StudioCanal has announced that the wildly-successful Paddington has reached the 1 million sales mark in the quickest time ever for the distributor.
Paddington reached the milestone of Blu-ray and DVD sales in just five months, and follows on from the film becoming StudioCanal’s highest-grossing cinema release of all time. It is also the fourth title from the distributor to pass the landmark number, joining Liam Neeson-starrer Unknown, Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth and Shane Meadows’ This Is England.
Paddington has grown up deep in the Peruvian jungle with his Aunt Lucy who, inspired by a chance encounter with an English explorer, has raised her nephew to dream of an exciting life in London. When an earthquake destroys their home, Aunt Lucy decides to smuggle her young nephew on board a boat bound for England, in search of a better life. Arriving alone at Paddington Station, Paddington soon finds that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family, who find him with a label tied around his neck which reads ‘Please look after this bear. Thank you.’ They offer him a temporary home whilst he searches for the explorer who impressed Aunt Lucy all those years before. But when Paddington catches the eye of a sinster, seductive taxidermist, it isn’t long before his home – and very existence – is under threat…
Paddington stars Ben Whishaw as the voice of Paddington alongside Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi, and Nicole Kidman.