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3 Movies Where The Main Character Is Broken Down And Built Back Up

December 2, 2009

Last night, as I was watching a television show about a struggling teenage mother doing her best to raise her child, I realized something about my taste in entertainment.  I am a complete sucker for characters that endure through extremely harsh circumstances.  When a character is knocked down over and over again, and his situation seems ever more hopeless, I can’t help but sympathize and root for him!  Oftentimes, I believe, a movie will spend the whole first section dragging down its main character, thereby persuading the audience to care deeply for the battered individual.  That way, when the main character succeeds/survives/saves the day, the accomplishment is that much more meaningful.  After thinking about this for a while, I quickly realized that three of my very favorite movies use this exact formula.  Therefore, since it’s List Wednesday, let’s look at 3 movies that break down their main characters first, just so they can build them back up later…

Wall-E

Perhaps one day I will make a list that doesn’t include Wall-E, but I wouldn’t count on it happening any time soon. I just love it too much!  Pixar almost most always follows this post’s stated strategy.  Their films spend a while building up their charms, but the emotional payoff is always much greater for it.  In Wall-E, before he can get the girl and save all of humanity, we first see that our beloved little robot must live a humble, lonely life for 700 years!  Indeed, Wall-E has no companions (aside from his cockroach), no real purpose, and an unfulfilled need to love and be loved.  By the time EVE’s spaceship landed, I felt so bad for the little guy that I was deeply effected by the rest of the film.

Spider-Man 2

First, Peter Parker loses Mary Jane.  Then, he gets fired from his pizza delivery job.  After that, he runs out of rent money.  To make matters worse, Mary Jane gets engaged to some other guy. Next, the Daily Bugle starts running a hateful campaign against Spider-Man.  Following this, he misses MJ’s show and ruins his final suit.  All the while, he’s consumed with immense guilt about his uncle’s death.  And on top of all of that stuff, he has to fight crime every day in New York City.  Let me tell you, having never seen the original film, I felt so sincerely bad for Peter Parker when I first saw Spider-Man 2, that I was immediately absorbed within the picture.  I couldn’t tell you one other thing that happened in the theater that August night.  I was connected to that character, and when he defeated Doc-Ock and finally revealed himself to Mary Jane, I was literally joyful.  I smiled for about two days after seeing Spider-Man 2, and that may be the highest compliment I can offer any movie.

Apocalypto

The “breaking down” of the main character in this underrated Mel Gibson epic is not simply emotional, but brutally physical as well.  In the first half of the films, Jaguar Paw is kidnapped from his village, separated from his pregnant wife and child, forced to watch many of his fellow villagers die,  painfully made to walk through the jungle, nearly sacrificed by heartless Mayans, shot in the side with an arrow, and chased through a pit of dead bodies.  His circumstances are so dire, that Jaguar Paw’s exhilarating sprint away from the enemy and inevitable success over them are so much more valuable.  Apocalypto is so incredible, and considering all the dialogue is in the traditional dialect, it says a lot about Gibson’s direction that he effectively makes you feel for his characters.

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10 Inspiring Lines From Pixar FIlms

November 11, 2009

Disney-Pixar’s Upcame out on DVD this week, and in the course of just two days, I’ve probably been asked by about ten of my friends if I’ve picked it up yet.  You see, those close to me know how much I love Pixar, and it’s true- I really do adore them.  There is no other studio that works so hard on each of their movies, carefully crafting each one into an artistic, heartwarming masterpiece.  In honor of Up’sDVD release, I wanted this week’s Wednesday List to be showcase my favorite studio, and so I’ve decided to count down 10 inspiring lines from Pixar films.  Mind you, putting together this list together has been more difficult than I originally would have thought.  When I came up with the idea, I thought, “I’ve found so many scenes in Pixar films emotional.  This should be simple.”  I thought of the shredded door in Monsters, Inc. glued back together.  I thought of the Wall-E and EVE’s beautiful “dance” in space in Wall-E.  I thought of Remy’s passionate reaction to tasting great food in Ratatouille.  But then I realized: A lot of these scenes really don’t have any dialogue, and that is because Pixar has mastered the art of visual storytelling, and at its core, film is a visual medium.  Indeed, Pixar uses gorgeous imagery to engage audiences, but to only acknowledge the visuals would be undermining the brilliant writing in each Pixar script, which convey humor, heart, and often deep emotion.  Therefore, allow me to share some of my favorite dialogue from every Pixar film, and why I find these lines inspirational and emotional.

