'Hotel Transylvania' Checks In Atop the Charts6 Feb, 2013 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment dominated the national sales as well as rental charts the week ended Feb. 3, scoring a rare triple-win with the animated comedy Hotel Transylvania.
The horror spoof, with Adam Sandler in the lead voice role, rode its domestic box office gross of $147.9 million to a No. 1 debut on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall disc sales; Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart; and Home Media Magazine’s weekly rental chart.
The No. 2 spot on all three charts went to three different titles. On First Alert, it’s PBS’s season-three set of hit TV series “Downton Abbey.” On the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, it’s the latest animated direct-to-video DC Universe release from Warner, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns — Part 2. And on Home Media Magazine’s rental chart, the No. 2 spot went to the Sony Pictures thriller Seven Psychopaths.
Fox’s Taken 2 remained in high demand among disc purchasers, slipping to No. 3 from No. 2 the previous week on both sales charts. Paramount’s Paranormal Activity 4 debuted at No. 4 on both sales charts (and No. 3 on the rental chart). Rounding out the top five disc sellers: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns — Part 2 on First Alert, and Seven Psychopaths on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
With so many new releases hitting stores it’s no surprise that the prior week’s top seller, Universal Studios’ End of Watch, slipped to No. 7 on First Alert and No. 8 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart.