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Catching Up On The Box Office… Valentine’s Day Was Huge, But Will Percy Jackson Be Huger?

February 18, 2010

Hey, folks!  It’s been a while since I’ve written anything on here (almost a week!), but I promise I have a good excuse!  I spent all weekend way down in Birmingham, Alabama at the Beaux Arts Krewe Ball, and let me tell you, it was the most lavish, over-the-top, ridiculously awesome event I’ve ever been to!  I got to witness the spectacle of a debutante ball, barrel roll in the back seat of WWII fighter airplanes, and eat dinner at swanky restaurants all weekend.  It was truly amazing, and I would go again in a second.  Anyway, the weekend left me playing catch up for a while with my life, but I figured it was about time that I got back to doing what I do best- analyzing the box office!  I wasn’t able to follow the weekend step by step, but wow, it was an exciting one!  Valentine’s Day, Percy Jackson And The Olympians, and The Wolfman all exceeded my expectations, and, as some of you mentioned in the comments, I’m excited that 2010 finally started to pull its own weight, adding some much-needed depth to the box office.  (You all know me so well!)  Thus, because it is Box Office Analysis Thursday, keep reading for my late-but-hopefully-still-entertaining take on what went down over this extended President’s Day weekend at the box office:

Valentine’s Day – $63.1 million – $17,227 PTA

The star-cluttered, heavily-marketed, obviously-titled feature performed spectacularly over the weekend, grossing a tremendous $63.1 million over the four day period, shattering all records on the way to becoming the highest-grossing President’s Day weekend of all time.  Valentine’s Day, with its title alone, established itself as the obvious choice this weekend with moviegoers, and the onslaught of stars in the picture only made the film even more consumable.  In a short-attention-span world, Valentine’s Day‘s incredible box office results show that American audiences appreciate being given a clear choice on a certain weekend.
Where It Goes From Here: Considering that this will be sitting at $70 million by tonight, $100 million is a foregone conclusion, though I’d bet that the fangirl effect + the holiday effect + the 4-day weekend effect will make this a frontloaded film.  By the end of this weekend, I’d guess that Valentine’s Day will sit with a gross of about $95 million, and by the end of it’s run, I think it might find about $135 million. Not bad for a movie that cost $52 million to make!  Plus, down the road, it will dominate the home market.

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief – $38.7 million – $11,520 PTA

Fox reported a $95 million budget for this potential franchise-launcher, and you know what?  I think they might actually be pretty pleased with this result.  Percy Jackson follows The Golden Compass ($70 million), The Spiderwick Chronicles ($71 million), and Eragon ($75 million) as children’s fantasy franchises based on books that studios hoped could reach to Harry Potter levels, though they each failed at the box office.  This time around, despite the poor advertising, Percy Jackson, which mixes growing up in New York City with Greek mythology, broke out, finding a very solid $38.7 million over four days. 
Where It Goes From Here: Even if you hadn’t heard of the Percy Jackson series, take my word for it: kids love these books, and Fox would be foolish not to continue with this franchise.  It earned good enough reviews to not leave a bad taste in peoples’ mouths, and with some refinement that often arrives in the second film in a franchise, this could be a very successful series of movies.  Because of their family appeal, these kinds of kid’s adventure movies often have very strong legs, and if Percy Jackson performs as expected, it could be looking at a nice $130 million gross(right in line with Valentine’s Day).  With strong international grosses and home market returns, Fox could end up being pretty pleased with this performance.  If they can keep the budget down for the sequel, make a better movie, and advertise more effectively, this could be a lucrative franchise in the void left by Harry Potter.

