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'Gone Girl' Disc Makes Appearance at No. 1

21 Jan, 2015 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Gone Girl

Two new releases, both about missing women, topped the national home video sales charts the week ended Jan. 18.

The top seller, by far, was 20th Century Fox’s Gone Girl, an acclaimed mystery about a man suspected in his wife’s disappearance that grossed more than $167.4 million in U.S. theaters. The film bowed at No. 1 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, and Nielsen’s Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Bowing at a distant second, also on both charts, was A Walk Among the Tombstones, a theatrical underperformer from Universal Studios starring Liam Neeson as a private investigator hired by a drug lord to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife. The film earned just $26.3 million in U.S. theaters after opening below expectations on the big screen in September.

Nielsen data shows Tombstones sold less than 38% as many copies as Gone Girl.

Gone Girl generated 38% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, compared with 41% for A Walk Among the Tombstones.

The Denzel Washington-starring thriller The Equalizer, No. 1 on both charts for the previous two weeks, slipped to No. 3 on First Alert and No. 4 (behind Walt Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy) on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

Rounding out the top five on the overall disc chart: Guardians of the Galaxy at No. 4 and Entertainment One’s Left Behind remake at No. 5. On the Blu-ray Disc chart, Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles held down the No. 5 spot, with Left Behind all the way down at No. 20 — not surprising, given the film’s older, Bible Belt demographic, which held down Blu-ray Disc sales to just 13% of the total.

On Home Media Magazine’s video rental chart for the week, 20th Century Fox’s The Maze Runner soared to No. 1 now that its 28-day holdback from Redbox and Netflix is over, while A Walk Among the Tombstones debuted at No. 2 — the title was not subjected to the typical 28-day delay imposed on new releases by Universal.

The previous week’s top rental, The Equalizer, slipped to No. 3, followed at No. 4 by Warner’s This Is Where I Leave You, which like Maze Runner just came off its month-long holdback.

Rounding out the week’s top five rentals was Sony Pictures’ No Good Deed, down from No. 2 the prior week.

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