DreamWorks Animation's 'Home' Dominates Disc Sales5 Aug, 2015 By: Thomas K. Arnold, John Latchem
DreamWorks Animation's Home, distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, easily topped the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray sales chart for the week ended Aug. 2.
The film, which features the voices of "The Big Bang Theory" star Jim Parsons and singer Rihanna, earned $176.8 million in U.S. theaters and is based on the children's book about a girl and a cuddly alien who team up to escape an invasion.
Home outsold the No. 2 title on First Alert, Fox's The Longest Ride, by a 12-to-1 margin.
Longest Ride — a romantic drama based on a Nicholas Sparks book, with $37.5 million in domestic theatrical earnings — spent the previous two weeks in the top spot.
Warner's direct-to-video animated superhero movie Justice League: Gods and Monsters debuted at No. 3 on the overall disc sales chart (and No. 2 on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart).
Sony Pictures’ Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, which spent its first two weeks of release at No. 2, slipped to No. 4, while the No. 5 spot went to a third new release, Walt Disney Studios’ Descendants, a musical-fantasy TV movie from director Kenny Ortega, known for the posthumous Michael Jackson documentary This Is It and the “High School Musical” trilogy. The film, which is inspired by the Disney animated classics and tells the story of the offspring of several villains, was viewed an estimated 1.4 million times on the Watch Disney Channel app before its Disney Channel premiere, when it was viewed by 6.6 million people, according to Nielsen, making it the most-watched cable movie of the year.
Of the new releases, Gods and Monsters fared best on the high-def front, with Blu-ray Disc accounting for 64% of total unit sales. Home generated 43% of its first-week sales from Blu-ray Disc, while Descendants was issued only on DVD.
On Home Media Magazine’s video rental chart for the week, Warner’s Get Hard rose to No. 1 now that it’s 28-day holdback from Redbox is over, bumping Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 to No. 2.
The Gunman, from Universal Pictures, shot to No. 3 now that its month-long holdback from Redbox is over, followed at No. 4 by Warner’s Run All Night (down from No. 2 the prior week) and, at No. 5 by 20th Century Fox’s Unfinished Business (down from No. 3).