Toy Story (1995)

Woody: What chance does a toy like me have against a Buzz Lightyear action figure?
Why I love it: Because who can’t relate to feeling rejected?

A Bug’s Life (1998)

Flik: You’re wrong, Hopper. Ants are not meant to serve grasshoppers. I’ve seen these ants do great things, and year after year they somehow manage to pick food for themselves and you. So-so who is the weaker species? Ants don’t serve grasshoppers! It’s you who need us! We’re a lot stronger than you say we are… And you know it, don’t you?
Why I love it: Because inside all of us, there is a courageous fighter waiting to take a stand.  Flik’s remarks appeal to an innate desire to stand up for something important.

Toy Story 2 – (1999)

Buzz Lightyear: Woody, stop this nonsense and let’s go.
Woody: Nah, Buzz, I can’t go. I can’t abandon these guys. They need me to get into this museum. Without me, they’ll go back into storage. Maybe forever.
Buzz Lightyear: Woody, you’re not a collector’s item, you’re a child’s plaything. You are a toy!
Woody: For how much longer? One more rip, and Andy’s done with me. And what do I do then, Buzz? Huh? You tell me.
Buzz Lightyear: Somewhere in that pad of stuffing is a toy who taught me that life’s only worth living if you’re being loved by a kid. And I traveled all this way to rescue that toy because I believed him.
Why I love it: Because this is what true friendship looks like- wanting what is best for a comrade, even if he doesn’t want it himself.  

Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Sulley: I’m sorry, Mike. I’m sorry we’re stuck out here. I didn’t mean all this to happen. But Boo’s in trouble. I think there might be a way to save her if we can just get down to that…
(later)
Sulley: [is fighting the invisible Randall when he is hit with a snowball] Mike?
Mike: Look, it’s not that I don’t care about the kid.
Sulley: Mike, you don’t understand.
Mike: Yes, I do. I was just mad, that’s all. I needed some time to think, but you shouldn’t have left me out there.
Sulley: I’m being attacked!
Mike: No, I’m not attacking you. I’m trying to be honest, just hear me out. You and I are a team. Nothing is more important than our friendship.
[Boo approaches Mike, frightened]
Mike: I-I know, kid. He’s too sensitive.
Mike: [Sulley is being strangled] Come on, pal. If you start crying, I’m gonna cry, and I’ll never get through this. I’m sorry I wasn’t there for you, but I am now. Hey, Sulley, I am baring my soul here. The least you can do is pay attention!
Why I love it: Because there’s nothing more fun than witnessing a pair of friends that love each other immensely, but are a still completely odd couple.  “How are these two friends?” you think.

Finding Nemo (2003)

Dory: No. No, you can’t… STOP. Please don’t go away. Please? No one’s ever stuck with me for so long before. And if you leave… if you leave… I just, I remember things better with you. I do, look. P. Sherman, forty-two… forty-two… I remember it, I do. It’s there, I know it is, because when I look at you, I can feel it. And-and I look at you, and I… and I’m home. Please… I don’t want that to go away. I don’t want to forget.
Why I love it: Because we’re all terribly scared of being left alone.

The Incredibles (2004)
[Helen hands the kids two masks]
Helen: Put these on. Your identity is your most valuable possession. Protect it.
Why I love it: Because in the midst of all the action in life, it is not simply what we do, but who we are that matters.

