By the Numbers6 Jul, 2009 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Ralph Tribbey has an interesting way of looking at things. If some people look at the world through rose-colored glasses, then Tribbey, publisher of the weekly The DVD Release Report (and, in the interests of full disclosure, dear old dad to our senior reporter, Chris Tribbey), looks at our business through a pocket calculator.
He's by the numbers, for the numbers, heck, maybe even of the numbers. It wouldn't surprise me one bit if he selected his son's name based on numerology. Let's see, C-H-R-I-S-T-R-I-B-B-E-Y.....
This week's newsletter shows some interesting industry trends, based on, yes, the numbers.
For starters, the DVD business is now officially in six-figure territory, with the total number of DVD titles in release since the format's inception 12 years ago at 101,119, a gain of 257 from the previous week.
Warner Home Video is the top distributor of Blu-ray Discs, with 222 titles on the market, or 15.3% of the total. Sony Pictures is No. 2 with 210 titles, although so far this year the studio has brought out more Blu-ray Discs than any other studio, 46 (to 20th Century Fox's 44 and Warner's 40). Overall, 20th Century Fox is a distant No. 3, with 146, followed by Walt Disney Studios (109), Paramount (91), Lionsgate (71) and Universal (59).
New theatrical releases account for 43.4% of all Blu-ray Discs that have been released since the format launched in June 2006. Theatrical catalog is a distant No. 2, with 17.4%, followed by special interest at 10.7% and music at 7.3%. The total number of Blu-ray Discs that have been released over the last three years is 1,583, with 34 titles already discontinued.
On the regular DVD front, despite talks of theatrical-to-video windows getting longer again, the numbers show continued shrinkage. For all titles this year that grossed at least $25 million at the box office, the average has come to DVD just 119 days after its theatrical bow, a new low. Last year the average was 127.8 days; in 2007, it was 126 days; in 2006, it was 129.2 days; and in 2005, it was 141.8 days.