Pirates Sells Nearly 5M Units Day One
Source: Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment
December 6, 2006
Walt Disney Pictures' Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest became the #1 DVD of the holiday season, selling nearly 5 million units on DVD in North America in its first day of release it was announced today by Bob Chapek, president of Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment.
This fete now poises Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment to finish the 2006 year owning three of the top three DVD releases of the year with "Dead Man's Chest," Cars and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Adding to these phenomenal accomplishments, the nearly 5 million DVD units sold of "Dead Man's Chest" in its first day of sales puts it on track to become the #1 selling "live-action" DVD title of all time.
"We could not be more thrilled with the incredible success of 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest,'" commented Chapek. "This franchise is a genuine treasure for us and we are ecstatic that the momentum generated at theatrical has continued with the DVD release. Consumers have an insatiable appetite for all things Pirates of the Caribbean."
"'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest' is officially on track to become the #1 selling DVD of the year. This, coupled with the recent successes of 'Cars' and the Platinum release of 'The Little Mermaid,' continues to illustrate the enduring appeal of Disney branded movies in the DVD industry. It is our commitment to fans of Disney movies to do everything possible to keep their favorite DVDs in stock throughout the holiday season," he continued.
Starring Johnny Depp as that mischievous, heroic rogue Captain Jack Sparrow, this epic adventure directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer has taken audiences by storm. The film's theatrical opening weekend was the biggest in U.S. box-office history, and the high-seas Hollywood tidal wave continues with a worldwide box-office gross of over a billion dollars to date, making it Disney's most successful movie of all time.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest was released as both a deluxe 2-disc Special Edition DVD set and as a single-disc DVD. The single-disc DVD features screenwriter audio commentary and the hilarious, never-before-seen "Bloopers of the Caribbean." The Special Edition features limited availability holographic packaging and includes all single disc features, plus a treasure-chest of bonus booty: a behind-the-scenes documentary; a Captain Jack featurette; a sword-fighting featurette; "Creating the Kraken" on the film's stunning sea beast; "Fly on the Set" - an on location view of filming; a featurette on the legend of Davy Jones; bonus program on the newly "re-Imagineered" Pirates of the Caribbean resort attraction; star-studded, red-carpet Hollywood premiere footage; producer Jerry Bruckheimer's personal on-set photo diary, and more. Much of the bonus material is exclusive to this DVD release.