Finally, Paramount's Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters closed out the third spot on the Blu-ray-only and overall package media charts. Like Jack the Giant Slayer, the picture is an update of a popular children's fable, albeit a far bloodier one. This violent horror-comedy overcame poor reviews (its Metacritic score is 21%) to connect with audiences last winter; the $50-million movie made over $225 million worldwide. Hansel & Gretel sold 39% as many Blu-rays as Jack the Giant Slayer and had an HD market share of 41%, and it sold 41% as many total units as Jack the Giant Slayer.
Well it didn't get number one at the box office but it seems to be doing ok with home video sales. Why spend $15 for one movie theater ticket when you can spend $20 to own it and watch it from the comfort of your own home? Less people attend the theater now because the cost of going (especially if you are buying more than one ticket, you could spend upwards of $50 easy) is far more than out right buying and owning said movie.
9 out of 10 of the top 10 are complete junk. No wonder studios put forth almost no effort in most catalog titles and we have to wait forever to get some of them, if ever. Just churn out the latest crap and make a bunch of money. It will never change unless people stop purchasing such garabage.
@ Graham1138 -- I know exactly what you're saying and I try to follow that too... Once in a while though, I will go to the theater to watch the really good ones. Watching it with a crowd of people or on a date just aren't the same as home.
@KKnight, exactly. There are some good comedies that are funnier in the theater when it's crowded and everyone is laughing, or big movies like Pacific Rim or Star Trek Into Darkness that you just have to see on a massive screen with 20 speakers blasting loudly.
Jack the Giant Slayer was amazing on the big screen, by the way where is it $15 to get into the movies?, I always do the matinee for $6, anyway I really hope they do a sequel to the movie, I bought the Blu ray of the movie and have watched it twice in the last week!!!
@Hair-Metal, here in Stockton, CA after 5pm ticket prices go from $10 to $15, IMAX 3D is like $17.99. So when I take my girlfriend to a movie and we get sour patch kids, a medium soda and popcorn with two tickets it's like $55. That's pretty pricey, coudn't imagine having kids, it'd be like $100 to take the whole family.
It's amazing. Whenever Criterion releases are mentioned on the front page, they are the most popular (most discussed) threads about, and yet they never seem to appear in the top 10 best selling Blu's....
@Graham1138 -- Man I can't wait for "Pacific Rim", definitely watching that in IMAX 3D... BTW: you are spending $18 for an IMAX movie!? Buy the discounted tickets from Costco, about $8 a ticket then you pay $6 on top of that for IMAX so it's $14. If you're a member of AMC or Edwards, you'll get free food, tickets, etc... for using their theaters..
@KKnight, yea Pacific Rim looks like it's gonna be really good. All we have out here in the Stockton CA area is Regal theaters. Thanks for the advice tho, I'll have to look into getting IMAX tickets thru COSTCO, that's awesome. I had no idea they sold discounted tickets there.
@ Graham1138: After seeing Stoker and loving it, I wanted to check out more Park Chan-Wook films, it looks like the Vengeance Trilogy is somewhat hard to come by now and it's $60...too much for me to blind buy. Maybe I should just try to find Oldboy, which is over $30 itself.
@PBateman87, dang that sucks man. I got mine from Amazon maybe a little over a year ago for like $40. I had seen them all about 3 years ago from a friend that ripped them for me. I had to buy them. Oldboy is great, kind of a play off of the Count of Monte Cristo. Only themes connect all three movies, and some actors who play different characters in all three, but you can watch Oldboy (the middle film) without having seen any of the other two. I highly recommend watching all three if you can. Especially before they're remade here in the states. Josh Brolin is the lead in the American remake for Oldboy. Chan-Wook Park had been keeping Will Smith from buying the rights to make an American remake for the last few years.