The Wolfman – $35.6 million – $11,035 PTA

I’ll admit it, I was pretty off in my prediction for The Wolfman.  I assumed that werewolf movies had a limited fanbase of super-fanboys, but we do live in a Twilight and True Blood world, and perhaps the massive bump in vampire appeal has increased werewolves’ popularity as well.  The Wolfman howled up a wild $35.6 million over the 4-day weekend, which would seem a whole lot better if Universal hadn’t spent a ridiculous $150 million producing it.  Seriously, where did all that money go?! Certainly not into the lighting.  Still, a $35 million debut is nothing to look down upon.
Where It Goes From Here: I’d expect this to be pretty frontloaded.  Most sci-fi/fantasy movies are.  The Underworld movies usually managed just above a 2.0 multiplier, and applying that to The Wolfman would give the picture about $75 million overall.  Learn to control your budgets, Universal!

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DVD Sales: Star Trek On Top Last Week; Some Old Chart Corrections, This Week’s Chart?

December 8, 2009

Alright, there’s quite a bit to go over this week in DVD Sales.  First off, I spoke with Bruce Nash of The-Numbers, who is an amazing analyst that works hard to put together the DVD Sales Chart each week.  I use his figures, and I never want anyone to forget about the hard work that he does.  I spoke to him because of a discrepancy in the DVD Sales Chart for the week that ended November 15th, when Up topped the charts.  He told me that there was an error in The Numbers’ calculations, and the chart was re-posted with different numbers that had originally been reported.  I’ve posted the revised Nov. 15th chart at the bottom of this post.  Also, the holidays caused a major delay with last week’s chart, for the week ending November 22nd, when Star Trek was the top seller.  Thus, we’re still a week behind, and while I’m trying to sort out all the confusion, I’m going to have to skip my DVD Sales Notes and just give you the two charts.  Obviously, this invalidates last week’s Blu-Ray Sales Chart as well, so I’ll maybe modify that, or maybe restart from scratch.  I’ll keep you posted on this week’s chart, but check out the two accurate ones below:

Top Selling DVDs For The Week Ending November 22, 2009
Rank Title Units this Week % Chg Total Units Sales this Week Total Sales Wks
1 Star Trek 3,583,259 -.-% 3,583,259 $53,002,492 $53,002,492 1
2 Up 906,565 -77.2% 4,876,357 $17,823,521 $83,880,860 2
3 My Sister’s Keeper 508,464 -.-% 508,464 $8,201,524 $8,201,524 1
4 BrĂ¼no 405,267 -.-% 405,267 $6,536,957 $6,536,957 1
5 Twilight 321,856 130.9% 9,535,382 $6,280,086 $172,465,485 35
6 G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra 254,770 -58.2% 3,475,441 $4,278,607 $56,292,444 3
7 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 246,170 -35.7% 8,215,830 $5,167,108 $184,599,291 5
8 The Ugly Truth 239,362 -71.6% 1,080,958 $4,236,707 $17,685,411 2
9 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 176,655 -53.5% 4,067,093 $2,783,906 $69,209,173 4
10 Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure 161,247 -36.0% 2,584,450 $2,417,093 $41,164,109 4
11 The Proposal 122,547 -22.6% 3,884,819 $1,999,832 $64,467,454 6
12 It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: A Very Sunny Christmas 122,189 -.-% 122,189 $2,320,369 $2,320,369 1
13 Grey’s Anatomy: The Complete Fifth Season 101,406 -.-% 642,972 $2,411,435 $22,079,926 10
14 Polar Express, The 84,207 -33.5% $757,021 204
15 The Taking of Pelham 123 82,415 -60.4% 1,236,653 $1,317,816 $19,081,539 3
16 Monsters vs. Aliens 78,832 -30.6% 4,085,172 $1,095,032 $70,312,134 8
17 Hannah Montana The Movie 66,290 1.2% 2,985,460 $927,397 $50,663,318 14
18 How the Grinch Stole Christmas 64,140 0.4% $899,429 418
19 Smallville: The Complete Eighth Season 63,065 -.-% 427,183 $1,197,604 $14,417,136 13
20 Original Television Christmas Classics, The 59,124 -.-% $1,270,575 271
21 Aliens in the Attic 56,257 -27.7% 449,820 $1,028,378 $7,519,390 3
22 Fight Club 49,807 -.-% $1,244,677 494
23 Orphan 44,694 -18.4% 528,382 $759,351 $9,460,898 4
24 X-Men Origins: Wolverine 39,416 -43.3% 4,063,277 $579,805 $68,470,302 10
25 Land of the Lost 36,191 -64.8% 946,881 $521,874 $14,903,326 6
26 The Wizard of Oz 30,139 -.-% $520,265 661
27 Gone with the Wind 28,666 -.-% $720,090 578
28 Mickey’s Magical Christmas 27,384 -54.3% $410,486 420
29 Dr. Seuss – Green Eggs and Ham and Other Favorites 26,536 -.-% $265,095 320
30 Coraline 24,853 -.-% 2,158,758 $406,876 $39,262,749 18

