No. 5 on the weekend was Fox's "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief," which pushed its foreign gross total to $121.6 million thanks to a $7.1 million weekend at 4,703 screens in 59 territories. An Italy premiere generated $1.77 million from 323 locations.
We have an exclusive first look at an extended scene from 'Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief' featuring Pierce Brosnan and Logan Lerman! The DVD and Blu-ray bolts down to Earth on June 29.
In the world of Percy Jackson (Lerman), mythical ancient Greek gods and goddesses are real. Zeus (Sean Bean), the king of the gods, accuses Percy of stealing his master lightning bolt, and the 17-year-old high school student must set out on a quest to find the real thief -- and save his mother (Catherine Keener) from the evil hands of the lord of the underworld, Hades.
After an unexpected attack on a field trip, Percy learns that he is the son of Poseidon (Kevin McKidd) -- and on Zeus' bad list. Luckily, he's surrounded by allies -- his Latin teacher (Brosnan) is actually a centaur and his buddy Grover (Brandon T. Jackson) is a satyr -- who take him to Camp Half-Blood, a training ground for demigods.
Based on the book series by Rick Riordan, 'Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief' also stars Uma Thurman as Medusa, Rosario Dawson as Persephone, Melina Kanakaredes as Athena and Alexandra Daddario as Annabeth, the daughter of Athena.
School’s out, so it’s no surprise that 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief scored a triple win atop all three national home video charts the week ended July 4. ‘ The film, which grossed $88.8 million in theaters, is based on a series of fantasy adventure books by Rick Riordan, rooted in Greek mythology, that are the latest rage among preteen and young teen readers. The books are on many summer reading lists, and the video came out just in time to capitalize on that surge in awareness.
Percy easily beat two other newly released theatrical features, both in sales and in rental activity.
According to the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, second-ranked Hot Tub Time Machine, a raunchy comedy from Fox/MGM that earned $50.3 million at the box office, sold just 60% as many copies as Percy. Anchor Bay’s The Crazies, the third new release, debuted at No. 3 with 33% as many unit sales. The Crazies is a horror film with box office earnings of $39.1 million.
On the Nielsen VideoScan Blu-ray Disc sales chart, the three titles finished in the same positions, with Hot Tub selling 65% as many high-def discs as Percy and The Crazies, 42%.
On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, Hot Tub Time Machine also debuted at No. 2, with 74% as much rental activity as Percy. The Crazies bowed at No. 5, with 37% as much rental action.
Rentrak Announces Top DVD Sales and Rentals for Week Ending July 4th, 2010
LOS ANGELES, July 8, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Rentrak Corporation /quotes/comstock/15*!rent (RENT 25.58, +0.74, +2.98%) today announced the top ten DVD sales and rentals for the prior week based on estimated consumer spending.
According to the company's Retail Essentials and Home Video Essentials tracking services, the top ten selling DVDs and the top ten most-rented motion pictures, per data collected for the week ending July 4th, 2010, include:
Rentrak Top 10 Selling DVDs* ---------------------------- WEEKS IN RANK TITLE STUDIO RELEASE 1 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief FOX 1 2 Hot Tub Time Machine MGM 1 3 The Crazies Anchor Bay 1 4 The Book of Eli Warner Bros. 3 5 Alice in Wonderland Disney 5 6 Green Zone Universal 2 7 Remember Me Summit Entertainment 2 8 New Moon Summit Entertainment 15 9 Shutter Island Paramount 4 10 She's Out of My League DreamWorks 2 --- ---------------------- ------------------------ --- *Week ended July 3rd, 2010
Rentrak Top 10 Renting DVDs --------------------------- WEEKS IN RANK TITLE STUDIO RELEASE ---- ----- ------ --------- 1 Hot Tub Time Machine MGM 1 2 Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning FOX 1 Thief 3 The Book Of Eli Warner Bros. 3 4 Green Zone Universal 2 5 The Crazies Overture Films 1 6 She's Out Of My League DreamWorks 2 7 When In Rome Touchstone 3 8 Shutter Island Paramount 4 9 Alice In Wonderland Disney 5 10 Remember Me Summit Ent 2
A trio of new releases led the way on the sales chart this week with Percy & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief topping the chart. It sold 823,000 units over its opening week for consumer spending at retail of $13.99 million. Hot Tub Time Machine opened in second place with 431,000 units / $7.33 million, which is in line with expectations. On the other hand, The Crazies was a little weaker with opening week sales of 249,000 / $3.73 million; however, it did well on high definition. Alice in Wonderland grew by 32% to 222,000 units over the week to lift its totals to 3.44 million units / $65.40 million after a month of release. The Book of Eli fell from first to fifth with 176,000 / $3.85 million for the week and 1.26 million units / $27.89 million after three.
