“Jurassic World” not only became the biggest hit movie of the summer, it is setting it’s sights on becoming the top-selling DVD of the year as well. And with its record-setting first-week sales, it just might do that.
L. A. Biz reported October 29 that “Jurassic World,” which finished its theatrical run with a $1.7 billion haul worldwide (placing it third on the all-time list), shattered the regular DVD and Blu-ray first-week sales records by moving nearly 3 million units of the latest installment of the “Jurassic Park” film franchise. That number of units exceeded the former record holder, “Furious 7,” by 25 percent. Since that sequel was just released in September, it only held the record for a month.
But with 3 million in combined DVD and Blu-ray sales, “Jurassic World” is set to overtake the year’s top-selling DVD and Blu-ray, “Big Hero 6.” According to The Numbers, “Big Hero 6” currently holds the 2015 lead in both sales categories with almost 5.1 million units moved — that is nearly 2.4 million in DVDs and almost 2.7 million Blu-ray discs sold. “Furious 7,” which hit the charts with 2.5 billion DVDs and Blu-ray discs moved in its initial week, is projected to surpass “Big Hero 6” (which, despite the number in the title, is not a sequel like “Jurassic World” and “Furious 7”) before year’s end as well. At present, “Furious 7” ranks sixth in overall video sales for the year (nearly 2.7 million as of the first week of October). With its crushing debut, “Jurassic World” landed right on top of its sister Universal Studios release.
Eddie Cunningham, president of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, said in a statement: “‘Jurassic World’s’ record-breaking home entertainment debut, alongside ‘Furious 7’s’ recent spectacular performance, squarely reinforces the ever-robust and enduring consumer demand to own great content, both physically and digitally.”
Regardless of how many records it sets and/or holds, “Jurassic World” has proved to be an exciting new addition to the “Jurassic Park” franchise. Rotten Tomatoes scored the film at 71 percent on its critics Tomatometer, while the movie pulled down an 80 “liked it” score among audience raters.
The movie itself never strayed from the original premise of the Michael Crichton inspired original movie “Jurassic Park,” where the overall message seems to be a cautionary tale of the dangers of tampering with the natural order of things. That is, technological advancements can be a great thing, but it is the unforeseen and unintended consequences of those advancements that tend to harm the non-prudent and ill-prepared. For example, in the case of “Jurassic World,” when one tampers with the genes of extinct dinosaurs to re-create or engineer hybrid dinosaurs for amusement and profit and military advantage, the acts could lead to chaos, dead bodies, and cascading elements of collateral damage. (Cautionary advice? Just because one has the capability and wherewithal should not confer an arrogance ordaining that one should.)
Still, for all the roar and bluster of Universal’s hits “Furious 7” and “Jurassic World,” it would seem that their claims on records will still be just a fleeting accomplishment (although the annual top-selling title will likely be some consolation). According to industry experts (per Cinema Blend), Disney’s release of the latest “Star Wars” installment, “Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens,” will break opening day and opening weekend box office records, which only means that the movie, once it is released on DVD and Blu-ray video, will likely set records for video sales in 2016.