Cars (2005)

Sally: Forty years ago, that interstate down there didn’t exist.
Lightning McQueen: Really?
Sally: Yeah. Back then, cars came across the country a whole different way.
Lightning McQueen: How do you mean?
Sally: Well, the road didn’t cut through the land like that interstate. It moved with the land, it rose, it fell, it curved. Cars didn’t drive on it to make great time. They drove on it to have a great time.
Why I love it: Because I love America.  I love Americana.  And I love nostalgic looks at our country’s storied past.

Ratatouille (2007)

Anton Ego: In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations, the new needs friends. Last night, I experienced something new, an extraordinary meal from a singularly unexpected source. To say that both the meal and its maker have challenged my preconceptions about fine cooking is a gross understatement. They have rocked me to my core. In the past, I have made no secret of my disdain for Chef Gusteau’s famous motto: Anyone can cook. But I realize, only now do I truly understand what he meant. Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere. It is difficult to imagine more humble origins than those of the genius now cooking at Gusteau’s, who is, in this critic’s opinion, nothing less than the finest chef in France. I will be returning to Gusteau’s soon, hungry for more.
Why I love it: Because two beautiful things happen here: someone (Remy the rat) is finally acknowledged for his passion, and someone (Anton Ego) is reminded why he once had a similar passion.

Wall-E (2008)

Captain: Out there is our home. HOME, Auto. And it’s in trouble. I can’t just sit here and-and-do nothing. That’s all I’ve ever done! That’s all anyone on this blasted ship has ever done. Nothing!
AUTO: On the Axiom, you will survive.
Captain: I don’t want to survive. I want to live!
Why I love it: Because this is just what our world needs to hear.  Sometimes on rainy days, I’ll spend hours blogging, listening to music, watching YouTube, doing class work, watching more YouTube, and napping, and I’ll think, “What have I become?  Life must have more purpose than simply existing and wasting time.”  It reminds me of the song “Done Living” by Justin McRoberts: “The question isn’t are you gonna die, you’re gonna die / Will you be done living when you do?” 

Up (2009)

Carl: Russell, for assisting the elderly and for performing above and beyond the call of duty, I would like to award you the highest honor I can bestow, the Ellie badge.
Why I love it: Because every person wants fatherly approval.  For Russell, who had no father in his life, Carl’s loving gesture helps to fill that void just a little.

What are some your favorite lines?  Are you as affected by Pixar movies as I am, or do I sound a little crazy?  Let me know in the comments.

A Visual Diagram Of Pixar Vs. Dreamworks

April 2, 2009

HAHA! I found this over on Slashfilm, who in turn found this at PoeNews. I couldn’t agree more! (Click the image if you want to maximize it)


I’m So Over The Oscars.

January 22, 2009

If you read The Box Office Junkie, you know I despise the Academy Awards, but I’m a film blogger, and I feel obligated to post these. The most boring, stilted, pretentious, fickle, unreasonably admired awards show of all of time just released their 2009 nominations. Of course, fan favorites The Dark Knight and Wall-E were shunned from the Best Picture race because they were released in the summer and actually appeal to large audiences. Instead, we get The Reader?! Ugh. Here are the nominations for the 81st Annual Academy Awards, announced this morning: Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz….

Best Picture
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“Frost/Nixon”
“Milk”
“The Reader”
“Slumdog Millionaire”

Actor
Richard Jenkins, “The Visitor”
Frank Langella, “Frost/Nixon”
Sean Penn, “Milk”
Brad Pitt, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler”

Actress
Anne Hathaway, “Rachel Getting Married”
Angelina Jolie, “Changeling”
Melissa Leo, “Frozen River”
Meryl Streep, “Doubt”
Kate Winslet, “The Reader”

Supporting Actor
Josh Brolin, “Milk”
Robert Downey Jr., “Tropic Thunder”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Doubt”
Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”
Michael Shannon, “Revolutionary Road”

Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, “Doubt”
Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
Viola Davis, “Doubt”
Taraji P. Henson, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Marisa Tomei, “The Wrestler”

Director
David Fincher, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Ron Howard, “Frost/Nixon”
Gus Van Sant, “Milk”
Stephen Daldry, “The Reader”
Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire”

Check here for a full list of nominations. Gosh, the Academy sure is in love with Benjamin Button… The only parts of this entire list that makes me happy is the fact Slumdog Millionaire is being recognized and that Robert Downey Jr. got nominated for his work in the uproarious Tropic Thunder. I’m pretty angry that Wall-E did not get the Best Picture nomination it deserved. Being stuck down in the Best Animated Picture category is a slap in the face to the beautiful, flawless film.

Honestly, if the Oscars didn’t effect theatrical box office tremendously, I wouldn’t bother reporting on them at all. They are boring and completely out of touch with the collective consciousness. In their efforts to prove they have good taste, they look over any film that is remotely mainstream, which just isn’t fair and makes for a very uninteresting awards season. I truly don’t understand their mystique and appeal. They are the very last show in the whole awards season, and they nominate the exact same films that everyone else does! I will certainly not be tuning in. But what about you? Do you agree with me, or am I just a cynic? Anyone else over the Oscars?

DVD Sales – Mamma Mia Has Fangirls!

January 7, 2009

Scroll down for the chart. Here are DVD Sales Notes for the week ending December 28:

The Dark Knight has sold about 12 million copies! Over $250 million already! The best selling DVD of 2008 by far in just three weeks. Utter insanity.

Mamma Mia fell hard in its second week of release. It’s already earned a fantastic $106 million, but normally these sorts of drops are reserved for teen slasher flicks and sci-fi titles, which fanboys rush out to buy as soon as they debut. But in Mamma Mia‘s case, we’ve got the ever elusive fangirls!

-Jason Statham continues to prove he’s got a small but loyal DVD audience with the debut of Death Race. For a film that only earned $36 million in theaters, a $15 million first week of DVD sales ain’t too shabby.

-Don’t worry, though, fanboys are alive and well. In three weeks, Lost – The Complete Fourth Season has almost generated more revenue than The Office – Season Four, which has been out for 17 weeks! I know I picked up my copy.

The House Bunny did much better in its second week of release. While it’s $11 million total isn’t amazing, it’s proved itself to be the little engine that could over its theatrical run.

-2 million people actually bought The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor?! Can’t they just wait a couple months and watch it non-stop on USA?

-I love how much Wall-E has made so far.