Top 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 3,969,792 -.-% 3,969,792 $66,057,339 $66,057,339 1
2 The Ugly Truth 841,596 -.-% 841,596 $13,448,704 $13,448,704 1
3 G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra 608,966 -76.7% 3,220,671 $9,834,801 $52,013,837 2
4 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 382,688 -53.0% 7,969,660 $8,223,965 $179,432,183 4
5 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 380,306 -62.1% 3,890,438 $6,758,038 $66,425,267 3
6 Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure 252,082 -61.5% 2,423,203 $4,030,791 $38,747,016 3
7 The Taking of Pelham 123 208,017 -78.0% 1,154,238 $3,201,382 $17,763,723 2
8 The Proposal 158,395 -44.4% 3,762,272 $2,733,898 $62,467,621 5
9 Twilight 139,395 -7.4% 9,213,526 $2,727,960 $166,185,399 34
10 Polar Express, The 126,636 39.7% $1,138,458 203
11 Monsters vs. Aliens 113,536 -28.4% 4,006,340 $1,531,601 $69,217,102 7
12 Land of the Lost 102,818 -5.4% 910,690 $1,181,379 $14,381,451 5
13 Aliens in the Attic 77,808 -75.4% 393,563 $1,366,308 $6,491,012 2
14 Peanuts Holiday Collection 73,441 -.-% $1,688,409 479
15 X-Men Origins: Wolverine 69,471 -27.1% 4,023,861 $1,064,296 $67,890,497 9
16 Tale of Despereaux, The 67,486 -.-% 1,384,441 $1,011,615 $23,343,403 32
17 National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 67,089 -.-% $841,296 626
18 Hannah Montana The Movie 65,502 -35.0% 2,919,170 $981,875 $49,735,921 13
19 How the Grinch Stole Christmas 63,914 -.-% $798,286 417
20 Mickey’s Magical Christmas 59,944 -26.2% $958,505 419
21 Orphan 54,783 -61.4% 483,688 $985,546 $8,701,547 3
22 I Love You, Beth Cooper 52,401 -59.1% 180,375 $1,002,431 $3,176,709 2
23 Edward Scissorhands 44,488 -54.8% $462,724 480
24 My One and Only 40,889 -.-% 40,889 $694,704 $694,704 1
25 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Complete Season One 40,095 -75.1% 201,237 $1,202,449 $6,035,098 2
26 Dark Knight, The 38,090 -10.7% 12,998,694 $380,519 $224,403,516 49
27 Battlestar Galactica: The Plan 32,949 -61.2% 297,598 $623,066 $5,627,578 3
28 Watchmen 25,725 -.-% 2,291,602 $731,105 $48,465,819 17
29 My Life in Ruins 20,954 -.-% 279,539 $418,870 $5,587,985 6
30 Legend of the Seeker: The Complete First Season 19,864 -.-% 161,602 $580,029 $5,135,308 5

New And News: This Week Brings Disney’s First Black Princess And Nelson Mandela; Coincidence?

