Lionsgate's Gamer Gets the High Score as it Debuts Number One on the DVD and Blu-ray Charts With 1.4 Million Sold in North America

Gamer Marks The Second Consecutive Lionsgate Title To Top Weekly Charts, After Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself Claimed Last Week's Top Slot

Jan 28, 2010, 07:00 ET from Lionsgate

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lionsgate, (NYSE: LGF), the leading next generation studio, reigned supreme for the second week in a row as the high concept action thriller Gamer, produced by Lakeshore Entertainment, sold 1.4 million DVD and Blu-ray units in its first week to debut at number one on both the DVD and Blu-ray sell through and rental charts. 

The number one opening comes just one week after Lionsgate's successful relationship with writer/director Tyler Perry struck gold, once again, when Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself captured the top spot on the weekly charts. Gamer marks the third film from the writer/director team of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor released by Lionsgate. Lionsgate also scored on the charts in 2007 when the Neveldine/Taylor film Crank debuted as the number one DVD in its first week of release.  In 2009, Crank 2 High Voltage debuted at number two on the DVD weekly charts and also landed the number one spot on the Blu-ray and iTunes charts

After its first week, Gamer appears positioned to significantly over-index its theatrical box office performance on DVD, converting at over 100% of box office and reflecting another example of Lionsgate's typically high theatrical box office-to-DVD conversation rate. Gamer achieved the highest box office-to-DVD conversion rate in the industry since the home entertainment debut of Lionsgate's Crank 2 High Voltage in September 2009. Lionsgate continues to maintain the highest conversion rate of any studio—approximately 36% higher than the studio average.

The high concept action thriller, which earned over $20 million domestically and almost $40 million worldwide at the box office during its theatrical run, features an all-star cast including Gerard Butler (300), three-time Emmy® nominee Michael C. Hall (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, "Dexter," 2008 & 2009; "Six Feet Under," 2002), Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges (Crash) and Golden Globe® winner Kyra Sedgwick (Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama, "The Closer," 2007).

"Lionsgate continues to be the industry leader in box office to home entertainment conversion by releasing successful action movies like Gamer," said Ron Schwartz, Lionsgate General Manager and Executive Vice President. "The combination of a high-powered cast and non-stop excitement appeals to audiences who consume home entertainment in all iterations."


In a near future when gaming and entertainment have evolved into an exhilarating yet terrifying new hybrid, humans control other humans in mass-scale, multi-player online game -- people playing people...for keeps.  Mind-control technology is widespread, and at the heart of the controversial games is its creator, reclusive billionaire Ken Castle (Hall).  His latest brainchild, the first-person shooter game "Slayers," allows millions to act out their most savage fantasies online in front of a global audience, using real prisoners as avatars with whom they fight to the death.  Kable (Butler) is the superstar and cult hero of the ultraviolent "Slayers."  Taken from his family, imprisoned and forced to fight against his will, the modern day gladiator must survive long enough to escape the game to free his family, regain his identity and to save mankind from Castle's ruthless technology.


  • I-Con Mode:  Go deep behind the scenes with this interactive time-shifting multi-dimensional exploration into the making of Gamer
  • Gamer Cheat Codes: interactive specialized scene-specific audio and video throughout the film
  • Audio commentary with the writer/directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor and actors Amber Valletta, Alison Lohman and Terry Crews
  • "Inside the Game: Controlling Gamer" – "making of" documentary
  • "First Person Shooter:  The Evolution of Red" featurette
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Never-Before-Seen Theatrical trailer
  • Lionsgate Live™* (requires profile 2.0 player)
  • BD-Touch and Metamenu  Remote™ enabled
  • Enhanced for D-Box™ Motion Control Systems

*Subject to change


  • Audio commentary with the writer/directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor and actors Amber Valletta, Alison Lohman and Terry Crews
  • "Inside the Game: Controlling Gamer" – "making of" documentary
  • "First Person Shooter:  The Evolution of Red" featurette
  • Theatrical trailer

*Subject to change

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