Y’all voted with your wallets, and while George Lucas’ alterations are ill-advised, it’s an acceptable drawback to own cinema’s most popular franchise on Blu-ray. Star Wars: The Complete Saga has already become the bestselling catalog Blu-ray disc of all time in the first week of sales: one million units, $84 million worldwide. For comparison, Tangled is so far the top DVD of 2011 with $96 million and over 6 million units sold [The Numbers]. The Complete Saga will easily outgross it in the coming weeks, though I don’t know enough about the business to project the eventual unit sales. A much higher bar was set by Avatar, which sold over 10 million units in 2010 for $183 million.
No matter the context, those sales are pretty amazing for a 9-disc set after week one. Star Wars is immortal. Read the full press release after the jump.
If you still want to voice your dissatisfaction with Lucas’ stewardship of the franchise, head over to Amazon to keep the product rating artificially low.
THE MOST ANTICIPATED BLU-RAY RELEASE IN THE GALAXY BREAKS GLOBAL SALES RECORDS WITH ONE MILLION UNITS SOLD AND $84 MILLION IN CONSUMER SPEND
The Complete Saga on Blu-ray quickly becomes the #1 pre-order and #1 catalog title since the launch of the high-definition format.
Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced today that STAR WARS is the bestselling catalog Blu-ray Disc of all time with worldwide sales totaling one million units, including 515,000 units sold in North America in its first week alone. This represents $84 million in worldwide consumer spend including $38 million in North America – unprecedented for a nine-disc Blu-ray collection at a premium price.
The thirteen-month campaign to launch the SAGA Blu-ray and engage consumers around the globe began in August 2010. From Darth Vader at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), a first look at San Diego Comic Con, a first-of-its-kind partnership with eBay, to creating the world’s largest lightsaber in the UK, the power of the Force continued to resonate around the world as fans came out in droves to have fun with that galaxy far, far away.
“Once again our fan’s enthusiasm to celebrate Stars Wars continues to amaze us,” said Kayleen Walters, Senior Director, Marketing, Lucasfilm. “Our goal was to deliver a premium product that they could enjoy with their family and friends and we are thrilled that they are enjoying it as much as we hoped they would.”
“Star Wars is a franchise with universal stories that resonates as much today as it did 30 years ago,” said Mary Daily, Executive Vice President of Marketing for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Vincent Marcais, Senior Vice President of International Marketing for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. “With the Blu-ray, audiences can go deeper into the mythology than ever before and reconnect with everything they love about the Saga in the best possible quality.”
The comprehensive collection includes the six movies with unparalleled high-definition picture and sound quality, and features numerous deleted, extended and alternate scenes, new documentaries and a cross-section of the countless Star Wars spoofs that have appeared in pop culture over the past three decades. Marking the first time ever that the full Saga is available in one complete collection, STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA ON BLU-RAY also features a coveted peek into the making of the Saga with vintage documentaries, audio commentaries, behind-the-scenes moments, interviews, prop and costume turnarounds, retrospectives and more.