'Despicable Me,' 'Inception' Top Sales Charts29 Dec, 2010 By: John Latchem
Universal Studios Home Entertainment’s Despicable Me finished atop the VideoScan First Alert sales chart the week ended Dec. 26, its second consecutive week in the top spot.
The animated hit outpaced Warner Home Video’s Inception, which in its third week in stores sold 64.4% as many copies as Despicable Me. However, Inception did top the VideoScan Blu-ray Sales chart, as 42% of all copies of the film sold were in the high-def format, compared with 23% of Despicable Me.
But because both of those films are among several new releases delayed by 28 days to Netflix and Redbox, a batch of titles from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment landed high on the rental chart. Finishing No. 1 was the newly released thriller Salt, followed by new-release Easy A and the previous week’s top rental, The Other Guys.
Salt was the top-selling new release, landing at No. 3 in both total disc sales and Blu-ray sales; 39% of the film’s sales were in the Blu-ray format.
Rounding out the top five on the sales chart were Summit’s The Twilight Saga: Eclipse at No. 4 and Disney’s Toy Story 3 at No. 5.
Among other new releases, 20th Century Fox’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps landed at No. 7, Fox’s Return of the Jedi spoof Family Guy: It’s a Trap placed at No. 9, Sony’s Easy A debuted at No. 12 and Disney’s Step Up 3 opened at No. 19.