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‘Contagion’ Infects Sales Charts; ‘Hangover’ Rises to Top Rentals

11 Jan, 2012 By: Thomas K. Arnold


Warner Home Video snagged the top four spots on the national home video sales charts for the week ended Jan. 8, with the newly released Contagion debuting at No. 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart.

Three previous releases followed: The Hangover Part II at No. 2, Dolphin Tale at No. 3 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 at No. 4.

The prior week’s top seller, 20th Century Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, slipped back to No. 5 its fourth week, selling about 31% as many copies as Contagion.

Contagion also topped Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart for the week, followed at No. 2 by Hangover and No. 3 by Harry Potter. Rise of the Planets of the Apes, the top-selling Blu-ray disc of the previous week, slipped to No. 6.

Contagion generated 40% of its first-week unit sales from Blu-ray Disc. On Home Media Magazine’s video rental chart for the week, Hangover moved up to No. 1 now that its holdback from rental outlets such as Netflix and Redbox has ended. Universal Studios’ Cowboys & Aliens, also now available at those two rental channels, shot up to No. 2 from No. 56, while 20th Century Fox’s Mr. Popper’s Penguins, also off its holdback, soared to No. 3 from No. 63.

Sony Pictures’ Colombiana, the previous week’s top rental, slipped to No. 4.

Another Sony release, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, was the week’s highest-charting new release, debuting on the rental chart at No. 6.

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