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'Frozen' Stays Hot in Sales, 'Wolf of Wall Street' Debuts Atop Rentals

2 Apr, 2014 By: Thomas K. Arnold


Walt Disney Studios’ Frozen remained at No. 1 on both national home video sales charts for the second consecutive week, despite the release of three high-profile newcomers.

Paramount’s The Wolf of Wall Street, the acclaimed Martin Scorsese drama about corruption and excess in the world of finance, fared best out of the three, debuting at No. 2 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined sales, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

But even then, Frozen in its second week of availability still outsold Wolf by a more than a 3-to-1 margin during the week ending March 30, Nielsen data shows.

The other new releases that arrived in stores the same day as Wolf didn’t generate nearly the buzz, nor the box office, of Scorsese’s latest.

Walking With Dinosaurs: The Movie, from 20th Century Fox, debuted at No. 3 on both sales charts, while DreamWorks' Delivery Man, distributed by Disney, bowed at No. 4 on First Alert and No. 5 on the Blu-ray Disc chart (behind Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, No. 5 on the overall sales chart).

Walking With Dinosaurs is an animated kidvid based on the 1999 BBC documentary of the same name. It got mostly negative reviews and earned a modest $36.1 million in U.S. theaters.

Delivery Man, the latest Vince Vaughn comedy, earned a domestic gross of $30.7 million. Vaughn plays a likeable slacker who fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago, 142 of whom have now filed a lawsuit requesting he come forward.

Like Walking With Dinosaurs, Delivery Man is a remake, of a 2011 French-Canadian film, Starbuck. And, again like Walking With Dinosaurs, it didn’t exactly win the hearts of critics — or take the box office by storm.

Frozen, in its second week in stores, generated 45% of its sales from the Blu-ray Disc version, compared with 54% for The Wolf of Wall Street, 35% for Walking With Dinosaurs and just 30% for Delivery Man.

On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, The Wolf of Wall Street debuted at No. 1, followed at No. 2 by Gravity, from Warner, which came out on disc a month ago but wasn’t available at Netflix or Redbox for 28 days.

Sony Pictures’ American Hustle, which bowed as the No. 1 rental last week, slipped to No. 3. Rounding out the top five: Frozen at No. 4 (down from No. 3 the prior week) and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire at No. 5 (down from No. 2). Delivery Man debuted at No.9.

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