'Lincoln' Wins the Vote for Top DVD and Blu-ray Sales3 Apr, 2013 By: Thomas K. Arnold
DreamWorks’ Lincoln topped the national home video sales charts its first week in stores, the clear winner in a sparse week for new releases.
The acclaimed film, which chronicles the events surrounding Lincoln’s attempts to pass the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery, picked up a cool $182 million at the box office and rode its two Oscar wins — including a best actor nod for Daniel Day-Lewis — to a first-place bow on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall disc sales, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart. Both charts tracked sales at leading retailers, including Walmart, for the week ended March 31.
Lincoln, which is distributed by Walt Disney Studios, debuted at No. 6 on Home Media Magazine’s weekly rental chart.
On both sales charts, Lincoln overcame Universal Studios’ Les Misérables, which remained at No. 2 after its first full week on shelves, and bumped Warner’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to No. 3. Hobbit had debuted at No. 1 on both charts the prior week.
Aside from Lincoln, the next bestselling new release was 20th Century Fox’s Parental Guidance, which debuted at No. 6, also on both sales charts.
On the rental chart, Sony Pictures’ Zero Dark Thirty was again No. 1, with the No. 2 spot going to Killing Them Softly, a newly released thriller from Anchor Bay Entertainment that made $15 million in U.S. theaters.