Goodbye, TBOJ: An obituary to my blog

on Sunday, July 03, 2011   12 comments

You know that part of Air Bud when Josh tries to make his dog Buddy run away? "GO!" he screams. "Get out of here! Don't you understand?!" All the poor dog can do is stare back at his owner with his tail between his legs and dejection in his eyes. "You're giving up on me?" That's sort of the look that I imagine my blog (my veritable pet) is giving me right now.


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I'm setting TBOJ free. I'm letting go of what has been my passion-project for the last four years. It's no secret that I've had my ups and downs with the whole blogging lifestyle. I've quit my blog not once, not twice, but three times, only to start writing again a few months later. Blogging—at least news-based blogging—is tough stuff!

One thing that has never waned, though, is my interest in the box office. I live and breathe that stuff, and I can truly say that analyzing the box office is my passion through and through. Why? Only God knows that—but I love it, and I intend to always write and think about it.

The reality is that it was difficult to work so hard for so long on a website that makes almost no money. Whoever said that blogs are already replacing traditional media didn't know what he was talking about. A regular person just can't build a successful entertainment website out of his bedroom, working for dozens of hours a week and earning nothing.

This blog was an incredible place to muse about the film industry. I made predictions, wrote weekend reports, shot videos, wrote reviews—it was a total joy having TBOJ as my hobby. It allowed me to think critically and hone my skills as a writer, skills which I now get to bring to Entertainment Weekly, my lifelong favorite magazine, where I am newly hired. It's pretty incredible.

You see, TBOJ was always a means to an end. I never intended to make a full-time living operating this little site. Its purpose was always to serve as an example of my writing—a resumé of sorts. Thankfully, I've moved past that need. I have a job now, a dream job, that allows me to make a living writing about movies. What could be better?

Thank you to everyone that ever read this website. Your readership, emails, comments (both encouragements and criticisms), and attention have meant so much to me over the years.  You all have been the most wonderful readers and supporters. Many of you have stuck with me through all my years of fickle blogging, and for that, I am eternally grateful.

I hope you will all join me on my next adventure and read my stuff in Entertainment Weekly and on EW.com. It's an exciting new chapter of my life, and having reached this point helps me to close the TBOJ chapter with a big smile on my face. On to bigger and better things! If you want to stay up-to-date with what I'm doing, please follow me on Twitter.

All the best,
Grady

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Check out my new site!

on Wednesday, June 01, 2011   6 comments

Look, I know TBOJ has been sorely inactive for a while now. Sorry about that. I had to graduate college, apply for jobs, find an apartment, and prepare for my big move to New York City, where I'm headed tomorrow morning. There's been a lot of great box office news lately, and I'm sad I haven't written about it. But let's not dwell in the past.

Let's talk about the future! I want to tell you all about my latest venture: Blu-ray-Sales.com! I've always been confused why there was no weekly Blu-ray sales database online, so I decided to take things into my own hands and build one!

The site has six months of Blu-ray sales data, and individual pages for popular Blu-ray titles like Inception, Tangled, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1.

It would mean so much to me if you would head over there and give the site a whirl, and then email/facebook/tweet at your friends to share it with the world. I'm really excited about this venture—I feel like I have a competitive advantage within the Blu-ray niche, and it could be big. Check it out!

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DVD/Blu-Ray Sales: 'TRON: Legacy' no match for 'Tangled on DVD, stronger on Blu-Ray; 'Little Fockers' and 'Narnia' debut

on Friday, April 22, 2011   5 comments

The-Numbers has once again posted its weekly DVD sales chart, and I've put together my weekly Blu-Ray sales estimates for the week ending April 10, 2011. This week, Tangled stayed on top of the DVD chart, while TRON: Legacy took the Blu-Ray side of things. Little Fockers, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and Friday Night Lights: The Fifth Season also debuted. Both charts can be viewed after the jump.


