Easter Push Helps 'Hop' Jump Into Top Sales Spot11 Apr, 2012 By: Thomas K. Arnold
In its third week of release, Universal Studios Home Entertainment’s Hop finally topped the national home video sales charts, hopping to No. 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, for the week ended April 8.
The week ended with Easter, and Hop, which bowed at No. 3 and then rose to No. 2 its second week of release, is a movie about the Easter bunny that grossed $108.1 million at the box office.
Walt Disney Studios’ War Horse debuted at No. 2 on First Alert, but narrowly beat Hop to bow at No. 1 on Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart. The Steven Spielberg-directed historical drama, which earned $79.8 million in U.S. theaters, generated 36% of its first-week sales from Blu-ray Disc, while the high-definition format accounted for just 30% of third-week sales for Hop. Even so, Hop sold nearly as many copies (98.4%) on Blu-ray Disc as War Horse, Nielsen data shows.
Twentieth Century Fox’s Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, No. 1 on both sales charts the previous week, slipped to No. 3 on First Alert and No. 5 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart its sophomore week in stores.
Rounding out the top five on First Alert are Fox’s We Bought a Zoo, which debuted at No. 4, and Walt Disney’s The Muppets, which finished the week at No. 5 (after falling from No. 1 to No. 3 the previous week). We Bought a Zoo also bowed at No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc chart, while The Muppets held fast at No. 3.
War Horse also debuted at No. 1 on Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, with Fox’s Immortals, fresh off its 28-day rental moratorium from Redbox and Netflix, shooting up to No. 2 from No. 68 the previous week. Sony Pictures’ The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, the top rental the previous two weeks, slipped to No. 3.