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DVD Sales: Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen Transforms The Home Market

November 3, 2009

It’s Tuesday, and that means it’s time for the DVD Sales Chart, complete with my DVD Sales Notes.  It was a very exciting week on the chart, as Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen debuted to some very big numbers.  Just how big were they?  Well, come on inside to find out!

DVD Sales Notes:

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen utterly dominated the competition this week.  Not that there was much… all that was willing to open against this juggernaut was The L Word: The Final Season and two direct-to-DVD horror films.  I don’t blame the other studios for being scared away, because this was a big debut.  Revenge of the Fallen sold an amazing 5.3 million copies in its first week, good for $122.5 million in sales!  This is easily the biggest home market debut of the year, and Michael Bay’s robot action film is already in third place among all 2009 DVDs for total sales, sitting behind just Twilight (9.2 million) and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (7.1 million).  While this is a great debut, it pales in comparison to the original Transformers‘ first week in October 2007.  Transformers sold 8.3 million copies in its first week, with 4.5 million of those copies flying off the shelves in just one day!  Revenge of the Fallen had a couple things working against it.  First off, people did not like it as much, and they were therefore not as likely to pick up the DVD.  Second, it’s not the fresh, new commodity on the market.  The franchise has been around for a few years, so it doesn’t have that sort of super-buzz around it.  Third, the home video market has taken a downturn in the last two years, and fewer DVDs are sold these days.  Still, Paramount should be happy with the $122.5 million in first week sales.  That’s still quite strong, and with Christmas right around the corner, expect sales to be solid until then.

-With it’s sequel hitting the charts, the first Transformers, which is pretty much a geezer in terms of DVD sales, marched back all the way to third place, adding 257,337 copies to its massive 15.6 million total.  With the additional $2.6 million in revenue from this week, Transformers has now earned a cuh-razy $286.1 million!

-In a second place robot sandwich, Sandra Bullock’s romantic comedy, The Proposal, drops 74% in its second weekend, selling 613,239 copies and grossing $10.5 million.  With two extremely likable leads (in Bullock and Ryan Reynolds) and a good theatrical run ($163.9 million) helping it, The Proposal has performed very well on DVD thus far, and it has earned $49.4 million in total.

-Since this week’s chart is for the week ending October 25th, you can see the Halloween sales bump quite clearly among related movies.  Next week’s chart should show this one last time, and then things will be back to normal, unless there’s some sort of Thanksgiving sales bump I’ve never noticed before… Anyway, movies that were helped out by Halloween this week: Drag Me To Hell (hey, it could have dropped by even more…), Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead, Hocus Pocus, Edward Scissorhands, The Corpse Bride, Spookley The Square Pumpkin, Coraline, Saw V (also benefitting from Saw VI‘s theatrical debut), Matilda (I’m smiling), and Blood: The Last Vampire.

-The TV-on-DVD performer of the week is The L Word: The Final Season, though it’s nothing to write home about.  The show about lesbians sold 58,074 copies, for $2.1 million in sales.  Let’s see if it can pass Legend of the Seeker: The Complete First Season‘s $3 million total by next week… Read on for the full chart.

