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Weekend Fix: In Its 2nd Weekend, Meatballs Earns As Much As Surrogates And Fame Combined!

September 27, 2009

5 Reasons I Hate 3-D Movies

September 23, 2009

It’s List Wednesday, which means that it’s time for a countdown!  This week, I decided to do make a video for List Wednesday… I’ve been doing that a lot lately, haven’t I?  Well, I hope you enjoy them!  Still, this post isn’t just a placeholder for one of my videos- it’s useful too!  Inside, you’ll find a list of all of 2009’s 3-D releases, as well as how much money they earned at the box office.

Box Office Performance of 2009 3-D Movies

Release Date Movie Total Gross
Jan 16, 2009 My Bloody Valentine 3-D $51.5 million
Feb 06, 2009 Coraline $75.3 million
Feb 27, 2009 Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience $19.1 million
Mar 27, 2009 Monsters Vs. Aliens $198.4 million
May 1, 2009 Battle For Terra 3D $1.9 million
May 29, 2009 Up $291.9 million
Jul 01, 2009 Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs $195.1 million
Jul 24, 2009 G-Force $117.2 million
Aug 21, 2009 X-Games 3D: The Movie $1.4 million
Aug 28, 2009 The Final Destination $62.9 million (so far)
Sep 18, 2009 Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs $33.0 million (so far)
Oct 02, 2009
Toy Story ???
Oct 30, 2009 Horrorween 3D ???
Nov 06, 2009 A Christmas Carol ???
Nov 20, 2009 Planet 51 ???
Dec 18, 2009
Avatar ???
Dec 18, 2009 Frankenweenie ???
Dec 25, 2009 The Princess And The Frog ???

Help Me Win A $1000 Contest! Vote For Me!

April 14, 2009

Fellow Box Office Junkies, I need your help! I entered a video contest sponsored by Gatorade, and my video got chosen as a finalist! That means that if I win the public vote I can get $1000! Unfortunately, there’s some dirty campaigning going on with some of the other finalists, and my video, though its CLEARLY the only one that anyone actually put work into, is facing some stiff competition. You have to register to vote, but honestly, all you do is enter your email, and they will never spam your or anything. You can vote every day, and if you could please pass this along to as many people as possible, I’d be endlessly appreciative. Please go here and vote every day: Are You G? Video Contest

I really appreciate it,
Grady

P.S. I made the video using PhotoBooth and iMovie on my mac, and it is entered in the Shine On category.

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

DVD Sales: Tyler Perry Does Pretty Well. Appaloosa Doesn’t.

January 26, 2009

DVD Sales Notes for the week ending January 18, 2009

-Tyler Perry continues his impressive track record with a number one debut for The Family That Preys. Even if a $10 million debut on the home market isn’t huge, none of his movies tend to do especially huge numbers on the home market, and considering the domestic gross of The Family That Preys was $37 million, $10 million in sales isn’t a bad number. Perhaps he sees lower DVD sales because he caters to a more old school audience, that still prefer the theater. All in all, Perry’s unique brand of modern, racially themed, Christian friendly melodrama may not make much sense on paper, but it sells well, and his films are very cheap to make

-Just like I predicted, Pineapple Express fell hard in its second weekend on the home market. Who said potheads weren’t motivated to do anything? They’ll buy DVDs pretty darn quick! 1.57 million units and $33 million in sales are very solid figures.

My Best Friend’s Girl…. I’m honestly trying my very hardest to remember what this movie is. As a movie guy, you’d think I would know, but I just can’t seem to even muster up a slight memory of its existence. It must have been one of those terrible September releases. Let me go check. [Five minutes later] I knew it was from September! I’m really quite happy this film, which only grossed $19 million domestically, sold so poorly on DVD- mostly because it stars Dane Cook, who is perhaps the least funny comedian I’ve ever seen. Anything that thwarts his movie career is fine in my book.

-You know, Appaloosa just never quite caught on. It earned $20 million in theaters, but audience reaction to the film was just kind of, “eh.” Audience reaction to the DVD appears to be the same. Westerns have to be pretty spectacular to generate business these days. 2007’s 3:10 To Yuma was stunning, and even it only made $53 million. An alternate theory for Appaloosa‘s relative insignificance: Renee Zellweger. After watching the film, my friends and I have begun to call the botox-infused actress “Puffy Face,” and believe me, the cosmetic procedure has not just affected her looks. How can you act if your face won’t move?!

