'Frozen' Still Hot, Returns to Top of Disc Sales Charts24 Apr, 2014 By: John Latchem
A surge of Easter shopping elevated several family titles in the home video sales arena for the week ended April 20, with Disney’s megahit Frozen returning to the top spot for the fourth time in five weeks. The animated film topped Nielsen VideoScan’s First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined sales, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart for three consecutive weeks upon its debut a month ago before being displaced by Warner’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug for a week.
The top new release, Universal’s Ride Along, debuted at No. 2 on First Alert and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart, where Smaug dropped a slot to No. 2.
Another new release from Universal, the animated The Nut Job, bowed at No. 4 on both charts, while 20th Century Fox’s Ben Stiller comedy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty came in at No. 6 on both charts.
Disney's animated The Pirate Fairy took the No. 5 slot on both charts in its third week in stores.
Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week was topped by Warner’s Grudge Match, which was available early at Redbox kiosks rather than the usual 28-day delay for Warner titles. Ride Along, Nut Job and Mitty did not appear on the rental chart as they also are from studios that delay titles to kiosks for a month.
The only other new release on the rental chart was Anchor Bay’s Philomena, at No. 14. Philomena was No. 12 on the First Alert sales chart.