Top Selling DVDs for the Week Ending October 25, 2009
Rank Title Units this Week % Chg Total Units Sales this Week Total Sales Wks
1 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 5,327,878 -.-% 5,327,878 $122,487,915 $122,487,915 1
2 The Proposal 613,239 -74.4% 3,005,561 $10,488,779 $49,409,944 2
3 Transformers 257,337 -.-% 15,630,268 $2,586,700 $286,099,392 106
4 Monsters vs. Aliens 229,632 -39.1% 3,552,904 $3,940,921 $61,957,606 4
5 Land of the Lost 155,041 -66.1% 611,974 $2,612,441 $9,918,800 2
6 Drag Me to Hell 120,943 -64.2% 459,217 $2,236,236 $7,983,511 2
7 Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead 106,558 -.-% 106,558 $1,810,420 $1,810,420 1
8 X-Men Origins: Wolverine 91,640 -48.0% 3,787,264 $1,419,788 $64,265,543 6
9 Year One 62,869 -57.3% 553,138 $1,068,144 $8,907,546 3
10 Hannah Montana The Movie 61,271 -42.4% 2,692,364 $918,452 $46,336,099 10
11 Hocus Pocus 60,738 -4.9% $363,821 386
12 Katt Williams: Pimpadelic 60,205 -37.7% 156,855 $1,022,883 $2,664,966 2
13 The L Word: The Final Season 58,074 -.-% 58,074 $2,148,157 $2,148,157 1
14 The Wizard of Oz 57,541 -26.9% $1,063,933 657
15 Edward Scissorhands 51,680 -32.3% $555,989 477
16 Corpse Bride, The 49,549 -31.9% $272,024 195
17 Dark Knight, The 45,553 -.-% 12,888,745 $626,354 $223,316,424 46
18 Spookley the Square Pumpkin 45,287 -33.3% $413,783 216
19 Coraline 45,287 -14.0% 2,132,928 $703,760 $38,840,691 14
20 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past 42,090 -42.3% 955,355 $799,289 $16,891,250 5
21 Saw V 41,557 -.-% 1,386,887 $498,268 $25,401,555 40
22 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 41,025 -.-% 7,060,997 $420,096 $102,791,511 38
23 Barbie and the Three Musketeers 38,440 -8.7% 768,225 $576,216 $11,172,192 6
24 Matilda 36,823 -.-% $275,804 640
25 Bones: The Complete Fourth Season 36,762 -40.7% 310,844 $1,378,207 $11,547,481 3
26 The Last House on the Left 35,741 -.-% 813,088 $535,758 $15,805,376 10
27 Bring It On: Fight to the Finish 35,697 -24.6% 660,193 $535,098 $11,432,375 8
28 Disney Nature Earth 35,043 -.-% 504,869 $700,510 $9,262,655 8
29 Blood: The Last Vampire 34,631 -.-% 34,631 $612,969 $612,969 1
30 Legend of the Seeker: The Complete First Season 34,098 -43.2% 94,145 $1,107,844 $3,028,748 2

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DVD Sales: The Proposal Wins, Land Of The Lost Loses

October 28, 2009

Another week, another DVD Sales Chart!  Hot on the heels of the huge debuts of Wolverine and Monsters Vs. Aliens, we had yet another blockbuster debut this week, but this time it was females who drove this one to the top.  Click on inside to keep reading my DVD Sales Notes…

DVD Sales Notes:

-Sandra Bullock flexes her star power once again as The Proposal sells a huge 2.4 million DVDs in its first week for a $39.3 million total! For an already successful movie that grossed $163.9 million, this is a fantastic result, and it shows that romantic comedies, if they’re good enough and have the right stars, are still a hot commodity.

-Just as Land Of The Lost was ignored in theaters, its DVD debut is equally inauspicious with a $7.4 million sales week.  The Will Ferrell movie that never took off only made $49.4 million in theaters, though it carried a huge $100 million budget.

Trick ‘r Treat‘s release is confusing to me.  According to reviews, it’s good.  But it’s available almost nowhere, and it received no promotion, so I’m not sure what Warner Brothers is doing with it.  All I know is that it should probably be earning more than the $2 million its earned after two weeks…

-On the TV front, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia: Season 4 and Bones: The Complete Fourth Season are both doing pretty well on DVD, as each show passed the $10 million mark in sales this week.

-Once again, the Halloween effect is in full force this week.  (Except with the debut of Drag Me To Hell! Why won’t people watch this movie- it’s great!)  If you need proof, look no further that Hocus Pocus‘ #14 re-entry onto the chart!

