'Batman vs. Robin' Tops BD Chart, but 'Hobbit' Battles to No. 1 Overall22 Apr, 2015 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Warner's direct-to-video Batman vs. Robin was the best-selling newcomer on the home video charts the week ended April 19, bowing at No. 1 on Nielsen VideoScan’s Blu-ray Disc sales chart. But in overall disc sales, another Warner title, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, regained the top spot on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray and DVD unit sales, after spending two weeks at No. 2.
Batman vs. Robin, the latest installment in the DC Universe line of 'PG-13' animated superhero movies, was No. 2 overall, selling 95% as many copies as the "Hobbit" finale.
Interstellar, the Paramount sci-fi epic that occupied the No. 1 spot for the previous two weeks, slipped to No. 3 on First Alert and No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart.
Rounding out the top five on the overall disc sales chart: Walt Disney’s Big Hero 6, repeating at No. 4, and 20th Century Fox’s The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death, a horror sequel that bowed at No. 5.
The original The Woman in Black came out in 2012 and, driven by favorable reviews as well as “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe in the lead role, generated a respectable $54.3 million in theaters.
But with the sequel coming out three years later and without Radcliffe, Angel of Death racked up only $26.5 million at the domestic box office and quickly resurfaced on home video, where it appears to have found a new audience, given its strong debut.
On Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart, Batman vs. Robin and Interstellar were followed by The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies at No. 3, and Big Hero 6 at No. 4.
The No. 5 Blu-ray spot went to inventive Australian horror movie The Babadook, a critically hailed film about a creature that literally pops out of a children’s book that spawned a cult following after its 2014 theatrical release. The film was released on disc by Shout! Factory, a small independent known for its quirky roster.
Babadook bowed at No. 9 on First Alert.
The only other new release on the First Alert top 10 was Anchor Bay's Big Eyes, a Tim Burton-directed drama that earned just $14.5 million at the domestic box office. The film, which deals with fraud in the art world, landed at No. 12 on the Blu-ray chart.
According to Nielsen, Batman vs. Robin generated 68% of its first-week sales from Blu-ray Disc, compared with just 28% for Woman in Black 2, 44% for Babadook and 27% for Big Eyes.
On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, 20th Century Fox’s Exodus: Gods and Kings and Penguins of Madagascar (a DreamWorks Animation film distributed by Fox) shot up to No. 1 and No. 3, respectively, now that their 28-day holdbacks from Netflix and Redbox are over.
Interstellar, No. 1 for the previous two weeks, slipped to No. 2, while the No. 4 spot on the rental chart went to Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. Rounding out the top five was Lionsgate’s direct-to-video thriller Wild Card, down from No. 4 the previous week.