ABBA AND BATMAN CHEERS US UP THIS CHRISTMAS


New figures released yesterday by the British Video Association, using data provided by the Official Charts Company, show that the home entertainment market is alive and kicking, despite difficult trading conditions across the entire retail sector.The surge in sales of Blu-ray discs was driven by a strong performance throughout the year, credit crunch notwithstanding. Blu-ray disc sales hit a new high in the run-up to Christmas; 1.5 million discs were sold in December alone, up almost 400% against the same period in 2007. In total the format has sold 3.7 million units in 2008, demonstrating the public’s enthusiasm for high quality picture and sound in the home.

Dark Knight (Warner Home Video) has taken the crown for best selling Blu-ray title of the year with 281,000 copies sold (including sales of the box set with Batman Begins) on the high definition format in just three weeks. Released in early December it became the best-selling Blu-ray title in history, selling more copies on Blu-ray in its first full week (178,000 copies including Batman Begins box-set) in the shops than any other movie ever released on the format.

While Blu-ray has increasingly established its position as the number one choice of next generation of home entertainment, DVDs have also enjoyed a solid year. Mamma Mia! – The Movie (Universal Pictures) officially became the UK’s fastest-selling DVD in history, achieving sales of 3.1 million in its first full week in the shops, and 5.1 million by the end of 2008. This is an unprecedented performance by a title with just five weeks on sale. While specific figures are not available, the title was heavily pre-ordered months before release to ensure no one missed out on the Abba magic for Christmas!

Lavinia Carey, Director General of the British Video Association, says: “The growth in disc sales throughout 2008 reveals that the home entertainment market is showing resilience in a difficult economic climate. The demise of EUK and Woolworths had a significant impact on pre-Christmas trading and the news since Christmas of Zavvi going into administration is a consequence of EUK going down. But we are not surprised that home entertainment is generally bearing up well; as people tighten their belts, many have rejected more extravagant outings in favour of a cosy evening at home with their favourite titles. We expect the growth of Blu-ray to continue in 2009 on the back of strong releases such as Quantum of Solace, Tropic Thunder and The Duchess.”

Looking forward to 2009, Screen Digest predicts Blu-ray disc sales will rise to 17 million units over the next 12 months, accounting seven per cent of the total disc market whilst DVD will remain popular with 241 million discs being bought by the British Public.

Helen Davis Jayalath, Head of Video at Screen Digest, adds: “DVD volume sales outpaced those of 2007 for much of the year in spite of the impending recession; even when faced with major supply chain issues in December, consumers simply bought the titles they wanted elsewhere. Although the economic climate means that Blu-ray will now take longer to achieve mass market status, demand is building for the Hi-Def discs. Meanwhile, the key challenges facing the industry in 2009 are managing the financial and inventory fallout from the loss of EUK at the same time as promoting video as an attractive and affordable entertainment option for cash-strapped consumers.

The best selling titles for 2008 were:

Title Company
1 Mamma Mia – The Movie Universal
2 The Dark Knight Warner
3 Sex And The City – The Movie EV
4 Ratatouille Walt Disney
5 Indiana Jones & The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull Paramount
6 Stardust Paramount
7 I Am Legend Warner
8 The Golden Compass EV
9 Atonement Universal
10 Kung Fu Panda Paramount

Best selling Blu-ray titles for 2008

Title Company
1 The Dark Knight Warner
2 Iron Man Paramount
3 Wall-E Walt Disney
4 Mamma Mia – The Movie Universal
5
Indiana Jones & The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull Paramount
6 Transformers Paramount
7 I Am Legend Warner
8 Casino Royale Sony Pictures
9 Hancock Sony Pictures
10 Hellboy 2 – The Golden Army Universal

Best selling children’s theatrical animation
Title Company
1 RATATOUILLE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
2 KUNG FU PANDA PARAMOUNT
3 WALL-E WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
4 BEE MOVIE PARAMOUNT
5 ICE AGE 2 – THE MELTDOWN FOX
6 SHREK THE THIRD PARAMOUNT
7 HAPPY FEET WARNER
8 SURF’S UP SONY PICTURES
9 101 DALMATIANS WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
10 FLUSHED AWAY PARAMOUNT

Best selling thrillers
Title Company
1 THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM UNIVERSAL PICTURES
2 NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN PARAMOUNT
3 BLOOD DIAMOND WARNER
4 INSIDE MAN UNIVERSAL PICTURES
5 THE BANK JOB ELEVATION SALES
6 THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND FOX
7 THE BOURNE SUPREMACY UNIVERSAL PICTURES
8 CASINO UNIVERSAL PICTURES
9 THE DA VINCI CODE SONY PICTURES
10 THE DEPARTED EIV