Top DVD Sales for the Week Ending October 18, 2009
# Title Units this Week % Chg Total Units Sales this Week Total Sales Wks
1 The Proposal 2,413,215 -.-% 2,413,215 $39,261,077 $39,261,077 1
2 Land of the Lost 460,924 -.-% 460,924 $7,370,175 $7,370,175 1
3 Monsters vs. Aliens 380,564 -46.4% 3,326,567 $6,744,774 $58,075,082 3
4 Drag Me to Hell 341,229 -.-% 341,229 $5,797,481 $5,797,481 1
5 X-Men Origins: Wolverine 177,854 -3.1% 3,697,164 $2,748,076 $62,869,550 5
6 Year One 148,654 -56.6% 491,556 $2,376,977 $7,859,980 2
7 Hannah Montana The Movie 107,388 13.7% 2,632,023 $1,624,780 $45,431,718 9
8 Katt Williams: Pimpadelic 97,494 -.-% 97,494 $1,656,423 $1,656,423 1
9 The Wizard of Oz 79,395 -34.9% $1,468,014 656
10 Edward Scissorhands 76,982 -14.0% $805,586 476
11 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past 73,603 -27.7% 913,902 $1,397,721 $16,104,058 4
12 Corpse Bride, The 73,362 -28.8% $402,757 194
13 Spookley the Square Pumpkin 68,535 -14.8% $641,261 215
14 Hocus Pocus 64,433 -.-% $385,954 385
15 It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 4 62,985 -.-% 411,649 $1,573,995 $10,644,577 5
16 Bones: The Complete Fourth Season 62,502 -70.5% 274,623 $2,343,200 $10,189,556 2
17 Dr. Seuss – Green Eggs and Ham and Other Favorites 62,261 -25.5% $404,074 315
18 Legend of the Seeker: The Complete First Season 60,572 -.-% 60,572 $1,937,698 $1,937,698 1
19 Clifford the Big Red Dog: Clifford’s Big Halloween 60,330 -22.8% 199,057 $512,202 $1,689,994 162
20 My Life in Ruins 58,882 -55.4% 190,871 $1,177,051 $3,815,511 2
21 Break-Up, The 57,435 -23.6% 3,120,825 $466,085 $51,548,518 157
22 Coraline 53,091 -4.4% 2,088,101 $825,103 $38,144,080 13
23 Race to Witch Mountain 50,678 -21.4% 1,586,609 $828,347 $28,766,644 11
24 Bring It On: Fight to the Finish 47,782 -21.1% 624,910 $716,252 $10,903,483 7
25 Observe and Report 45,610 -37.5% 438,837 $911,744 $8,110,879 4
26 Trick ‘r Treat 43,438 -53.3% 136,356 $651,136 $2,043,976 2
27 Barbie and the Three Musketeers 42,473 -26.5% 730,153 $636,670 $10,601,492 5
28 The Sandlot 38,989 -42.2% $279,575 403
29 Management 35,681 -.-% 118,931 $713,263 $2,377,431 3
30 Crank 2: High Voltage 35,474 -24.5% 624,346 $667,110 $11,336,000 6

And The Winner Is… Transformers: Dawn of Fallen Dinosaur

July 6, 2009


After a nice, long, relaxing vacation, void of movie news but loaded with Michael Jackson mourning, I’m back to work.

The Fourth of July weekend is usually highly anticipated for big box office releases, but that’s usually when the fourth doesn’t actually fall on that Saturday. Some think this caused a dent in the releases, but they still seemed to just fine.

But we don’t have a clear winner between the top two at the box office. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen both topped out at 42.5 million. Seems the family friendly cartoon did what popular family friendly cartoons do: make loads of money. When anyone who comes to these movies are guaranteed to tack on one to four little tykes, the profit margin is spectacular. And fans have cashed in their dollar votes: they like Michael Bay even when critics don’t. Nobody blows shit up like he does.

Coming in third was the Johnny Depp film Public Enemies with 26.2 million. I saw this film on opening night, and admired it more than enjoyed it. It is very historically accurate, but was rather stagnant. Not exactly a blockbuster, July 4th behemoth. It’s an adult movie, that is perhaps a nice distraction from the typical summer release.

