The top 10 DVD releases of 2008 shows comicbook adaptations and epic movies on the top of the list, followed by children’s movies and swashbucklers. Interestingly, 30 percent of these movies are animated films, plus another film, which includes a combination of live action and animation. Most of these movies are also targeted for the general audience.
The figures confirming this list comes from The Numbers website, a free resource for sales figures for industry professionals and movie fans who want to track business information about film sales performances. These figures only include the movies’ DVD sales performances garnered until the year 2008.
10. “Bee Movie”
While it has an awkward premise and relatively forgettable story, “Bee Movie” exudes that commercial appeal that mainly works through its humorous elements.
Since its March 2008 release, “Bee Movie” already sold a total of 5,089,856 DVDs.
9. “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”
After around two decades, Steven Spielberg returns to form with a mysteriously sparkling crystal skull for his legendary “Indiana Jones” franchise. This latest “Indy” offering entitled “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” is entertaining, inventive, new, and yet old-fashioned in a fun way. For the fans of Spielberg’s earlier works, this fourth incarnation of the adventure series pays homage to many of his older films including “Duel” and “E.T.”
Keeping its swashbuckler spirit intact, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” sold a total of 5,690,055 since its October 2008 release.
“Enchanted” is an interesting piece of modern-day magical tale that successfully reimagines the fairy tale tropes. It prances away with its enchanting premise and holds the audience happily captive to its fine blend of screwball comedy and musical bearing. This lighthearted story featuring a blend of animation and live action, fantasy and realism, practicality and dreaminess, and CGI and hand-drawn elements is essentially a postmodernist and deconstructionist masterpiece.
“Enchanted” is the top 8 best-selling DVD of 2008 with 5,418,708 DVD units sold since its release on March 2008.
7. “National Treasure: Book of Secrets”
“National Treasure: Book of Secrets” is a swashbuckler movie that travels around Washington D.C., Paris, London, and South Dakota’s Black Hills as the treasure-stricken characters embark in a new new mystery to unveil. As a sequel to the “National Treasure” franchise, this film works as a brainless fun of breaking and entering where the audience can find a pleasing diversion into its swashbuckling elements amidst its far-fetched scenarios and goofy plotting.
Director Jon Turtletaub’s keeps the franchise’s charisma on the home video market with a total of 5,892,499 DVD units sold since its May 2008 release.
6. “I am Legend”
“I am Legend” offers a stately, moody, and gripping build-up of what it can possibly be like becoming a struggling survivor during the world’s end. Although it fatally trips by its third act, the film’s primary strength comes from its provisions for some existential ideas for the audience to ponder on.
This apocalyptic film also banks on Will Smith’s mesmerizing performance; thus, making it as the top 6 best-selling DVD of 2008. Released on November 2008, it sold a total of 9,018,815 DVDs.
“Wall-E” is an animated masterpiece about a robot’s heartwarming journey to the vastness of the universe to find his beloved. Leaping beyond its mechanical pieces, this Pixar offer has a heartfelt circuitry that is able to convey emotions of true love even in the simplest moments. Wall-E is a poetic figure of a robot drawn to human spendor and he brings a whole new cosmic world of pure emotionality as a character.
Wrapped around in a touching and engaging romance through its pair of robots playing the main roles, “Wall-E” rushes to the 5th spot with 9,018,815 DVDs sold since November 2008.
4. “Kung Fu Panda”
This animated blockbuster about a kung fu-wannabe panda with a paunchy punching bag looks features a plump, drowsy, and huggable bear that charms both children and adult viewers. With its inventive visuals and genuine story execution, this misfit-with-a-dream movie is an action-packed treat that presents a good mixture of comic playfulness, satire, and whimsical adventure.
Proving its appeal to both the theatrical and home video markets, “Kung Fu Panda” continues its success with top DVD sales totaling to 8,997,405 DVD units sold since its release on November 2008.
3. “Alvin and the Chipmunks”
Based on the cartoon series that fueled the same novelty success from the energetic fun of the charming talking chipmunks, its screen version also becomes a huge hit for children who enjoy the charismatic furry animals singing and doing antics as pop superstars.
“Alvin and the Chipmunks” sold a total of 8,471,107 since its release on April 2008.
2. “Iron Man”
Finding great escapist twists on an exhausted genre, this screen adaptation of Marvel’s comic book story about the iron-clad multi-billionaire Tony Stark is a well-crafted launch of another lucrative franchise that delivers through its verve, brawn, and whiz-bangery spirit.
“Iron Man” works as a popcorn entertainment made with wit and class and it lands on the top 2 spot with a total of 9,638,487 DVDs sold since its September 2008 release.
1. “The Dark Knight”
“The Dark Knight” is a complex and visionary tale exuding such an exquisite order in the chaos of its story and theme. This Christopher Nolan opus is an explosively provocative masterpiece that works as a character study and metaphor to the society. It is the top-selling DVD of 2008.
This sequel’s historical feat boasts of 14,544,385 DVDs sold since its late release on December 2008.
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