Year-End Sales Numbers For 2014 “DC Universe Animated Original Movie” Releases

Sales for the three 2014 titles in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie direct-to-video line from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment seemed to inch up this year, despite an overall mixed reaction to the products and major growth in the digital download market. Selling just over 1.3 million during the calendar year, the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line saw a successful year thanks to a highly-publicized reboot of the line and promotional tie-ins from the Batman brand. The numbers below number comes from the three DC Universe Animated Original Movie titles that debuted this year – Justice League: War, Son of Batman and Batman: Assault on Arkham. Note that all numbers listed in this articles are estimated physical home video numbers only, combining both the DVD and Blu-ray sales for the listed time period, based on research and market analysis.

Interest in Justice League: War, the first DC Universe Animated Original Movie 2014 title and the official “reboot” of the home video line, which will now put more of a focus on continuity and design consistency, moved 115,000 in its first week and nearly 225,000 unit in its first month of release. The title, which went on sale the week ending February 9th, 2014, was heavily promoted by the studio, and marketed as a big creative and thematic shift for the popular home video line. The push did work, with Justice League: War amassing nearly 400,000 physical units sold since hitting shelves despite a soft reaction from fans and critics. The brand’s new emphasis on continuity and visual consistency helped the title remain fairly active on the low-end of the sales spectrum for the majority of the year after the initial sales boom trickled off. It’s worth noting that sales between both the DVD and Blu-ray editions were nearly neck and neck during the year, with the DVD sales occasionally surpassing Blu-ray, partially due to legal download sales eating into Blu-ray numbers and the DVDs being targeted as more of an impulse buy. Legal download numbers are expected to account a small but notable percentage of Justice League: War sales.

The second feature-length DC Universe Animated Original Movie title of the year, Son of Batman, was also the highest-selling title of the line for the year. The title moved 165,000 in its first week, the week ending May 11th, 2014, and managed to hold in the following weeks, experiencing drops smaller than usual for the line. By the end of May 2014, sales reached an estimated 250,000. The title likely experienced a stronger hold due the overall “Batman 75″ brand promotion during the year, as both Warner Bros. Entertainment and DC Comics celebrated the 75th anniversary of the popular comic icon, resulting in increased brand presence throughout the year. And due to said promotions and special tie-ins, Son of Batman managed to surpass 500,000 physical units moved during 2014. Despite an overall mixed response from both fans and critics, the title remains a popular seller and is still placed prominently on store shelves and in displays with other Batman paraphernalia. Sales for both the Blu-ray and DVD edition are nearly on par, akin to Justice League: War, though the Blu-ray edition remains the overall dominant selling format for the title.

Lastly, the final 2014 release under the DC Universe Animated Original Movie banner, Batman: Assault on Arkham, also benefited from the year-long “Batman 75″ sales promotion, having moved close to 405,000 units since its release in early August 2014. The title moved 130,000 units for the week ending August 17th 2014, and managed to keep subsequent drop-offs small due to a host of factors. The most critically-acclaimed installment of the line for 2014, Batman: Assault on Arkham was able to benefit off the “Batman 75″ brand promotion, it’s connection to the popular, highly-acclaimed Batman: Arkham video game series and the cult following of Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad – the main characters of the movie. Like Son of Batman, Batman: Assault on Arkham remains prominently placed on stores shelves and in displays as part of the ongoing “Batman 75″ promotions. However, unlike Son of Batman and Justice League: War, sales between the DVD and Blu-ray editions are clearly in favor of Blu-ray, with the high-definition format accounting for over 60% of physical home video sales.

It’s worth noting that, this year, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment started selling legal downloads for many of their movie titles two weeks before the street date of the physical home video release. This gave many titles a two-week window of digital download sales before the subsequent DVD or Blu-ray titles were sold. This practice, which is starting to become the new standard for home video sales, does change the home video sales landscape, something that will likely become very apparent in 2015 as physical media becomes more and more a secondary market behind digital. Physical sales will likely shrink considerably next year, and it will be interesting to see how the market reacts. Next year will likely be a very crucial year for the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line, a film line dependent on home video sales.