The Proposal landed in fourth with 12.8 million. and The Hangover continued its impressive run, putting 10.4 million into its ever growing piggy bank, and landing it in fifth.

For good measure, Up might be losing steam, coming in sixth with 6.6 million.

Transformers Breaks The 200 Million Mark

June 29, 2009


Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen blew up the record books, despite, or perhaps because of, its only upside being “blowing stuff up.” The movie has been critically panned, but that’s okay, a lot of times I’ll like movies critics despised, and so will the rest of we normal viewers who saw the film. Only I have heard such negative things about this movie I can’t possibly believe word-of-mouth is very positive. Apparently it’s like watching a giraffe pee all over the Mona Lisa: visually impressive, but absolutely horrifying to behold (come on, you know that would be a sweet image).

Despite this, it managed to pull in 201 Million Dollars in its first five days. It came dangerously close to knocking The Dark Knight out of its first place spot for that record, which I think would have caused a batman fanboy uprising like we haven’t seen since the great Batman and Robin debacle of ’97. Transformers put it’s name on all kinds of record books, including one of the biggest Wednesday openings ever. In fact, of it’s 201 million, only 112 came during the weekend. The rest was from Wednesday and Thursday showings, probably paid for by 14 year old boys ever, who probably loved it in a Megan-Fox-has-nice-boobies kind of way. Older guys still see that as a plus, but they still seem to notice some of the more atrocious aspects of the movie, like Robot Heaven. Now All Dogs Go to Heaven was a fantastic childhood film, but I don’t think celestial paradise for car-robots is as impactful. Oh, it’s also really fucking stupid.

But the damge is done, and the money is in. It also pulled in a cool 180 million overseas, which puts this as the king of the summer, and has put up numbers hard to beat. Let’s hope Harry Potter can work some magic, I know the fans are anxious.

The other new opener this week, the weep-fest My Sister’s Keeper fizzled at 12 million in its first three days. This was a little surprising, I thought it might pull a Mama Mia and draw in females and people over 30 who thought Transformers to be a little too boistorous for their palate. Alas, it did not, finishing in fifth place. The Proposal, The Hangover, and Up, managed to hold onto their high place in the box office rankings.

The Proposal Is Unsurprisingly Unsurprising, But It’s A Good Date Movie

June 20, 2009


Ah, the romantic comedy. Formulaic and predictable to the end. The only things that separates the good from the bad are the humor and the chemistry between the two leads. You’ll usually be able to map out the plot before the movie gets going. In How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (my favorite chick flick), you knew their lies would be revealed in front of everybody at that huge party, and you know in The Proposal that it’s going to fall through at the alter. Fortunately you also know they’ll come to love each other, and it will get all lovey dovey and end neatly and happily. The exception to this was The Break Up, which went for something they thought must be more ‘realistic,’ and of course pissed off everybody who saw it. Nobody wants to see a romantic comedy end sadly.

So don’t worry, The Proposal doesn’t repeat that transgression. In the span of three days, Margaret (Sandra Bullock) and Andrew (Ryan Reynolds) go from hating each other to falling helplessly in love.

The premise: Margaret is a successful, but cold-hearted, book editor from Canada who has a VISA application pending. She breaks the rules and leaves the country to appease a client, which means her application is denied. She has to leave the country for at least one year, and won’t be able to work at the job she’s devoted her life to (and would be replaced by the guy she just fired). Andrew is her ‘executive assistant,’ a young man who has dreams of working in literature and sees this as his best path. Margaret treats Andrew (and the rest of the office) like slaves, such that they all send out mass text messages warning to each other when she’s walking into the room. So when she gets the news of her deportation, she blackmails Andrew into marrying her so she can stay, with the promise of making him an editor. This is a highly questionable move, so the Office of Immigration informs them that they must pass a rather rigorous test, and end up having to fly out to Andrew’s small hometown in Alaska to spend time with his family, and inform them of the engagement.

