When a star as big as Robin Williams passes on, there's usually an uptick in sales of their greatest works. In a sort of unofficial act of mourning, fans love to collect those last couple of titles that they didn't own before, or they sometimes decide to buy a new and offbeat title they've heard raved about. In either case, it's undeniable that we try to keep the memory of our favorite entertainers alive by revisiting some of their best material. The current sales charts on Amazon show not only that Robin Williams will be well remembered, but also that he'll be remembered for a large number of reasons.
At the time of this article's publication, seven out of 10 of Amazon's top selling DVD titles are films starring the late Robin Williams: (click the image to see a larger version of the image)
The highest ranking of them all is, unsurprisingly, is the 2008 DVD reprint of the 1993 classic Mrs. Doubtfire, which is currently in second place. In fact, the only titles not related to Robin Williams are the religious blockbusters God's Not Dead and Heaven Is For Real, as well as the #1 title... the complete series of Gilmore Girls. To be fair though, the Gilmore Girls is a Gold Box deal of the day, and you know how those go.
What's even more impressive is Robin Williams' presence expanding the parameters to include the top 20 titles on the list. Out of that grouping, only seven titles aren't Robin Williams related. Also included in this wider field are his last two comedy specials, Live On Broadway and Weapons Of Self Destruction, as well as two of his more "cult" entries: What Dreams May Come and Jack.
Though Williams is no longer with us, his legacy will live on through his work. With a wide body of work left behind for his fans to enjoy, you'll probably start to see some of these titles remastered and re-released on Blu-ray in order to celebrate his life and his work. Out of all of the films of his I'd expect to receive such treatment in the near future, I'd have to say that Aladdin is probably the most likely of the bunch (it's come out internationally, but not here in the U.S).
It'll be interesting to see how much of an effect Robin Williams' passing will have on the box office/VOD returns for his last couple of projects, but more interesting is how the entertainment landscape will adapt to the loss of a legend in modern comedy. We're never going to have another Robin Williams, as the man probably has one of the most diverse filmographies of any comedy/drama double threat. The fact that a movie like Jack is even still being talked about is a testament to the work that he put into every project he took on.