When people decide not to illegally pirate movies, they’re often times faced with the tough decision of whether or not to buy a dvd or simply just rent it for a couple of days. Now with renting options so readily available with those dvd dispensers at every convenient store and one click rentals to your doorstop with Netflix, it’s sometimes hard to not rent a dvd. Here is a list of successful rentals and sales.
Today, it was announced that hit video game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 had made over $1 billion in worldwide sales since its release in November, 2009. With this and James Cameron’s Avatarboth generating over a billion dollars worldwide, it shows the enormous draw of two separate entertainment platforms that, in recent years, have been fighting over their target demographic.
In October 2007, the release of Halo 3 gave Hollywood honchos a reason to be concerned. The third installment of the popular X-Box computer game series had already generated over one million pre-order sales and there were worries that the cinema-going demographic would stay at home playing the new game instead of spending an additional USD$24.50 for popcorn, soda and seeing either Ben Stiller’s Heartbreak Kid or William Sean Scott’s Mr. Woodcock.
With Quentin Tarantino’s latest film Inglorious Basterds about to hit cinemas, one man in particular will be watching how well it does at the box office – Harvey Weinstein.
Harvey Weinstein, head of the film studio The Weinstein Company, has a lot riding on this film. In recent years, the company has been besieged with rumours that it is bankrupt and doesn’t have enough cash to properly promote or distribute its upcoming films after a string of box office failures.
After Richard Donner’s Superman became the first superhero movie to receive a wide release in 1978, Hollywood began to look at superheroes in a different light. No longer were comic books simply a collector’s item for geeks and dweeboids. Rather, they became an opportunity to market to the masses, complete with ready-made franchises and Happy Meal product integrations.