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How "Twilight" Should Have Ended

July 22, 2009


I don’t know who made this, but I love them like a brother already.

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Twilight Sucks

June 11, 2009

Exhibit A:

I don’t think we even need an Exhibit B.

This Week In Blockbusters: The Dry Spell Continues

June 9, 2009


We’re moving into the next week of the smaller blockbuster movies. You know, those that only make 45 million in their opening weekend.
Last weekend, despite early predictions, The Hangover edged out Up by just a few hundred thousand dollars. It made some 45 million to Up‘s 44.1. A close race to be sure. The Hangover is an hysterical movie, so I’m glad it’s performing well. They’re already talking about a sequel. Seriously.

But it will be interesting to see if this weekend will top last, or if we will have our lowest opening so far this summer. When it comes to bankable movies, there’s only two worthy of mention. Imagine That brings Eddie Murphy to another family comedy, hopefully one that performs better than his previous forays in this territory. It doesn’t have too many early reviews, which often isn’t a great designator in a company’s faith in a movie. But of the four that it has so far, three of them are positive, putting it at a cool 75% on Rotten Tomatoes. That beats Pluto Nash by a landslide.

Imagine That tells the story of a financial executive (Murphy) who finds himself in a business rut. His daughter (Yara Shahidi) has quite the active imagination, and dreams up a fantasy world with countries and monarchs all named after huge American corporations. When her drawing shows two of these characters getting married, it soon follows that the companies with the respective names decide to merge with one another. Realizing his daughter’s strange prophecy, the businessman will use her and whatever fairy she’s getting her information from to help him get ahead. And it’s likely he and his daughter will become close. Just throwing that out.

Family films have the strange power to make crap-loads of cash. I say this week-end might be a slump, but I’ve seen predictions for this movie upwards of 65 million. It certainly could happen, I just feel like I’ve heard very little about it. I’m not sure it’s been marketed well, unless it’s only been previewed on Nickelodeon. Or perhaps I’m just missing it. But it seems to be one of those movies that tries to appeal to adults, so I feel like I should be seeing it everywhere for it to rack in that much cash. Well, only time will tell. Come Monday we’ll see just how much another family friendly Eddie Murphy comedy can pull in.

Excitement Buzz: 5/10 


Also coming out this week is the action/suspense film The Taking of Pelham 123. It stars Denzel Washington as Walter Garber, as a lowly dispatcher of the New York City subway system. The described ‘mastermind thief’ of a villain is portrayed by John Travolta, who I happen to love in bad-guy rolls. Swordfish, Broken Arrow, hot damn he can take cartoony villains and make them menacing. In this movie, he even sports a goatee, which means he’ll be willing to kill even more people than usual. Sweet.

Ryder (Travolta) along with three lackies hijack Pelham 123 in New York City’s subway and demands a large amount of money to be delivered within th hour, or people start to die. A plot elegant in its simplicity, no? Ten years ago, this would be pitched as ‘Die Hard’ on a subway train, if only this weren’t a remake of a 1974 movie. Anyway, he will only speak to Walter, who has extensive knowledge of the subway system. Walter has one question that nags him the entire film: even if they get the money, how do they plan to escape? I don’t know what it’ll be, but it’s going to be sweet. I imagine extensive use of dynamite, a wrecking ball, a helicopter, gold fish crackers, a catapult, the monster from Lost, and Shredder from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

It’s a standard action film, but it’s got big names in the leads, which will certainly draw viewers in (especially since Denzel is sooooo dreamy). Most predictions for this film are in the 30 million range, so Eddie Murphy might beat Denzel after all.

Excitement Buzz: 7/10

And finally, a movie I expect will make much less than it deserves, the new cerebral science fiction movie Moon comes out this Friday. Starring Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey, the films tells the story of astronaut Sam Bell (Rockwell), who has lived on the moon alone for three long years, extracting the rare gas Helium-3 for a company called Lunar, which says it holds the key to solving Earth’s energy crisis. When he’s only two weeks away from the end of his tenure on the moon, when he plans to retire wealthy and make up for lost time with his wife and daughter, he begins to feel odd and has aural and visual hallucinations. The mystery unfolds as Sam discovers Lunar has been less than honest about their intentions and that the life he has created might not be what he had perceived. It’s at a 100% at Rotten Tomatoes after 19 reviews, so if that trend continues we could have an excellent, insightful science fiction film, more akin to 2001 than to Star Trek.
Excitement Buzz: Me: 8/10, Females: 1/10. 
Angry comment of the hour: In searching for pictures of Moon, I searched “Moon film,” aware that searching for ‘Moon’ would give me, well, pictures of the moon. I didn’t get at all what I wanted. Instead, I got poster after poster of New Moon, the Twilight sequel that makes self castration seem like an attraction at Disneyland.

