'Croods' Tops Overall, 'Mermaid' No. 1 BD9 Oct, 2013 By: Thomas K. Arnold
DreamWorks’ animated blockbuster The Croods was the top-selling disc for the week ended Oct. 6.
The comic tale of a Stone Age family, distributed by 20th Century Fox, debuted at No. 1 on Nielsen VideoScan’s First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall disc sales, DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined.
The film, the second-highest-grossing original DreamWorks Animation film ever, opened theatrically in March and went on to earn $187.2 million in U.S. theaters — and a whopping $585 million worldwide. It was hailed by critics as the most original and funniest animated film of the year and is said to be a frontrunner for the Best Animated Oscar. A sequel and TV series are already in development.
Meanwhile, Walt Disney Studios’ The Little Mermaid, the 1989 undersea classic making its Blu-ray Disc debut, debuted at No. 1 on Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart. Released as a top-of-the-line Disney Diamond Edition, the film debuted at No. 2 on First Alert, selling 65% as many discs as The Croods — a spectacular tally for a film that’s nearly a quarter of a century old. But Disney animated classics traditionally sell well; back in the early days of DVD, it was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the very first Disney animated feature (from 1937), that was the first DVD to sell more than 1 million units in a single day.
Another theatrical classic, The Wizard of Oz, distributed by Warner, debuted at No. 5 on both the First Alert and the Blu-ray Disc sales charts. Sales were fueled by the release of a new 75th anniversary edition of the 1939 film.
The Sony Pictures black comedy This Is the End, with Seth Rogen and James Franco, debuted at No. 4 on both sales charts, right behind Disney’s Iron Man 3, which slipped to No. 3 after bowing at No. 1 on both charts the prior week.
On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, This is the End debuted at No. 1, bumping the prior week’s top rental, Paramount’s World War Z, to No. 3. Iron Man 3 held pat at No. 2.
The Croods isn’t yet available at key rental outlet Redbox due to 20th Century Fox’s 28-day holdback.