The Passion Sells Nearly 9 Million DVDs


The Passion of The Christ sold nearly 9 million combined DVD and VHS units during its first week in release on home video, according to 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment executives, making it the top-selling live-action title of all time.

The religious film took the top slot at the rental counter during the same frame, generating an estimated $9.45 million in gross rental revenue, or 2.6% of its $370 million domestic boxoffice take, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Passion” sold more than 4.1 million combined DVD and VHS units in its first day of release.

That figure establishes “Passion” as the best-selling live-action home video during its first week in release, topping previous record holder New Line Home Entertainment’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Twisted debuted as the third-best-selling DVD last week and was the nation’s No. 2 rental title, generating an estimated $9.13 million, or 36.2% of its domestic boxoffice take.

Buena Vista Home Entertainment’s debut of “The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride Special Edition” was the nation’s second-best-selling DVD and VHS.