The other other new releases were both TV on DVD with The Closer: Season Five debuting in 14th place with 58,000 units / $1.50 million. Lastly, Eureka: Season 3.5 opened in 20th place with 41,000 units / $785,000 for the week. For shows not on network TV these are very solid results.
Blu-ray sales were up 15% for the week to $17.4 million, according to Home Media Magazine, which is especially impressive for this time of year. In fact, this is up 62% from last year, despite DVD sales dropping by 1%. I'm amazed DVD sales were lower when you look at the chart from last year. Compared to DVD, Blu-ray sales represented 11% of total sales and 20% of the top twenty comparison, so there's nothing to complain about there. The best selling Blu-ray of the week was Percy & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief with approximately 250,000 units sold. Hot Tub Time Machine was in second place with 170,000 units sold, which is high for this type of film, while The Crazies sold close to 110,000 units, or nearly 32% of total sales. There's still talk that Blu-ray is a niche market, but when first run releases, even R-rated comedies, can sell more than 25% of their total units in Blu-ray, then that's beyond niche. It's a mainstream format; it isn't the dominate format, but it is mainstream.
=========================================== So approx 823,000 (DVD) + 250,000 (BR) = 1,073,000 units it's first 5 days (Video On Demand not included)
[Numbers note: Precise information on DVD sales is not generally available. Our DVD sales figures are estimates based on studio figures, publicly available data, and private research on retail sales carried out by Nash Information Services. The figures include estimated sales at Wal-Mart and other retailers that do not publicly release sales information. ]
'Percy' and 'Hot Tub' Still Tops on DVD Charts By Brent Lang Published: July 15, 2010
Weak competition enabled “Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief” and “Hot Tub Time Machine” to hold onto to their perches atop the DVD sales and rental charts respectively.
Box officer under-whelmer “Brooklyn’s Finest” also took advantage of the anemic offerings to claim the number two spot on both charts, according to Rentrak.
The week’s other notable DVD debut, Tom Ford’s Oscar-nominated directing debut “A Single Man,” failed to crack the top ten list on either score. In its sixteenth week of release, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” remained among the week’s top selling DVDs. Of course, the ubiquitous print and television advertisements for “Eclipse” undoubtedly helped to goose sales of the disc.
"Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief" is the top-selling DVD in the United States for a second week, Rentrak reported Thursday.
Coming in at No. 2 on the sales roster for the week ending July 11 is "Brooklyn's Finest," followed by "The Book of Eli" at No. 3, "Hot Tub Time Machine" at No. 4 and "Alice in Wonderland" at No. 5. Rounding out the top tier are "The Crazies" at No. 6, "Green Zone" at No. 7, "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" at No. 8, "Remember Me" at No. 9 and "The Wolfman" at No. 10.
The top-renting DVD for the week ending July 10 is "Hot Tub Time Machine," Rentrak said.
"Brooklyn's Finest" is No. 2, "The Crazies" No. 3, "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief" No. 4, "The Book of Eli" No. 5, "Green Zone" No. 6, "She's Out of My League" No. 7, "When in Rome" No. 8, "Shutter Island" No. 9 and "Alice in Wonderland" No. 10.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s The Bounty Hunter scored an easy victory on all three national home video charts the week ended July 18.
The latest Jennifer Aniston comedy, which grossed $67 million in U.S. theaters, debuted at No. 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, the Home Media Magazine rental chart and Nielsen’s Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
The film’s biggest margin of victory came on the sales front. In overall disc sales, Bounty Hunter sold nearly three times as many copies as another new theatrical release, 20th Century Fox comedy Our Family Wedding ($20.3 million box office), which debuted on the chart at No. 2.
The previous week’s top seller, Anchor Bay’s Brooklyn’s Finest, slipped to No. 5, right behind a pair of three-week-old releases, 20th Century Fox’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians at No. 3 and Fox/MGM’s Hot Tub Time Machine at No. 4.
On the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, Bounty Hunter scored an even more impressive victory, selling nearly four times as many copies as Our Family Wedding, which debuted at No. 8. Avatar was the week’s No. 2 Blu-ray Disc seller, rebounding from No. 4 the previous week.
On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart, Our Family Wedding debuted at No. 4, behind Brooklyn’s Finest (No. 2) and Percy Jackson (No. 3), with Wedding garnering 47% as many rental transactions as top-ranked Bounty Hunter.
Rentrak Top 10 Selling DVDs* WEEKS IN RANK TITLE STUDIO RELEASE 1 The Bounty Hunter Sony 1 2 Our Family Wedding FOX 1 3 Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief FOX 3 4 The Book of Eli Warner Bros. 5 Anchor Bay (NASDAQ: LCAPA, 5 Brooklyn's Finest LCAPB) 2 6 Hot Tub Time Machine MGM 3 7 Alice in Wonderland (2010) Disney 7
8 The Crazies Anchor Bay 3 9 Green Zone Universal 4 10 Psych: The Complete Fourth Season Universal 1 *Week ended July 17, 2010
Eleven weeks after its home video release 20% of sales for Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief have been of the Blu-ray Disc variety, according to 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Fox says that’s twice the average for a family film on Blu-ray. The June 29 Blu-ray release included both a DVD and a digital copy.