Top 30 DVD Sales For The Week Ending December 28
Rank Title Units this Week % Change Total Units Sales this Week Total Sales Weeks in Release
1 Dark Knight, The 1,694,485 -39.5% 11,995,355 $37,108,544 $252,824,346 3
2 Mamma Mia! 1,370,839 -61.7% 4,948,085 $32,048,297 $106,830,624 2
3 Death Race 668,305 -.-% 668,305 $15,911,674 $15,911,674 1
4 Burn After Reading 655,088 -.-% 655,088 $11,897,905 $11,897,905 1
5 Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, The 613,404 -58.0% 2,073,994 $11,121,321 $37,763,797 2
6 WALL-E 602,220 -18.6% 10,755,884 $9,937,292 $185,389,217 6
7 Horton Hears a Who! 570,415 -51.5% 3,678,868 $10,056,302 $64,477,082 3
8 Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, The 547,658 -12.7% 5,562,857 $9,144,300 $91,890,427 4
9 House Bunny, The 465,645 193.2% 624,475 $8,207,505 $11,000,054 2
10 Wanted 440,566 14.0% 3,876,545 $8,918,333 $80,162,150 4
11 Kung Fu Panda 438,194 -29.0% 8,869,512 $7,020,131 $146,146,800 7
12 Hancock 405,321 -30.0% 5,417,683 $7,753,385 $108,121,135 5
13 Step Brothers 393,798 -9.2% 2,989,373 $7,274,394 $55,041,553 4
14 Traitor 356,859 76.6% 558,973 $6,278,470 $10,039,246 2
15 Iron Man 317,547 -3.3% 9,726,080 $6,355,322 $181,311,148 13
16 Women, The 255,528 -.-% 255,528 $5,108,005 $5,108,005 1
17 Tropic Thunder 238,245 -3.8% 3,078,801 $4,260,011 $61,318,778 6
18 Fred Claus 219,641 33.5% 1,805,041 $3,419,569 $30,970,173 5
19 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 192,494 -19.7% 6,157,198 $3,295,382 $127,920,857 11
20 Eagle Eye 190,121 -.-% 190,121 $4,344,645 $4,344,645 0
21 Get Smart 168,771 22.9% 2,257,022 $2,831,606 $41,041,066 8
22 Lost – The Complete Fourth Season 159,282 -20.9% 854,268 $6,051,505 $32,582,434 3
23 Sex and the City – The Movie 155,893 -13.7% 4,443,157 $3,005,321 $91,772,177 14
24 X-Files: I Want to Believe, The 100,089 -16.5% 756,058 $1,912,431 $15,850,567 4
25 Hellboy 2: The Golden Army 98,012 -47.3% 2,752,100 $2,080,226 $57,862,588 7
26 Jeff Dunham’s Very Special Christmas Special 74,765 -52.0% 857,248 $672,137 $7,800,218 6
27 Incredible Hulk, The 69,805 -54.6% 4,030,136 $1,292,433 $85,335,707 10
28 Space Chimps 56,930 -.-% 605,955 $1,095,373 $12,285,769 5
29 Longshots, The 54,870 -.-% 367,446 $1,096,851 $7,345,246 4
30 Office, The – Season Four 51,360 -.-% 1,171,033 $1,283,486 $35,842,373 17
All Numbers Provided by Nash Information Services via The-Numbers

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Film=Fashion? The Top DVD Sales Of 2008

January 5, 2009

Hey there fellow box office junkies! In the last few years, DVD sales have become a major factor in determining a film’s financial success. Between the production budget, actors’ salaries, and the prints-and-advertising costs, movies simply cost a ton of money to create. Often a movie doesn’t even see any profit based on its initial box office. According to Edward Jay Epstein, who wrote the tremendously insightful book The Big Picture: Money and Power in Hollywood, a modern film’s theatrical run is a lot like a fashion show.

You see, a fashion show is not an immediately profitable venture for a clothing company. Between the lights, the fabric, the confetti, the seats, the clothes, the shoes, the crew, the tentspace, and the models, they’re really expensive affairs! When a company throws a fashion show, it actually costs them money instead of earning them money. So why do they even exist? Because it is the results of a fashion show that earn a designer money. The runway is simply the showcase for all the merchandising that will occur afterwards. It acts as a giant commercial for the sale of the designer’s products. The money comes later. The same thing is occurring at the box office.

Now, this isn’t quite an exact parallel to the movie industry. After all, movies can earn substantial profits from their theatrical runs (their fashion shows). But the comparison does hold some water. Between DVD sales and rentals, product placements, merchandise, and sale to television companies, modern films often make much more money outside the theater than they do inside the theater. (Merchandise is such a big factor, that even toy company Hot Wheels is pursuing a film!) If you need an example, take a movie like 2004’s The Notebook. It earned a solid $81 million during its theatrical run, but has earned well over $200 million in rental fees and $150 million in DVD sales! That means the romantic film earned over four times as much money out of the theater than it did in its initial theatrical run. Obviously, we’re in a new era of Hollywood.

That was kind of a long (but interesting, right?) preamble to the main point of this post, which is the Top Selling DVD’s of 2008, so I’ll get to the point. In 2008, people bought a lot of DVD units, and studios made a lot of money on the home market. Proving for the umpteenth time that families are the big spenders in the film industry, there are no less than 18 family titles in the Top 50, and there are five family films in the Top Ten. Proving for the umpteenth time that people love big-budget action/superhero movies, those titles make up pretty much everything else. Of course, there’s the occasional Mamma Mia! or Step Brothers in there, but family or action is pretty much the chart. Also of note, take a look at Sex And The City – The Movie‘s units sold vs. total revenue. HBO overprices everything! And How insanely impressive is it that The Dark Knight tops the chart in just three weeks? That performance is so incredible, I’ll forgive Batman for just barely keeping my favorite little robot, Wall-E, out of the top spot. Here are the results:

The 50 Top Selling DVD’s Of 2008
Rank Movie Title Units Sold Total Revenue Release Date
1 Dark Knight, The 10,300,870 $215,715,802 12/9/2008
2 WALL-E 10,153,664 $175,451,924 11/18/2008
3 Iron Man 9,408,533 $174,955,826 9/30/2008
4 Kung Fu Panda 8,431,318 $139,126,669 11/9/2008
5 I am Legend 6,444,666 $116,519,064 3/18/2008
6 Alvin and the Chipmunks 5,972,091 $100,468,536 4/1/2008
7 Indiana Jones and the
Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
5,964,704 $124,625,475 10/14/2008
8 National Treasure – Book of Secrets 5,900,779 $94,069,136 5/20/2008
9 Chronicles of Narnia:
Prince Caspian, The
5,015,199 $82,746,127 12/2/2008
10 Hancock 5,012,362 $100,367,749 11/25/2008
11 Enchanted 4,964,380 $79,510,141 3/18/2008
12 Bee Movie 4,594,120 $73,808,995 3/11/2008
13 American Gangster 4,476,418 $75,033,673 2/19/2008
14 Sex and the City – The Movie 4,287,264 $88,766,856 9/23/2008
15 Tinker Bell 4,078,040 $64,081,876 10/28/2008
16 Incredible Hulk, The 3,960,331 $84,043,274 10/21/2008
17 Mamma Mia! 3,577,246 $74,782,328 12/16/2008
18 Wanted 3,435,979 $71,243,816 12/2/2008
19 Horton Hears a Who! 3,108,453 $54,420,779 12/9/2008
20 Juno 2,988,963 $51,029,656 4/15/2008
21 Sleeping Beauty 2,890,542 $46,368,005 9/9/2003
22 Game Plan, The 2,852,284 $48,825,015 1/22/2008
23 Tropic Thunder 2,840,556 $57,058,767 11/18/2008
24 101 Dalmatians 2,827,132 $44,948,992 11/9/1999
25 3:10 to Yuma 2,808,537 $54,522,425 1/8/2008
26 No Country for Old Men 2,750,376 $46,948,649 3/11/2008
27 Snow Buddies 2,654,515 $50,062,371 2/5/2008
28 Hellboy 2: The Golden Army 2,654,088 $55,782,361 11/11/2008
29 Step Brothers 2,595,575 $47,767,159 12/2/2008
30 27 Dresses 2,560,187 $40,894,562 4/29/2008
31 Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Beginning, The 2,430,459 $41,444,398 8/26/2008
32 Bucket List, The 2,186,083 $36,798,443 6/10/2008
33 Get Smart 2,088,251 $38,209,460 11/4/2008
34 Golden Compass, The 2,018,894 $42,834,950 4/29/2008
35 Saw IV 2,010,917 $34,311,442 1/22/2008
36 Beowulf 1,951,720 $36,871,342 2/26/2008
37 Resident Evil – Extinction 1,909,609 $36,192,295 1/1/2008
38 Rambo 1,898,950 $41,213,957 5/27/2008
39 Jumper 1,882,089 $36,030,571 6/10/2008
40 Cloverfield 1,877,353 $30,323,342 4/22/2008
41 Journey to the Center of the Earth 1,804,842 $31,877,345 10/28/2008
42 Sweeney Todd – The Demon
Barber of Fleet Street
1,798,887 $36,219,378 4/1/2008
43 10,000 B.C. 1,785,562 $31,738,235 6/24/2008
44 Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married? 1,682,802 $31,174,863 2/12/2008
45 21 1,620,028 $29,569,381 7/22/2008
46 Transformers 1,619,130 $26,941,526 10/16/2007
47 P.S., I Love You 1,597,085 $25,880,737 5/6/2008
48 Good Luck Chuck 1,591,282 $28,281,694 1/15/2008
49 Fred Claus 1,585,400 $27,550,604 11/25/2008
50 Water Horse – Legend of the Deep 1,560,263 $30,061,385 4/8/2008
All Numbers From Nash Information Services via The-Numbers