Twilight Wins The MTV Movie Awards, Confirming MTV’s Audience Are Now Dumb, Pubescent Children

June 1, 2009


The MTV Movie Awards were on last night. I didn’t watch. Why, you ask? Why would somebody who spends his time writing a movie blog not watch a movie awards show? Because based on the previews, it looked like an orgy of praise for Twilight. The two stars were promised to appear, there was promised a sneak peak at the sequel, and it was up for best picture. Surely, SURELY it couldn’t win over The Dark Knight or Slumdog Millionaire. MTV’s viewers aren’t complete fools, are they? Yup. They are. I should have expected it from the network that airs Parental Control.

Twilight took home best picture, as voted by the viewers. Music Television at its finest, folks. I don’t really understand this fad, and can’t wait for it to pass. It seems to be a void filler, now that Potter-mania is at its end. But at least the Harry Potter books were, y’know… Good. Twilight reads like a bad fanfic written by a pubescent girl, barely hiding its sexual undertones where ‘bite’ is a substitute for ‘ravage.’ Or, when a vampire says, “I want to suck your blood,” substitute ‘blood’ with ‘titties’ and you’ll discern the true meaning. Either way they’re shallow and cheesy, and the movie didn’t fare much better. CW worthy special effects, hollow acting from, well, everybody, lots of vampires hissing at each other. Thanks, but no thanks. “I’ve never wanted a human so badly,” Robert Pattison’s character Edward Cullen coos into his lover’s ear. Then he glitters in sunlight. That’s apparently what vampires do now. They shimmer like Tinker Bell just shot them with fairy dust. How radical.

But it mustered enough votes to win 5 golden popcorns, including best kiss. OMG, it was like, so great. The sequel has been released to the squeals of fangirls everywhere. This one has, get this, werewolves. Whoa, didn’t see that coming. I actually spoiled the end of the series for myself, since I’m not going to see the movies and wanted to see how Stephanie Meyer messed it up even worse than she did by starting it. And wow, it’s bad.

On the upside, Eminem got to sniff Sacha Baron Cohen’s “anoose” in a hilarious unscripted prank. See video embedded here.

Eminem is such a tool.

DVD Sales: Notorious B.I.G. Is Alive Again! On The Home Market, That Is…

May 13, 2009

The-Numbers‘ DVD Sales chart for last week was delayed, and then all the Star Trek pandemonium happened, so I apologize for the lateness of last week’s DVD Sales Chart, but I finally got some time to get it posted. The chart, and my notes, can be found after the jump:

DVD Sales Notes for the week ending April 26, 2009:

-In a week where no films really broke out on the home market, Notorious still had a pretty good weekend. The rapper biopic had a solid first week of $14 million worth of sales on DVD, which is all well and good, but we must remember that this is a film that defined the term “frontloaded” during its theatrical run. It opened to $20 million and finished with just $36 million in theaters, and you can trust me when I say that Notorious will plummet next weekend.

The Wrestler, the Oscar bait that saved Mickey Rourke’s career, found a modest $7.5 million on DVD in its first week on the home market. For a film that earned $26 million at the box office, this is probably sufficient, but a bit less than what Fox Searchlight might have hoped for. Meanwhile, the other Oscar nominated release on DVD this week, Frost/Nixon, was completely ignored, moving just 181,593 copies. It certainly does not fit into the Era of Easy Entertainment!

Twilight can not be stopped. Another 12% increase?! $139.4 million overall?! This film has singlehandedly made Summit Entertainment a viable studio.

-Dogs have proved themselves at the movies lately, and the DVD Sales Chart reflects this trend. Marley And Me, Bolt, and Beverly Hills Chihuahua have all sold very well on DVD, with cumes of $48.9 million, $57.3 million, and $50.6 million respectively.