Best selling horror
Title Company
1 CLOVERFIELD PARAMOUNT
2 SAW 4 ELEVATION SALES
3 30 DAYS OF NIGHT ICON
4 1408 PARAMOUNT
5 SHROOMS SONY PICTURES
6 PAN’S LABYRINTH ELEVATION SALES
7 HOSTEL – PT 2 SONY PICTURES
8 THE ORPHANAGE ELEVATION SALES
9 PLANET TERROR MOMENTUM PICTURES
10 DISTURBIA PARAMOUNT

Best selling action adventure
Title Company
1 THE DARK KNIGHT WARNER
2 INDIANA JONES & THE KINGDOM OF THE PARAMOUNT
3 NATIONAL TREASURE 2 – BOOK OF SECRETS WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
4 CASINO ROYALE SONY PICTURES
5 300 WARNER
6 THE KINGDOM UNIVERSAL PICTURES
7 DIE HARD 4.0 FOX
8 SPIDER-MAN 3 SONY PICTURES
9 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN – AT WORLD’S WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
10 BEOWULF WARNER

Best selling sci-fi
Title Company
1 I AM LEGEND WARNER
2 IRON MAN PARAMOUNT
3 TRANSFORMERS PARAMOUNT
4 RESIDENT EVIL – EXTINCTION SONY PICTURES
5 ALIEN VS PREDATOR – REQUIEM FOX
6 JUMPER FOX
7 28 WEEKS LATER FOX
8 INDEPENDENCE DAY FOX
9 I ROBOT FOX
10 BLADE RUNNER WARNER

Best selling fitness discs

Title Company
1 NATALIE CASSIDY’S THEN & NOW WORKOUT UNIVERSAL PICTURES
2 DAVINA – HIGH ENERGY FIVE 2ENTERTAIN
3 STRICTLY COME DANCERSIZE 2ENTERTAIN
4 DIRTY DANCING – OFFICIAL DANCE WORKOUT ELEVATION SALES
5 ROSEMARY CONLEY – BRAND NEW YOU – COLEEN UNIVERSAL PICTURES
6 THE ULTIMATE DANCE WORKOUT – PUMP IT UP MSHK
7 DANCE IT OFF WITH VICKY BINNS UNIVERSAL PICTURES
8 LATINA TONE UNIVERSAL PICTURES
9 TRICIA PENROSE – BEFORE AND AFTER BODY 2ENTERTAIN
10 PUMP IT UP – BURN IT LOSE IT MSHK

Best selling music

Title Company
1 Beautiful World Live – Take That Universal Music
2 10 Years Of – Live At Croke Park Stadium – Westlife Sony BMG Music
3 50th Anniversary Time Machine Tour – Cliff Richard Universal
4 Best Of Both Worlds Concert – Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus Walt Disney
5 Access 2 All Areas – George Sampson Sony BMG Music
6 At Home In Ireland – Daniel O’Donnell Demon Music Group
7 High School Musical – The Concert Cast Recording Walt Disney
8 Viva La Diva – Live – O2 Arena London – Bussell/Jenkins Warner Music Int
9 Live At Wembley Stadium – Foo Fighters Sony BMG Music
10 When In Rome 2007 – Genesis EMI Music

Best selling TV
Title Company
1 Family Guy – Blue Harvest Fox
2 Family Guy – Season 7 Fox
3 Gavin & Stacey – Series 1 2 entertain
4 High School Musical 2 Walt Disney
5 Camp Rock Walt Disney
6 Friends – The Complete Series 1-10 Warner
7 Band Of Brothers Warner
8 The Mighty Boosh – Series 3 2 entertain
9 High School Musical Walt Disney
10 Prison Break – The Complete Season 3 Fox

Best Selling Special Interest Titles (Including Live Comedy)

Title Company
1 Lee Evans – Big – Live At The O2 Universal
2 Clarkson – Thriller 2Entertain
3 Michael Mcintyre – Live & Laughing Universal
4 Peter Kay’s Special Kay Universal
5 Frankie Boyle – Live Channel 4 Dvd
6 Bill Bailey – Tinselworm Universal
7 Richard Hammond’s Top Gear Stunt 2Entertain
8 Jimmy Carr – In Concert Channel 4 Dvd
9 Clarkson – Supercar Showdown 2Entertain
10 Roy Chubby Brown – Dirty Weekend Universal

Best Selling Sport & Fitness Titles

Title Company
1 Natalie Cassidy’s Then & Now Workout Universal
2 Davina – High Energy Five 2Entertain
3 Strictly Come Dancersize 2Entertain
4 Dirty Dancing – Official Dance Workout Elevation Sales
5 Rosemary Conley – Brand New You – Coleen Universal
6 Manchester Utd – Season Review 2007/2008 2Entertain
7 The Ultimate Dance Workout – Pump It Up Mshk
8 100 Premiership Goals – Vol 1 Boulevard
9 Dance It Off With Vicky Binns Universal
10 Formula 1 Season Review 2008 2Entertain

Total DVD sales 2008: 252.9 million, up 1.9%
Total Blu-ray sales 2008: 3.7 million, up 378%

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