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‘Avatar’ sets DVD and Blu-ray sales record

Four days after its release on DVD, "Avatar" is on track to become as big a movie phenomenon in home entertainment as it was in theaters.
/ Source: Reuters

Four days after its release on DVD, "Avatar" is on track to become as big a movie phenomenon in home entertainment as it was in theaters.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment said Sunday that it sold 6.7 million DVD and Blu-ray units of the film in in the United States and Canada since the discs were released Thursday.

That amounts to gross sales of $130 million, making the film from the studio division of News Corp the No. 1 home entertainment opening ever over a four-day period.

The previous record holder for a similar stretch had been "The Dark Knight," which came out in 2008.

Fox said 2.7 million of its disc sales for "Avatar" came on Blu-ray, which is a newer technology that has a higher image quality than DVD but requires its own special player.

Director James Cameron's 3-D fantasy adventure become the No. 1 film ever at worldwide box offices after opening on Dec. 18. "Avatar" made $2.7 billion, and beat the record set by Cameron's 1997 "Titanic."

The film is about a soldier who infiltrates a tribe of space aliens on a distant moon, falls in love with a princess from the tribe and leads a rebellion against the human invaders who sent him on the mission.

Fox released the film on DVD and Blu-ray on Thursday to coincide with Earth Day, saying the timing dovetailed with "Avatar's" theme of guarding the environment. (Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Paul Simao)