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New Feature: DVD Sales Chart

January 2, 2009

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For my New Year’s resolution, I told you I wanted to keep The Box Office Junkie growing, and today, I’m proud to introduce to you the debut of the DVD Sales Chart on the site. Of course, I have no way of accruing all this information with just my little MacBook, so let me be sure to clarify that all of this information was recorded by Nash Information Services, a phenomenal company who runs The-Numbers. Each week I’ll try to post the Top 30 DVD Sales, which I think is extremely important information for everyone to see, as the industry is becoming increasingly DVD-driven. Keep in mind that it takes a long time for these results to process, so they’re not as up-to-the-minute as box office results. I’m very excited about this development, and I hope you are as well! Also, I’ll place some links at the top if you’d like to buy these DVD’s. Here you go:

Top DVD Sales for the Week Ending December 21
Rank Title Units this Week % Change Total Units Sales this Week Total Sales Weeks in Release
1 Mamma Mia! 3,715,976 -.-% 3,715,976 $77,682,478 $77,682,478 1
2 Dark Knight, The 2,987,645 -60.2% 10,488,962 $60,806,344 $219,543,963 2
3 Mummy: Tomb of the
Dragon Emperor, The
1,672,189 -.-% 1,672,189 $30,502,232 $30,502,232 1
4 Horton Hears a Who! 1,439,755 -25.5% 3,371,044 $25,221,772 $59,020,875 2
5 Kung Fu Panda 824,947 61.0% 8,638,832 $12,873,298 $142,364,925 6
6 WALL-E 780,355 33.0% 10,193,887 $12,552,791 $176,098,952 5
7 Chronicles of Narnia:
Prince Caspian, The
743,195 -29.1% 5,131,303 $12,279,514 $84,664,467 3
8 Hancock 709,751 70.2% 5,142,957 $13,800,753 $102,907,104 4
9 Step Brothers 479,361 -15.0% 2,641,374 $8,888,983 $48,616,428 3
10 Wanted 442,201 -38.0% 3,491,837 $8,630,879 $72,334,053 3
11 Fred Claus 356,574 131.9% 1,777,421 $5,453,550 $30,487,431 4
12 Iron Man 353,018 40.5% 9,433,160 $6,784,653 $175,429,132 12
13 Tinker Bell 304,338 61.7% 4,118,324 $4,743,169 $64,709,710 8
14 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom
of the Crystal Skull
274,982 39.9% 6,000,010 $4,883,790 $125,252,524 10
15 Tropic Thunder 263,834 26.5% 2,856,845 $4,605,803 $57,343,128 5
16 Traitor 245,254 -.-% 245,254 $4,563,490 $4,563,490 1
17 Lost – The Complete Fourth Season 237,822 -51.8% 731,409 $9,065,608 $27,919,348 2
18 Hellboy 2: The Golden Army 222,959 79.1% 2,691,030 $4,715,159 $56,563,615 6
19 Little Mermaid –
Ariel’s Beginning, The
196,947 -.-% 2,459,275 $3,149,183 $41,905,165 17
20 House Bunny, The 185,799 -.-% 185,799 $3,266,718 $3,266,718 1
21 Incredible Hulk, The 182,083 43.6% 3,988,592 $3,470,247 $84,581,889 9
22 Get Smart 142,644 20.4% 2,093,576 $2,336,166 $38,296,670 7
23 X-Files: I Want to Believe, The 124,540 -32.1% 660,618 $2,607,021 $14,035,454 3
24 Sisterhood of the Traveling
Pants 2
118,718 -26.7% 989,055 $1,820,434 $15,520,665 5
25 Star Wars: The Clone Wars 96,863 -23.4% 1,326,161 $1,600,216 $24,447,227 6
26 Space Chimps 77,622 -28.5% 551,923 $1,580,920 $11,249,419 4
27 This Christmas 64,562 -.-% 1,014,552 $1,148,022 $19,251,800 6
28 Sex and the City – The Movie 64,467 -60.0% 4,171,080 $1,209,755 $86,586,605 13
29 Longshots, The 58,827 -28.5% 314,772 $1,175,952 $6,292,292 3
30 Original Television Christmas Classics, The 56,371 -70.2% $1,368,592 223

