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Amazon: ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Thrones,’ Top Selling Movie, TV Show in the First Half of 2013

16 Jul, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel

2013 is half-way in the books, and consumers buying movies and TV shows on disc and electronically gravitated toward A Good Day to Die Hard from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and Game of Thrones: The Complete Second Season from HBO, according to new data from Amazon.

The Seattle-based e-commerce behemoth disclosed the titles in a list of its top-selling home entertainment (including music) during the first six months of the year.

Other top-selling titles included Argo (Warner), Django Unchained (Anchor Bay), Skyfall (Fox/MGM), Rise of the Guardians (DreamWorks Animation), Wreck-it Ralph and Frankenweenie (both Disney), while TV picks included: “Breaking Bad: The Fifth Season,” (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment), “Dexter: The Seventh Season,” “Falling Skies” (TNT) and The Bible: The Epic Miniseries (Fox).

While Amazon didn’t disclose unit sales or differentiate between digital or physical media, it did indicate which titles consumer preferred on Blu-ray Disc.

Among the best-selling movies, Skyfall and Django sold predominantly on Blu-ray bundled with DVD and digital copy, while Life of Pi (DreamWorks) sold mostly on 3D Blu-ray. Lincoln (Disney) and Die Hard sold predominantly on DVD.

Among the best-selling TV series, “Thrones,” “True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season” (HBO), “Dexter,” “The Bible” and “Breaking Bad,” all sold predominantly on DVD.

Best-selling Blu-ray titles (bundled) included Schindler’s List, Jurassic Park 3D (Universal Studios Home Entertainment), The Sandlot 20th Anniversary (Fox), Top Gun 3D (Paramount) and Willow (Fox).

Best-selling kids and family fare included DVD and Blu-ray editions of Wreck-It Ralph, Hotel Transylvania on DVD with a digital copy from Sony Animation, Escape from Planet Earth on DVD (Anchor Bay), Monsters, Inc. on BD and DVD with a digital copy (Disney), and Guardians on DVD.

“Our customers continue to take advantage of our broad selection of both digital and physical entertainment choices while our editors, well-versed in their specific categories, consistently provide a mix of top choices from mainstream artists and blockbuster films to under-the-radar and genre-specific entertainment helping spur new discovery for customers,” Sarah Wood, head of U.S. entertainment at Amazon, said in a statement.

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