'Amazing Spider-Man' Slings to Top of Charts14 Nov, 2012 By: Thomas K. Arnold
The big summer hits are beginning to blast out on video, and one of the biggest — The Amazing Spider-Man, from Sony Pictures — spun a web of consumer excitement its first week in stores.
The reboot of the superhero franchise, which earned $262 million in U.S. theaters, debuted at No. 1 on all three home video charts the week ended Nov. 11, and outsold its nearest competitor — Arthur Christmas, also from Sony — by a nearly four-to-one margin.
Arthur was a 2011 Christmas release and grossed $46.5 million at the box office.
With those two titles, Sony captured the two top spots on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, where statistics show Arthur sold just 15% as many units as Spider-Man.
The Warner comedy The Campaign, the latest Will Ferrell movie to hit video, slipped to No. 4 on both charts after debuting at No. 1 the previous week.
On First Alert, the No. 3 spot went to Walt Disney’s Secret of the Wings, while DreamWorks’ Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted was ranked No. 5. Both titles, in their third and fourth weeks in stores, are holding up well, as the gift-buying season begins to heat up.
On the Blu-ray Disc chart, Disney’s The Avengers was No. 3, while Madagascar 3 was No. 5.
On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, The Amazing Spider-Man was followed at No. 2 by 20th Century Fox’s Prometheus, in its first week of widespread availability. Last week, without Netflix or Redbox in the mix, the sci-fi thriller was ranked at No. 83.
Rounding out the top five rentals: Arthur Christmas at No. 3, Lionsgate’s Madea’s Witness Protection at No. 4 and Sony’s That’s My Boy — the previous week’s top rental — at No. 5.