts like a magical cushion that completely absorbs their force. “Thank God this pile of broken glass was here. That really could have hurt.”

3. Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!
Much like “Follow your heart,” this little gem has been polished a few too many thousand times. The desperate fall to the knees followed by the gut wrenching yell is just too cliche to be dramatic any more. Now it just comes off as silly. Especially when Darth Vader does it in Episode III.

Not exactly what I was looking for, but it gets the job done.

2. Shooting Everything But The Hero
What? I thought you weren’t going to mention this one, because you don’t want your hero dead? Don’t worry, guys, I’m talking about a subtle difference.

To illustrate I’m going to back to the only Indiana Jones movie I haven’t mentioned yet, Temple of Doom. There’s a scene where Indiana is up on a wooden catwalk, with wooden railings so thin they’re hardly visible on camera. But once the shooting starts, they seem to be all these bad guys can hit. As he runs along it, bullets pelt this little railing like crazy, and therefore barely save his life. What I’m trying to say is: I can handle the bad guys missing the hero. My suspension of disbelief ends, however, when the hero is protected by using that little wooden railing for body armor. You can find ‘rail bullets’ like this in a lot of movies (see: every James Bond). How about you just don’t show me where the bullet hit. I can imagine how it missed.

Similarly, when the aircraft (be it helicopter or airplane) takes its big ass machine gun and points it at the frantic hero running away, it’s always the case that the spray of bullets will be behind him and quickly catching up, only to pull up right before his legs are clipped. You gotta lead him, dammit!

1. Walk Away from that Big Ass Explosion
Either the hero or villain, depending, has set off a chain of events that he knows will result in a cataclysmic explosion. To show his stone hearted, bad ass indifference, he just walks away from it. Once it blows up? He keeps walking. He doesn’t flinch, he doesn’t look back, he just walks. Cause he’s cool. This little clip shows that this has run it’s course, or should I say walked.

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What else? What are some other great movie conventions that irk you? Let me know!


I’m So Over The Oscars.

January 22, 2009

If you read The Box Office Junkie, you know I despise the Academy Awards, but I’m a film blogger, and I feel obligated to post these. The most boring, stilted, pretentious, fickle, unreasonably admired awards show of all of time just released their 2009 nominations. Of course, fan favorites The Dark Knight and Wall-E were shunned from the Best Picture race because they were released in the summer and actually appeal to large audiences. Instead, we get The Reader?! Ugh. Here are the nominations for the 81st Annual Academy Awards, announced this morning: Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz….

Best Picture
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“Frost/Nixon”
“Milk”
“The Reader”
“Slumdog Millionaire”

Actor
Richard Jenkins, “The Visitor”
Frank Langella, “Frost/Nixon”
Sean Penn, “Milk”
Brad Pitt, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler”

Actress
Anne Hathaway, “Rachel Getting Married”
Angelina Jolie, “Changeling”
Melissa Leo, “Frozen River”
Meryl Streep, “Doubt”
Kate Winslet, “The Reader”

Supporting Actor
Josh Brolin, “Milk”
Robert Downey Jr., “Tropic Thunder”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Doubt”
Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”
Michael Shannon, “Revolutionary Road”

Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, “Doubt”
Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
Viola Davis, “Doubt”
Taraji P. Henson, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Marisa Tomei, “The Wrestler”

Director
David Fincher, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Ron Howard, “Frost/Nixon”
Gus Van Sant, “Milk”
Stephen Daldry, “The Reader”
Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire”

Check here for a full list of nominations. Gosh, the Academy sure is in love with Benjamin Button… The only parts of this entire list that makes me happy is the fact Slumdog Millionaire is being recognized and that Robert Downey Jr. got nominated for his work in the uproarious Tropic Thunder. I’m pretty angry that Wall-E did not get the Best Picture nomination it deserved. Being stuck down in the Best Animated Picture category is a slap in the face to the beautiful, flawless film.

Honestly, if the Oscars didn’t effect theatrical box office tremendously, I wouldn’t bother reporting on them at all. They are boring and completely out of touch with the collective consciousness. In their efforts to prove they have good taste, they look over any film that is remotely mainstream, which just isn’t fair and makes for a very uninteresting awards season. I truly don’t understand their mystique and appeal. They are the very last show in the whole awards season, and they nominate the exact same films that everyone else does! I will certainly not be tuning in. But what about you? Do you agree with me, or am I just a cynic? Anyone else over the Oscars?

Film=Fashion? The Top DVD Sales Of 2008

January 5, 2009

Hey there fellow box office junkies! In the last few years, DVD sales have become a major factor in determining a film’s financial success. Between the production budget, actors’ salaries, and the prints-and-advertising costs, movies simply cost a ton of money to create. Often a movie doesn’t even see any profit based on its initial box office. According to Edward Jay Epstein, who wrote the tremendously insightful book The Big Picture: Money and Power in Hollywood, a modern film’s theatrical run is a lot like a fashion show.

You see, a fashion show is not an immediately profitable venture for a clothing company. Between the lights, the fabric, the confetti, the seats, the clothes, the shoes, the crew, the tentspace, and the models, they’re really expensive affairs! When a company throws a fashion show, it actually costs them money instead of earning them money. So why do they even exist? Because it is the results of a fashion show that earn a designer money. The runway is simply the showcase for all the merchandising that will occur afterwards. It acts as a giant commercial for the sale of the designer’s products. The money comes later. The same thing is occurring at the box office.

