'Captain Phillips' Sails Into Top Sales Spot29 Jan, 2014 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Three new releases scored impressive debuts on the national home video sales charts the week ended Jan. 26, led by Sony Pictures’ Captain Phillips, the acclaimed drama about the 2009 hijacking of the Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates that stars Tom Hanks and grossed a healthy $106.3 million in U.S. theaters.
Captain Phillips debuted at No. 1 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined sales, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
Lionsgate’s Instructions Not Included, a Mexican comedy starring Mexican TV star Eugenio Derbez, debuted at No. 3 on First Alert and No. 6 on the Blu-ray Disc chart. The film — which Derbez also directed, co-wrote and co-produced — became a surprise theatrical hit, earning a respectable $44.5 million on a budget estimated at just $5.5 million.
And from Universal Studios comes the gritty sequel Machete Kills, which despite a box office gross of just $8 million soared into the top 10 its first week in stores, bowing at No. 6 on First Alert and No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.
The film is the latest home entertainment success story for Universal Studios, which is behind four of the week’s 10 top-selling discs. The others are Riddick at No. 4, Despicable Me 2 at No. 5 and Fast & Furious 6 at No. 10.
Of the three new releases, Machete Kills fared best on Blu-ray Disc, with sales of the high-definition edition accounting for 51% of total unit sales, according to Nielsen data. Next came Captain Phillips, at 48%, followed by Instructions Not Included at a mere 18%.
On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, the No. 1 spot went to Captain Phillips, which knocked Warner’s Prisoners — about an abducted little girl and attempts by her father (Hugh Jackman) to find her — out of the top spot. Prisoners slipped to No. 3, right behind Anchor Bay’s The Butler, which held firm at No. 2 its second week in stores.
Instructions Not Included debuted at No. 7, one spot behind another new release, Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, from Sony Pictures, which stars Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin and earned $33.2 million at U.S. theaters.
Blue Jasmine debuted at No. 11 on the First Alert sales chart and No. 13 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
The 1987 film RoboCop returned to the charts at No. 18 thanks to a new Blu-ray edition in advance of its theatrical remake.