According to The Hollywood Reporter, Man on Fire, starring Denzel Washington, sold about 1.5 million combined DVD and VHS units Tuesday, its first day on retail shelves, according to 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment executives.
While that sell-though number doesn't break any sales records for a live-action title, Man on Fire's first-day home video sales are performing on par with a $100 million-plus boxoffice film, a strong showing for a film with $78 million in domestic boxoffice. Lions Gate's The Punisher, starring John Travolta, sold about 1.8 million combined DVD and VHS units during its first five days in release, according to studio executives. The Punisher's first-week sales figure makes it one of the top-selling live-action titles of the year respective to its $33 million domestic boxoffice take. Nielsen VideoScan ranked The Punisher as the nation No. 2-best-selling DVD its debut week, second to The Passion of the Christ, for the week ending September 12th.