'Captain America' Sequel Dominates Disc Sales Charts17 Sep, 2014 By: Thomas K. Arnold
In a big week for new releases, five newcomers made it into the top 10 on Nielsen VideoScan’s weekly overall disc sales chart for the week ended Sept. 14.
Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the action sequel distributed by Disney that grossed $259.8 million in U.S. theaters, was an easy winner, debuting at No. 1.
Fox’s Brick Mansions, a crime drama with a domestic box office gross of just $20.4 million, bowed at No. 2, although it sold only 8.2% as many units as the “Captain America” follow-up.
Sony Pictures’ The Amazing Spider-Man 2 slipped a notch to No. 3, while the previous week’s top seller, the Lionsgate sports drama Draft Day, fell to No. 4.
Rounding out the top five was another newcomer, Supernatural: The Complete Ninth Season, from Warner Bros.
The two other new releases that made it into the top 10 on the First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined unit sales, were 20th Century Fox’s Homeland: The Complete Third Season, at No. 6, and the Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — The Complete First Season, a Disney-distributed ABC Studios title that bowed at No. 8.
Meanwhile, another Disney release, Frozen, celebrated its 26th week on the chart by moving up two notches to No. 7.
On Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, the top four sellers were the same as the First Alert chart, with “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” rounding out the top five.
According to Nielsen research, “Captain America” was the runaway Blu-ray Disc winner, with the high-definition version accounting for 60% of first-week unit sales. “Brick Mansions” generated 37% of total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc.
On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, The Other Woman, from 20th Century Fox, moved up to No. 1 in its third week of wide availability at all rental outlets, including Netflix and Redbox, which get new releases from Fox, Universal Studios and Warner Bros. 28 days after street date. Draft Day slipped to No. 2 after bowing at No. 1 the previous week.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Moms’ Night Out and Divergent remained at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5, respectively, the same positions they held the prior week.