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Dredd pulls back from flop with DVD win

Judge Dredd reboot 'Dredd' is hauling itself back from a bloody nose at the box office, thanks to its impressive DVD sales figures.

The film, though well reviewed and praised for its special effects, has struggled to make back its production costs, making a US gross of just $13 million (£8.1 million).

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Dredd... clawing back box office disaster on DVD (Copyright: Lionsgate)

Though the adaptation of the 2000 AD comic strip went on to make $36.4 million (£23 million) worldwide, it's still woefully short of its $45 million (£28.3 million) budget, resulting in it being branded a commercial flop.

But so far in the US alone, it has sold 650,000 units on DVD – nearly half of that figure coming from the more expensive Blu-ray format, making it the best-selling new release title of the year.

It's thought that with robust sales in the home entertainment sector, and on download, which has also seen solid traffic, it may still make its money back.

The thriller, which also limited its audience with an adult rating, starred Karl Urban as the futuristic law enforcer, alongside Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headey as crime kingpin Ma-Ma.

The script, meanwhile, was written by regular Danny Boyle collaborator Alex Garland.