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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

Color Me Stupid: "G-Force" Beats "Potter"

July 26, 2009

I didn’t think it was possible, but the new Disney movie G-Force, about Guinea Pigs that become spies, took the number spot away from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The latter dropped a whopping 61% in its second weekend, getting $30 million, while the rodents brought in $32 million. In third was The Ugly Truth with $27 million, and Orphan came in fourth opening to $12.8 million.

Review: "The Ugly Truth"

July 26, 2009

The RomCom is a formula tried and tested, but The Ugly Truth, starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler, breaks the mold just enough to be recognized as something different. It’s not a great movie, and it’s forgettable enough that by the time it was over I had already forgotten half of it, but I do remember enjoying myself.

Abby (Heigl) is the producer of a failing morning television show, once known for its intelligence. Mike (Butler) is the host of a misogynistic, sex-charged late night show called The Ugly Truth that gives people relationship advice, which usually boils down to “All men want to do is screw, so ladies, spread those legs,” except in an even crasser manner. In order to pull in some ratings, one of Abby’s bosses brings in Mike to do “The Ugly Truth” as part of their morning segment, and ratings immediately skyrocket when he talks dirty to the camera, makes it known that successful women intimidate men to impotency, and shows two girls wrestling in a tub of cherry jello. Abby, meanwhile, watches in horror.

She has troubles of her own though, because she has zero ability when it comes to romantic interactions. She has a ’10 list criteria’ and makes it known on the first date how many the guy fulfills, and reveals that she has done a background check on them. I don’t came godliness when it comes to the dating game, but is anybody really that stupid? We can hope not.

Anyway, once Abby meets her hunky next door (doctor) neighbor, and since all women are shallow, stupid money whores, she begins her attempt to woo him, with Mike’s help. His advice: be overtly sexual and play hard to get.

We all know how this ends; the more he helps, the more they bond, yada yada yada. The movie is an R-rated, crass romantic comedy. It’s not the filthiest thing I’ve seen, but it earns its rating. I wasn’t offended by it, in fact I thought it did the whole ‘vulgar’ thing really well. It’s really easy to mess up a movie like this, but I thought it handled the dirtier parts in a manner that seemed borderline realistic.

Now Heigl is fine for what she was required to do, but this movie belongs to Butler. He is a pretty impressive dude. I’ve seen him sing in the Phantom of the Opera and kick ass and scream a lot as King Leonidas, but I’d never seen him do comedy, and wasn’t sure he could pull it off. Turns out he’s a funny guy, and if there’s one thing that makes this movie passable, it’s him. If there’s two things, it’s him and the scene with the vibrating panties.

I can’t decide if the movie was trying to demonstrate that Mike’s simple, dare I say, ‘cocksure’ attitude about relationships is real, or if the “ugly truth” wasn’t so easy. Mike certainly doesn’t approve of his nephew mimicking his tactics, and when they talk it seems that he reveals that he blows out a lot of hot air for cheap entertainment. I certainly don’t approve of his message, that men have no heart and only testicles, and that women are shallow resume loving dependents. But I would like to think that wasn’t the point.

The characters aren’t particularly deep, and they are offensively stereotypical. But I have thick skin, and can laugh at offensive stereotypes, so if they want to claim all men are pig-headed and still make me laugh I can accept it. You’ll likely chuckle, and the leads have pretty strong chemistry, so if you have to go to the movies and have already seen everything else, you’ll be fine choosing this.


This Week In Blockbusters: Three Movies That Probably Won’t Beat "Harry Potter"

July 20, 2009

It’s a rough film to follow up, for sure, but someone’s got to do it. And we have three films coming up this Friday to try to make some sort of dent in the box office, though I’m not entirely sure how successful they’ll be.

G-Force is a family friendly animated film that I’m not just dying to talk about. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, this is the story of a secret government program that rains what appear to be hamsters or guinea pigs or something to work in espionage. Can anyone else smell an Oscar?

Also coming out is the horror film Orphan featuring the number one scare tactic to make me shit myself, creepy little girls. The only thing that would make this worse is if she were a ghost, a la Samara in the The Ring (excuse me, the thought alone requires a change of shorts). Esther is a ‘different’ sort of young girl in an orphanage, and when a woman miscarries her pregnancy she and her husband decide to adopt. Why they decide to adopt an older child is one mystery, and why they choose the one that must be Satan’s spawn is another. But according to the preview, some of Esther’s activities are painting, playing with dolls, and pushing kids in front of moving vehicles. You know, stuff we all did at twelve.  Honestly this movie doesn’t look that great, or that scary. But we’ll wait and see, won’t we?

Lastly, the only movie I’m remotely excited about seeing, The Ugly Truth hits theaters this Friday. Gerard Butler and Katherine Heigl star in this raunchy rom-com. It’s a standard outing. Boy helps girl get guy (by objectifying her and playing to Man’s ability to think only with their testicles) only to realize he cares for her like, deeply and stuff. I don’t want to spoil the ending, but I think they’ll end up together.