December 7, 2009

Welcome to the Monday column, New And News, where I go over this week’s new releases, as well as some of the best news articles from the past week.  Opening in theaters this week we have two movies that deal interestingly with race.  The oft-criticized black-princess-showcasing Disney release, The Princess And The Frog, and the racially themed Nelson Mandela biopic, Invictus.  After summarizing those two films, keep on reading for news about sequels in the Harry Potter, Twilight, and Bourne franchises.

New:

The Princess And The Frog (Disney) – 3,300 theaters – Reviews

The Disney we all know and love is back to doing what it does best: telling romanticized fairy tales with beautiful music and traditional animation.  Five years after Disney’s rather foolish statement that it would no longer produce traditional 2D animation, the studio is back with another sure-to-be-a-classic princess tale, The Princess And The Frog.  Equipped with jazzy New Orleans music, iconic Louisiana bayou scenery, a voodoo witch-doctor villain, cute animated animals, and the first black Disney princess, this film has a lot of buzz around it, and it’s sure to get nostalgia points from audiences of all ages.  I mean, who wasn’t excited by the first five animated minutes of Enchanted back in 2007?  As a college student, I know that tons of my friends are ready to go see this, and parents and kids alike are sure to be drawn to the theaters.  I know I’ll be taking my little sister once I come home for Christmas!  The Princess And The Frog has done extremely well in its limited release of just two theaters, and it will play very well over the holidays.  My very early estimate for this has it earning somewhere between $150-$200 million, with a $50 million opening.  That will probably change over the course of the week as I do some more research, but for now, that’s what I’ve got.

Invictus (Warner Brothers) – 2,150 theaters – Reviews

Morgan Freeman portrays South African President Nelson Mandela in this presitigious Oscar-bait.  Freeman is beloved by audiences, though he rarely has a major leading role, so there’s a considerable amount of excitement around this feature.  Matt Damon also stars as famous rugby player Francois Pienaar, and between star power, good reviews, strong advertising, Clint Eastwood (who the academy loves… see Million Dollar Baby‘s win for Best Picture in 2004), and racial drama (which the Academy loves…. see Crash‘s win for Best Picture in 2005), this should be a considerable hit for Warner Brothers.  If it does well in the beginning of its run, strong word-of-mouth and awards nominations will carry Invictus to becoming a major financial victory.

News:

Final Twilight To Be Split Into Two Movies

Following in the footsteps of The Hobbit and the final Harry Potter (more on that below), Summit has decided that it will split the final Twilight film, Breaking Dawn, into two films.  Unfortunately, whereas the book versions of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows and The Hobbit have extremely dense and complex plotsthat merit such a split, it appears that Breaking Dawn will simply be an even more drawn out affair, in which Bella and Jacob stare meaninglessly out into the drab, rainy forest.

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Teaser

Warner Brothers has attached a new teaser for the first part of their final Harry Potter installment.  It’s getting me pretty excited!  A little less than a year away, Deathly Hallows is coming out next Winter.

Greengrass Backs Out Of Fourth Bourne Movie

This news broke out on The Playlist blog, and far too many people on the internet have scooped it up, claimed it as their own, and failed to give credit where credit is due.  Paul Greengrass, director of all three films in the Bourne franchise, has backed out of directing a fourth edition.  Where this puts the state of the franchise and Matt Damon’s involvement is unknown at this point.  Personally, I’m cool with this.  The Bourne Ultimatum was a tremendous ending to the stellar action franchise.  I say, why not end on a high note?!

Weekend Fix: With New Moon’s $142.8M Debut, Vampires Are One Step Closer To World Domination

November 22, 2009

Friday Estimates: New Moon Smashes Records With $72.7 Million! The Blind Side Grabs $10.9 Million!

