For the week that ended on March 24th, Warner Bros. and New Line Home Entertainment's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey scored the top position on the Blu-ray and overall package lists. Budgeted at around $200 million, director Peter Jackson's first prequel to his Academy Award-winning Lord of the Rings Trilogy has already performed admirably at the box office; to date, it has grossed more than $1 billion worldwide. Its solid small-screen debut also augers well for its future - the film had a Blu-ray market share of 56%.
At the number two spot on the overall package media and Blu-ray-only rankings was Universal Studios Home Entertainment's release of Les MisÚrables. This sweeping musical epic - director Tom Hooper's follow-up to his Best Picture-winning The King's Speech - proved uncommonly successful during its theatrical run. It grossed over $432 million top on of its estimated $61 million budget. While Les MisÚrables didn't approach The Hobbit in overall sales, even at number two (it sold 33% as many Blu-rays as Peter Jackson's feature and 34% as many total units), its opening in second place was a strong one, and it had a good HD market share of 54%.
Finally, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's Zero Dark Thirty rounded out the top three positions on the Blu-ray and overall package media lists. This critically acclaimed thriller drummed up no small amount of controversy for itself and filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow, though the constant press ultimately proved lucrative; while the film only won one of its four Academy Award nominations, it grossed over $108 million off its modest $40 million budget. Zero Dark Thirty sold 20% as many Blu-rays as The Hobbit - and had a Blu-ray market share of 53% - and 21% as many total units.