'Dracula Untold' Edges 'John Wick' on Disc Sales Charts11 Feb, 2015 By: John Latchem
In a close battle for the top-selling disc the week ended Feb. 8, a reboot of Universal's classic monsters franchise narrowly outsold the latest Keanu Reeves actioner.
Universal Pictures' Dracula Untold debuted atop the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales charts, which combine DVD and Blu-ray unit sales data, and the dedicated Blu-ray disc sales chart. The film, which grossed $56.3 million at the domestic box office, stars Luke Evans in a story about how the famed vampire came to be.
Lionsgate's John Wick was a close No. 2 on both sales charts, selling 95% as many total copies and 97% as many Blu-ray discs; 50% of Wick unit sales were on Blu-ray, compared with 49% for Dracula.
Wick, a critically lauded thriller starring Keanu Reeves, grossed $43 million at the domestic box office, and also debuted atop Home Media Magazine's rental chart for the week. Dracula, like most Universal new releases, is held back for a month from major rental outlets Redbox and Netflix.
No. 3 on First Alert was another new release, the 20th Century Fox romantic drama The Best of Me, a Nicholas Sparks adaptation that grossed $26.8 million in U.S. theaters.
Rounding out the First Alert top five were Fox's animated The Book of Life at No. 4, down from the second slot a week earlier, and the previous week's top seller, Sony Pictures' World War II drama Fury, dropping to No. 5.
On the Blu-ray chart, Fury was No. 3, followed by Book of Life at No. 4 and Best of Me at No. 5.
The only other new release on the First Alert top 20 was Universal's horror film Ouija, at No. 6 (No. 8 on the Blu-ray chart).
On the rental chart, following John Wick, the previous week's top three each slipped a notch, with Fury dropping to No. 2, Fox's The Maze Runner at No. 3 and Universal's A Walk Among the Tombstones at No. 4.
The No. 5 rental was Universal's James Brown biopic Get On Up, which moved up after coming off its 28-day holdback at Redbox and Netflix.