Originally Posted by Cory Bauer
That of course depends on whose "report" one believes. Paramount is sticking to their guns
on the 190,000 figure reported for Transformers' first week of HD DVD sales, saying they have double-checked the numbers.
Regardless, everyone knows there are more Blu-Ray players/owners in the world than HD DVD players, and thusly Blu-Ray sells more movies each week. It's not rocket science, and there won't be a significant upswing in either
side's sales figures until players become (and stay
) at the $99 - $199 price range. Oh, and it wouldn't hurt if most people actually owned HDTVs, too
The report Sony gave didn't have the ambiguity that tainted Paramount's claim. See here...(my emphasis added)
Spidey 3 top Blu-ray seller for Sonyhttp://www.videobusiness.com/article...?desc=topstory
Sony Pictures Home Entertainments Spider-Man 3 swung to the top of the studios Blu-ray roster, selling 130,000 high-def units in its first six days on shelves, according to the studio.
The studio shipped about 400,000 Spider-Man 3 Blu-ray units to retail for the titles Oct. 30 bow, said Sony, making first-week sell-off about 30%. Sony said that does not include units bundled with the new $399 PlayStation 3.
That street week sell-off bested the comparable kick-off frame for Casino Royale on Blu-ray by more than three times. Casino Royale, which sold 40,000 Blu-ray copies in week-one sales, had been Sonys No. 1 performer in the format to this point.
The top-opening Blu-ray title across studios is believed to be Warner Home Videos 300, which the studio reportedly sold 250,000 units on the HD DVD and BD formats combined. Its believed about two-third, or 165,000, of 300 units were Blu-ray.
On the HD DVD side, Paramount Home Entertainment touted selling 190,000 HD DVD units of Transformers in the week after its Oct. 16 bow. Many industry sources wound up disputing that figure, however, believing it was actually tens of thousands lower.
Sony executives said Spider-Man 3 Blu-ray is doing a bang-up job at retail.
We are well-placed for the holidays, said Sonys worldwide president, David Bishop. We got in before the key shopping season, and now youll have more people getting into the market, as new players are launching from Sony, Sharp, Panasonic [among others]. Its our hope that they walk out with a player and Spider-Man 3.
Bishop said the title sold millions of standard-definition copies during street week but declined further comment. Industry sources, however, estimated the standard-DVD version sold 4 million to 5 million copies overall in its first week.
A number of retailers did note that Transformers sold at a brisker pace than Spider-Man 3 when comparing their first few days of sales across all formats. Paramount reported 8.3 million first-week units sold for Transformers.
Despite Spider-Man 3soutstanding $337 million U.S. box-office gross, Bishop said the studio was somewhat tempering its home entertainment expectations.
We have a lot of historical data that says that when you get to third in a series, that correlation between box office and DVD is not going to be the same, he said. We took that into consideration with our shipment numbers [in standard-def]. And the sell-off is as expected. Its a very solid performer.
In contrast, Sony more liberally shipped Blu-ray units of Spider-Man 3 versus anticipated first week sell-off.
We are in the phase of filling the [high-def] pipeline and have to anticipate demand, said Bishop. We are getting in front of the demand of the players. On standard-definition, the demand is more set."