Here’s the full chart:

Top 30 Selling DVDs for the Week Ending April 26, 2009
Rank Title Units this Week % Change Total Units Sales this Week Total Sales Weeks in Release
1 Notorious (2009) 605,916 -.-% 605,916 $14,535,925 $14,535,925 1
2 Wrestler, The 400,207 -.-% 400,207 $7,487,873 $7,487,873 1
3 Twilight 332,526 12.3% 7,715,411 $5,982,143 $139,483,327 5
4 Spirit, The 226,794 -32.2% 561,092 $5,425,185 $11,693,272 2
5 Day the Earth Stood Still, The 205,345 -29.8% 1,381,406 $3,325,090 $23,154,960 3
6 Marley and Me 199,589 -25.9% 2,720,508 $3,434,468 $48,876,571 4
7 Bedtime Stories 198,074 -29.3% 2,161,692 $3,392,651 $36,961,073 3
8 Bolt 186,137 -4.2% 3,220,500 $3,378,145 $57,344,529 5
9 Frost/Nixon 181,593 -.-% 181,593 $3,437,555 $3,437,555 1
10 Yes Man 176,806 -28.6% 956,385 $3,137,741 $16,661,455 3
11 Caprica 169,656 -.-% 169,656 $3,293,023 $3,293,023 1
12 Reader, The 156,932 -33.0% 391,308 $2,934,628 $7,476,835 2
13 Slumdog Millionaire 133,483 -13.6% 1,403,510 $2,134,393 $22,969,076 4
14 Seven Pounds 130,878 0.6% 990,066 $2,045,623 $16,632,842 4
15 Quantum of Solace 122,880 -0.3% 1,998,972 $2,124,804 $35,640,749 5
16 Tale of Despereaux, The 117,426 -25.5% 852,318 $1,995,068 $14,480,883 3
17 Doubt 93,978 -30.1% 486,753 $1,690,664 $8,681,783 3
18 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 92,584 7.1% 2,947,762 $1,480,418 $50,616,568 8
19 Stuart Little 78,466 -.-% $587,710 471
20 Not Easily Broken 75,618 -19.4% 387,084 $1,317,266 $7,168,377 3
21 Ron White: Behavioral Problems 71,862 -.-% 71,862 $789,763 $789,763 1
22 Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, The 70,529 -.-% $578,338 488
23 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 70,499 16.1% 5,815,130 $996,179 $88,946,988 12
24 Tom and Jerry’s Greatest Chases 67,499 -.-% $404,319 476
25 Role Models 57,804 -4.5% 1,706,794 $982,090 $28,998,430 7
26 Australia 52,048 -0.3% 1,406,260 $884,296 $23,713,349 8
27 Fireproof 49,685 0.9% 1,570,641 $741,300 $26,932,618 13
28 Pinocchio 47,625 -12.4% $809,149 496
29 High School Musical 3: Senior Year 33,892 -40.4% 3,005,165 $626,555 $53,802,366 10
30 Milk 33,072 -4.8% 527,610 $564,208 $9,391,518 7

DVD Sales: The Spirit Tops A Weak Chart In The Post-Easter Frame

April 29, 2009

As always, here are my notes on the latest DVD Sales Chart from The-Numbers:

-Maybe because it was the week right after Easter, repenting buyers felt convicted that they needed more of the spirit in their lives, and they mistakenly purchased Lionsgate’s disastrous 300 ripoff The Spirit, thinking it could help them. Whatever the reason, The Spirit benefited from a complete lack of competition, and somehow scored a number one debut. Granted, its $6.3 million first week is the weakest total Ive seen in a long time, and it will plummet next weekend. Still, with enough time in the bargain bin at Wal-Mart, I’m sure The Spirit‘s DVD sales will surpass its abysmal $19 million total box office.

Twilight continues its shockingly amazing run on the home market, with another $5.5 million this week, for a $133 million total. Having already sold a stunning 7.4 million copies of Twilight on DVD, Summit Entertainment has to be feeling pretty good about the upcoming sequel, New Moon, which debuts this Winter.

-Warner Brothers has to be disappointed with the lackluster performance of Yes Man on DVD. Just $13 million after two weeks of release is extremely bad for a Jim Carrey comedy that earned $90 million during its theatrical run.

-Just as the Easter frame was kind to family films last week, the post-Easter frame was equally harsh to these same titles. Marley And Me, Bolt, The Tale Of Despereaux, Bedtime Stories, and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa all saw sizable drops of 62-88%.