November 20, 2009

UPDATE (Saturday AM):  Early Friday estimates have been released, and New Moon has shattered the record for highest single day box office!   It earned $72.7 million on Friday, enough to dethrone The Dark Knight‘s $67 million Friday in July 2008 as the best box office day in history.  It’s difficult for me to articulate to you all how incredible this result is.  Just think- Twilight earned about $70 million in three days last year, while New Moon earned $72.7 million in just one!  Crazy. Where does the vampire drama go from here?  Well, let’s figure that out, and while we’re at it, let’s look at the rest of the box office as well.

New Moon is going to fall quickly.  With an opening day that huge, it is simply inevitable.  Last year,  Twilight fell a big 41% on Saturday and 42% on Sunday, and the drops this time around might be even steeper.  Still, even if it falls 50% for the next few days, that will give New Moon a $126 million weekend.  I personally think it will be a little bit higher, due to obsessed fans’ repeat viewings.  Expect a $130 million weekend, and if New Moon does better, it could take the third place spot for best opening weekend from Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, which earned $135.6 million in July 2006.

But believe it or not, there were actually other movies at the box office this weekend, and a few actually did very well!  In second place is Warner Brothers’ feel-good football movie, The Blind Side, which (to my delight) performed well beyond expectations, starting with $10.9 million on Friday.  Offering a strong choice for males not wanting to watch the emo vampire parade, this is counter-programming at its best. Bravo, Warner Brothers!  I didn’t expect this to open this big, but I did expect it to stick around throughout the holidays.  Now, though, its box office run will enjoy a great opening and strong legs!  Expect an opening weekend of $33 million for The Blind Side, and like I said in my video on Friday, this will break $100 million.

As far as the rest of the box office goes, 2012 fell 68% from last Friday, earning $8.1 million.  Probably benefiting from strong male attendance as well, a $28 million weekend is in store.  Precious, meanwhile, added another $3.5 million to its amazing cume, and it should find $11 million over the rest of the weekend.  Planet 51 found $3 million, while b>A Christmas Carol found $3.5 million yesterday. This should result in grosses of $11 million and $15 million, respectively.

Early Friday Estimates for November 20, 2009
1. The Twilight Saga: New Moon – $72.7 million
2. The Blind Side – $10.9 million
3. 2012 – $8.1 million
4. Precious – $3.5 million
5. A Christmas Carol – $3.5 million
6. Planet 51 – $3 million
7. The Men Who Stare At Goats – $860,000
8. Couples Retreat – $650,000
9. The Fourth Kind – $620,000
10. Paranormal Activity – $500,000

ORIGINAL POST (Friday AM): Based on some Summit’s official announcement, it looks like The Twilight Saga: New Moon earned an overwhelmingly huge $26.67 million from it’s 12:01 showings across the country. For some perspective, Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince earned $22.8 million from midnight showings and  The Dark Knight earned $18.4 million.  This smashes both of those figures easily.  Let’s look at what that might mean for the rest of the weekend.

Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince earned $58.1 million on its first days on the box office, and as I mentioned above, $22.8 million of that came from midnight showings.  That means 39.2% of the gross came from midnight showings.  If we assume a similar percentage for New Moon, it’s looking at a $68 million Friday.  However, Harry Potter came out on a Wednesday, so this figure might not be the best comparision.  Let’s look to The Dark Knight, instead…

The Dark Knight earned $67.2 million on its opening Friday, with $18.4 million coming from midnight showings.  That means 27.4% of the Friday gross came from midnight box office.  Applying these numbers to New Moon, it appears that the teen vampire drama might see a shockingly gigantic $97.4 million this Friday, but that’s just ludicrous.

