For the second week, Bambi was the top-selling title on Blu-ray, according to data from Nielsen VideoScan for the week ended March 13. Jackass 3 got 40% of its total disc sales from Blu-ray and was the top-selling in overall packaged media, but only second for Blu-ray. The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season performed strongly, coming in at third place.
The Next Three Days is the type of film that does well on home media and rentals. It's not a big box office smash or a film that people are dying to see opening weekend, most people saw the trailer and sday to themsleves "that looks like a rental". It's nothing against the film it's just how most movie goers think. I rented it on the weekend and i was pretty impressed with it, it's a solid movie with a great performance from Russel Crowe and i'd likely pick it up down the road when the price goes down
Very nice to see Faster still in the top 10, i've seen the film 4 times now and i enjoy it more and more each time
Good for Bambi! I bought it on day one as well as Jackass on day one the following week! I bet Jackass 3's percentage would have been higher if they had released it with a regular DVD in the combo pack instead of just the stupid "Classic 3D" version. Oh well, I bought the bluray for the bluray anyways, so I don't really care. However, for the people who are recently getting into bluray, or may be getting into it in the near future, a combo pack would have been ideal.
And speaking of which, when is Disney going to phase out the DVD diamond editions? Bambi is coming back out on April 19th on a 2 disc DVD. But the current combo pack already comes with the DVD. It is completely unnecessary and only prolonging the shift from regular DVD to complete Bluray. Combo packs are great because my son can watch the movies in the car on our portable DVD player, keep putting out those. But I have 2 T.V.'s and 2 bluray players. I have no reason to just buy the regular DVD anymore!
@Wdm81: It's possible, but what makes zombies cool? "Dead people try to eat live people who try not to be eaten" seems to be an extremely limited premise which was exhausted decades ago. Is it like professional "wrestling", boy bands, etc.--old ideas rehashed for each generation as if they're something new?
And my purchase of Bambi helped make it number one. Excellent value, especially with that coupon. And, of course, an excellent classic of a film.
I am rather in agreement with repete re: zombies. It really does seem to be a genre that has been done to death (pardon the expression ) for many decades now. That said, The Walking Dead is a pretty decent show, all things considered, though it's not a must-see for me and it remains to be seen how its producers will keep the show fresh.
@repete66211 - what makes zombie stories so cool is that in essence the plot is never really about the zombies, it's about the living and how their selfishness get the best of them and they stab each other in the back in order to survive. The zombie attack scnes are always cool, but the real meat of any zombie film is watching the living detiriorate and reveal their trueselves
I agree about most people looking at THE NEXT THREE DAYS and figuring "It's a rental." I thought it looked solid, but not like something I needed to go see at the movies. I did rent it the day it came out though, and found it very enjoyable.
Anyone with even a simple knowledge of film knows that the "premise" is hardly ever going to be innovative or "fresh." Seriously take a look at every single major release of a film EVERY year and I can give you 5 movies it's essentially "copying." The brilliance of any film or film-maker is how the title takes the genre and bends it on itself.
It's like complaining that a romantic comedy usually has the same beats in the plot or that an action film often includes a big show-down with the villain in his/her lair, etc. The execution is far more important. In the case of TWD the narrative is not about ZOMBIES. TWD are not the zombies, they are the protagonists... essentially "dead men walking" in a world they are no longer fit to populate. The conflict and issues at play are the focal point -- the zombies merely an issue that must be dealt with in addition to the apocalypse.
But seriously, it's like saying Twilight, True-Blood, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Interview with the Vampire are all generally the "Same" because they feature vampires... all 4 are wildly different because each tackles vampire lore from a different perspective. BtVP takes a youthful satirical spin on the superhero genre -- giving us a literal "High-School is Hell." commentary -- Trueblood is all about the complicated relationships we form with one-another. IwtV is a sad portrait of what life might really be like if you lived hundreds of years -- and how lonely and miserable it might be. Twilight is for Mormon teens and seems to be about how many hot men can be stripped of their American Eagle shirts for the bulk of the film...
xSCARFACEx - When they covered themselves in Zombie meat to blend in with the Zombies.
See MIMIC (1997) when they cover themselves with "giant bug" juice to avoid being detected by the Judas bugs as they try to escape the subway system. It's original for zombie movies I suppose. There's also Shaun of the Dead (2004) that doesn't necessarily feature the leads covered in zombie guts but they do cross a zombie filled-street by pretending to be zombies themselves. Complete with last minute "zombie-training" to get the moaning and lurching JUST right.
...but considering it still made it to #2, you just have to wonder if "Idiocracy" was both massively understated in the time it will take for humanity to become that stupid & just how stupid we will ultimately be. My guess is the next generation will make the characters in it look like super-intelligent beings.
Speaking of Idiocracy.. I wonder when that will come out on Blu?
@mayor: "Romantic Comedy" is a genre. "Zombie movie" is not a genre. It's not a setting either. It's a specific plot point, just like vampires. Yes, there can be variety among different zombie movies, but the fact remains that they're all set in a place with what are essentially the same set of limitations and challenges.
I think one of the reasons I'm not able to get into zombie movies (vampires, etc.) is because they're imaginary. My brain balks at plots that don't follow the laws of the universe or rely on magic. In the back of my mind there's always the thought, "Well, if you invent a world where people can magically come back to life and for no other apparent reason than to eat the unafflicted, then why not invent some other form of magic to combat them?" Where does the magic end? I don't know, maybe you're right Wdm81. I'm just not cool.
@repete66211 - Nah, Of course you're cool i'm just busting you cause i'm a big zombie fan. I do however get where you're coming from about not being able to get into a movie because it's imaginary, I felt the exact same way when i saw Passion of the Christ.