-Gosh, it’s just one late summer/early fall release after another! Kiefer Sutherland starred in the generic thriller Mirrors, which earned $30 million back in August. In its first week on DVD, it sold 241,000 copies, for an inauspicious $4.6 million total.

-Was anyone else really rooting for Swing Vote? The film had a fantastic concept, but it was all but ignored while in theaters. The Kevin Costner election feature only grossed $16 million in theaters, so it’s first week DVD sales of $4 million aren’t all that surprising, especially post-Inauguration.

Here are the full results:

Top 30 DVD Sales For The Week Ending January 18, 2009
Rank Title Units this Week % Change Total Units Sales this Week Total Sales Weeks in Release
1 Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys 491,001 -.-% 491,001 $10,776,195 $10,776,195 1
2 Pineapple Express 409,494 -65.0% 1,579,538 $8,312,933 $33,112,016 2
3 My Best Friend’s Girl 269,707 -.-% 269,707 $6,283,876 $6,283,876 1
4 Appaloosa 257,628 -.-% 257,628 $4,982,551 $4,982,551 1
5 Mirrors 241,621 -.-% 241,621 $4,650,093 $4,650,093 1
6 Righteous Kill 192,570 -57.4% 644,090 $3,943,776 $13,486,245 2
7 Swing Vote 151,375 -.-% 151,375 $3,139,518 $3,139,518 1
8 Bangkok Dangerous (2008) 143,372 -56.7% 474,494 $3,267,147 $10,958,747 2
9 Dark Knight, The 139,542 -22.1% 12,335,445 $2,885,826 $259,597,014 6
10 Babylon A.D. 128,740 -61.3% 461,734 $3,147,397 $11,581,302 2
11 Eagle Eye 125,451 -54.0% 1,625,228 $2,471,385 $34,189,656 3
12 Tyler Perry’s Marriage Counselor 121,572 -.-% 121,572 $1,700,792 $1,700,792 1
13 Mamma Mia! 118,331 -30.1% 5,456,486 $2,762,118 $119,092,770 5
14 WALL-E 94,469 3.5% 9,445,766 $1,625,415 $161,715,419 9
15 Battlestar Galactica – Season 4.0 77,578 -54.6% 248,638 $2,481,720 $7,953,930 2
16 Kung Fu Panda 70,999 -13.3% 8,106,940 $1,273,601 $133,618,173 10
17 Disaster Movie 66,383 -26.6% 156,827 $1,456,443 $3,440,784 2
18 Wanted 65,450 -19.2% 3,873,089 $1,253,655 $79,620,756 7
19 Horton Hears a Who! 64,341 -36.0% 3,876,781 $1,105,565 $67,517,535 6
20 Step Brothers 62,995 -22.8% 3,008,596 $1,136,109 $55,587,755 7
21 Without a Paddle: Nature’s Calling 60,344 -.-% 60,344 $1,274,164 $1,274,164 1
22 Burn After Reading 56,318 -19.4% 953,910 $986,077 $17,276,103 4
23 Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, The 53,175 -35.4% 2,350,854 $929,834 $42,818,981 5
24 Death Race 53,028 -25.0% 958,805 $1,233,962 $22,900,239 4
25 Duchess, The 51,105 -55.3% 321,356 $890,561 $5,642,352 3
26 Tropic Thunder 41,391 -27.2% 2,840,893 $858,288 $56,127,549 9
27 Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, The 37,194 -48.5% 5,337,325 $591,396 $88,111,142 7
28 Traitor 34,117 -49.6% 743,136 $569,484 $13,144,863 5
29 Iron Man 33,241 -63.3% 8,612,182 $672,067 $161,302,382 16
30 Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia 32,161 -69.8% 138,635 $641,290 $2,764,382 2
All Numbers Provided By Nash Information Services via The-Numbers

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DVD Sales: Pineapple Express Is High…On The Sales Chart, That Is

January 20, 2009

DVD Sales Notes for the week ending January 11:

Pineapple Express found a solid debut on the home market with about 1.5 million units sold, for a $31 million week. Along with horror movies and geek-oriented films, stoner comedies tend to be pretty frontloaded (buying these DVDs is perhaps the only time that potheads will actually rush to do something), so it’ll probably descend quicker than most other films. Still, this is a nice opening week for an $87 million earner

Righteous Kill, Babylon A.D., and Bangkok Dangerous are three films that I probably would have forgotten about completely had I not seen them on the DVD Sales chart this week. A sore reminder that Robert DeNiro, Vin Diesel, and Nicholas Cage will basically take whatever work they can get, these films earned $40 million, $22 million, and $15 million, respectively, in theaters. So, while their opening week of DVD sales, with debuts in the $10 million range, is pretty poor, it’s not so bad when you look at the theatrical grosses.