Now, this isn’t quite an exact parallel to the movie industry. After all, movies can earn substantial profits from their theatrical runs (their fashion shows). But the comparison does hold some water. Between DVD sales and rentals, product placements, merchandise, and sale to television companies, modern films often make much more money outside the theater than they do inside the theater. (Merchandise is such a big factor, that even toy company Hot Wheels is pursuing a film!) If you need an example, take a movie like 2004’s The Notebook. It earned a solid $81 million during its theatrical run, but has earned well over $200 million in rental fees and $150 million in DVD sales! That means the romantic film earned over four times as much money out of the theater than it did in its initial theatrical run. Obviously, we’re in a new era of Hollywood.

That was kind of a long (but interesting, right?) preamble to the main point of this post, which is the Top Selling DVD’s of 2008, so I’ll get to the point. In 2008, people bought a lot of DVD units, and studios made a lot of money on the home market. Proving for the umpteenth time that families are the big spenders in the film industry, there are no less than 18 family titles in the Top 50, and there are five family films in the Top Ten. Proving for the umpteenth time that people love big-budget action/superhero movies, those titles make up pretty much everything else. Of course, there’s the occasional Mamma Mia! or Step Brothers in there, but family or action is pretty much the chart. Also of note, take a look at Sex And The City – The Movie‘s units sold vs. total revenue. HBO overprices everything! And How insanely impressive is it that The Dark Knight tops the chart in just three weeks? That performance is so incredible, I’ll forgive Batman for just barely keeping my favorite little robot, Wall-E, out of the top spot. Here are the results:

The 50 Top Selling DVD’s Of 2008
Rank Movie Title Units Sold Total Revenue Release Date
1 Dark Knight, The 10,300,870 $215,715,802 12/9/2008
2 WALL-E 10,153,664 $175,451,924 11/18/2008
3 Iron Man 9,408,533 $174,955,826 9/30/2008
4 Kung Fu Panda 8,431,318 $139,126,669 11/9/2008
5 I am Legend 6,444,666 $116,519,064 3/18/2008
6 Alvin and the Chipmunks 5,972,091 $100,468,536 4/1/2008
7 Indiana Jones and the
Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
5,964,704 $124,625,475 10/14/2008
8 National Treasure – Book of Secrets 5,900,779 $94,069,136 5/20/2008
9 Chronicles of Narnia:
Prince Caspian, The
5,015,199 $82,746,127 12/2/2008
10 Hancock 5,012,362 $100,367,749 11/25/2008
11 Enchanted 4,964,380 $79,510,141 3/18/2008
12 Bee Movie 4,594,120 $73,808,995 3/11/2008
13 American Gangster 4,476,418 $75,033,673 2/19/2008
14 Sex and the City – The Movie 4,287,264 $88,766,856 9/23/2008
15 Tinker Bell 4,078,040 $64,081,876 10/28/2008
16 Incredible Hulk, The 3,960,331 $84,043,274 10/21/2008
17 Mamma Mia! 3,577,246 $74,782,328 12/16/2008
18 Wanted 3,435,979 $71,243,816 12/2/2008
19 Horton Hears a Who! 3,108,453 $54,420,779 12/9/2008
20 Juno 2,988,963 $51,029,656 4/15/2008
21 Sleeping Beauty 2,890,542 $46,368,005 9/9/2003
22 Game Plan, The 2,852,284 $48,825,015 1/22/2008
23 Tropic Thunder 2,840,556 $57,058,767 11/18/2008
24 101 Dalmatians 2,827,132 $44,948,992 11/9/1999
25 3:10 to Yuma 2,808,537 $54,522,425 1/8/2008
26 No Country for Old Men 2,750,376 $46,948,649 3/11/2008
27 Snow Buddies 2,654,515 $50,062,371 2/5/2008
28 Hellboy 2: The Golden Army 2,654,088 $55,782,361 11/11/2008
29 Step Brothers 2,595,575 $47,767,159 12/2/2008
30 27 Dresses 2,560,187 $40,894,562 4/29/2008
31 Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Beginning, The 2,430,459 $41,444,398 8/26/2008
32 Bucket List, The 2,186,083 $36,798,443 6/10/2008
33 Get Smart 2,088,251 $38,209,460 11/4/2008
34 Golden Compass, The 2,018,894 $42,834,950 4/29/2008
35 Saw IV 2,010,917 $34,311,442 1/22/2008
36 Beowulf 1,951,720 $36,871,342 2/26/2008
37 Resident Evil – Extinction 1,909,609 $36,192,295 1/1/2008
38 Rambo 1,898,950 $41,213,957 5/27/2008
39 Jumper 1,882,089 $36,030,571 6/10/2008
40 Cloverfield 1,877,353 $30,323,342 4/22/2008
41 Journey to the Center of the Earth 1,804,842 $31,877,345 10/28/2008
42 Sweeney Todd – The Demon
Barber of Fleet Street
1,798,887 $36,219,378 4/1/2008
43 10,000 B.C. 1,785,562 $31,738,235 6/24/2008
44 Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married? 1,682,802 $31,174,863 2/12/2008
45 21 1,620,028 $29,569,381 7/22/2008
46 Transformers 1,619,130 $26,941,526 10/16/2007
47 P.S., I Love You 1,597,085 $25,880,737 5/6/2008
48 Good Luck Chuck 1,591,282 $28,281,694 1/15/2008
49 Fred Claus 1,585,400 $27,550,604 11/25/2008
50 Water Horse – Legend of the Deep 1,560,263 $30,061,385 4/8/2008
All Numbers From Nash Information Services via The-Numbers


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New Feature: DVD Sales Chart

January 2, 2009

Amazon.com Widgets

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