In all reality, it will probably finish somewhere in between this range, and it’s looking very likely that New Moon will earn more on its opening Friday than Twilight earned in its entire first weekend.  Right now, I think $75 million is a safe estimate for Friday, and major front-loadedness is guaranteed for the picture.  The Dark Knight had a 2.35 weekend multiplier, and New Moon‘s will be even steeper.  Still, we may be looking at a $150 million weekend!  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out.  Regardless, all I know is that New Moon is taking over the world. You may as well just pull your collar down, lead your head back, and submit to the vampires…

Weekend Preview: Despite Vampires, New Moon’s Debut Won’t Suck

November 20, 2009

We’re quickly approaching the ever-lucrative Thanksgiving weekend, and yet, it looks like this weekend might prove to be even bigger than the next!  Thanks to the debut of The Twilight Saga: New Moon, legions of vampire-obsessed women are going to flood theaters over the next few days, desperately hoping to see their beloved Bella, Edward, and Jacob.  Forget the poor reviews; this movie has a built-in audience like none other.  Also opening this weekend is the sports drama, The Blind Side, which stars Sandra Bullock, Kathy Bates, and Tim McGraw, and Planet 51, a computer animated kids movie about aliens. In the above video, I’ll go over my box office predictions for these new openers, and below, you can check out my full box office predictions, including my thoughts on holdovers like 2012, A Christmas Carol, and Precious, which is expanding even further this weekend.  Overall, there’s a lot of depth at the box office right now, and we’re looking at a possible $200 million weekend from the Top 10!  Exciting stuff for a box office junkie like me!

2012

The apocalyptic thriller started off very well with $65.6 million last weekend, but with an even bigger blockbuster bursting onto the scene, a 60% drop seems likely.  I’d say $26 million seems about right.

A Christmas Carol

After dropping just 25% last weekend, another small drop should be in store for Disney’s 3D Robert Zemeckis film as we approach Christmas… you know, the holiday that this is actually about.  Perhaps it will fall harder, as New Moon is going to take away a large chunk of everyone’s office, but I’m going with a modest 30% drop to $16.1 million

Precious
Riding the wave of early awards buzz, Precious earned an amazing $6 million out of just 174 theaters last weekend, coming in third place.  Therefore, Lionsgate is speeding up Precious‘ release, expanding it into 629 theaters this week.  An $11.2 million weekend might result.

Box Office Predictions for November 20-22, 2009
Rank Movie Theaters Predicted Gross
1 The Twilight Saga: New Moon 4,024 $113 million
2 2012 3,408 $26 million
3 A Christmas Carol 3,578 $16.1 million
4 The Blind Side 3,110 $16 million
5 Planet 51 3,035 $12 million
6 Precious 629 $11.2 million
7 The Men Who Stare At Goats 2,056 $2.8 million
8 Couples Retreat 1,712 $2.7 million
9 This Is It 1,640 $2.3 million
10 Law Abiding Citizen 1,327 $2.2 million

New Moon’s Box Office Potential: Let’s Look At The Numbers

November 19, 2009

If you know anything about the film world, seriously anything, then you that The Twilight Saga: New Moon is debuting in just a few short hours, and it’s going to be absolutely huge.  I haven’t bought into this trend of writing about every single development that’s remotely Twilight related, just to get some traffic, and I don’t plan on starting.  Basically, you’re either on this vampire train, or you’re not, so I’m not going to sit here and summarize the whole story.  Both the fans and the haters don’t need to hear it.  I’m sure some of you already have your tickets for New Moon, and I’m sure some of you would be happy if you never saw Jacob, Edward, or Bella again.  Despite the polarized opinions, though, one thing I know we can all agree on is that here at The Box Office Junkie, the numbers are what do the talking.  Therefore, before I make my official box office prediction for New Moon, let’s just look at all the numbers that are relevant to its release…

New Moon Figures

4,000 – Estimated Number of Theaters New Moon Will Debut On

2,150 Pre-Sold Out Screenings via Fandango (at Thursday Morning)

87% – Percentage Of These Ticket Buyers Who Are Female

34% – Percentage of Positive Reviews for New Moon (so far)

Twilight Figures

$191,465,415 Twilight’s Domestic Box Office Total

$192,227,954 Twilight’s Foreign Box Office Total

$383,693,368 Twilight’s Wordwide Box Office Total

$69,637,740 – Twilight’s Domestic Opening Weekend

$20,368 – Twilight’s Opening Weekend Per Theater Average

3,469 – Theaters Twilight Debuted On

$7 million – Box Office From Twilight’s Midnight Showings

9,312,042 – Twilight DVDs Sold In The U.S.

