Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Is 'Harold & Kumar' sequel a hit?

We probably won't know the answer until it's released on DVD. So far, the movie's doing much better business than its predecssor. In 2004, "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" grossed $18 million at the box office (during its entire run). Its sequel took in $14.9 million on opening weekend on 2,500 screens and will likely surpass $18 million by Friday. USA Today provided some great background.

The movie's real test, however, will come on DVD. The first earned $60 million on DVD. Yes, that's right. Don't adjust your screen: "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" earned $60 million on DVD.

Given just how unrestrained the sequel is with nudity, profanity, gross-out jokes and its shock-inducing bottomless party, you can pretty much guess the DVD is going to deliver lots of extras. While interviewing the directors in Austin, I learned that one of the extras will offer viewers to opportunity to change the bottomless scene into a topless scene.

I'd make a joke about their commitment to high art, but it's too easy.

1 comment:

Kathryn Usher said...

Doobie movies do best when the DVD comes out. Entertainment Weekly just did an excellent story on that fact.