With a total haul of $32 million (worldwide!) on a $50 million budget, it seemed that Dredd would definitely not get a sequel; but with the latest word on the film’s sales figures in the home video market, could there be new hope for another chapter?
They also included this little bit of press release:
The verdict is in and Lionsgate (LGF), a leading global entertainment company, announced today that the home entertainment release of DREDD claimed the number one spot on the DVD sell-through and Blu-ray charts with 650,000 units sold, making it the best-selling new release title of the year. Blu-ray units accounted for nearly 50% of week 1 POS at retail. In addition, the critically acclaimed thriller, starring Karl Urban (Star Trek) as the titular character Judge Dredd , was the top film download for the week, outpacing all other titles in digital sales as well. Said Ron Schwartz , Lionsgate Executive Vice President & General Manager, Home Entertainment. “We’re also pleased that a film released on 3-D Blu-ray was able to top the sales charts, a clear reflection of how quality films in this up and coming format can find their audience.
Head on over to their site, ScreenRant, to read the rest of their article.
There is nothing I would like to see more than a sequel to Dredd. Except maybe the reboot of The Crow franchise, but I am in the minority there.
I can’t disclose my employer (Not 100% sure if I can, so I won’t), but in my employment I can say the Dredd sold like gangbusters. We actually sold out of the Blu-Ray’s within an hour. It wasn’t expected to do well and it surpassed expectations. So the desire for the film is there. Is the studio brave enough to move forward? I think they should be. Those 3 of us who saw the film in the theater have spread the word about how good it is and it seems to be picking up steam. It is just unfortunate that it has to be on home video. I personally feel that a sequel, with the built in audience of the ‘cult classic’ viewer, those who have purchased it on Blu-Ray or DVD, would prove successful.
What do you think? Have you seen Dredd? If not, GET TO IT! It is fabulous (and yes, I did use the word fabulous. Get over it.) Buy it here on Amazon and make me happy!
- DREDD Tops Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download Sales (collider.com)
- Dredd, Dead In Theaters, Resurrected On Disc (contactmusic.com)
- “You’d save me a lot of paperwork if you’d just confess right now.” Dredd Blu-Ray trailer (bizzammovienews.com)