'Courageous' Rises to the Occasion, Tops Sales Chart25 Jan, 2012 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Sony Pictures dominated the home video charts the week ended Jan. 22, scoring the top two slots on all three charts.
On the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall disc sales, the studio’s home entertainment division snapped the No. 1 spot with Courageous and the No. 2 spot with The Ides of March, both new releases. Courageous is a police drama with a domestic box office gross of $34.5 million; Ides of March is a political drama starring Ryan Gosling and George Clooney that earned just less than $41 million in U.S. theaters.
A third new release, Lionsgate’s Abduction ($28 million), debuted at No. 3 on First Alert. Sony’s Moneyball, the top seller the prior week, slipped to No. 4.
On Nielsen’s Blu-ray Disc sales chart, Ides of March debuted at No. 1 while Courageous bowed at No. 4 — not surprising, given that Ides generated 39% of its sales from the high-definition disc, as opposed to just 16% for Courageous. Moneyball, the previous week’s top Blu-ray seller, slipped to No. 2, while Abduction bowed at No. 3.
Sony also has the week’s two top rentals, with Moneyball remaining at No. 1 on Home Media Magazine’s weekly rental chart for the second consecutive week and Ides of March bowing at No. 2. Abduction debuted at No. 4, and Courageous entered the chart at No. 8.