Please note the above sales numbers do not take into account rental numbers, OnDemand numbers or legal download numbers. Sales numbers are estimates gathered through independent research, market analysis and various home media retailing outlets. Additionally, sale numbers from titles released before the 2014 calendar year are not taken into account. Also remember to take into account release date and character marketability when comparing sales numbers for each title.

More details on the entire DC Universe Animated Original Movie line can be found here at The World’s Finest special dedicated subsite. Please click on the links below to discuss the assorted releases covered in this article.

-Justice League: War Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
-Justice League: War Blu-ray/DVD Talkback (Spoilers)
-Son of Batman Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
-Son of Batman Blu-ray/DVD Talkback (Spoilers)
-Batman: Assault on Arkham Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
-Batman: Assault on Arkham Blu-ray/DVD Talkback (Spoilers)

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“Son Of Batman” Animated Feature Returns January 2015 To Teletoon

Son of Batman will return to Teletoon as part of the Canadian channel’s “Teletoon at Night Superfan Movies” programming block on Friday, January 2nd, 2015 at 9:00pm (ET/PT). The animated feature, part of the ongoing DC Universe Animated Orignal Movie line from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, is based on the “Batman and Son” comic book storyline published by DC Comics, which introduced Batman to his son, Damian Wayne. The weekly “Teletoon at Night Superfan Movies” programming block on Teletoon, airing Fridays starting at 9:00pm (ET/PT), features a mix of super-hero and sci-fi-based movies, both live-action and animated.

Official details on the Son of Batman animated feature, released by Teletoon, are available below.




Son of Batman
Teletoon, Friday, January 2nd, 2015 at 9:00pm (ET/PT)

Hidden atop a secret mountain stronghold lies the League of Shadows and its fearless leader, Ra’s al Ghul. Together with his equally dangerous daughter Talia, he oversees a trained army of assassins with plans for global domination. But an uprising from within the league now threatens to shift the balance of power and sends Talia and her young son, Damian, fleeing to Gotham City. With assassins on their trail, Talia seeks the protection of Batman, who, unbeknownst to him, is the boy’s father. With his son in tow, Batman wages war against the villain Deathstroke and the League of Shadows, all while teaching his headstrong boy that one can’t fight crime by becoming a criminal. With help from Gotham’s finest, including Commissioner Gordon and Nightwing, Batman will soon discover that his son and most trusted ally are one and the same!

Complete details on the direct-to-video Son of Batman animated feature can be found at the Son of Batman subsite here at The World’s Finest. Son of Batman airs Friday, January 2nd, 2014 at 9:00pm (ET/PT) on Teletoon. Click on the links below to discuss both the new Son of Batman animated feature, its respective home video releases, and other related discussions.

-Son of Batman Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
-Son of Batman Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Talkback (Spoilers)
-Son of Batman Soundtrack Talkback (Spoilers)
-Batman and Son Comic Talkback (Spoilers)

Son of Batman is part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, in co-production with Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment. Details on other titles in the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line at The World’s Finest. Teletoon is slated to air numerous titles from that home video line throughout the year, including some world network premiere debuts.

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Releases “Justice League: Throne Of Atlantis” Video Clip

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released a video clip from the upcoming Justice League: Throne of Atlantis animated feature. The highly-anticipated movie, hitting Digital Download on January 13th, 2015, and then Blu-ray and DVD on January 27th, 2015, spotlights the origins of Aquaman and his first meeting with the Justice League. Justice League: Throne of Atlantis – a co-production between DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment – will retail for $24.98SRP on Blu-ray, $19.98SRP on DVD.

Click on the player below to view the clip, with plot details to follow.

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis
Synopsis:
As Orm and Black Manta make their move against the surface world after the battle with Apokolips forces in Justice League War had deadly consequences for Atlantis, the queen of the lost underwater civilization searches for her other son, Orm’s half brother Arthur. Living on the surface world with powers he doesn’t understand, Arthur Curry steps into his destiny as Aquaman, teaming with the Justice League to save and unite all people of the world.

