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This Movie Is Too Big for Amazon and Netflix

Tim Beyers
October 10, 2012

Thanks to their respective deals with on-demand distributor Epix, both (Nasdaq: AMZN  ) and Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX  ) will add Marvel's The Avengers to their catalogs after the DVD, Blu-ray, and digital download sales window closes for the film.

But that could be months, and audiences aren't eager to wait. The Avengers topped the DVD sales charts for the week ending Sept. 30, according to Nielsen's VideoScan First Alert. Time Warner's (NYSE: TWX  ) Batman: The Dark Knight Returns -- Part 1 took second while Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman took third.

What's surprising here isn't the sales data. Writer and director Joss Whedon's team-up tale resulted in a