-Speaking of Bolt, I thought I should point out that after four weeks, the animated pooch film has $53 million in the kitty (or would doghouse be more appropriate, here?), and it’s been a solid performer on DVD for Disney.

-I’m somewhat ambivalent about the home market performance of two Oscar-winning films. First off, The Reader‘s $4.5 million opening week is nothing to cry about, but its nothing special either. Second, Slumdog Millionaire‘s $20 million after three weeks feels quite low to me, especially after its rosy $141 million box office. I think it probably came out on DVD too soon after its theatrical run. After three straight months of deafening buzz during awards season, every person that was going to be persuaded to see Slumdog already did, so the quick release date after it won its obligatory Oscar may have backfired for Fox Searchlight.

See the full chart after the jump:

Top 30 Selling DVDs for the Week Ending April 19, 2009
Rank Title Units this Week % Change Total Units Sales this Week Total Sales Weeks in Release
1 Spirit, The 334,298 -.-% 334,298 $6,268,088 $6,268,088 1
2 Twilight 296,188 -28.6% 7,382,885 $5,538,716 $133,501,184 4
3 Day the Earth Stood Still, The 292,678 -66.9% 1,176,061 $5,179,493 $19,829,870 2
4 Bedtime Stories 280,209 -80.8% 1,963,618 $4,788,940 $33,568,422 2
5 Marley and Me 269,378 -62.9% 2,520,919 $4,628,857 $45,442,103 3
6 Yes Man 247,648 -53.4% 779,579 $4,321,680 $13,523,714 2
7 Reader, The 234,376 -.-% 234,376 $4,542,207 $4,542,207 1
8 Bolt 194,328 -73.3% 3,034,363 $3,515,899 $53,966,384 4
9 Tale of Despereaux, The 157,622 -72.7% 734,892 $2,677,998 $12,485,815 2
10 Slumdog Millionaire 154,580 -43.4% 1,270,027 $2,493,375 $20,834,683 3
11 Doubt 134,488 -47.9% 392,775 $2,419,439 $6,991,119 2
12 Seven Pounds 130,075 -41.7% 859,188 $2,154,042 $14,587,218 3
13 Quantum of Solace 123,256 -27.5% 1,876,092 $2,131,959 $33,515,945 4
14 Not Easily Broken 93,838 -56.9% 311,466 $1,594,308 $5,851,111 2
15 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 86,483 -64.0% 2,855,178 $1,382,863 $49,136,150 7
16 Stuart Little 75,855 -9.7% $578,774 470
17 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 60,742 -88.7% 5,744,631 $763,412 $87,950,809 11
18 Role Models 60,541 -42.2% 1,648,990 $1,028,592 $28,016,340 6
19 High School Musical 3: Senior Year 56,864 -74.8% 2,971,273 $1,064,653 $53,175,812 9
20 Pinocchio 54,357 -69.2% $923,525 495
21 Australia 52,217 -39.7% 1,354,212 $887,167 $22,829,054 7
22 Mamma Mia! 51,786 -.-% 5,957,687 $665,921 $125,254,362 18
23 Fireproof 49,236 -.-% 1,520,956 $766,112 $26,191,317 12
24 40-Year-Old Virgin, The 46,534 -.-% $474,456 175
25 Tigger and Pooh and a Musical Too 44,495 -71.6% 201,135 $844,960 $3,819,554 2
26 Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword 35,335 -63.1% 131,132 $494,337 $1,834,537 2
27 Milk 34,748 -33.6% 494,538 $607,743 $8,827,310 6
28 Punisher: War Zone, The 34,419 -32.6% 398,065 $668,235 $7,525,557 5
29 Transporter 3 33,396 -35.8% 1,011,642 $573,793 $18,041,585 6
30 Cadillac Records 29,675 -26.0% 310,751 $504,178 $5,927,887 6

DVD Sales: Bedtime Stories Hops Atop An Easter-Fueled Chart

April 23, 2009

Here’s the latest DVD Sales Chart from The-Numbers for the week ending April 12th. I’ve added my notes below:

-I was wrong about Bedtime Stories bombing last week on DVD. It looks like it just hit stores a day early, and it registered on the chart as having a poor debut. The reality of the situation is actually much rosier, though, and Bedtime Stories has accrued a solid $28 million over eight days. Not bad for the disappointing Disney/Adam Sandler collaboration that struggled to pass $100 million.

