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'Despicable Me 2' Posts 5th Week at No. 1

15 Jan, 2014 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Despicable Me 2

There’s no stopping Universal Studios Home Entertainment's Despicable Me 2, which once again topped the national home video sales charts, this time for the week ended Jan. 12 — the animated sequel’s fifth consecutive week as the country’s top-selling DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

The film remains atop both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined sales, as well as Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Another Universal Studios title, Fast & Furious 6, slipped to No. 5 on First Alert after four weeks at No. 2.

Despicable Me 2’s five straight No. 1 finishes is the best performance for a title since spring 2010, when Avatar was No. 1 for four weeks and slipped to No. 2 in the fifth. A year later, Rio spent four weeks at No. 1 before dropping to No. 3 its fifth week in stores.

Two new releases scored well their first week in stores: Lionsgate’s Duck Dynasty: Season 4 bowed at No. 2 on the overall sales chart, selling 93% as many copies as Despicable Me 2, while 20th Century Fox’s Runner Runner — a crime drama with Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake that grossed a disappointing $19.3 million in theaters — debuted at No. 3, selling 67% as many copies as the top title.

On the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, Runner Runner bowed at No. 2, while Duck Dynasty: Season 4 failed to crack the top 25 — not surprising, given that only 5% of its total unit sales came from the high-definition format.

Runner Runner, in comparison, generated 41% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc.

Three other new releases debuted in the top 20, with two of them being available exclusively at Walmart.

The two Walmart titles were the Anchor Bay military documentary Murph: The Protector, which landed at No. 9 on First Alert, and the Gaiam Vivendi Western The Virginian, at No. 15.

Fox’s Archer: The Complete Season Four debuted at No. 12 on First Alert (No. 15 on the Blu-ray chart).

On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, both Despicable Me 2 and Fast & Furious 6 soared to the top now that their 28-day holdback from rental outlets Netflix and Redbox is over. Fast & Furious 6 debuted at No. 1, while Despicable Me 2 bowed at No. 2.

The previous week’s top rental, 20th Century Fox’s The Wolverine, slipped to No. 3.

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