The Frozen Years

Tuesday, July 7 2015
The Frozen Years

Some time back, when our pals at the Official Charts Company were compiling assorted charts putting together the bestselling singles and albums of the decade so far, since 2000 and beyond, we suggested they compile something similar for the DVD market. And, lo and behold, here’s one the organisation has compiled, pulling together the top 40 bestsellers of the decade thus far.

It’s all part of the increasingly news and consumer-focused website the organisation hosts, which is, in itself, becoming an important resource for us at The Raygun and offers up both interesting and important points.

Frozen was always going to be number one, the fact, already trumpeted by us here that it had passed the 4 million unit mark, the only film to do so this decade, after shifting 820,000 in its first week alone.

It’s followed by the two top box office earners of the decade, Avatar and Skyfall, with 3.82 million and 3.12 million units sold respectively.

Given the oft-repeated narrative about Hollywood’s love of sequels, it’s refreshing to see the top two are original films, with Despicable Me, another new creation, at four.

Below that, however, there are plenty of sequels, tot up the units of both parts of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows flicks (2.8 million and 2.2 million respectively) and The Complete Collection of the boy wizard’s adventures further down the chart, and you’re looking at more than 6.5 million copies. Add the two Despicable Me films together and you’re approaching 5 million units. There are four Twilight films, a brace of Hobbits and a smattering of comic book films, and it can look a bit samey. Comedies make a strong showing, led by The Inbetweeners Movie, with The Hangover, Bridesmaids, Ted and Paul all in there. The first of those, the most successful Britflick ahead of The King’s Speech (as long as you discount the likes of Skyfall and the Harry Potters), was based on a TV series and it’s ironic given the media’s box set infatuation (a phenomenon that has really taken root in the past five or six years), that the only TV title to make a showing among the feature films in the top 40 bestsellers is Mrs Brown’s Boys, the scourge of the chattering classes. The only title in the top 10 we haven’t mentioned, worth noting for its genuine originality, is Inception. Kudos too to Disney, there among its biggies, from Frozen at the peak down through Toy Story 3, Tangled, Up, its Marvel title Avengers Assemble, War Horse, Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise and even Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland, lurks The Lion King. The oldest film in the 40, it added almost 1.5 million to its lifetime sales, which stretch right back to the VHS era, thanks to Disney’s Diamond Edition.

Here then, is the top 40…

The Official Top 40 Biggest Selling DVD/Blu-rays of the decade so far

1 Frozen (Disney)

2 Avatar (Fox)

3 Skyfall (Fox)

4 Despicable Me (Universal)

5 Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 (Warner)

6 The Inbetweeners Movie (4DVD)

7 Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 (Warner)

8 Toy Story 3 (Disney)

9 Inception (Warner)

10 The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey (Warner)

11 The King’s Speech (Momentum)

12 The Twilight Saga New Moon (eOne)

13 The Dark Knight Rises (Warner)

14 Sherlock Holmes (Warner)

15 The Hangover (Warner)

16 Despicable Me 2 (Universal)

17 Bridesmaids (Universal)

18 The Twilight Saga Eclipse (eOne)

19 Tangled (Disney)

20 The Hunger Games (Lionsgate)

21 Taken (Fox)

22 Mrs Brown’s Boys Series One (Universal)

23 2012 (BBC Worldwide)

24 Ted (Universal)

25 Up (Disney)

26 Avengers Assemble (Disney)

27 Paul (Universal)

28 Les Miserables (Universal)

29 The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1 (eOne)

30 The Hurt Locker (Lionsgate)

31 The Hobbit The Desolation Of Smaug (Warner)

32 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox)

33 The Expendables (Lionsgate)

34 Harry Potter The Complete Collection (Warner)

35 War Horse (Disney)

36 Pirates Of The Caribbean On Stranger Tides (Disney)

37 The Hangover 2 (Warner)

38 The Lion King (Disney)

39 Transformers Dark Of The Moon (Paramount)

40 Alice In Wonderland (Disney)

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