The Dark Knight Closes in on 2 Million Units Sold Worldwide
A week after hitting store shelves, the Blu-ray release of Warner Brothers ‘The Dark Knight‘ has sold over 1.7 Million units worldwide, shattering all previous Blu-ray sales records. The film, which stars Christian Bale as the caped-crusader, is set to break $1 Billion at the box office, and some execs feared that home video sales would be hurt by such success. Those fears were alleviated after selling through 600,000 Blu-ray units on the first day, and sales of the landmark title have been continuing at a record pace.
The worldwide numbers include retail and rental sales in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Benelux, and Australia. The majority of sales came from US buyers, which bought over 1 Million units of the title. Blu-ray sales represented nearly 13% of all home media sales for the title, which sold 13.5 Million units on home video formats.
In comparison, ‘The Matrix‘ DVD release in 1999 – which is generally recognized as the title to spark sales of the format – sold 780,000 units in one week. The Blu-ray release of ‘The Dark Knight’ has more than doubled that accomplishment.
Blu-ray has been recognized as one of the most wanted items this holiday season, and consumers are responding aggressively towards lower player prices and the high definition releases of many film favorites. Interest in the format has exploded as consumers budgets become tighter and they realize they can get the same or better movie watching experience in their home with Blu-ray for a lot less money.