'Dredd' Is the Law on Sales Charts; 'Ted' Tops Rentals16 Jan, 2013 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Lionsgate generally dominates the charts this time of year, taking advantage of the fourth-quarter blowout by the major studios to release some of its recent theatricals in January and February.
The new year is no exception, with the mini-major topping both national sales charts the week ended Jan. 13 with Dredd, a sci-fi actioner that earned just $13.4 million in theaters. The theatrical underperformer — a reboot of the 1995 Sylvester Stallone film Judge Dredd — debuted at No. 1 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall disc sales, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
Dredd beat Walt Disney Studios’ Frankenweenie for the top spot on both charts. The theatrical remake of the 1984 Tim Burton short bowed at No. 2 on both charts after earning $35.1 million in U.S. theaters.
Indie Anchor Bay Entertainment also made the top 10 on First Alert with its SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden, which bowed at No. 6. The controversial Weinstein production, made for TV, is a fictionalized account of the raid on the terrorist leader’s Pakistan compound. The film debuted on the Blu-ray Disc chart at No. 12.
As of the beginning of 2013, the Nielsen charts now include sales data from Walmart, which had not been included with the tracking service previously.
Home Media Magazine’s rental chart, meanwhile, was topped by two Universal Studios releases that dominated the sales charts back in December and came off their 28-day holdback from Redbox and Netflix. Ted came in at No. 1, moving up from No. 75, while The Bourne Legacy took the No. 2 spot, up from No. 90.