Mar 18 2010

Precious Debuts At #1 On DVD Sales Chart

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Academy Award Winning PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL 'PUSH' BY SAPPHIRE Captures the Number One Spot on the DVD Charts With 1.5 Million Units Sold in the United States

Precious Also Dominates In Digital Downloads As It Claims the Number One Spot on the iTunes and Amazon Rental Charts

The winning streak continues as Precious, which recently won two Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay, now claims the top spot on the DVD sell through chart with 1.5 million units sold, in addition to being the #1 rental on iTunes and Amazon. Lionsgate, in association with Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry present A Lee Daniels Entertainment / Smokewood Entertainment Group Production of Precious, which has grossed .5 million to date during its theatrical run.

Precious has been generating acclaim since Lionsgate acquired the film at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival where it won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award in the U.S Dramatic Competition. The film then went on to collect a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress, as well as receiving nominations for two other categories including Best Picture, Drama. It was nominated for nine NAACP Image Awards, winning six, including Outstanding Motion Picture and Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture, Theatrical or Television. It also swept the 2010 Independent Spirit Awards in all five categories in which it was nominated, including Best Feature and Best Director. Director Lee Daniels was the first African American to be nominated for a Director's Guild of America Award in the category of Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Directing. The film also received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Directing for Lee Daniels, Actress in a Leading Role for Gabourey Sidibe and Film Editing for Joe Klotz.

Directed by Lee Daniels from a screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher based upon the book 'Push,' a novel by Sapphire, the film stars Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd, Lenny Kravitz and introduces Gabourey Sidibe.

"It has been a thrill to watch Precious achieve such an amazing level of success. With the support of our incredible partners, executive producers Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey, so many people have been touched by this vibrant, honest and hopeful film about the human capacity to grow and overcome." said Steve Beeks, Lionsgate President and Co-Chief Operating Officer. "From awards and critical acclaim to commercial success, we are extremely proud at the level of accomplishment this moving and important film has achieved."

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