JOLIE-PITT AND PEOPLE’S BIG DAY: People magazine scored a win at the newsstand — something that’s hard to do these days — with its Angelina Jolie-Brad Pitt wedding issue. The issue, which ran during the week of Sept. 15, is a top 20 percent issue for 2014, according to MagNet Data, a firm that uses data from magazine wholesalers that cover 98 percent of single-copy sales in the U.S.
“Overall, the issue outperformed its prior-year release by more than 20 percent, as well as its average sale over the past year by that same amount,” said MagNet senior vice president Joshua Gary.
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That outperformance might not have been too hard, as the cover model a year ago was Katie Couric.
Although Gary would not provide concrete sales numbers, he did say that the Pitt-Jolie wedding issue is currently indexing 20 percent better than People’s first-half single-copy sales average for 2014. According to the Alliance for Audited Media, People’s average newsstand sales for that period totaled 706,344.
But the Jolie-Pitts — Brad, Angie and their gaggle of children — did not outsell People’s recent covers with Robin Williams and Philip Seymour Hoffman — both tributes — or “a few others,” Gary said, without providing further detail.