'Looper' Ahead of the Curve on Sales and Rental Charts10 Jan, 2013 By: John Latchem
The first week of 2013 brought good news for one of the last titles released in 2012, as Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Looper scored on all three major home entertainment charts for the week ended Jan. 6. The sci-fi actioner, which earned $66.5 million at the domestic box office, topped the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert Sales chart, which tracks overall disc sales, as well as its dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart and the Home Media Magazine weekly rental chart.
The No. 2 title, Universal’s Ted, sold 40.8% as many copies as Looper, slightly ahead of the No. 3 title, Universal’s Pitch Perfect. The previous week’s top title, Warner’s The Dark Knight Rises, dropped to No. 4.
On the Blu-ray chart, Dark Knight Rises fell to No. 2, selling 27.7% as many copies as the Looper Blu-ray, which accounted for 50% of total Looper disc sales. The Ted Blu-ray was No. 3.
Looper was one of two new releases to crack the top 20 on First Alert, though not many titles were released at year’s end. The other was another Sony Pictures title, Justified: The Complete Third Season, at No. 7 overall and No. 11 on the Blu-ray chart.
Turning to rentals, The Dark Knight Rises fell a slot to No. 2. Fox’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, nominated for four Oscars, came off its kiosk embargo to land at No. 19.