Diamond Announces Top Products for March 2010

by Jeff

jan100232d Diamond Announces Top Products for March 2010Media ReleaseBlackest Night #8, the concluding issue of DC Comics’ cosmic crossover event, joined its seven preceding issues as the number one comic book atop the sales charts in its month of release, giving the publisher the best-selling comic book in March 2010, based upon total unit sales to comic book specialty shops, according to Diamond Comic Distributors.

Coming in second for the month was Marvel Comics’ Siege #3, the latest chapter of their Avengers crossover and the culmination of long-running story arcs, which helped Marvel Comics take the top publisher spot in March with the company leading in both the Unit Market and Dollar Shares categories, for a 47.12% Unit Market Share and a 41.94% Dollar Share for the month.

Kick-Ass, the creator-owned book from Marvel Comics’ Icon imprint by creators Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr., and soon to be a motion picture from Lionsgate and director Matthew Vaughn (Stardust), was the best-selling graphic novel to comic book specialty shops in March.

Medicom’s line of figures based on Tim Burton’s new film gave the manufacturer the best-selling Toy product to comics specialty retailers with the Alice In Wonderland: Mad Hatter RAH (Real Action Hero) Figure, featuring a design based on Johnny Depp’s performance from the film. The latest expansion of Pokémon USA’s long-running card game, Pokémon TCG: Heartgold and Soulsilver Booster Packs, gave the publisher the best-selling game product to specialty retailers for the month.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER UNIT SHARE DOLLAR SHARE
MARVEL COMICS 47.12% 41.94%
DC COMICS 29.92% 27.25%
IDW PUBLISHING 3.61% 4.02%
DARK HORSE COMICS 3.33% 4.76%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT 3.08% 3.40%
IMAGE COMICS 3.01% 3.22%
BOOM! STUDIOS 1.84% 1.98%
ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT 0.93% 0.90%
ARCHIE COMICS 0.81% 0.67%
VIZ MEDIA 0.71% 1.48%
OTHER NON-TOP 10 5.65% 10.39%

TOP 10 COMICS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 BLACKEST NIGHT #8 $3.99 JAN100231-M DC
2 SIEGE #3 $3.99 JAN100502-M MAR
3 GREEN LANTERN #52 $2.99 JAN100234-M DC
4 BATMAN AND ROBIN #10 $2.99 JAN100238-M DC
5 GREEN LANTERN CORPS #46 $3.99 JAN100236-M DC
6 NEW AVENGERS #63 $3.99 JAN100508 MAR
7 DARK AVENGERS #15 $3.99 JAN100507 MAR
8 ULTIMATE COMICS NEW ULTIMATES #1 $3.99 JAN100547-M MAR
9 UNCANNY X-MEN #522 $3.99 JAN100613-M MAR
10 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #623 $2.99 JAN100552-M MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 KICK-ASS PREMIERE HC $24.99 DEC090575-M MAR
2 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 8 VOLUME 6: RETREAT TP $15.99 NOV090048 DAR
3 THE BOYS VOLUME 6: SELF-PRESERVATION SOCIETY TP $19.99 JAN100870 DE
4 HELLBOY VOLUME 9: WILD HUNT TP $19.99 NOV090045 DAR
5 HAUNT VOLUME 1 TP $9.99 JAN100416 IMA
6 NORTHLANDERS VOLUME 3: BLOOD IN THE SNOW TP $14.99 DEC090278 DC
7 CAPTAIN AMERICA: REBORN PREMIERE HC $24.99 JAN100652-M MAR
8 PLANETARY VOLUME 4 HC $24.99 NOV090207 DC
9 THE ARCHIE WEDDING: ARCHIE IN… WILL YOU MARRY ME? TP $14.95 JAN100726 ARC
10 TWILIGHT: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL VOLUME 1 HC $19.99 DEC098276 YEN

TOP 10 TOYS & STATUES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 ALICE IN WONDERLAND: MAD HATTER R.A.H. FIGURE JUL098259 MED
2 BATMAN VS. KILLER CROC STATUE AUG090268 DC
3 MARVEL SELECT: SPIDER-MAN ACTION FIGURE JUL091428 DST
4 PLANET HULK STATUE JUL091506 BOW
5 CATWOMAN CLASSIC 1/6-SCALE DELUXE FIGURE AUG090258 DC
6 DC DYNAMICS: AQUAMAN STATUE AUG090259 DC
7 BUCKY (MODERN CAPTAIN AMERICA) STATUE JUL091502 BOW
8 CAPTAIN AMERICA MINI-BUST SEP091405 BOW
9 CABLE STATUE OCT091558 BOW
10 FINAL FANTASY XIII PLAY ARTS ~KAI~ LIGHTNING FIGURE OCT091607 SQU

TOP 10 GAMES

RANK DESCRIPTION ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 POKEMON TCG: HEARTGOLD & SOULSILVER BOOSTER PACKS JAN101677 POK
2 YU-GI-OH! TCG 5DS ABSOLUTE POWERFORCE BOXES JAN101663 KON
3 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG WORLDWAKE BOOSTER PACKS DEC091562 WIZ
4 DUNGEONS & DRAGONS PLAYER’S HANDBOOK 3 JAN101700 WIZ
5 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG 2010 CORE SET BOOSTER PACKS MAY091798 WIZ
6 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG ZENDIKAR BOOSTER PACKS AUG091778 WIZ
7 POKEMON TCG HEARTGOLD & SOULSILVER THEME DECKS JAN101678 POK
8 YU-GI-OH! TCG 5DS 2010 DUELIST PACK TINS JAN101660 KON
9 MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: PHYREXIA VS COALITION DUEL DECKS FEB101690 WIZ
10 WARHAMMER 40,00 DARK HERESY RPG: ASCENSION FEB101648 FAN

How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which include the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from a universe of over 3,500 comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world. The account base includes brick-and-mortar comic book specialty shops, Internet merchants, and other specialty stores.

Unit and dollars sales are calculated based upon orders invoiced and shipped to Diamond accounts during any given month, which comprises initial pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable.

ABOUT DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS—the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books and pop-culture related merchandise, Diamond is based in Baltimore, MD, and services more than 3,500 specialty retailers worldwide. For more information, visit Diamond on the web at www.diamondcomics.com.

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