'Kingsman' Returns to Top Spot on Disc Sales Charts1 Jul, 2015 By: John Latchem
An early summer slow period for new home video releases is giving some already available titles a chance to take turns in the top spot on the disc sales chart. For the week ended June 28, it was 20th Century Fox's Kingsman: The Secret Service.
The action title, in its third week of release, moved back to No. 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart. Kingsman had debuted at No. 1 before dropping to No. 2 in its second week.
The previous week's top title, Warner's American Sniper, landed at No. 2 in its sixth week in stores, selling about 79% as many copies as Kingsman for the week. The Clint Eastwood-directed war drama fared better on Blu-ray, selling 94% as many copies as Kingsman. Blu-ray accounted for 42% of Sniper sales and just 35% for Kingsman.
Sony Pictures' sci-fi parable Chappie held onto the No. 3 spot on both charts for the second-straight week.
On the First Alert chart, Warner's Run All Night repeated at No. 4, while Universal's Jurassic Park held the No. 4 spot on the Blu-ray-only chart.
The top new title on the charts was Alchemy's terrorist thriller Survivor, starring Pierce Brosnan. The film largely bypassed theaters in favor of a wide video-on-demand release prior to arriving on disc, and managed to sell 46% as many units as Kingsman for the week, 32% on Blu-ray, to reach No. 5 on First Alert and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart.
Paramount's The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water moved up to No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart and held onto the No. 6 spot on First Alert.
Three other new releases landed on the First Alert top 20. Universal's An American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success debuted at No. 8; Lionsgate's The Forger, with John Travolta, landed at No. 9; and Disney's DVD-only release of Teen Beach 2 came in at No. 11. It should be noted that TB2 was released on a Friday, and thus had only three days of sales to track on the charts as opposed to the usual six for a traditional Tuesday release.
American Sniper maintained its position on top of Home Media Magazine's rental chart for the second consecutive week, followed by Chappie again at No. 2.
Universal's The Loft came off its 28-day holdback at Redbox to climb into the No. 3 rental spot, while Survivor debuted at No. 4. Fox's Black or White moved up to No. 5.