I’m Not Dead! And The Picture Below Is Not Really True…

December 12, 2008

Hey guys, I don’t know what would suddenly inspire anyone to come check the blog on any sort of regular basis… I mean, it’s been on hiatus since January… but I wanted to drop you all a line and let you know what the situation is. I still very much plan on bringing The Box Office Junkie back into full blogging awesomeness at some point in the future, but I don’t know if now is yet the time to do that. Running the web site the way I want to run it- with informative, in-depth, humorous analysis- takes a lot of time, and right now, I can’t commit to that full time. Still, I do want to come back in a slightly abbreviated capacity.

Thus, from here on out, I will be reporting the numbers with a very small amount of analysis. Each week we will have the Weekend Preview (my forecast), Friday Numbers, and the Weekend Fix, plus whatever other features I feel like reporting on. It’ll be great, and personally, I’m excited! My only regret is that I haven’t been here to gush about Wall-E on a daily basis with you. (But hey, my favorite little robot did well for himself this week!) The only caveat to this whole update, which I must confess to you, is that I am going to be gone during the summer this year. I wanted to tell you all in advance, so it wouldn’t seem like I’m disappearing out of the blue when that time comes. Let me reiterate this point, though: I am SO excited to be getting back into this right now.

Here’s where I need your input. I’ve redone the look of the sight to make it look sleeker and more fresh. Do you like the change? Vote in the poll on the right. Also, I want to know what you all want to see from The Box Office Junkie in the future. I’m open to change. (Lost recaps were brought up to me at one point… I kind of actually like that idea!) The main thing I would like to see is a more communal atmosphere here. I’d love to have people comment, share their thoughts, offer constructive criticism, and generally have fun. If only so I don’t feel like I’m talking to no one.

Alright people, I’ve talked enough. Check back tomorrow for the Weekend Preview.

New Wall-E Trailer!

January 3, 2008

     The masterful storytellers over at Pixar recently released a trailer for their latest film, Wall-E! In my book, a new Pixar movie is always an occasion worthy of excitement, for the studio has never released a film that wasn’t exceptionally entertaining (Cars haters, back off…).  Without exception, every Pixar film has been lauded by critics and gone on to great box office receipts, and I see no reason why Wall-E won’t continue that trend.  It opens on June 27th.

     The story takes place far in the future, when mankind is forced to abandon the Earth, but it seems that someone forgot to shut off a single cleaning robot named Wall-E. For 700 years, Wall-E has been all alone, milling about on the Earth doing what he was built to do, but all that is about to change. When an alien spacecraft lands on the abandoned planet, Wall-E falls for Eve, a female robot he sees. Eager to make a connection, he hitches a ride on her spaceship in an intergalactic journey. Check out the super quirky trailer below!