Pretty straight up formula, right? You’re going to get a lot of ‘big city girl can’t handle small towns and nature but comes to love it’ and ‘warm hearted family melts ice of frigid bitch.’ You find out Margaret’s past holds a tragedy that likely affected her to become the person she did. In a somewhat funny gag, Margaret assumes Andrew is dirt poor only to learn that his family pretty much owns this small town and has built a small villa on the Alaskan coast. But daddy Paxton doesn’t approve of his son leaving to seek what he sees a foolish dream, and wants him to come home to ‘run the empire.’ They don’t see eye to eye, to say the least. It’s actually one of the more compelling subplots, but it never gets to where it should, and ends far too abruptly and neatly.

The cast is pretty solid. Sandra Bullock, halfway through her fifth decade, is getting a little cougar-ish to be playing this sort of romantic role, especially across from 12 years younger (looks 20) Ryan Reynolds. But all things considered, she pulls it off really well. There’s a scene when she’s all but naked, covering up using only her hands, and I’d be lying if I said she didn’t look pretty damn good. Her face is just barely starting to show the trying-to-stay-young look, with botox and make-up and all that jazz, but she might have a few more romances like this in her. She allows Margaret’s soft side to come on gradually, and it’s actually pretty sweet to see how she changes.

Betty White plays the ninety year old grandmother. She’s a treat to watch, though they missed a lot of opportunities with her. She’s on screen a lot, though I thought they could have given her some more comedic lines to work with. There’s an odd scene, where Margaret walks up on her in the woods practicing a Native American ritual. It’s as weird as it sounds, she’s in a full pheonix costume, dancing around a fire, and playing Indian drums on a boom box. It’s explained later that she has some Native American heritage in her, but I certainly could have done without it. The gag really wasn’t that funny, until Sandra Bullock started rapping “From the windows…” to the drums when she didn’t know the chant.

But the real star here is Ryan Reynolds. He really plays comedy well, and is quickly become the sultan of sarcasm. His delivery of lines is spot on, and he can make the unfunny funny with inflection and facial expression. He manages the more serious scenes, with his father and with Margaret, very well also. He seems to be on the rise, and I’d be glad to see him more. Most of the funniest lines come from him.

There are some jokes that fail, and only get light chuckles, but it’s funny enough to appease. It drags a little long, and the jokes get more scarce towards the end. But the real hurter in this romantic comedy is the romance. It was pretty underdeveloped and simple, even by romantic comedy standards. The two leads spend remarkably few scenes together, and when they are it’s usually for a joke, like running into each other naked or teasing each others idiosyncrasies. Margaret spends a lot of time with the family, and she seems to fall more in love with that than with Andrew. But we definitely see her fall more than he does, so it just seemed a little sudden when he decides to, you guessed it, chase her to the airport (don’t worry, it’s not totally cliche). But after three short days, they decide they’ve fallen for each other, impassioned speech and all.

I would like to see a movie like this, where two people have to lie in some situation, that doesn’t result in them ending up together. What? I thought you said you wanted romantic comedies to end well? I did, so don’t make it a romantic comedy, just make it a comedy. I think there’s a lot of humorous aspect to the idea of the two liars never falling for each other that gets lost when they do. They don’t have to hate each other throughout, maybe they grow to become friends. If you have to have romance, let the ‘Andrew’ of the story fall back in love with his old ex-flame (played here by Malin Akerman), and have him explain to her why he had to lie at the end. But keep the couple in the facade as the liars that they are, and work the hijinks from that angle. I don’t know, could be fun.

Rating: If you’re a guy on a date: 7/10, if you’re a girl: 7.8/10, if you’re a guy alone or with other guys: 6.5/10 (but you’ll pretend you didn’t like it).

