Paddington Stationed At Number One

Tuesday, July 7 2015
Paddington Stationed At Number One

From darkest Peru into nearly a million homes… Paddington’s rehabilitation, which has seen the character once again becoming a firm family favourite is complete, a fact highlighted by the bestselling DVD and Bu-rays of 2015 so far issues by Official Charts Company.

The chart sees the marmalade-loving bear well ahead of his closest rival, selling some 940,000 units since its March bow, well ahead of number two in the chart for the first six months of the year, The Hobbit: Battle Of The Five Armies.

It seals a remarkable turnaround in the fortunes of Paddington, first introduced to the world almost 60 years ago by creator Michael Bond. Critics were sharpening their knives about the film, dubbing it “troubled” after Colin Firth was replaced as the voice of the character by Ben Whishaw, amid other reports about potential pitfalls in the attempt to relaunch him, this time on the big screen.

Commenting on its success, Studiocanal’s John Rodden said: “We are extremely proud to see Paddington top the sales chart for the first half of the year. The film continues to delight and entertain and we fully expect Paddington to remain one of the strongest sellers for the 2nd half of the year, especially over the gifting period. Our thanks and congratulations go out to the whole team at Elevation on this fantastic result.”

The final part in The Hobbit instalment sold an impressive 787.000 units, while Lionsgate’s penultimate Hunger Games flick, Mockingjay Part 1, was third with 573,000. Given another from Studiocanal, The Imitation Game, is at five, then it’s a strong performance for distributors outside of the big Hollywood studio system.

Regular readers of The Raygun newsletter won’t be surprised by much of the rest of the top 40, as we have tracked the success of many of the releases this far, such as the most recent entrant into the chart, Universal’s Fifty Shades Of Grey, released at the end of June, racking up sales of 521,000 before the month was out. Lurking within the film content are a clutch of other notable releases – the fourth season of Game Of Thrones, the resurgence in fitness releases provided by Universal’s Charlotte’s 3 Minute Belly Blitz.

Outside  the top 20, many of the hits are titles that came out in the latter part of the previous year, led by Disney’s Frozen. Oscar winners and nominations also show the positive benefits of Oscar and BAFTA buzz, with The Grand Budapest Hotel being one of the highlights.

Here then, from the Official Charts Company, are the year’s bestsellers so far… For more, see our newsletter at the end of the week and keep an eye on the organisation’s own spiffing website, at http://www.officialcharts.com/

The Official Top 40 Biggest Selling DVDs And Blu-rays Of 2015 

1 Paddington (Studiocanal)

2 The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies (Warner)

3 The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 (Lionsgate)

4 Fifty Shades Of Grey (Universal))

5 The Imitation Game (Studiocanal)

6 Fury (SPHE)

7 Interstellar (Warner)

8 Gone Girl (Fox)

9 American Sniper (Warner)

10 Lucy (Universal)

11 Big Hero 6 (Disney)

12 Game Of Thrones Complete Fourth Season (HBO)

13 The Theory Of Everything (Universal)

14The Equalizer (SPHE)

15 Charlotte’s 3 Minute Belly Blitz (Universal)

16 Kingsman The Secret Service (Fox)

17 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Paramount)

18 The Maze Runner (Fox)

19 A Walk Among The Tombstones (eOne)

20 Taken 3 (Fox)

21 Frozen (Disney)

22 Dracula Untold (Universal)

23 Night At The Museum 3 (Fox)

24 The Grand Budapest Hotel (Fox)

25 The Wolf Of Wall Street (Universal)

26 Guardians Of The Galaxy (Disney)

27 The Inbetweeners Movie 2 (4DVD)

28 Exodus – Gods And Kings (Fox)

29 The Boxtrolls (Universal)

30 Before I Go To Sleep (Studiocanal)

31 X-Men Days Of Future Past (Fox)

32 Mr Turner (eOne)

33 Into The Woods (Disney)

34 Maleficent (Disney)

35 Shaun The Sheep The Movie (Studiocanal)

36 Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (Fox)

37 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox)

38 The Lion King (Disney)

39 Divergent (eOne)

40 What We Did On Our Holiday (Lionsgate)

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