DVD Sales for the Week Ending April 10, 2011
RankPrev. RankTitleUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSales this WeekTotal SalesWeeks in Release
1
(1)
Tangled
806,636
-76.7%
4,270,425
$13,244,963
$65,167,160
2
2
(-)
Tron: Legacy
784,453
-.-%
784,453
$12,543,403
$12,543,403
1
3
(-)
Little Fockers
696,369
-.-%
696,369
$11,831,309
$11,831,309
1
4
(-)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
477,528
-.-%
477,528
$8,465,951
$8,465,951
1
5
(2)
Black Swan
184,316
-70.9%
816,804
$2,762,897
$12,243,892
2
6
(3)
Megamind
160,763
-8.3%
2,850,050
$1,606,022
$39,169,921
7
7
(-)
Tron
108,735
-.-%
-
$1,847,408
-
830
8
(6)
The Tourist
105,992
-20.5%
829,170
$1,558,082
$13,775,390
3
9
(8)
The Fighter
101,233
2.5%
1,316,786
$1,445,607
$19,840,133
4
10
(-)
Red
92,924
-.-%
2,416,549
$928,311
$31,553,488
11
11
(4)
Yogi Bear
91,876
-45.9%
925,890
$1,508,604
$14,010,474
3
12
(-)
Friday Night Lights: The Fifth Season
91,634
-.-%
91,634
$2,106,666
$2,106,666
1
13
(7)
How Do You Know
85,803
-35.5%
478,115
$1,261,304
$8,081,118
3
14
(-)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
82,116
-.-%
2,436,529
$827,705
$37,957,568
36
15
(13)
How to Train Your Dragon
75,985
9.1%
6,155,086
$935,261
$116,901,099
26
16
(-)
Over the Hedge
72,759
-.-%
8,074,581
$578,776
$128,252,204
234
17
(19)
Due Date
69,209
31.5%
1,835,770
$726,002
$26,214,554
7
18
(-)
Mrs. Doubtfire
66,628
-.-%
-
$898,812
-
787
19
(12)
Skyline
66,225
-9.4%
368,025
$1,186,752
$6,526,833
3
20
(-)
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
63,563
-.-%
7,998,487
$1,279,523
$145,595,344
18
21
(11)
Barbie: A Fairy Secret
63,199
-17.1%
973,874
$789,356
$12,245,223
4
22
(10)
Burlesque
58,807
-29.0%
1,088,758
$822,710
$18,289,565
6
23
(5)
Mad Men: Season Four
50,824
-63.7%
190,761
$1,422,564
$5,339,400
2
24
(17)
Hereafter
49,265
-12.6%
494,971
$492,157
$6,727,584
4
25
(20)
Despicable Me
38,343
-24.2%
7,440,340
$727,029
$130,051,858
17
26
(18)
Faster
37,423
-32.5%
811,247
$579,682
$12,314,631
6
27
(9)
Fair Game
37,298
-57.3%
124,585
$559,097
$1,867,529
2
28
(-)
Inception
36,863
-.-%
4,698,514
$488,619
$79,623,202
18
29
(14)
Unstoppable
34,991
-49.2%
1,646,067
$504,570
$26,094,378
8
30
(23)
The Walking Dead: Season One
25,529
-29.7%
538,212
$495,773
$9,806,716
5



Over on Blu-Ray, TRON: Legacy dominated, shifting a strong 940,000 copies, substantially more than it sold on DVD—that makes sense for a special-effects heavy film like this. Special releases of the original TRON and the TRON: 2 Movie Collection also sold well. Fanboy buying power may be overrated at the box office, but they consistently flex their muscle on the home market. Tangled pushed another 297,040 copies, and its total now stands just shy of 2 million. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader came in third with a so-so 261,790 debut.

Blu-Ray Sales Estimates for Week Ending April 10, 2011
Rank
Title
Units this Week
1
TRON: Legacy
940,000
2
Tangled
297,040
3
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
261,790
4
TRON: The Original Classic
166,756
5
Little Fockers
163,654
6
TRON: 2 Movie Collection
124,832
7
The Fighter
53,580
8
Black Swan
53,204
9
Taxi Driver
42,394
10
Megamind
36,942
11
Inception
34,686
12
Due Date
32,148
13
The Tourist
28,764
14
Bambi: Diamond Edition
28,576
15
Yogi Bear
20,022
16
The Ten Commandments
18,800
17
Hereafter
18,424
18
Red
15,134
19
Kung Fu Panda
14,852
20
A.I. – Artificial Intelligence
13,442

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100 Word Review: 'Hanna'

on Sunday, April 17, 2011   5 comments

Joe Wright, welcome to my personal A-list. You've got an eye for beautiful sets and exciting locations, and you execute some of the most complicated tracking shots I've ever seen on film. Wright’s latest effort, Hanna, is a gorgeously shot, ambitiously complex thriller about a government experiment gone wrong, and it’s rife with daddy issues as well. Fight scenes are flashy and well-choreographed, but the films drags a bit at the center. Still, Hanna is carried handily by it’s stunning production design and the fine duo of Cate Blanchett and Saoirse Ronan, who emit grit and poise in equal measure. B+

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DVD/Blu-Ray Sales: 'Tangled' begins fairy-tale run with 5.1M combined copies sold! 'Black Swan' not as dreamy

on Wednesday, April 13, 2011   8 comments

The-Numbers has just posted its weekly DVD Sales Chart, and after only one week of release, Disney's Tangled has already become the highest-selling DVD of the year. The Rapunzel film towered over the rest of the competition, selling a combined DVD/Blu-Ray total of 5.1 million units. That's a huge number for the animated princess film, which earned a strong $199.4M in theaters, and it it serves as a good reminder that when it comes to merchandising, Disney is unbeatable. Tangled, sold 3.46 million DVDs and earned $51.9 million in sales.

