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"Pirates" Fans No Pirates

Ok, we had no idea you guys were such scurvy-lovin' freaks - according to Buena Vista Home Entertainment, the second "Pirates" installment sold nearly 5 million DVDs on the first day alone! Those are some serious doubloons!

No, we are not ignorant of the irony that a movie with the word "pirates" in the title is likely going to receive the biggest live-action DVD gross ever. Can you guess what will be bumped to second place? You got it - the first "Pirates" DVD. Screwy, no?

“This franchise is a genuine treasure for us and we are ecstatic that the momentum generated at theatrical has continued with the DVD release,” said Bob Chapek, president of Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment. “It is our commitment to fans of Disney movies to do everything possible to keep their favorite DVDs in stock throughout the holiday season.”

With the MPAA breathing down our necks in movie theatres, beating us over the head with anti-pirating ads after we just bought our way into the theatre to see their danged movie, hopefully someone in the byzantine corporate structure will see sales like this, have a revelation that most people are actually still spending their hard-earned dollars to purchase or rent movies, and finally begin treating consumers as honest Americans, rather than automatically assuming everyone is a pirate.

It's rather obvious that Disney has a ginormous cash cow on their hands with the "Pirates" franchise - a tent-pole series that will only flourish as we see the release of "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" hit theatres next summer, along with the subsequent sure-fire seller of the DVD release.

But we know why you're really snatching up the P2 discs so quickly, don't we? It's those Captain Jack promotional bobble-heads!

Posted by on December 7, 2006 11:05 AM
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