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Blu-ray Sales, June 3-9: Die Hard Beats Identity Theft in HD Totals

Posted June 13, 2013 07:48 AM by Josh Katz

Blu-ray DiscFor the week that ended on June 9th, Twentieth Century Fox's A Good Day to Die Hard took the top sales position on the Blu-ray-only chart. This fifth installment in the Die Hard franchise was the series' most critically lambasted entry - its Metacritic score topped out at 28% - though it still performed admirably at theaters around the globe, grossing over $304 million worldwide on top of its $92 million budget. During its first week of sales, the film had a Blu-ray market share of 49%.

Next up on the Blu-ray-only rankings was Universal Studios' release of Identity Thief. Director Seth Gordon's follow-up to his 2011 hit Horrible Bosses also had a solid theatrical showing; the the $35-million picture grossed almost $135 million domestically, despite a Metacritic score of just 35%. On the Blu-ray chart, Identity Thief sold 83% as many discs as A Good Day to Die Hard and had an HD market share of 34%. When taking into consideration overall package media figures, however, the road comedy beat Die Hard - there, the Bruce Willis actioner came in at second place and sold 82% as many units as Identity Thief.

Finally, Summit Entertainment's Warm Bodies debuted at number three on the Blu-ray-only and overall package media lists. A comedy-horror romance that attempted to do for the zombie genre what Twilight did for the vampire story, Warm Bodies was one of last winter's sleeper successes, grossing over $116 million worldwide on top of its $35 million production budget (in addition, the picture scored a 59% Metacritic grade). The movie had a Blu-ray market share of 30% and sold 29% as many HD units as A Good Day to Die Hard; on the overall package media chart, it sold 39% as many copies as Identity Thief.

Top Ten Blu-ray Sellers for Week Ending 06/09/13:
  1. A Good Day to Die Hard
  2. Identity Thief
  3. Warm Bodies
  4. Escape from Planet Earth
  5. Breaking Bad: The Fifth Season
  6. Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures
  7. The Last Stand
  8. Die Hard Legacy Collection
  9. 12 Rounds 2: Reloaded
  10. Falling Skies: The Complete Second Season
Top Five Home Media Sellers for Week Ending 06/09/13 (% of Blu-ray's Market Share Noted):
  1. Identity Thief (34%)
  2. A Good Day to Die Hard (49%)
  3. Warm Bodies (30%)
  4. Escape from Planet Earth (37%)
  5. Breaking Bad: The Fifth Season (30%)
Top Five Blu-ray 3D Sellers for Week Ending 06/09/13 (Per % of Total Unit Sales):
  1. Life of Pi 3D (23%)
  2. The Avengers 3D (11%)
  3. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 3D (10%)
  4. Wreck-It Ralph 3D (7%)
  5. Finding Nemo 3D (7%)



Source: Home Media Magazine | Permalink | United States [Country settings]

News comments (12 comments)



Graham1138
  Jun 13, 2013
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The only good Die Hard movie is the first Die Hard, since then they have turned John McClane into a super hero. But I am not surprised it beat Identity Thief, it didn't look very good.
MoulinBlu
  Jun 13, 2013
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I wonder how Die Hard will do this week, considering so many of us waited, knowing Target was going to put it on sale. It'll be priceless if it beats out Oz.
Daytripper
  Jun 13, 2013  

Graham1138
  Jun 13, 2013  
Nez
  Jun 13, 2013  

Iron Eagle 74
  Jun 13, 2013
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Lots of people must be in desperate need for coasters, because that's about all the good a blu-ray disc of this movie will give you. It's just a generic, forgettable action movie and resembles nothing from the "Die Hard" franchise. McClane has become an untouchable superhero performing impossible and implausible stunts instead of the desperate, vulnerable man that he was when he was much younger. And like others have said, Bruce Willis makes it obvious on screen that he no longer gives a crap. His age is one thing, but he doesn't even TRY.

I would vote right now to let the series die. The ONLY way I'd reconsider is if McTiernan was hired to come back and direct it once he gets out of jail. He's the ONLY director who knows what "Die Hard" looks and sounds like.
Daytripper
  Jun 13, 2013
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@Graham1138 - Yeah, the first "Die Hard" was perfect. Plain and simple. I'll go one better than what you said, I don't know single a person personally that didn't love it. Including females. There was no way they could ever make lightning strike twice like that.

Graham1138
  Jun 13, 2013
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@ Daytripper, alsor agreed. When people ask me what my favorite Christmas movie is I say, "Die Hard". I also quote and hear people quote Die Hard all the time. No one ever quotes Die Hard 2: Die Harder. My girlfriend wasn't bored by Die Hard at all and that's saying a lot, she typically does not like action movies or movies from the '80's... I know I know, I am doing my best to show her to the light. The '80's ruled!!

bluRazor
  Jun 13, 2013
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Wasn't the bad press for two way worse? I seem to remember hearing tons of critical backlash on the news about the plane crash & unnecessary high death toll. This last one just seemed average. I guess I just don't get the level of disdain people seem to have for it. I enjoyed the action scenes & didn't think the low points were as bad as the last Indy movie or anything.

tru blu
  Jun 13, 2013
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If they dropped the DVD combo's, the market share of Blu-ray for titles like A Good Day To Die Hard would be greater than 49%

timcat4843
  Jun 14, 2013
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I went to the Die Hard Movie Marathon at Cinemark, back in February. It was great seeing the first four films again, up on the big screen. All was good...until they got to the final film...A Good Day To Die Hard. You could hear a collective 'sigh' from the audience, as the movie ended. It was that terrible. The whole day was filled with anticipation, about the new Die Hard flick, only to be so rudely letdown after seeing it. With that being said, if they are going ahead with making Die Hard 6, how about Christopher Nolan as the director?

weirdproq1
  Jun 14, 2013
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The old Die Hard movies are only $7 on Blu-ray, at least in Canada.


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