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Avatar hits DVD and Blu-ray on April 22

20th Century Fox has officially announced that James Cameron’s Avatar will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day (April 22).  The press release follows after the jump (plus a full look at the Blu-ray + DVD cover art).

Continue reading Avatar hits DVD and Blu-ray on April 22

Thursday Box Office (March 11, 2010)

Alice in Wonderland was basically flat on its first Thursday, down 1/10 of a percent to $6.767 million and pushing its 7-day domestic cume to $146.625 million. The Tim Burton-directed film will cross $150M sometime today and will be at around $197-205 million by the end of the weekend.

With regards to the other films, Shutter Island crept back up above $1M, grossing $1.034 million yesterday and putting it just shy of $100M domestic ($99.867M cume).  Meanwhile, Avatar increased about 6% from Wednesday ($789,785 / $723.744M cume) to take third place from Brooklyn’s Finest which fell to fourth place with $786,771 ($17.061M cume). Cop Out rounded out the top five with $652,271 ($35.213M cume).  Head on over the jump for the daily chart.

Continue reading Thursday Box Office (March 11, 2010)

James Cameron: Avatar could get theatrical re-release (possibly extended) + Titanic 3D in 2012

In a USA Today article with James Cameron about the future of 3D technology, the Avatar director revealed that he is hoping to release the film in 3D on Blu-ray this fall, but 20th Century Fox is considering a theatrical re-release:

USA Today: When is Avatar coming out in 3D on Blu-ray?

Continue reading James Cameron: Avatar could get theatrical re-release (possibly extended) + Titanic 3D in 2012

Wednesday Box Office (March 10, 2010)

Alice in Wonderland had another solid weekday yesterday, grossing $6.773 million and pushing its 6-day domestic cume to $139.858 million.  Shutter Island remained in second place, but fell below $1M for the first time, grossing $970,211 on its 20th day of release ($98.833M domestic cume). Brooklyn’s Finest followed in third place with $810,782 ($16.274M domestic cume).

Rounding out the top five were Avatar in fourth place with $747,131 ($722.954M domestic cume) and Cop Out in fifth place with $633,120 ($34.56M domestic cume).  Head on over the jump for the daily chart.

Continue reading Wednesday Box Office (March 10, 2010)

Tuesday Box Office (March 9, 2010)

Alice in Wonderland grossed $7.976 million on Tuesday, down a little less than 12% from Monday and pushing its 5-day tally to $133.086 million.  Shutter Island jumped back to 2nd place with $1.102M ($97.863M cume), while Brooklyn’s Finest fell to third with $1.037M ($15.464M cume).

Avatar spent another day in the top 5 with a fourth place showing of $781,694 ($722.207M cume) and Cop Out rounded out the top five in fifth with $751,287 ($33.927M cume). Head on over the jump for the daily chart.

Continue reading Tuesday Box Office (March 9, 2010)

Monday Box Office (March 8, 2010): Alice in Wonderland ($9.0M) stays in front

As expected, Alice in Wonderland stayed well in front of the competition on Monday by grossing $9.008 million and pushing its 4-day domestic cume to a very healthy $125.109 million. Brooklyn’s Finest edged out Shutter Island for second place: $1.077 million ($14.427M domestic cume) to $1.011 million ($96.761M domestic cume).

Rounding out the top five was Avatar in fourth place ($817,968–the first time below $1M / $721.425M domestic cume) and Cop Out in fifth place with $671,378 ($33.176M domestic cume).  Head on over the jump for the daily chart.

Continue reading Monday Box Office (March 8, 2010): Alice in Wonderland ($9.0M) stays in front

Weekend Box Office Numbers (March 5-7, 2010): Alice in Wonderland opens to $116.1M; Breaks 3D/IMAX records

Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland grossed an impressive $116.101 million, the biggest opening ever for Burton (crushing the $68.533M opening of 2001’s “Planet of the Apes”) and the best-ever opening debut for a 3D film (eclipsing the $77.025M for Avatar). The film opened on Friday to $40.805M, improved 8.3% to 44.209M on Saturday and dropped 29.7% on Sunday to $31.087M. That translates to a per theater average of $31,143.

The 3-day tally is enough to put it ahead of Valentine’s Day ($106.42M) as the highest-grossing film of 2010.

‘Alice’ was helped significantly by 3D and IMAX, which accounted for about 70%, or over $80M of its opening weekend, topping the previous $55M record set by Avatar. The film grossed an estimated record $11.9M (included in the $80M tally) from just 188 IMAX venues (an incredible $63,197 per site).  The previous best for IMAX was Avatar‘s $9.5M from 178 sites.  Box Office Mojo estimates that combined, the 3D and IMAX ticket premiums over normal prices added about $22M to Alice‘s gross.

Worldwide receipts were also strong, $100.5M from 6,455 sites in 40 territories (for a per-screen average of $15,569) putting its opening weekend worldwide cume at $216.601 million. Head on over the jump for more analysis and the weekend chart.

Continue reading Weekend Box Office Numbers (March 5-7, 2010): Alice in Wonderland opens to $116.1M; Breaks 3D/IMAX records

Weekend Box Office Numbers (March 5-7, 2010): Alice in Wonderland opens to massive $116.1M

Update: Click here for the final actual weekend numbers.

Original article follows below.

Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland opened to an estimated $116 million, the biggest opening ever for Burton (crushing the $68.533M opening of 2001’s “Planet of the Apes”) and the best-ever opening debut for a 3D film (eclipsing the $77.025M for Avatar). Buoyed by 3D and IMAX, Alice in Wonderland opened on Friday to an estimated $41M and grew 8.1% to $44.325M on Saturday.  Disney is projecting a 30.1% decline on Sunday to $30.975M.  That translates to a per screen theater average of $31,196.

The 3-day tally is enough to put the film ahead of Valentine’s Day ($106.42M) as the highest-grossing film of 2010. 3D and IMAX was clearly a factor in ‘Alice‘s huge opening, as the film grossed a record $11.9M from just 188 IMAX venues (an incredible $63,197 per site) and 3D (2,063 of the 3,728 theaters were 3D) contributed a record estimated $76M.

Worldwide receipts were also strong, an estimated $94M from 5,600 sites in 40 territories (for a per-screen average of $16,786) putting its opening weekend worldwide cume at an estimated $210.3 million. Head on over the jump for more analysis and the weekend chart.

Continue reading Weekend Box Office Numbers (March 5-7, 2010): Alice in Wonderland opens to massive $116.1M

Box Office Numbers for Thursday, March 4, 2010: Avatar ($1.65M) back on top; Shutter Island ($1.62M) falls to second

Avatar has been getting an added boost this week due it leaving most if not all of its 3D screens to make room for Alice in Wonderland this weekend, and throughout the course of the week it has been creeping up to Shutter Island. Well yesterday it finally took first place, albeit just narrowly: $1.647 million ($712.489M domestic cume) to $1.62 million for Shutter Island ($82.525M domestic cume). Day-to-day Avatar was up 7%, but compared to last Thursday, the film was up 37%.

Since release, Avatar has never dropped below $1.2 million on any individual day, has never been lower than fourth place and has held the top spot on 54 of its 77 days. Very impressive. Head on over the jump to see the complete daily chart.

Continue reading Box Office Numbers for Thursday, March 4, 2010: Avatar ($1.65M) back on top; Shutter Island ($1.62M) falls to second

Wednesday Box Office (March 3, 2010): Shutter Island ($1.65M) still 1st, but Avatar ($1.5M) inches closer

Shutter Island stayed in first on Wednesday with $1.651 million ($80.905M domestic cume), but as it closes out its 3D run, Avatar inched ever closer to first place with a very solid second place showing of $1.538 million ($710.843M domestic cume).  That was an impressive 28% above last Wednesday’s box office number ($1.202M).

It’ll be interesting to see if Avatar can make its way back into first place tomorrow, it’s last chance to achieve that mark.  It would certainly be a remarkable feat. Head on over the jump for the daily chart.

Continue reading Wednesday Box Office (March 3, 2010): Shutter Island ($1.65M) still 1st, but Avatar ($1.5M) inches closer

Tuesday Box Office (March 2, 2010): Shutter Island 1st ($1.9M), but Avatar a strong 2nd ($1.5M)

Shutter Island took first place Tuesday with $1.937 million ($79.254M domestic cume), but the bigger news came courtesy Avatar which surged up to 2nd place with $1.486 million ($709.304M domestic cume).  The late surge — it was up 18% from last Tuesday despite playing in 125 fewer theaters — can likely be attributed to the fact that Avatar will lose most if not all of its 3D screens this Friday when Alice in Wonderland opens. Heck, that’s what I did on Monday. Head on over the jump to see the daily chart.

Continue reading Tuesday Box Office (March 2, 2010): Shutter Island 1st ($1.9M), but Avatar a strong 2nd ($1.5M)

Weekend Box Office Numbers (Feb. 26-28, 2010): Shutter Island ($22.7M) tops Cop Out ($18.2M) & The Crazies ($16.1M); Avatar crosses $700M ($13.7M / $706.6M cume)

Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island dropped just 44.8% in its second weekend ($22.665M), topping both newcomers Cop Out ($18.211M) and The Crazies. ($16.067M).

Marking not only Kevin Smith’s first film he didn’t also write, Cop Out is now the biggest opening (single day and weekend) in his career as a director. Cop Out and The Crazies had nearly identical Friday’s ($5.948M & $5.981M, respectively), but Cop Out pulled ahead with a stronger Saturday ($7.742M vs. $6.347M for The Crazies) and Sunday ($4.521M vs. $3.739M for The Crazies).  However, The Crazies played in fewer theaters and therefore had a considerably stronger per theater average of $6,489 (2,476 theaters) vs. a PTA of $5,781 for Cop Out (from 3,150 theaters).

The other big news this weekend is that Avatar broke $700 million. Now in its 11th weekend of release (top 5 in each weekend), the James Cameron-directed sci-fi 3D epic continues to live up to its billing, adding $13.655 million (down just 15.9%) which brings its 73-day domestic cume to $706.56 million. Avatar broke $700 million on Saturday (its 72nd day). Worldwide, Avatar remained in 1st place for its 11th consecutive week (a streak that will come to an end next weekend courtesy Alice in Wonderland) and is sitting at an extraordinary $2.546 billion worldwide ($1.839B of which comes from overseas grosses). Head on over the jump for the weekend chart.

Continue reading Weekend Box Office Numbers (Feb. 26-28, 2010): Shutter Island ($22.7M) tops Cop Out ($18.2M) & The Crazies ($16.1M); Avatar crosses $700M ($13.7M / $706.6M cume)