$167,739,089 – Twilight DVD Sales Revenue

49% – Percentage of Positive Reviews for Twilight

Based on all of these numbers, how much do you think New Moon will earn this weekend.  I’m looking at about $100 million for the frame, which is just insane.  What do you think?  Let me know your early predictions in the comments.

DAKOTA FANNING IS SO EFFING SEXXXY

November 18, 2009

Got your attention?  Good.

I’m not being serious with that headline, but hopefully, you find it fairly disturbing.  After all, Dakota Fanning, who stars in New Moon, is just 15 years old.  Obviously, no one in the media world would want to write anything suggestive about an underage female starlet- that would just be sick. But with New Moon coming out this Friday, I’ve noticed a disturbing trend and egregious double-standard surrounding Taylor Lautner, the 17 year old actor who plays Jacob in the Twilight films.  Apparently, objectifying underage males is okay…

A few years ago, someone set up a website to countdown how long it would be until the Olsen twins were finally legal.  It featured tons of photographs, statements about how hot they were, and speculation as to whether or not they would take nude photographs once their 18th birthday rolled around.  People were disgusted.  A similar website appeared when Emma Watson, star of the Harry Potter films, was 17 years old, and the media vigorously attacked its creator and visitors.  These small websites were torn apart by the popular media, which labeled them as screwed-up and perverted.  However, I think it’s about time that someone gave the popular media a similar rebuke.

Taylor Lautner is 17 years old!  Do you hear that?  Not 18!  Not a legal adult! He was just 16 when Twilight debuted, and for the past year, he has been consistently objectified by the media, and no one has stepped in to say that this is wrong!  Seriously, for months, there have been reports about Taylor’s abs, Taylor’s biceps, and his shirtless scenes in New Moon. A simple search on GoogleNews reveal results (like this, this, this, or this) that call Taylor “beefy,” “hunky,” and “sexy,” and this has been going on all year!  Honestly, if any reporter wrote about Selena Gomez’s boobs, or Demi Lovato’s ass, they would be demolished by critics immediately.  So why is it okay to talk about Taylor Lautner as a sexual object?

Because he is a male.  Entertainment media is dominated by females, and there is a glaring double standard in the way that men and women are allowed to talk about the opposite sex.  Apparently, where men’s sexual thoughts about young women are considered perverted, women’s lusty thoughts about young men are more than welcome.  Indeed, women (and gay men) can objectify men and not be criticized- it’s just snarky when they do it.  This is not alright, and I hope it bothers someone else other than me.  If morality is going to be imposed upon heterosexual male writers, then it should be equally put upon everyone else as well.

DVD Sales: G.I. Joe Shoots To The Top Of The Chart

November 18, 2009

Finally!  The paper from Hell is done, and I have a life again!  Until Monday, when another paper is due…ugh,  But don’t let me sit here and whine my whole day away- it’s time to get back to what I do best- being a numbers-obsessed blogger!  This week, for about the fifth week running now, we’ve had a new DVD earn about $40 million, and these figures should stay strong through holiday season.  This week, G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra topped the DVD Sales Chart, which you can see in full, along with my DVD Sales Notes, below.

DVD Sales Notes

G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra, known mostly as a movie that blew stuff up every five seconds, blew up on the DVD Sales Chart this week, selling 2.5 million copies for $41 million in sales.  This is a really great result for an action movie that made $150 million in theaters, and $300 million worldwide.  With strong DVD sales like this, Paramount may just be convincing me that greenlighting a sequel for this wasn’t a terrible idea.