The Day The Earth Stood Still? More like The Day The DVDs Stood Still. It’s not that the Keanu Reeves sci-fi remake bombed with its $14 million debut, but when you factor in the fanboy effect, this is really not a great start on the home market for the Fox film, which also underwhelmed this fall, barely making it to $79 million despite huge buzz.

-Wow. The week of Easter is a great time to be a family film on DVD. Look at the giant boosts that the holiday offered all family-oriented films. A 16% increase for Bolt! A 117% increase for Beverly Hills Chihuahua! A 218% increase for High School Musical 3! A 300% increase for Kung Fu Panda! Pretty impressive stuff. The family effect also helped out The Tale Of Despereaux moderately, as it found a humble $9.8 in its first week on DVD, which is onl $300,000 less than it earned in its opening weekend.

Top 30 Selling DVDs for the Week Ending April 12, 2009
Rank Title Units this Week % Change Total Units Sales this Week Total Sales Weeks in Release
1 Bedtime Stories 1,462,555 562.2% 1,683,409 $25,005,595 $28,779,482 1
2 Day the Earth
Stood Still, The
883,383 -.-% 883,383 $14,650,377 $14,650,377 1
3 Bolt 729,084 16.6% 2,840,035 $13,244,030 $50,450,485 3
4 Marley and Me 726,305 -52.4% 2,251,541 $12,581,128 $40,813,246 2
5 Tale of
Despereaux, The
577,270 -.-% 577,270 $9,807,817 $9,807,817 1
6 Madagascar: Escape
2 Africa
537,196 173.7% 5,683,889 $4,981,795 $87,187,398 10
7 Yes Man 531,931 -.-% 531,931 $9,202,034 $9,202,034 1
8 Twilight 414,927 -35.6% 7,086,697 $8,057,882 $127,962,468 3
9 Slumdog Millionaire 273,059 -67.6% 1,115,447 $4,172,342 $18,341,308 2
10 Doubt 258,287 -.-% 258,287 $4,571,680 $4,571,680 1
11 Beverly Hills
Chihuahua
240,151 117.2% 2,768,695 $3,840,014 $47,753,286 6
12 High School Musical
3: Senior Year
225,526 218.0% 2,914,409 $4,053,153 $52,111,158 8
13 Seven Pounds 223,040 -55.9% 729,113 $3,789,450 $12,433,176 2
14 Not Easily Broken 217,628 -.-% 217,628 $4,256,804 $4,256,804 1
15 Kung Fu Panda 207,978 300.5% 8,332,557 $1,904,392 $126,522,601 22
16 Pinocchio 176,530 76.2% $2,999,245 494
17 Quantum of Solace 169,949 -54.1% 1,752,836 $2,962,636 $31,383,986 3
18 Tigger and Pooh
and a Musical Too
156,640 -.-% 156,640 $2,974,594 $2,974,594 1
19 Madagascar 156,493 274.5% $1,719,858 178
20 Bee Movie 109,838 -.-% 4,836,258 $908,481 $76,570,787 57
21 Role Models 104,719 28.6% 1,588,449 $1,779,176 $26,987,749 5
22 Shrek the Third 98,869 -.-% 11,578,058 $874,269 $173,439,755 74
23 Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword 95,797 -.-% 95,797 $1,340,200 $1,340,200 1
24 Australia 86,634 16.9% 1,301,995 $1,471,912 $21,941,887 6
25 Stuart Little 83,962 76.4% $712,837 469
26 WALL-E 80,148 121.9% 8,623,786 $1,297,372 $136,193,424 21
27 Milk 52,303 14.3% 459,790 $914,779 $8,219,568 5
28 Transporter 3 52,004 -6.3% 978,246 $893,117 $17,467,792 5
29 Punisher: War
Zone, The
51,054 14.6% 363,646 $1,003,553 $6,857,322 4
30 Cadillac Records 40,087 1.6% 281,076 $801,339 $5,423,709 5

DVD Sales: Marley And Me Is Top Dog

April 16, 2009

Here’s the latest DVD Sales Chart (along with my notes) from The-Numbers:

