This Christmas might not have been great for our friends in retail, but it was a wonderful weekend for movies. This Christmas weekend was the biggest box-office take ever, with a combined total of $273 million. The previous top weekend was for July 18-20, 2008, with only $260 million.
It is not unexpected that this was such a successful weekend for films, with Avatar and Sherlock Holmes, both hits with the group that isn't afraid to spend money on a movie. Avatar had only a $2 million drop in revenue from opening week and Sherlock Holmes had an impressive opening weekend itself.
The new second place weekend from 2008 included The Dark Knight and Mamma Mia!, both successful, but Mamma Mia isn't really in the same genre as this weekend's top draws. Had both films been "nerd" genre, we might not be talking about this Christmas at all.
How many of you guys helped to make this the biggest weekend ever? Did you see one of these movies?
2009 was a good year for pirates, which means a bad year for software developers. This year's top pirated game was Modern Warfare 2, pulling down a whopping 4.1 million PC and 907 thousand 360 downloads. Of course, it would be unfair of us to include the Wii in this count, so the most pirated Wii game of 2009 was Super Mario Bros. Wii.
How good of a year is that you ask? Well, this year's numbers are more than double what 2008 showed. Plus you have to take into consideration that both of these games came out near the very end of the year. Imagine if they had had more than 3 months to be downloaded.
My fear here is that, with game pirating on the rise, legit game budgets will be cut significantly, meaning more games will be garbage. This could be the biggest problem to face gaming in many years.
First I would like to wish everyone happiness and good luck in 2010, especially our government because it seems they will need it. Let's take a step back to 2003 when the government was feverishly searching for ways to protect us from another 9/11. This was a good thing, right? In theory yes but in practice not so much. Programmer Dennis Montgomery understood that the government was basically throwing money at anyone making claims to have a solution or the ability to develop a solution that would help the government combat terrorism.
So being the concerned, patriotic citizen he is, he informed a CIA employee at the agencies Directorate of Science and Technology of software that his company eTreppid developed. He claimed that his software was able to detect hidden bar codes in Al Jazeera videos that contained latitudes and longitudes of targets and flight numbers for potential terror targets. Consequently, this was passed up the chain of command to the White House. This ultimately prompted DHS secretary Tom Ridge to announce a terror alert that grounded several international "flights of interest" and raised the nations terror alert level. Surprise, surprise, the information was not credible as previously stated by Tom. Montgomery had faked approximately 40 demonstrations in order to entice the government into funneling them your hard earned money.
Teddy Riley is a name you may not know, but you have been affected by his work. He, almost single-handedly created the "New Jack Swing" that has been so popular in R&B and hip-hop. He personally produced many of Michael Jackson's hit songs. He also tried to kill his family with a guitar.
Yes, you read that right, a guitar. And not just any guitar, a plastic Rock Band guitar. His daughter says he was "stomping, punching and bashing" the kids. She has injuries including "bashes to temple, contusion on face" and "pain in knee."
Looks like Apple and Nokia are back in the ring for round 4; ding, ding, ding. The original lawsuit, filed by Nokia, claimed that Apple infringed on ten, which is miniscule in their library of 11,000, of Nokia's patents. The problem with this lawsuit was, many patents include work from many companies, so the standards set in place, were not clear at all. Did Nokia even have authority to sue?
Apparently movies are a thing of the past, at least in the UK. While wrapping up 2009, the UK discovered that video games actually outsold movies this year. It may not seem like a lot, that is if the numbers only included movies in theaters, but these statistics actually include both movie ticket and DVD sales. Wow!
In 2009, approximately 1.73 billion British pounds went towards video game purchases, while the British only spent 1 billion pounds in the movie theatres, and 198 million British pounds on DVD and Blu-Ray disks. That's about a 30% difference! Not only were more video games sold, A LOT more video games were sold. But the UK certainly can't live up to the United States though, selling $2.7 billion dollars worth of video games, just in November this year.
Not only did video game sale increase numerously, console sales have almost doubled this past year. A whopping nine out of every ten households in the UK now own a video game console. With video games becoming more and more life like, looks the the movie industry is going to get a run for its money.