'Pitch Perfect' a Perfect Disc Pitch; 'Ted,' 'Knight' Repeat Atop Sales Charts27 Dec, 2012 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Universal Studios Home Entertainment’s Ted and Warner’s The Dark Knight Rises retained their No. 1 and No. 2 positions on both national sales charts the week ended Dec. 23, with newcomer Pitch Perfect, also from Universal, besting a handful of new releases to debut at No. 3.
Pitch Perfect, which grossed $64.2 million at the box office, is turning out to be the holiday season’s top overperformer in terms of home video sales, with first-week sales reportedly running up to 30% higher than expected at some key retail chains.
The musical comedy handily beat four other new releases that also came to home video the week before Christmas with theatrical credentials. Sony Pictures’ Total Recall remake, which earned $58.9 million in U.S. theaters, debuted at No. 6 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall disc sales, and No. 4 on Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
Fox’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, the third installment in the “Wimpy Kid” franchise, rode its $49 million box office run to a No. 8 debut on First Alert (No. 16 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart).
The horror sequel Resident Evil: Retribution ($42.3 million and the fifth film in the series), also from Sony Pictures, debuted at No. 19 on First Alert and No. 13 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.
And Warner’s Trouble With the Curve, Clint Eastwood’s latest, debuted at No. 11 on First Alert and No. 15 on the Blu-ray chart. The film, with Eastwood as an aging, and ailing, baseball scout, made only $35.8 million in theaters.
Among the holdovers, Warner's The Dark Knight Trilogy landed at No. 14 on First Alert and No. 9 on the Blu-ray chart. The fact that many shoppers purchased The Dark Knight Rises as part of the trilogy set instead of as a standalone disc led to Ted topping both charts by a narrow margin.
On Home Media Magazine’s weekly rental chart, Total Recall debuted at No. 1 while Resident Evil: Retribution bowed at No. 3. Both are from Sony, which unlike Universal, Warner and Fox doesn’t hold back new releases from Netflix and/or Redbox.