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Harry Potter series hold top spot for DVD sales in 2011

The Harry Potter series held the top spot for DVD sales while The Help, The Hunger Games, Water for Elephants and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo were among the top books of the year: Nielsen

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:
Parts I and II from Warner Home Video held the first and third positions, respectively, in the top 10 DVD titles for the year 2011. Tangled from Disney/Buena Vista Home Video held the second spot for DVD titles with top 10 sales. These rankings are based on sales data from 3 January 2011 to 4 December 2011 as compiled by Nielsen (blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire). Sales data includes aggregate disc unit sales (DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray/DVD Combo packs, etc.) at popular retailers with the exception of Wal-Mart.

Film adaptations of books dominated entertainment sales in 2011 to great success, according to Nielsen. All the ten ranks are from DVDs released within the year 2011 and the notable titles among the lower ranks included Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Cars 2, Rio, Bridesmaids and Lion King.

The DVD, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is based on the Harry Potter novel written by British author, J K Rowling. Released globally in 93 countries, Deathly Hallows broke sales records as the fastest-selling book ever. It sold 15 million copies in the first 24 hours following its release, including more than 11 million in the US and UK alone. The novel has been translated into over 120 languages, including Hindi. Major themes in the novel are death and living in a corrupted society, and critics have compared them to Christian allegories.

In the category of adult fiction printed books, according to Nielsen, the top-selling books were The Help by Kathryn Stockett from Berkly Publishing Group, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen from Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill (May 2007 publication), Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese from Vintage Books, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson from Vintage Books (June 2009 publication). Kathryn Stockett’s best seller is a story about African American maids working in white households in Jackson, Mississippi during the early 1960s. An early review in The New York Times notes Stockett’s “affection and intimacy buried beneath even the most seemingly impersonal household connections” and says the book is a “button-pushing, soon to be wildly popular novel”.

According to Nielsen, children and young adults were fascinated with the printed books The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins from Scholastic Press (July 2010 publication), Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney from Abrams, and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins from Scholastic Press (September 2009 publication). Collins’ The Hunger Games has been written in first person and introduces sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in a post-apocalyptic world in the country of Panem where the countries of North America once existed. This is where a government working in a central city called the Capitol holds power. Collins said that the idea for The Hunger Games came from channel surfing on television. On one channel she observed people competing on a reality show and on another she saw footage of the Iraq War. The two blended together and the idea for the book was formed.

In the category of adult non-fiction, according to the Nielsen website, the best selling printed books include Heaven Is For Real by Todd Burpo from Thomas Nelson Publishers (November 2010 publication), Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson from Simon & Schuster, and Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand from Random House (November 2010 publication). In October 2011, Isaacson’s authorized biography of Apple Computer co-founder Steve Jobs was published by Simon & Schuster. Steve Jobs became an instant international best-seller, breaking all records for sales of a biography. The book was based on over forty interviews with Jobs over a two year period right up until shortly before his death. Isaacson also drew on conversations with friends, family members, and even business rivals of the entrepreneur whose vision revolutionized computing, music, phones, animated films, and even publishing.

For complete list of best sellers, please look up the Nielsen link http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/media_entertainment/nielsens-tops-of-2011-entertainment/

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