'Dark Knight' Returns to No. 1 Sales Spot, Tops Rentals Too3 Jan, 2013 By: John Latchem
With few new releases during the final week of 2012, the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert Top 20 sales chart for the week ended Dec. 30 consisted entirely of holdover titles that benefited from post-Christmas sales.
Returning to the top spot was Warner Home Video’s Batman epic The Dark Knight Rises, which had been resting at No. 2 the prior two weeks after a No. 1 debut a month ago. (Rises would have topped the charts a week ago had so many of its sales not counted toward the tally for The Dark Knight Trilogy.)
The popularity of Batman during the holiday season also managed to bring the two precursor films to The Dark Knight Rises back into the top 20, with Batman Begins at No. 19 and The Dark Knight at No. 18.
Universal’s Ted, which had been on top its first two weeks on shelves, slipped to No. 2. Pitch Perfect, also from Universal, held firm at No. 3 to continue its better-than-expected early run.
Disney’s Brave and Fox’s Ice Age: Continental Drift swapped places from a week earlier to land at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.
Dark Knight Rises and Ted also topped Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart for the week, with Disney’s Finding Nemo moving up to No. 3.
In addition, The Dark Knight Rises led Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, pulling off a triple-play victory that is rare for a title in its fourth week of release. The title had been unavailable at Redbox until Christmas Eve due to a rental embargo on Warner titles.