'End of Watch' Nudges 'Taken 2' For Top Sales Spots30 Jan, 2013 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Universal Studios Home Entertainment topped both national home video sales charts the week ended Jan. 27 with End of Watch, a $41 million-grossing cop drama, shot documentary style, that hit the big screen late last summer and stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as two young police officers, partners as well as friends, who grow up fast on the crime-filled streets of L.A.
The film bumped the prior week’s top seller, 20th Century Fox’s Taken 2, to the No. 2 spot on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall disc sales, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
The No. 3 spot on First Alert went to DreamWorks’ Madly Madagascar, a Valentine’s Day direct-to-video release featuring the cast of the “Madagascar” movies; on the Blu-ray Disc chart, third place went to another new Universal Studios actioner, Death Race 3: Inferno, the second direct-to-video follow-up to the 2008 theatrical release Death Race, about a car race in which inmates brutalize and kill each other in an attempt to win their freedom.
Another new release, The Paperboy, a thriller from Millennium Entertainment, debuted at No. 6 on First Alert and No. 7 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.
On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, the top five titles remained unchanged from the prior week: Universal Studios’ Pitch Perfect at No. 1, Ted at No. 2 and The Bourne Legacy at No. 3; Sony Pictures’ Looper at No. 4; and 20th Century Fox’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days at No. 5.