This Week In Blockbusters: The Hangover, Year One

June 16, 2009

After the lackluster release of last week’s new movies, let’s hope this weekend fairs better at the theaters. The Hangover is making good money, and Up won’t completely fade out of the picture anytime soon, and soon Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen will rack in millions of dollars as people line up to see Megan Fox run. Until then we have two movies that might make decent money, hopefully more than the combined 30 million of last week’s “This Week In Blockbusters.” Both are PG-13 comedies with big names in the leading role, so I don’t think it’s out of the question to see some decent cash flow by Sunday.


The first is The Proposal, a romantic comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. Margaret Tate (Bullock) has taken the corporate ladder by force, and is now the editor in chief of a large publishing company. She pushes her assistant Andrew (Reynolds) very hard, but when she is threatened to be deported to Canada, she must use him for a different person. In order to remain in the country, she forces him to marry her, promising him a promotion to the position of editor. Once people start investigating, they have to legitimize the claim and spend a weekend with Andrew’s family in Alaska. I don’t want to spoil the ending, but I bet they fall in love. Expect them to be apart and sad with fifteen minutes left in the movie, only to have one of them romantically show up and express their love to the other.

It’s going to be absurdly predictable, but what romantic comedy isn’t? And do we want them not to be? I didn’t like watching The Break Up end with the two leads still broken up, so I won’t fault them too strongly for predictability. The two stars are pretty solid as well. Sandra Bullock does comedy pretty well, and Ryan Reynolds is actually a pretty funny actor. It looks like the perfect date movie, that will be funny enough for the guy in the relationship to not want to slice his tongue and pour salt on it. Ouch.

Excitement buzz: 7.2/10

The second film coming out is the Jack Black and Michael Cera comedy Year One, a prehistorical farce of a comedy that could really buzz or really bomb. The first preview I saw for this movie left me underwhelmed and thinking it was a pretty dumb idea. When I saw the second trailer for it, I had the “not this again” reaction. That is, until one brief exchange changed my whole view entirely. David Cross plays Cain and Paul Rudd plays Abel, the two brothers from Genesis. They don’t get along:

Abel: This is my brother, Cain. And I am called Abel.
Cain: You are called Suck.

That’s it, that’s all I had to see. I burst out laughing, at something that wasn’t too complex, but it’s a new, funny approach to look that the relationship that ends in fratricide, and the two actors made it hysterical. Now, I can’t wait for this movie. Jack Black plays the obnoxious but lovable buffoon, like he does in every movie, Michael Cera plays the awkward but genuinely kind dweeb, like he does in every movie, the only difference is this time they’re in loin cloths and it’s set in a very fictionalized pass. Comedy gold? I hope so. This summer’s previous foray into temporal comedy, Land of the Lost, didn’t go all that well, so let’s hope Michael Cera’s geeky charm will win us over. Also look out for Olivia Wilde, the beautiful actress who you might recognize from T.V.’s The O.C. and more recently as ’13’ in House.

(That’s her. She’s purdy.)———->

Excitement Buzz: 7.7/10

In the smaller-bad-ass-film-with-limited-release-that-I-won’t-get-to-see-but-am-excited-about category, the zombie horror film Dead Snow will have a limited release this Friday. Not only are they zombies, they’re Nazi zombies, the worst kind, which have been showing up in videogames since the debut of the ‘Wolfenstein’ series. The preview shows the heros wielding hammers, knives, and the necessary for zombie fighting chainsaw (when did this start?) to bring down this undead Fourth Reich. Since I live in the midwest, we don’t get these super-cool releases, meaning I won’t get to see this or Moon for months, if not longer. But it looks like a funny, gory, obvious-in-a-good-way film, that reminds me of March’s Lesbian Vampire Killers, a film that also wasn’t released here. Is there anything more satisfying than watching a Nazi zombie get his arm chain-sawed off? I declare to you that there is not.

As if we don’t dehumanize Nazi’s already. Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds is pretty much going to be this movie, except just Nazis, no zombies. So until that comes out, I hope to get a chance to see this bloodfest of the swastika-wearing undead.

Excitement Buzz: 8/10