“How To Train Your Dragon” Arrives On Blu-Ray And DVD In October. The Dreamworks animated comedy “How to Train Your Dragon” is one of the biggest hits of the year and it’ll be sure to slay the competition when it heads to Blu-ray and DVD in October. The movie, which featured the voice talents of Gerard Butler, Jay Baruchel, and Craig Ferguson, tells the story of Hiccup, a young Viking who’s having trouble following in the footsteps of his fellow dragon slayers. Instead, the teenage misfit befriends a dragon and becomes an unlikely hero. The Blu-ray and DVD will both feature audio commentary, nine behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, trailers, and more. The Blu-ray will exclusively feature a trivia track and an “Animator’s Corner” bonus feature. Although the movie hit theaters in 3D, it’s only been announced as a standard Blu-ray/DVD release. It may be re-released onto Blu-ray in 3D in the future as a stand-alone or as a part of a hardware bundle. “How to Train Your Dragon” arrives as a Blu-ray/DVD combo and on DVD on October 15th. It’s grossed nearly $500 million at the worldwide box-office.
“Sex And The City 2″ Disappoints At The Weekend Box Office. Is the public so over Carrie and the girls? The overly hyped and excessively photoshopped “Sex and the City 2″ not only got brutal reviews from critics, it also underwhelmed at the box office during the Memorial Day weekend. Although it grossed $32.1 million during the weekend, compared to its 2008 predecessor, “SATC 2″ was a disappointment at the box office. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, though, as majority of the critics gave the Sarah Jessica Parker-led sequel scathing reviews. Another newcomer is the Jake Gyllenhaal-starrer “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” which underperformed at third place with $30,170 gross. Shrek and the gang still hold the top spot with $42.3 million from Friday to Sunday.
Weekend Box Office Top 10:
1.”Shrek Forever After” – $43.3 million
2.”Sex and the City 2″ – $32.1 million
3.”Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” – $30.2 million
4.”Iron Man 2″ – $16 million
5.”Robin Hood” – $10.3 million
6.”Letters to Juliet” – $5.9
7.”Just Wright” – $2.2 million
8.”Date Night” – $1.8 million
9.”MacGruber” – $1.5 million
10.”How to Train Your Dragon” – $1 million
Major theater chains across the country are hiking their ticket prices today, for both 2D and 3D, with fans of the latter having to pony up roughly 25% more, news that is causing much wailing among film fans. In some parts of New York City, a ticket to a 3D movie will cost up to $19.50, meaning it costs a family of four $78 before they’ve even bought popcorn. Meanwhile, the hike for 2D movies will only be around 5% Despite a struggling economy, people spent a record $10.6 billion at the movies last year, an increase of 10% over the previous year, and almost a billion more than in 2007, the previous all-time high. Movie industry backers are likely to claim a trip to the cinema is still a relative bargain: Tickets to a Broadway show start at about $60, baseball tickets average more than $25, it costs kids $31 to get into Six Flags St. Louis. A 3D in New York will still be 20% cheaper than any of those.For those who think that the prices are too high, check back at the end of the summer and take a look at the receipts pulled in by “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Clash of the Titans,” and all the other extra-dimensional offerings that are on their way.Making a movie in 3D cost as much as $10 million extra, to say nothing of the cost for converting theaters and buying glasses, the money has to come from somewhere. And if it doesn’t come from us — or the stars — they’ll lower prices, because the alternative — no more 3D movies — isn’t going to happen.And honestly, the pricing at the movies has always been ridiculous. No matter where you sit in a theater, front row, back row, on the aisle, up against the wall.. it costs the same. That’s criminal. Imagine sitting in the center field bleachers at your favorite baseball team’s ballpark and knowing that your seat cost the same as the big shots in the box seats.