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'Django Unchained' Remains Atop Charts

1 May, 2013 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Django Unchained

Anchor Bay Entertainment retained its grip on the top of the home entertainment sales charts the week ended April 28 as the Oscar-winning Django Unchained, a violent Weinstein Co. production from Quentin Tarantino, remained at No. 1 for the second consecutive week.

The film about a freed slave seeking to rescue his wife from a savage plantation owner, which earned $162.8 million in U.S. theaters, beat back several newly released competitors.

Warner’s Gangster Squad, the retro crime drama starring Sean Penn that earned $46 million at the domestic box office, debuted at No. 2 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart. Nielsen data shows the film sold 86.2% as many units during the week as Django Unchained.

Trailing both films was Universal Studios’ A Haunted House, a horror comedy (a la Scary Movie) with a $40 million theatrical gross that bowed at No. 3 on both charts — with unit sales 43.4% of Django Unchained. A Haunted House stars Marlon Wayans.

Lionsgate’s The Impossible, a drama about a family vacationing in Thailand and getting caught up in a tsunami, bowed at No. 4 on First Alert and No. 5 on the Blu-ray Disc chart, behind Warner’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which came in at No. 5 on First Alert.

The Impossible, produced under the auspices of Summit Entertainment before the company was bought by Lionsgate, stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor and earned $19 million in U.S. theaters.

Among other new releases in the First Alert Top 20, Universal’s environmental drama Promised Land bowed at No. 6 (No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart), while the 3D Blu-ray debut of Steven Spielberg’s 1993 dinosaur film Jurassic Park pushed that title  back up to No. 14. Distributed by Universal, Jurassic Park’s 3D edition accounted for 79% of the title’s total sales. Jurassic Park Blu-rays, which include both the new 3D edition and  a previously released 2D edition, put the title at No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart; 89% of Jurassic Park unit sales for the week were of the Blu-ray edition.

On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart, Django Unchained also remained at No. 1 for the second consecutive week — giving the folks at Anchor Bay something to cheer about. Not only did the independent supplier, which distributes Weinstein Co. product, score a rare triple-play across all three home video charts the previous week, but the company did it again this week — taking advantage of a lull in high-profile theatrical product from the major studios.

Elsewhere on the rental chart, Universal’s This Is 40 remained at No. 2 for the second consecutive week, while the No. 3 spot went to Fox's Parental Guidance, which just came off its 28-day holdback from key rental outlets Netflix and Redbox.

The Impossible debuted as the No. 4 rental.

Other titles new to the rental chart include Anchor Bay’s Pawn at No. 11 and Warner’s To the Arctic, fresh from its kiosk embargo, at No. 19.

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