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Mark Burnett's 'The Bible' Tops 1 Million in Home Entertainment Sales

The Bible continues to be a big seller for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Mark Burnett's religious miniseries recently topped 1 million units in home entertainment sales., making it the fastest selling TV title of the last two years.

This latest feat follows record-breaking ratings (13.1 million viewers) for History and April's fast-selling debut of the DVD and Blu-ray. In its first week alone, The Bible moved 525,000 copies.

“We are thrilled that The Bible series continues to be enjoyed by millions across the country. The response to the series on television was overwhelming and clearly families are now wanting to own the DVD and enjoy it with family and friends,” said co-eps Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. “There are many people that are gifting it to others to share the good news far and wide. The Bible series is fast becoming a national treasure, and next we roll it out around the world.”

In response to the 10-part series' warm reception, Burnett and Downey have already said that they're doing some sort of follow-up to the project. They're also editing the Jesus portions of the series into a feature. (can I have a miniseries about Fresco!Jesus instead?)

“Retailers understood the potential of this project immediately, especially in its broad appeal to families," said Simon Swart, executive vp and gm of North America for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. "Sales have maintained a brisk pace since its release which reflects the endearing universal appeal of the series."

Burnett is under the impression that 1 million is also a small number compared to the audience the series will ultimately reach.

"I believe in the next 15 years, more people on the planet will have seen our Bible series than not seen it," said Burnett during June's Produced By conference.

by Anonymousreply 806/27/2013

I wonder how many of those copies sold were on VHS?

by Anonymousreply 106/27/2013

""I believe in the next 15 years, more people on the planet will have seen our Bible series than not seen it," said Burnett during June's Produced By conference."

Maybe someone should have told him that the majority of people are not even christians and that many African countries were an OT brand of christianty keeps spreading like a pest since a while are so piss poor they won't be able to afford your DVD, even less technology to play and watch it on.

by Anonymousreply 206/27/2013

I've been buying this on bluray for 2 months, I just can't get myself to pay 40 bucks for it, am I missing out on anything?

by Anonymousreply 306/27/2013

If you like pablum, R3, go right ahead! Just don't assume it has anything to do with the Bible. Or have anything that will make you think.

by Anonymousreply 406/27/2013

It's actually a pretty good movie, r4.

by Anonymousreply 506/27/2013

It's the perfect gift for the Christian who swears by the Bible, but is too illiterate to read it.

by Anonymousreply 606/27/2013

The acting is pretty bad.

by Anonymousreply 706/27/2013

You don't get it, the guy playing Jesus is GORGEOUS!

by Anonymousreply 806/27/2013
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