Latest 'X-Men' Powers Past Home Video Competition22 Oct, 2014 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Two high-profile new releases, both distributed by 20th Century Fox, took the two top spots on the national home video sales charts the week ended Oct. 19.
X-Men: Days of Future Past, the latest installment in the superhero franchise that bagged nearly $234 million in U.S. theaters, debuted at No. 1 on Nielsen VideoScan’s First Alert chart, which tracks overall Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined unit sales, as well as Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
And DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman, an animated feature based on two characters from the 1960s cartoon series “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show,” rode its $111.5 million box office gross to a No. 2 debut, also on both charts.
Warner’s Edge of Tomorrow, which bowed at No. 1 on both charts the previous week, slipped to No. 4 on First Alert, right behind Paramount’s Transformers: Age of Extinction.
Rounding out the First Alert top five was Walt Disney Studios’ Sleeping Beauty: Diamond Edition, which had bowed at No. 3 the previous week.
X-Men and Peabody are the only new releases to make the First Alert top 20. According to Nielsen data, X-Men generated 61% of its first-week sales from Blu-ray Disc, compared with 48% for Peabody.
With Halloween right around the corner, Warner’s It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown found its way back into the First Alert top 20, as it does every year, finishing the week at No. 16.
On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, Warner’s Godzilla took the top spot now that its 28-day holdback from rental leaders Netflix and Redbox is over. Fox’s The Fault in Our Stars, also newly available at Netflix and Redbox, popped onto the chart at No. 2.
Transformers: Age of Extinction slipped to No. 3 after two weeks as the country’s top rental, followed at No. 4 by Warner’s Blended and No. 5 by 20th Century Fox’s Brick Mansions.