'Cloudy 2' Looks Bright on Home Video Sales Charts5 Feb, 2014 By: Thomas K. Arnold
It was a good week for home entertainment, with new releases nabbing the top four spots on the national sales charts for the week ended Feb. 2.
Two of the top-selling discs are from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The sequel Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, which earned $119.1 million in U.S. theaters — nearly as much as the 2009 original — 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.
The film generated 50% of its unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, Nielsen data shows — a high percentage for a family film.
A second Sony Pictures release, Last Vegas, about a quartet of geezers — Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Kevin Kline and Morgan Freeman — who hit The Strip for one last bachelor party, rode its $63.8 million theatrical take to a No. 3 debut on both charts. Of total unit sales, 39% came from Blu-ray.
Sandwiched between the two at No. 2, also on both charts, was Paramount’s Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, the comedy in which Johnny Knoxville is transformed into a foul-mouthed octogenarian entrusted with the care of his impressionable young grandson on a road trip that’s equal parts Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Little Miss Sunshine. The film grossed $102 million.
The fourth new release to make the top 5 on First Alert, Downton Abbey: Season 4, debuted at No. 4 on First Alert (and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart). It’s the latest season set of the popular British TV series to be released by PBS Distribution.
A fifth new release, Universal Studios’ Rush, the $27 million-grossing drama about the rivalry between 1970s Formula One racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda, bowed at No. 6 on First Alert but No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.
The flip with Downton Abbey isn’t surprising, given that Rush generated 61% of its first-week sales from Blu-ray as opposed to just for 23% for the British TV show.
The previous week’s top-selling disc, Sony Pictures’ Captain Phillips, slipped to No. 5 on both sales charts.
On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, the No. 1 spot went to Bad Grandpa while Last Vegas landed at No. 2. Captain Phillips slipped to No. 3 from No. 1 the prior week, while Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 bowed at No. 4. Rush debuted at No. 5.