'Hunger Games' Maintains Top Spot on Sales Charts29 Aug, 2012 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Nearly a dozen new home video releases appeared in the top 20 on the national sales charts the week ended Aug. 26, but none could break the hold of two high-profile theatricals already available on disc.
Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games and Universal Studios’ The Lorax repeated at No. 1 and No. 2 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
They kept the week’s biggest new release, Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Dictator (distributed by Paramount), at No. 3 its debut week in stores, despite a robust $59.7 million theatrical gross and significantly better reviews than its predecessor, Bruno, a 2009 follow-up to his 2006 breakthrough Borat.
Walt Disney Studios took four other spots in the top 10 on First Alert with the Blu-ray Disc debuts of Pocahontas/Pocahontas II (No. 4), The Rescuers/The Rescuers Down Under (No. 5), The Aristocats (No. 7) and the new "Disneynature" documentary Chimpanzee (No. 10).
Among other new releases, Paramount snagged the No. 6 spot with the TV DVD set NCIS: The Ninth Season.
The Blu-ray chart found six Disney titles in the top 10, with Pocahontas at No. 4, Rescuers at No. 5, Aristocats at No. 7, Chimpanzee at No. 8, The Tigger Movie at No. 9 and Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure at No. 10.
In rental stores, The Hunger Games also maintained the No. 1 spot on Home Media Magazine’s rental chart, with The Dictator bowing at No. 2.
Bernie, a comedy from indie label Millennium that grossed less than $10 million in a limited theatrical release, debuted at No. 3, while the Lionsgate direct-to-video actioner Freelancers bowed at No. 4.