'Frozen' Grabs Top Disc Sales Spot for Fifth Time30 Apr, 2014 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Walt Disney Studios’ Frozen was again the top-selling disc, this time for the week ended April 27. The animated feature has now been No. 1 on both national home video sales charts for five of the past six weeks — a reign only interrupted the second week in April by Warner’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which came in at No. 4 this week after falling to No. 3 the previous week on Nielsen VideoScan’s First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined sales.
Madea’s Neighbors from Hell, the latest in Lionsgate’s enormously successful Tyler Perry franchise (and a direct-to-video release not available on Blu-ray), debuted at No. 2 on First Alert, while Universal Studios’ Ride Along — an urban comedy starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart with a domestic box office gross of $134.2 million — finished the week at No. 3 after bowing at No. 2 the prior week.
Rounding out the First Alert top five: another Universal release, the animated The Nut Job, which debuted at No. 4 the prior week after earning $64.2 million in U.S. theaters.
On the Blu-ray Disc chart, Frozen was followed by Smaug at No. 2, Ride Along at No. 3 and The Nut Job at No. 4, with 20th Century Fox’s Ben Stiller comedy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty finishing the week at No. 5, up a notch from its No. 6 debut the prior week.
Mitty, with box office earnings of $58.2 million, held pat at No. 6 on First Alert.
Across the board, the percentage of Blu-ray Disc sales was down. Smaug generated 48% of its total unit sales from the high-definition format, but Blu-ray accounted for less than 40% of sales of the other recently released titles — including Frozen, which in its sixth week in stores generated just 36% of its sales from Blu-ray Disc, down from 50% its first week and 45% its second week.
On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, Universal Studios’ Homefront returned to the No. 1 spot, switching places with Warner’s Grudge Match, No. 1 the previous week. Fox’s Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie debuted at No. 3 now that its 28-day holdback from key rental outlets Netflix and Redbox is over.
Rounding out the top five rentals for the week: Paramount’s The Wolf of Wall Street at No. 4 and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, also from Paramount, at No. 5.