-What does this say about me?  The Taking Of Pelham 123, which starred John Travolta and Denzel Washington, grossed $65 million in theaters, $14.2 million in its first week on DVD, and I could not remember what it was for the life of me.  Meanwhile, Aliens in the Attic, which starred nobody but Ashley Tisdale, grossed $25 million in theaters, $5 million in its first week on DVD, and I knew exactly what it was…

-Disney is still working its magic Tinker Bell And The Lost Treasure, which earned another $10.2 million this week, for $34.4 million overall.

-With New Moon coming on this Friday (What? You haven’t heard?), Twilight is back on the charts, trying its hardest to break the 10 million unit barrier by Christmas.  This week, it got 149,284 copies closer to that goal, earning $2.9 million in the process.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Complete Season One is the TV-on-DVD performer of the week.  Cartoon Network’s big hit sold 156,630 units for $4.7 million in its first week, and I’m wondering how old the people are who are buying this DVD.  Do you think its mainly kids or adults?  I’m genuinely wondering.

Check out the full chart below:

DVD Sales for the Week Ending November 8, 2009
Rank Title Units this Week Total Units Sales this Week Total Sales Wks
1 G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra 2,538,577 2,538,577 $40,998,019 $40,998,019 1
2 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 974,814 3,482,051 $17,322,445 $59,168,230 2
3 The Taking of Pelham 123 919,727 919,727 $14,154,599 $14,154,599 1
4 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 791,782 7,564,163 $17,015,395 $170,718,052 3
5 Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure 636,167 2,152,795 $10,172,310 $34,423,192 2
6 Aliens in the Attic 306,914 306,914 $4,981,214 $4,981,214 1
7 The Proposal 276,959 3,595,899 $4,780,312 $59,596,023 4
8 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Complete Season One 156,630 156,630 $4,697,334 $4,697,334 1
9 Monsters vs. Aliens 154,092 3,888,366 $2,551,764 $67,612,008 6
10 Twilight 149,284 9,312,042 $2,921,488 $167,739,089 33
11 Orphan 138,099 424,927 $2,484,401 $7,644,437 2
12 I Love You, Beth Cooper 124,390 124,390 $2,113,386 $2,113,386 1
13 Family Guy – Volume 7 117,028 706,926 $2,397,904 $16,901,163 21
14 The Simpsons – The Complete Twelfth Season 105,859 420,282 $1,720,505 $11,903,326 12
15 Land of the Lost 105,605 804,830 $1,748,819 $13,149,697 4
16 24 – Season Seven 101,035 694,804 $2,373,312 $21,284,505 25
17 Hannah Montana The Movie 97,989 2,850,845 $1,468,855 $48,711,729 12
18 Edward Scissorhands 95,704 $984,976 479
19 The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Second Season 93,674 385,723 $2,762,446 $11,279,403 8
20 X-Men Origins: Wolverine 92,658 3,951,721 $1,419,521 $66,785,312 8
21 Drag Me to Hell 88,850 632,612 $1,585,973 $11,132,721 4
22 Polar Express, The 88,089 $791,920 202
23 Battlestar Galactica: The Plan 82,504 262,273 $1,560,151 $4,959,582 2
24 Ice Age: The Meltdown 82,458 8,009,712 $1,165,132 $131,237,769 155
25 Mickey’s Magical Christmas 78,950 $1,307,412 418
26 Dr. Seuss – Green Eggs and Ham and Other Favorites 41,359 $268,420 318
27 Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead 40,110 201,325 $715,964 $3,534,361 3
28 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past 31,478 1,019,583 $458,320 $17,844,124 7
29 The Last House on the Left 28,686 872,883 $430,003 $16,701,703 12
30 Legend of the Seeker: The Complete First Season 22,339 141,094 $706,583 $4,534,909 4
Figures from The-Numbers

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