Additional updates on Justice League: Throne of Atlantis can be found here.

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis is set for release for Digital Download on January 13th, 2015, and then Blu-ray and DVD on January 27th, 2015 as part of the DC Universe Original Movie line from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, in co-production with Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment. Stay tuned for further updates and more here soon at The World’s Finest.

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World Premiere Of “Justice League: Throne Of Atlantis” Set For January 12, 2015 At Paley Center In Los Angeles

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the World Premiere of the upcoming Justice League: Throne of Atlantis animated feature, set for January 12th, 2015 at the Paley Center in Los Angeles. The highly-anticipated movie, hitting Digital Download on January 13th, 2015, and then Blu-ray and DVD on January 27th, 2015, spotlights the origins of Aquaman and his first meeting with the Justice League. Justice League: Throne of Atlantis – a co-production between DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment – will retail for $24.98SRP on Blu-ray, $19.98SRP on DVD.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has provided the following details about the event along with three new images.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announces World Premiere of
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis at The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles

Aquaman & Justice League in Spotlight at January 12 event;
Limited Free Tickets Available to Fans on First Come, First Served Basis

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and The Paley Center for Media proudly present the World Premiere of Justice League: Throne of Atlantis in Los Angeles on January 12, 2015. Filmmakers and members of the voice cast will attend the event for red carpet media interviews and a post-screening panel discussion.

The screening will commence at 7:00pm, and attending talent will be announced as confirmed in the coming weeks. The Paley Center for Media is located at 465 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills.

A limited number of free tickets are available to the general public. Fans wishing to receive free tickets to the Los Angeles event on January 12 must RSVP via email to JLAtlantisLA@gmail.com.

The body of all fan RSVP emails MUST include the (1) name of the entrant, (2) valid email address, and (3) name of the media outlet/website by which the entrant learned of the screening. No pleas, no begging, no extra words – just three simple lines of information.

Here’s an example of EXACTLY how the body of the RSVP email should appear:

Arthur
Aquaman@gmail.com
NameOfWebsite.com

Tickets to the event will be distributed on a “first come, first served” basis, and fans will be notified via email.

In Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Cyborg discovers an imminent threat in the depths of the oceans so powerful that it rallies together the newly formed Justice League. Meanwhile, wandering thousands of feet above the ocean floor is drifter Arthur Curry, a man with strange powers who may be the last chance to bridge the ancient Atlantean world with our own. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the Justice League must band together as they face off against warmongering Orm, an army of sea creatures, otherworldly weapons and perilous odds. In t his all-new epic adventure from the DC Universe , mankind’s only hope of escaping from the darkness lie s with the guiding light of a man – Aquaman!

The celebrity laden cast features primetime television stars Matt Lanter (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, 90210) at Aquaman, Sam Witwer (Being Human, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) as Orm, Jason O’Mara (Terra Nova, Vegas, Life on Mars) as Batman, Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs) as Flash, Nathan Fillion (Castle) as Green Lantern, Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds) as Cyborg, Rosario Dawson (Sin City) as Wonder Woman, Jerry O’Connell (Crossing Jordan, Stand By Me) as Superman, Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) as Shazam, Sumalee Montano (Beware the Batman, Transformers Prime) as Mera, Sirena Irwin (Superman: Unbound) as Queen Atlanna, and Harry Lennix (Man of Steel, The Blacklist) as Manta.

Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment for Digital Download on January 13th, 2015, and then Blu-ray and DVD on January 27th, 2015.

Additional updates on Justice League: Throne of Atlantis can be found here. Click the player below to watch the trailer for the animated feature.

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis is set for release for Digital Download on January 13th, 2015, and then Blu-ray and DVD on January 27th, 2015 as part of the DC Universe Original Movie line from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, in co-production with Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment. Stay tuned for further updates and more here soon at The World’s Finest.

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