-I never understand why TV series do this! Battlestar Galactica – Season 4.0 ($7 million in sales) came out on DVD just a few days before the premiere of its final season. I prefer when television shows, like The Tudors ($2.8 M) or Lost ($2.9 M), give audiences a few weeks to refresh their memories before the new season starts.

-You have to give The American Girl brand a little bit of credit: they just won’t give up on trying to parlay the popular dolls ito a viable film franchise! Unfortunately, they hit another bump in the road with An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong, which sold a meager 84,873 copies, for a $1.4 million week. But don’t cry- stand strong, Chrissa!

-It’ll be another two or three weeks before Prince Caspian crosses the $100 million mark, but diehard Narnia fans are already bashing Disney for their decision to disassociate with the franchise. I’ve already seen numerous people use the “solid DVD sales” of Caspian as evidence that Disney should have stuck with the fantasy films. Well, I hate to break it to you guys, but The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe wasn’t struggling to hit $100 million on DVD. It earned $354 million in DVD sales!

Top 30 DVD Sales For The Week Ending January 11
Rank Title Units this Week % Change Total Units Sales this Week Total Sales Weeks in Release
1 Pineapple Express 1,481,203 -.-% 1,481,203 $31,394,098 $31,394,098 1
2 Righteous Kill 571,596 -.-% 571,596 $12,080,167 $12,080,167 1
3 Babylon A.D. 421,550 -.-% 421,550 $10,676,808 $10,676,808 1
4 Bangkok Dangerous (2008) 419,181 -.-% 419,181 $9,737,114 $9,737,114 1
5 Eagle Eye 344,972 -73.9% 1,857,596 $6,419,860 $39,215,777 2
6 Dark Knight, The 226,772 -63.9% 12,850,580 $4,564,716 $270,419,281 5
7 Battlestar Galactica – Season 4.0 216,552 -.-% 216,552 $6,927,498 $6,927,498 1
8 Mamma Mia! 214,182 -59.4% 5,689,946 $5,018,070 $124,212,688 4
9 Duchess, The 144,804 -26.6% 342,121 $2,519,705 $6,015,472 2
10 Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia 134,790 -.-% 134,790 $2,694,452 $2,694,452 1
11 Horton Hears a Who! 127,175 -43.8% 4,032,389 $2,221,289 $70,158,862 5
12 WALL-E 115,534 -58.1% 10,602,018 $2,007,854 $182,041,468 8
13 Iron Man 114,793 -11.5% 9,954,260 $2,428,354 $186,193,549 15
14 Disaster Movie 114,497 -.-% 114,497 $2,517,789 $2,517,789 1
15 Tudors – The Complete Second Season, The 111,683 -.-% 111,683 $2,790,958 $2,790,958 1
16 Resident Evil: Degeneration 109,461 -63.4% 408,479 $2,394,722 $8,372,092 2
17 Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, The 104,129 -63.2% 2,461,139 $1,853,923 $44,879,412 4
18 Kung Fu Panda 103,684 -41.5% 9,025,059 $1,838,048 $148,831,122 9
19 Step Brothers 103,240 -43.1% 3,274,060 $2,128,747 $60,551,855 6
20 Wanted 102,499 -63.7% 4,261,795 $2,017,129 $87,780,491 6
21 Hancock 94,501 -50.6% 5,703,418 $2,067,805 $113,804,505 7
22 Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, The 91,390 -63.8% 5,906,713 $1,448,577 $97,479,068 6
23 Death Race 89,465 -63.4% 1,002,433 $2,128,211 $23,994,322 3
24 Burn After Reading 88,428 -64.8% 994,924 $1,565,282 $18,054,525 3
25 Traitor 85,720 -35.2% 776,943 $1,465,838 $13,753,095 4
26 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 85,465 -.-% 6,246,354 $1,534,233 $129,528,738 13
27 American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong, An 84,873 -.-% 84,873 $1,441,992 $1,441,992 1
28 Ghost Town 84,571 -43.0% 232,956 $1,740,894 $4,873,108 2
29 Lost – The Complete Fourth Season 79,308 -32.0% 1,050,209 $2,975,422 $39,997,807 5
30 Tropic Thunder 71,939 -42.8% 3,148,433 $1,542,811 $62,423,371 8
All Numbers Provided By Nash Information Services via The-Numbers

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