Best performer: Marley And Me

Pretty good, considering its still in theaters : Slumdog Millionaire

Disappointing: Seven Pounds

Epic failure: Bedtime Stories

Most impressive overall: Twilight

Top 30 Selling DVDs For The Week Ending April 5th
Rank Title Units this Week % Change Total Units Sales this Week Total Sales Weeks in Release
1 Marley and Me 1,525,236 -.-% 1,525,236 $28,232,118 $28,232,118 1
2 Slumdog Millionaire 842,388 -.-% 842,388 $14,168,966 $14,168,966 1
3 Twilight 643,955 -73.8% 6,671,770 $11,584,750 $119,904,586 2
4 Bolt 625,042 -56.3% 2,110,951 $11,188,189 $37,206,456 2
5 Seven Pounds 506,073 -.-% 506,073 $8,643,727 $8,643,727 1
6 Quantum of Solace 369,870 -69.5% 1,582,887 $6,526,393 $28,421,350 2
7 Bedtime Stories 220,854 -.-% 220,854 $3,773,887 $3,773,887 0
8 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 196,298 16.6% 5,146,693 $1,866,657 $82,205,603 9
9 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 110,580 -7.3% 2,528,544 $1,768,174 $43,913,272 5
10 Pinocchio 100,208 -31.9% $1,702,534 493
11 Role Models 81,448 -34.3% 1,483,730 $1,383,802 $25,208,573 4
12 Australia 74,126 18.9% 1,215,361 $1,259,401 $20,469,975 5
13 High School Musical 3: Senior Year 70,923 -9.2% 2,688,883 $1,311,246 $48,058,005 7
14 Transporter 3 55,519 -34.8% 926,242 $963,177 $16,574,675 4
15 Eagle Eye 54,756 -.-% 2,083,282 $1,045,949 $36,591,766 14
16 Barbie Presents: Thumbelina 54,603 -47.4% 438,201 $654,690 $6,320,432 3
17 Kung Fu Panda 51,930 7.4% 8,124,579 $485,951 $124,618,208 21
18 Stuart Little 47,587 -.-% $404,014 468
19 Milk 45,757 5.9% 407,487 $800,290 $7,304,788 4
20 Punisher: War Zone, The 44,537 -40.7% 312,592 $868,721 $5,853,769 3
21 Madagascar 41,791 -23.7% $459,283 177
22 Fireproof 41,505 8.3% 1,440,120 $725,922 $24,872,521 10
23 Hannah Montana: Keeping it Real 39,961 -.-% 39,961 $559,054 $559,054 1
24 Cadillac Records 39,474 19.9% 240,989 $789,085 $4,622,370 4
25 South Park – The Complete Twelfth Season 38,283 -17.9% 229,359 $1,186,390 $7,107,835 4
26 The Venture Bros.: Season Three 36,758 -51.2% 112,127 $698,034 $2,129,292 2
27 WALL-E 36,126 -.-% 8,543,638 $657,547 $134,896,052 20
28 Body of Lies 31,355 -20.8% 913,342 $632,430 $17,457,403 7
29 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – A Galaxy Divided 30,200 -56.7% 99,922 $392,298 $1,297,987 2
30 Space Buddies 28,674 -.-% 1,831,265 $458,497 $27,574,735 9

DVD Sales: Twilight Has Already Sold 6 Million Copies! Plus, Bolt Debuts Well

April 8, 2009

Another week, another DVD Sales Chart from The-Numbers! Here are my DVD Sales Notes for the week ending March 29, 2009:

Twilight continues to astound me as it actually had a very small drop! This surprises me on so many levels, since this type of fangirl flick should have plummeted after its huge first week of DVD sales. I mean, I can understand girls going to see a movie like Twilight two or three times in theaters, but there is absolutely no reason to assume that they would be repeat-buying the DVD. I guess the franchise simply has more internal demand than anyone really comprehended, but let me just say this: I sincerely hope that mothers are not purchasing Twilight to put in their daughter’s Easter basket- that’s just wrong.

-Disney’s Bolt has never been a blockbuster performer for the studio, but it’s certainly been a solid addition to the Disney canon. Targeting the ever lucrative family market, a $25 million first week for the CG animated dog comedy ain’t too shabby.

-Meanwhile, Quantum Of Solace, which earned $54 million more at the box office than Bolt ($168 million vs. $114 million), earned $4 million less in its first week of DVD sales. This certainly represents an underwhelming start for the latest Bond DVD, but the truth of the matter is, audiences just didn’t love the grim QOS all that much, especially when compared to the superb Casino Royale, which also enjoyed a nice little boost this week from the release of its sequel, and now it sits just a few hundred copies away from the 5 million threshold.

