'Lucy' Emerges Atop Disc Sales28 Jan, 2015 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Consumers were eager for fresh entertainment the week ended Jan. 25, as four of the five top-selling discs were new releases. Universal Pictures Home Entertainment topped both Nielsen VideoScan sales charts with Lucy and The Boxtrolls.
Lucy, the sci-fi actioner with Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman that grossed $126.7 million in U.S. theaters, easily debuted at No. 1 on both the First Alert chart, which tracks overall Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined unit sales, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
Boxtrolls, an animated adventure with a domestic theatrical gross of $50.8 million, debuted at No. 2, again on both charts. The film also received a bit of free publicity with a recent Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature.
According to Nielsen research, Boxtrolls sold 41% as many discs as Lucy but still managed to outperform 20th Century Fox’s Gone Girl, which slipped to No. 3 on First Alert and No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc chart its second week in stores. Gone Girl had debuted at No. 1 the prior week.
Rounding out the top five on the First Alert sales chart were two other new releases: Warner’s Annabelle, a prequel to horror film The Conjuring that earned $84.3 million in theaters, debuted at No. 4, followed at No. 5 by Lionsgate's Tyler Perry's Madea’s Tough Love, a direct-to-video animated film featuring Perry's Madea character.
On the Blu-ray Disc chart, Annabelle debuted at No. 3, while Marvel’s Disney-distributed Guardians of the Galaxy finished the week at No. 5.
Nielsen research shows that Lucy generated 51% of its first-week sales on Blu-ray Disc, compared with 49% for Boxtrolls and 43% for Annabelle. Madea’s Tough Love was not available on Blu-ray.
Notably, Fox's The Grand Budapest Hotel, released on disc back in June, jumped up to No. 14 on First Alert and No. 9 on the Blu-ray chart, no doubt given a boost by multiple Oscar noms, including Best Picture.
On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, Universal Studios’ A Walk Among the Tombstones rose up a notch to No. 1 after debuting at No. 2 the prior week.
Fox’s The Maze Runner slipped to No. 2, while the rest of the top five remained unchanged from the prior week: Sony Pictures’ The Equalizer at No. 3, followed at No. 4 by Warner’s This Is Where I Leave You and Sony Pictures’ No Good Deed at No. 5.