Ghostbusters’ Remake Scares Up No. 1 Disc Debut

19 Oct, 2016
By: Thomas K. Arnold

ghostbusters-answer-the-callThree new high-profile theatrical hits catapulted into the top three spots on the national home video sales charts the week ended Oct. 16, led by Sony Pictures’ much-maligned Ghostbusters remake.

The comedy, which grossed $128.2 million in U.S. theaters against an estimated budget of $144 million, topped both the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart.

Warner’s The Legend of Tarzan debuted at No. 2 on both charts, selling about 61% as many units as Ghostbusters Tarzan came to home video with a domestic theatrical gross of $126.6 million.

Fox’s Ice Age: Collision Course, the latest in the studio’s successful “Ice Age” franchise of animated, family friendly films about a group of mammals in the Paleolithic ice age, bowed at No. 3 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.Collision Course earned $64 million at the domestic box office, the lowest of the franchise’s five films.

Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse, which debuted at No. 1 the previous week, slipped to No. 4 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

Rounding out the top five were Walt Disney’s Hocus Pocus on the overall disc sales chart and Beauty and the Beast on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

According to VideoScan, Ghostbusters generated 50% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, compared with 46% for Tarzan and 43% for Ice Age: Collision Course.


Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Influence on the Development of the Star Wars Franchise


Great article from the New Yorker:

From “How Star Wars Conquered the Universe,” the new history of the sci-fi franchise, by Chris Taylor, I learned many incredible facts. Among them: Brian De Palma, the director of “Carrie,” helped to write the opening crawl (“Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire”). Christopher Walken was originally cast as Han Solo, and Solo was partly based on Francis Ford Coppola. (At the time, he was a young, seductive, swashbuckling smoothie who had impressed George Lucas by talking Warner Brothers into funding “Apocalypse Now.”) Lucas studied briefly with Jean-Luc Godard—a title card from one of his student productions reads “A film by LUCAS”—and he got the idea for the Force from “21–87,” an avant-garde film by the Canadian director Arthur Lipsett. “Many people feel that in the contemplation of nature and in communication with other living things, they become aware of some kind of force, or something,” a man’s voice says, over images of city life. Sometimes, “they call it God.”

Read the full piece Right Here!



Movie Posters Found Under Floor May Bring Six Figures at Heritage Auctions

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Sounds like someone got extremely lucky:

DALLAS—A trove of a 17 rare movie posters discovered under a linoleum floor in southern Pennsylvania may be worth more than $140,000 when they cross the block at public auction Nov. 21-22 in Dallas. The find holds lost pieces of Hollywood history – including five, never-before-seen posters such as Clark Gable’s first starring role and the Style D one sheet for Tarzan The Ape Man, which is expected to sell for more than $40,000 at Heritage Auctions.

Read the full article right here!


Tarzan Article in MoviePilot

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An interesting read:

When the Disney classic Tarzan was released in 1999, it had the honor of being Disney’s most expensive animated feature to date, costing massive $130 million. But, despite all that money being poured into the film, BuzzFeed think they may have found one thing that Disney skimped on when creating the character of Tarzan: Facial hair.

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Mars Depiction in Blockbuster Movies

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Jeff Peterson wrote an excellent article about how movies portray the mystical Red Planet:

The Red Planet has been in the news a lot recently, with the one-two punch of a groundbreaking scientific discovery of water and a big-budget Hollywood movie starring Matt Damon.

Of course, people’s fascination with Earth’s next-door neighbor dates back millennia, and both the planet and the little men who may or may not inhabit it have been a major part of sci-fi movies in particular from, well, the very beginning of sci-fi movies.

Read more here: Review Journal


Start Trek Beyond Delayed Until July 22 Next Year


SciFi fans will not be happy to hear the latest news from Paramount:

Paramount Pictures has moved the release for “Star Trek Beyond” a good two weeks back, though its release would still be on July 2016. Paramount hopes to get an Imax date on “Star Trek Beyond” so the studio has pushed for a later release.

Originally set for July 8, 2016, the new “Star Trek” film will open instead on July 22, 2016 to get an Imax release as well. Having to open on July 8, it would conflict with “Tarzan,” which is slated for a July 1, 2016 opening on Imax.

Read the full scoop at MNR Daily
Picture courtesy of Paramount Pictures/Bad Robot Productions/Skydance Productions


John Carter the Only Disney’s Loss-making British Movie

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It’s a sad news to bring up, but our beloved John Carter is the only movie that hasn’t quite perfmored up to snuff, bringing in 0.93 cents for every dollar invested. Various criticis and bloggers around the web remarked the movie was an underappreciated gem, failing to attract the audience it deserves. A real shame, but our hero lives on in our comics!

If you’re curious about the full article, read up on Forbes!

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Denny Miller Tribute

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Our friends at the ERBZine have added a wonderful tribute page to the recently deceased Denny Miller. As we mentioned before, miller was an accomplished author and actor starring in 237 television programs and over 20 different movies. He has also played the lead role in “Tarzan, the Ape Man” from 1959, soon becoming an important member of the Edgar Rice Burroughs family.

The ERB Zine page has a more in-depth biography, as well as several pictures from Miller’s life. Check out out here!


Moviemakers’ fascination with Tarzan

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Junkee just posted a great article about what attracts the modern filmmakers to the ageless story of the king of the jungle:

Yet, 15 years after Disney’s animated version – which sparked a lame stage musical adaptation – there’s renewed interest in the Tarzan story. Another live-action Tarzan movie is slated for 2016, starring Alexander Skarsgård (who also looks really nice with few clothes on) alongside Margot Robbie as Jane.

Read the full story at Junkee