-At first I was confused by Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa‘s explosive 97% increase on the chart this week. After a bit of looking around, though, I remembered that Nickelodeon released a new animated series called The Penguins Of Madagascar last week, which featured the ridiculous penguins from the films. It premiered to huge ratings, and clearly, it’s having a positive effect on its mother-franchise, as Escape 2 Africa has now sold almost 5 million DVDs. TV truly is the most powerful marketing tool for children.

Pinocchio now has a running total of $34 million over three weeks for its latest release cycle. Unfortunately for Disney, Lilo And Stitch clearly does not have the same kind of lasting drawing power as the classic puppet. Lilo And Stitch could only manage a lackluster $1.5 million week for its re-release.

Top 30 DVD Sales For The Week Ending March 29
Rank Title Units this Week % Change Total Units Sales this Week Total Sales Weeks in Release
1 Twilight 2,455,003 -31.3% 6,027,815 $44,116,404 $108,319,836 2
2 Bolt 1,430,530 2,483.2% 1,485,909 $25,048,580 $26,018,267 1
3 Quantum of Solace 1,213,017 -.-% 1,213,017 $21,894,957 $21,894,957 1
4 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 168,413 99.7% 4,950,395 $1,965,110 $80,338,947 8
5 Pinocchio 147,055 -59.3% $2,498,464 492
6 Role Models 123,978 -50.4% 1,402,282 $2,106,386 $23,824,771 3
7 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 119,313 -40.7% 2,417,964 $1,907,815 $42,145,098 4
8 Barbie Presents: Thumbelina 103,847 -62.9% 383,598 $1,533,820 $5,665,742 2
9 Transporter 3 85,189 -52.1% 870,723 $1,479,741 $15,611,498 3
10 High School Musical 3: Senior Year 78,069 -10.4% 2,617,960 $1,435,002 $46,746,759 6
11 Lilo & Stitch 76,351 -.-% $1,526,256 330
12 The Venture Bros.: Season Three 75,369 -.-% 75,369 $1,431,257 $1,431,257 1
13 Punisher: War Zone, The 75,123 -61.1% 268,055 $1,481,403 $4,985,048 2
14 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – A Galaxy Divided 69,722 -.-% 69,722 $905,689 $905,689 1
15 Australia 62,357 -40.4% 1,141,235 $1,059,445 $19,210,575 4
16 Madagascar 54,747 -.-% $601,670 176
17 Secrets of the Furious Five 53,028 -.-% 53,028 $529,750 $529,750 1
18 Kung Fu Panda 48,341 -.-% 8,072,649 $538,185 $124,132,258 20
19 South Park – The Complete Twelfth Season 46,645 22.0% 191,076 $1,445,529 $5,921,445 3
20 Milk 43,208 -37.7% 361,730 $774,287 $6,504,498 3
21 Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter and Under the Hood 42,472 -.-% 42,472 $832,876 $832,876 1
22 Body of Lies 39,573 10.8% 881,987 $800,087 $16,824,973 6
23 Fireproof 38,332 -5.9% 1,398,615 $670,427 $24,146,599 9
24 Happily N’Ever After 2: Snow White 36,825 -.-% 36,825 $441,532 $441,532 1
25 Cadillac Records 32,918 -21.9% 201,515 $643,876 $3,833,285 3
26 Rachel Getting Married 30,948 -26.0% 199,052 $618,651 $3,979,049 3
27 Haunting of Molly Hartley, The 28,612 -27.9% 270,096 $571,954 $5,201,047 5
28 Casino Royale 26,121 -.-% 4,999,253 $314,374 $79,165,581 107
29 Quarantine 26,002 -22.6% 496,540 $519,780 $9,798,421 6
30 Zack and Miri Make a Porno 24,025 -28.5% 936,646 $480,260 $17,154,523 8

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DVD Sales: Fangirls Snatch Up 4.6 Million Twilight DVD’s In One Week!

March 31, 2009

Here’s the latest sales chart via The-Numbers, along with my DVD Sales Notes for the week ending March 22:

-Holy mother-flippin vampire blood! Twilight just earned $83 million in DVD sales in just one week! With 4.6 million units sold, all I can say is that this is absolute craziness. My favorite niche market, the fangirls, were out in full force this week, and I think Summit is very wise to be working so hard to get the sequel, New Moon, into theaters this November. This is a notoriously fickle fanbase (hence why former top-dog High School Musical 3: Senior Year has only earned $45 million after five weeks), and they need to cash in on the Twilight franchise while they still can. This performance is very impressive.

