'Fury' Unleashed as Top Disc Seller, Rental4 Feb, 2015 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Once again, new releases dominated the upper rungs of the national home video sales charts.
For the week ended Feb. 1, four of the five top-selling discs were new releases — just like the prior week.
Sony Pictures’ Fury took the top spot on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart. The Brad Pitt-starring World War II drama earned $85.8 million in U.S. theaters during its fall 2014 release.
Debuting at No. 2, also on both charts, was 20th Century Fox’s The Book of Life, an animated comedy produced by Guillermo del Toro (of “Hellboy” fame). The film grossed $50 million in U.S. theaters, the same as its budget, and in its first week in stores sold about 46% as many copies as Fury.
The No. 3 film on both charts also was a new release: Warner’s The Judge, a drama about a big-city lawyer (Robert Downey Jr.) who returns to his hometown only to find his father (Robert Duvall), the town’s judge, accused of murder. The film generated $47.1 million during its U.S. theatrical run and earned one Oscar nomination, for Duvall, as best supporting actor. The Judge sold 40% as many units as Fury its first week in stores.
Universal’s Lucy, which debuted at No.1 on both sales charts the week before, slipped to No. 4, also on both charts.
The fifth season of the hot PBS TV series “Downton Abbey” debuted at No. 5 on First Alert (and No. 7 on the Blu-ray Disc chart).
Rounding out the top five on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart was Warner’s Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, which debuted at No. 8 on First Alert.
Nielsen research shows that Fury generated 52% of its first-week sales on Blu-ray Disc, compared with 46% for Book of Life, 39% for The Judge, 26% for “Downton Abbey” and 60% for the new “Justice League” cartoon.
On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, Fury easily debuted at No. 1 (Sony is one of the major studios that lets Netflix and Redbox have its new releases as soon as they are released). The prior week’s top rental, Universal’s A Walk Among the Tombstones, slipped to No. 3, right behind 20th Century Fox’s The Maze Runner, which remained at No. 2.
Rounding out the top five rentals: Sony Pictures’ The Equalizer at No. 4 and Warner’s This is Where I Leave You at No. 5, both down a notch from the prior week.