For the week ending 09/11/11, X-Men: First Class, powered its way to the top of the Blu-ray sales chart. Signaling the first high profile issue from the slate of Summer 2011 blockbusters, the mutants unleashed their fury and infused energy into the home video market. X-Men: First Class is distributed by 20th Century Fox and finished its worldwide run with a total of $353 million. The mutants were an overwhelming success in their first week of Blu-ray release as they achieved 60% of their total package unit sales from the HD format.
Having an outstanding Blu-ray bow was Al Pacino's Scarface. Offered in an attractive limited edition SteelBook, Scarface became an instant hit among Blu-ray collectors of all ages. The movie finished the week as the No. 6 seller in the overall sales chart based exclusively on the strength of its Blu-ray sales.
Hanna was another new home video title that had a successful debut for Blu-ray as it finished the week No. 3 on the Blu-ray sales chart and No. 2 on the overall sales chart. The film from Universal Studios managed a very strong 44% of its total disc sales from Blu-ray.
Exciting times are ahead as we preview next week's sales results, for titles opening this week. A monumental sales battle between Star Wars, perhaps the most anticipated catalog title in the history of the Blu-ray format, and the summer smash Thor. Blu-ray sales records are sure to be set in the next few weeks.
Great for x-men: first class. Really glad to see 60%, which is impressive since the release didn't come with a DVD unless you bought from Target. Hopefully this trend continues for the summer blockbusters getting released on blu-ray in the next few months.
Scarface was the title I was looking forward to see how it would perform on Blu-ray. It really did well in comparison to other catalog titles. Plus, the 60% BD market share for X-Men puts a very positive outlook for future new releases.
Zombieland is probably on there because if you bought the video game "Dead Island" at Best Buy, you got the movie for free. The district I work in had all copies of that movie gone because of that game.
Disable your internet connection on your PS3. The movie will stop skipping once you do this. It has something to do with the BD-Live I think. I bought my copy, played it and it was skipping every couple of seconds but audio kept playing. Took it back to Best Buy, figured it was defective, grabbed another copy, still skipping. Found out on forums and many other places that once you disable the internet connection, it should play fine and it does.
After seeing the highest market share for blu ray was 60%, I can't believe people are still buying DVD's! I mean with catalog titles I can understand that the price may be lower, but most new releases on release date usually aren't much more than the DVD price
Scarface was the second-highest grossing blu-ray of the week. That's quite impressive for a catalog film that's now three decades old. I'm glad I helped it achieve its blu-ray success by preordering my copy. I'm looking forward to, down the line, receiving the X-Men: First Class steelbook I ordered from Play.com.