-The ever-frustrating, ever-fascinating Disney Vault has worked its magic once again. Now out for the second week of its latest re-release, Pinocchio has earned a pretty great $31.5 million over the last two weeks. Not bad, considering all that Disney really has to do for these classics is add a couple special features to the DVD and call them collector’s items. If only the Stuart Little Vault were so effective…

-Go, Barbie! The successful Barbie film franchise has released yet another successful straight-to-DVD tale. Barbie Presents: Thumbelina earned a solid $5.4 million in its first week. As a big brother with a 7-year-old sister, I’ve seen so many more of these movies than I’m proud to admit, and while they may not be very good, they’re wholesome and harmless, so I don’t really mind. These have their own sort of cult, mini-fangirl following, which I find amusing.

-Otherwise, Role Models is having a solid run, with total sales of $23 million for the bro-comedy. Beverly Hills Chihuahua is having a more solid run, with $42 million after four weeks. And (lack of) audiences continue to emphasize that they just don’t want to see Milk.

Top 30 DVD Sales for the Week Ending March 22
Rank Title Units this Week % Change Total Units Sales this Week Total Sales Weeks in Release
1 Twilight 4,648,835 -.-% 4,648,835 $83,632,542 $83,632,542 0
2 Pinocchio 470,462 -66.4% $7,993,149 491
3 Barbie Presents: Thumbelina 364,004 -.-% 364,004 $5,376,339 $5,376,339 1
4 Role Models 325,418 -69.3% 1,385,263 $5,528,852 $23,535,618 2
5 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 261,729 -53.1% 2,428,109 $4,185,047 $42,421,654 3
6 Punisher: War Zone, The 251,037 -.-% 251,037 $4,558,832 $4,558,832 1
7 Transporter 3 231,512 -63.0% 857,816 $4,164,901 $15,432,110 2
8 Australia 136,211 -46.2% 1,142,413 $2,081,304 $19,176,676 3
9 High School Musical 3: Senior Year 113,432 -24.5% 2,525,348 $2,128,722 $45,096,898 5
10 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 109,713 -32.4% 4,801,581 $1,786,106 $78,693,647 7
11 Milk 90,187 -64.9% 347,064 $1,622,464 $6,243,681 2
12 Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The 72,987 -52.0% 225,153 $1,459,010 $4,500,808 2
13 Bolt 72,057 -.-% 72,057 $1,202,487 $1,202,487 0
14 Stuart Little 56,251 -.-% $477,571 466
15 Cadillac Records 54,856 -57.9% 185,184 $932,003 $3,481,219 2
16 Rachel Getting Married 54,391 -58.2% 184,579 $1,087,276 $3,689,734 2
17 Fireproof 52,997 -6.8% 1,372,738 $926,918 $23,694,010 8
18 Haunting of Molly Hartley, The 51,651 11.5% 256,760 $1,032,503 $4,934,460 4
19 JAG – The Eighth Season 51,602 -.-% 51,602 $2,049,115 $2,049,115 1
20 Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, The 50,672 -.-% $0 483
21 South Park – The Complete Twelfth Season 49,743 -54.6% 159,213 $1,541,536 $4,934,011 2
22 Body of Lies 46,488 -29.6% 844,704 $937,984 $16,102,315 5
23 WALL-E 44,694 -14.6% 8,513,684 $820,162 $134,355,215 18
24 Zack and Miri Make a Porno 43,736 -11.5% 922,872 $874,283 $16,879,181 7
25 Quarantine 43,710 0.6% 475,888 $873,763 $9,381,912 5
26 Max Payne 41,560 0.6% 1,211,654 $675,986 $22,351,585 9
27 Dark Knight, The 41,072 -14.4% 12,600,595 $783,637 $218,748,210 15
28 Lakeview Terrace 38,585 7.4% 1,061,788 $655,559 $17,818,937 8
29 Eagle Eye 37,656 -.-% 2,033,275 $739,455 $35,640,517 12
30 Space Buddies 36,049 -31.3% 1,785,827 $576,424 $26,850,741 7