Black Swan glided into second place with a rather underwhelming debut of 632,000 DVDs and $9.5M. Most $100M box office earners start substantially higher than this, but Black Swan isn't the kind of film that people want to watch over and over again—it's just too creepy! Megamind continued its strong home market run, pushing 175,000 copies and lifting its total to 2.7M units and $37.6M in revenue. Yogi Bear was fourth with 170,000 copies, and Mad Men: Season Four was close behind in fifth, moving a solid 140,000 DVDs for $3.9M sales. Mad Men only nets about 1.5M viewers per episode, which means that about 10% of its regular viewership purchased it on DVD this week. Add in the 47,000 Blu-Ray copies it sold, and that number is even higher. Yowza!

Full DVD Sales Chart and Blu-Ray Sales Estimates after the jump:

DVD Sales for Week Ending April 3, 2011
RankPrev. RankTitleUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSales this WeekTotal SalesWeeks in Release
1(-)Tangled3,463,789-.-%3,463,789$51,922,197$51,922,1971
2(-)Black Swan632,488-.-%632,488$9,480,995$9,480,9951
3(7)Megamind175,268-15.9%2,689,287$1,875,368$37,563,8996
4(1)Yogi Bear169,726-74.4%834,014$2,544,193$12,501,8702
5(-)Mad Men: Season Four139,937-.-%139,937$3,916,837$3,916,8371
6(2)The Tourist133,356-77.4%723,178$2,532,430$12,217,3082
7(3)How Do You Know132,974-48.7%392,312$2,525,176$6,819,8142
8(4)The Fighter98,718-61.7%1,215,553$1,578,501$18,394,5263
9(-)Fair Game87,287-.-%87,287$1,308,432$1,308,4321
10(12)Burlesque82,7851.1%1,029,951$1,187,965$17,466,8555
11(6)Barbie: A Fairy Secret76,203-65.4%910,675$1,033,313$11,455,8683
12(5)Skyline73,086-68.0%301,800$1,387,903$5,340,0812
13(-)How to Train Your Dragon69,622-.-%6,054,066$1,073,627$115,584,77025
14(17)Unstoppable68,9292.2%1,611,076$1,023,596$25,589,8087
15(22)Secretariat65,11937.3%1,973,751$962,459$31,382,75010
16(9)Jackass 3D63,734-27.6%876,763$1,215,579$15,758,1444
17(11)Hereafter56,358-35.9%445,706$788,448$6,235,4273
18(19)Faster55,421-0.6%773,824$795,291$11,734,9485
19(10)Due Date52,650-40.1%1,766,561$766,584$25,488,5516
20(15)Despicable Me46,165-36.9%7,362,592$939,947$128,590,60316
21(8)The Switch44,680-50.6%416,186$695,221$6,264,0963
22(-)Evangelion: 2.22 You Can [Not] Advance41,912-.-%41,912$418,701$418,7011
23(20)The Walking Dead: Season One36,305-32.7%512,683$694,515$9,310,9434
24(21)Morning Glory32,504-31.6%365,576$552,243$6,211,1364
25(-)The Ten Commandments32,213-.-%-$434,553-956
26(23)Love & Other Drugs31,991-32.1%692,863$557,283$11,525,0335
27(25)127 Hours21,766-39.0%500,475$348,038$7,613,0915
28(26)Life As We Know It20,982-40.6%1,140,792$314,520$16,306,0518
29(24)The Next Three Days19,233-52.7%426,274$277,340$5,250,8224
30(27)Weeds: Season Six19,159-24.4%378,726$492,386$9,227,5166




Over on Blu-Ray, Tangled continued to crush the competition, moving a magnificent 1.7M copies. That makes Tangled the fastest-selling Blu-Ray title since Inception, and the strong sales reveal the ever-increasing potential for family films in the Blu-Ray format. Black Swan landed in second with about 333,000 copies. The ballet drama was stuck in the middle of a Disney sandwich, as Bambi: Diamond Edition was third for the week, moving another 62,000 copies. Full Blu-Ray estimates below:

Blu-Ray Sales Estimates for Week Ending April 3, 2011
RankTitleUnits this Week
1 Tangled 1,680,000
2 Black Swan 333,144
3 Bambi: Diamond Edition 61,992
4 Mad Men: Season 4 47,208
5 The Ten Commandments 43,848
6 The Tourist 43,008
7 Megamind 42,168
8 Yogi Bear 39,816
9 The Fighter 35,784
10 Evangelion: 2.22 — You Can (Not) Advance 34,944
11 Jackass 3D 29,064
12 Planet Earth: The Complete Series 25,704
13 Secretariat 23,688
14 Burlesque 23,520
15 Fair Game 23,352
16 Unstoppable 23,016
17 Faster 21,672
18 Beauty and the Beast: Diamond Edition 19,992
19 Due Date 18,144
20 Skyline 17,472

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