Lionsgate's Critically-Acclaimed Western 3:10 TO YUMA Lassos Number One Spot on DVD Charts



    
    Title Debuts In First Place on DVD and High Definition Charts With 3
    Million Units Sold in the United States and Canada
    

    SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 17 /CNW/ -- Lionsgate's DVD release strategy
continued to generate successful results as the Company's second high-profile
release of the month of January, 3:10 TO YUMA, stampeded over the competition,
debuting at number one among this week's new DVD releases.  The Blu-ray
release of 3:10 TO YUMA also debuted at number one and marked one of the 10
best Blu-ray debuts to date.
    The action-packed Western from LIONSGATE(R) (NYSE:   LGF), the premier
independent filmed entertainment studio, finished the week with 3 million
units sold.   The film outsold both the DVD and Blu-ray debuts of films with
two to three times its box office and continued to reflect Lionsgate's
proficiency in achieving the highest theatrical box office to DVD conversion
rate of any studio in the industry.  Lionsgate placed two films in the top
three positions on this week's DVD charts -- the dominance of 3:10 TO YUMA
follows on the heels of last week's DVD release of Lionsgate's Jet Li/Jason
Statham action-thriller WAR, which debuted at #2 last week and remains in the
top three this week.  In addition, the Company's third major DVD release of
the month, the Dane Cook/Jessica Alba comedy GOOD LUCK, CHUCK, hit stores on
Tuesday and is off to a very strong start.  Its full first week results will
be reported next week.
    The success of WAR and 3:10 TO YUMA marks the initial salvo in
Lionsgate's campaign to again dominate the post-holiday period, duplicating
the success of the Company's record-breaking January at the beginning of 2007.
The studio has four more major releases slated this month, including the DVD
and Blu-ray releases of GOOD LUCK CHUCK this week and the fourth installment
in the highly successful SAW horror franchise, SAW IV, on January 22. On
January 29, Lionsgate will release the gripping drama TRADE, starring Kevin
Kline, and the Sundance winner RIGHT AT YOUR DOOR. Lionsgate will release
Tyler Perry's box office hit WHY DID I GET MARRIED? two weeks later, on
February 12.
    Directed by James Mangold (WALK THE LINE) and featuring a stellar cast
including Academy Award(R) winner Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Ben Foster
and acting legend Peter Fonda, 3:10 TO YUMA also opened number one at the box
office for Lionsgate during its theatrical run. The film was one of the most
critically-acclaimed releases of 2007 and has received a Screen Actors Guild
Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture as
well as Best Original Score awarded to renowned composer Marco Beltrami by the
Broadcast Film Critics Association. Critics declared the movie "a taut,
terrific action film" (TIME), "A masterpiece from start to finish" (Access
Hollywood), "an instant classic" (Fox News), "masterful" (Maxim Magazine), "an
absolutely brilliant western" (Larry King) and "A triumph of style, action and
codes of honor among men" (At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper).
    "With its star power and critical acclaim, 3:10 TO YUMA is just the type
of release we envisioned as being a success in our "fifth quarter," leading up
to the awards season," said Ron Schwartz, Lionsgate Home Entertainment General
Manager and Executive Vice President. "Holding major releases like WAR, 3:10
TO YUMA, GOOD LUCK CHUCK and SAW IV until after the holidays has given us a
strong reputation with retailers and consumers for delivering a diverse,
high-profile slate of titles for buyers to purchase with their holiday gift
cards."
    
    3:10 TO YUMA SYNOPSIS/EXTRA FEATURES
    
    In Arizona in the late 1800s, infamous outlaw Ben Wade (Crowe) and his
vicious gang of thieves and murderers have plagued the Southern Railroad. When
Wade is captured, Civil War veteran Dan Evans (Bale), struggling to survive on
his drought-plagued ranch, volunteers to deliver him alive to the "3:10 TO
YUMA," a train that will take the killer to prison. During the grueling
expedition, Evans and Wade, each from very different worlds, begin to earn
each other's respect. However, with Wade's posse on their trail, the mission
soon becomes a violent, impossible journey toward each man's destiny.
    The DVD features a "making of" documentary, featurettes, deleted scenes
and audio commentary with director James Mangold. The Blu-ray disc is loaded
with five featurettes, a "making of documentary," plus "A Conversation with
Elmore Leonard," deleted scenes and audio commentary with director Mangold.
Also included on the Blu-ray disc are interactive feature length extras
including "Inside Yuma," a "picture in picture" exploration of the creation of
the film and "Historical Timeline of the West," a navigation through some of
the most significant historical events in the evolving history of the West.
    
    ABOUT LIONSGATE
    
    Lionsgate is a premier producer and distributor of motion pictures,
television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment, and
video-on-demand content. Its prestigious and prolific library of more than
12,000 titles is a valuable source of stable, recurring revenue and a
foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate
brand is synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets
around the world.
    http://www.lionsgate.com

    
     Contact:
     Jodie Magid
     Jmagid@lionsgate.com
     212-386-6885
    




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