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How Much Did You Spend On Video This Year?

by Randy Muselman

It's been quite a year for the video industry thus far. From December 30, 2003 through June 19, 2004, you videophiles (a/k/a consumers) spent 7.2 Billion dollars on DVD and VHS home video product. While some harp that the video industry is in a decline, it seems that at least those of you who purchase product caused an upswing in the industry of +23 percent over this same period last year.

I personally love home video. I usually buy only the wide-screen version of a film, and specifically the directors cut if it's available. I love sitting down and watching movies that I really enjoy.

I break my viewing up in two nights, one for the film, and then another is set aside for just the extra features. How can you go wrong? Apparently there are alot of you out there who feel the same.

Looking at the top overall selling titles so far this year, we have the following:

1. Lord Of The Ring: Return Of The King

You folks purchased 10.7 million copies of the number one title, spending 185 million dollars.

2. The Lion King 1/2

Lion King 1-1/2 raked in an astounding 139 million dollars in revenue, with you folks buying about 7.5 million copies.

3. Brother Bear

Buena Vista studios has to be extremely happy. The number two and number three top selling titles this year came from the same studio. Brother Bear sold 6.3 million copies, with the studio reaping 137 million dollars for their efforts.

Turning now to the top overall renting titles for this year, it's something of a mix. I find number one surprising myself.

1. Radio

Radio streeted out on January 27. Total overall revenue came to right at 49.5 million dollars.

2. S.W.A.T.

Streeting on December 30, 2003, S.W.A.T. picks up the number two rental spot for the year thus far taking in 47.4 million dollars at the rental counter.

3. Out Of Time

This titles surprised me just a bit by grabbing the number three spot. Not really sure what I expected to land here but didn't think it would be this. Streeting on January 6, Out Of Time didn't run out of rental steam pulling in 44.4 million dollars in rental revenue.

Lets take just a moment to look at what the top three titles for the year are when it comes to TV titles. Studios have found a gold mine with popular television programming released to home video.

1. Chappell Show

Streeting out on February 24th of this year, the Chappelle Show managed to clean up with an income pushing the 44 million dollar mark in home video sales.

2. Sex And The City: Season 5

Hey, how can you go wrong with sex? Streeting on December 30, 2003, Sex and the City: Season 5 nailed a net of 32 million dollars.

3. Friends: Season 6

I'm not really surprised this title made the top three. I've had many conversations with people in my video store who are quite upset that this series has ended. Friends: Season 6 managed to take in 30 .4 million dollars.


There is currently much more money going to be made this year. There are many titles yet to be released on home video, and it will be quite interesting to see what takes the top spot for the year. The biggest contendors in my humble opinion will be Spiderman 2 and Shrek 2.

Just so you know, there have been announcements for upcoming home video release dates for many films, some that are now showing in theaters. Just scroll on down to find the release date of those films that have not yet been released on home video, but soon will be.

Jul 20 The Big Bounce (PG-13)
Jul 20 Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (PG)
Jul 20 Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (PG-13)
Jul 20 The Human Stain (R)
Jul 20 Starsky & Hutch (PG-13)
Jul 27 Hellboy (PG-13)
Jul 27 Ned Kelly (R)
Jul 27 The Whole Ten Yards (PG-13)

Aug 3 13 Going On 30 (PG-13)
Aug 3 Hidalgo (PG-13) $
Aug 10 Johnson Family Vacation (PG-13)
Aug 10 Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (R)
Aug 10 The Prince & Me (PG)
Aug 17 Connie And Carla (PG-13)
Aug 17 Godsend (PG-13)
Aug 17 New York Minute (PG)
Aug 17 Taking Lives (R)
Aug 24 Ella Enchanted (PG)
Aug 24 The Girl Next Door (R)
Aug 24 Laws Of Attraction (PG-13)
Aug 31 The Passion of The Christ (R)
Aug 31 Twisted (R)

Sep Saved! (PG-13) (No Specific Date Yet)
Sep 7 Jersey Girl (PG-13)
Sep 7 The Ladykillers (R)
Sep 7 The Punisher (R)
Sep 7 Soul Plane (R)
Sep 14 Home On The Range (PG)
Sep 14 Man On Fire (R)
Sep 14 Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (PG)
Sep 14 Walking Tall (PG-13)
Sep 21 Mean Girls (PG-13)
Sep 28 The Alamo (PG-13)
Sep 28 Envy (PG-13
Sep 28 Super Size Me (Not Rated)
Sep 28 Van Helsing (PG-13)

Oct Around The World In 80 Days (PG) (No Specific Date Yet)
Oct Breakin' All The Rules (PG-13) (No Specific Date Yet)
Oct Fahrenheit 9/11 (R) (No Specific Date Yet)
Oct The Stepford Wives (PG-13) (No Specific Date Yet)
Oct Two Brothers (PG) (No Specific Date Yet)
Oct 5 The Day After Tomorrow (PG-13)
Oct 5 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (R)
Oct 12 Raising Helen (PG-13)
Oct 12 Troy (R)
Oct 19 Dawn of the Dead (R)
Oct 19 Garfield: The Movie (PG)
Oct 19 The Notebook (PG-13)

Nov The Chronicles Of Riddick (PG-13) (No Specific Date Yet)
Nov White Chicks (PG-13) (No Specific Date Yet)
Nov 5 Shrek 2 (PG)
Nov 9 DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story (PG-13)
Nov 16 Elf (PG)
Nov 23 Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (PG)
Nov 23 The Terminal (PG-13)
Nov 30 Spider-Man 2 (PG-13)

Dec King Arthur (PG-13) (No Specific Date Yet)
Dec 28 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (PG-13)

Keep in mind now that when I've spoken of sales figures for top titles, again, the period is only through June 19, 2004. We have a long way to go this year, and it will be interesting to see how much overall is spent on the home video industry for the year 2004, not to mention what will be the overall title.


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