“The success of Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is just one example of how our premium home entertainment business is growing considerably, as we continue to offer broader access to our titles through our Blu-ray combo packs,” said Mike Dunn, president of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. “This is ideal for families, as they can enjoy our movies on multiple platforms in the home, car and via digital copy on their smartphone — all with just one purchase.”
Fox reported that combined transactions for the film — DVD, Blu-ray and digital download — have passed 3.5 million in North America, making it the second-best-selling family live action title so far in 2010. (Edit: Alice In Wonderland would have to be #1)
The film follows the unwitting teenage son of the Greek god Poseidon. After he's accused of stealing Zeus’ no-longer-mythical lightning bolt, he traverses the country in search of the real thief. Starring Rosario Dawson, Uma Thurman and Pierce Brosnan, the film pulled in nearly $89 million at the domestic box office. ($226m Worldwide)
Anthony Stewart Head talks ‘Sea of Monsters,’ replacing Pierce Brosnan as Chiron By Karen Rought (karen_Rought) at 9:30 am, August 6, 2013
Anthony Stewart Head, of Buffy fame, talks about joining the Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters film and taking up the mantle of Chiron from Pierce Brosnan.
In an interview with Movies.ie, Head talks about not feeling anxious taking over from Pierce Brosnan. He also explains that they worked harder on making Chiron a more convincing centaur.
“I wanted to work on my movements and what you see of me, as opposed to what is painted in, being as convincing as I could,” he says. “In the first film, for a large part, they strapped [Brosnan] onto the front of a beach buggy and drove him around at high speeds.”
But Sea of Monsters took a different approach. “They got the proportions right and my stilts were bigger than his, and I got used to working on them quite quickly,” Head explains.
Head also worked hard on making the physicality of the character more impressive and more realistic (or as realistic as a portrayal of a centaur can be).
“I worked with an old friend, a guy called Peter Elliot, who was the creature advisor on numerous movies,” Head says. “We worked out some interesting stuff, principally about when we walk, we put our heel down first and the horse puts the front of it’s hoof first and that changes the gait, that changes the way it translates up to the torso.”
“I also worked out that if I could be tethered around the waist, I could lean forward on the stilts, so it broke up the normal conception of a man on top of stilts, a perpendicular picture” Head continues.
It looks like Head took a lot of time to understand his character. He put the time and effort in to improve what Chiron looks like in the film, and it’s obvious that Head is proud of his work.
You can read more of the interview here, where Anthony Stewart Head talks about his love for the first film and his interest in a Buffy movie.
I remember Pierce talking about wearing bright blue and orange spandex tights for the CGI effects of the centaur. I would LOVE to see some pix of THAT, but I have a feeling he had it written into his contract that none of that was to ever see the light of day to the public - LOL!!
The first film adaptation, from 2010, surrounded star Logan Lerman with a mile-long who’s-who of affordable names, from Uma Thurman as Medusa to Pierce Brosnan as a centaur out of a romance novel cover.
The last, hugely impressionable sight is one of the many things tragically chucked from the much-dialed down sequel.
Nearly all of the former supporting cast, along with their storied characters, are missing. (The cheaper Anthony Stewart Head fills in for Brosnan, and even he’s AWOL for most of the running time.)
The Romance novel bit made me laugh. But sigh, yes gone is the leather, buff arms, wild mane and animal magnetism replaced by shirt and sweater vest for Chiron.
It's really obvious the place they decided to slash the budget is in the adult parts, though I do like Tucci (particularly), Fillion and Head it's a sizeable step down from Brosnan, Thurman, Bean, McKidd, Keener, Coogan, Dawson etc.
Truth be told, when I came on board even though a draft had been done, the movie hadn’t been greenlit yet. So the only cast we knew about were the ones from the first movie. In the case of Chiron, who in the first film was played by Pierce Brosnan, we didn’t know whether Pierce would be able to return. When we found out that he couldn’t work this into his schedule, I lobbied for Daniel Craig to play Chiron because I thought that’d be funny. [Laughter]
Just saw the movie this morning with my boys. And while it was pretty good, I was sorely missing Pierce as Chiron. For all the talk Mr. Head did about how he changed the way the character walked and stood, I still think Pierce made a much more impressive Centaur! Even my boys said that Pierce did a better job!
Yeah, this current version of Chiron is portrayed more like a professor than a warrior. Having never read the books, I don't know which is truer to the author's original intent. But I definitely liked Pierce better in the role (and I suspect most of us on this forum would agree ).