'Neighbors' Disc Moves Into Top Sales Spots1 Oct, 2014 By: Thomas K. Arnold
After two weeks of flooding the market with new releases, the studios took a bit of a breather the week ended Sept. 28.
The highest-profile new release was Universal Studios’ Neighbors, a comedy about a young couple living next to a frat house that earned a not-too-shabby $150.1 million in U.S. theaters.
The film, which stars Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, debuted at No. 1 on both national home video sales charts, bumping Warner’s Godzilla, which bowed at No. 1 the prior week, down to No. 3.
Meanwhile, 20th Century Fox’s The Fault in Our Stars, a romantic drama that earned $124.8 million in theaters, held up remarkably well its sophomore week, remaining at No. 2 on Nielsen VideoScan’s First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall disc sales, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined. According to Nielsen data, the film easily outsold Godzilla during the pair’s second week in stores, by a margin of nearly 10%.
Rounding out the First Alert top five were Marvel’s Disney-distributed Captain America: The Winter Soldier at No. 4 and season seven of the TV series “The Big Bang Theory,” from Warner, at No. 5, each down a notch from the prior week.
The top five on Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart consisted of the same five titles, except Godzilla was No. 2 and The Fault in Our Stars was No. 3.
Only three other new releases made it into the First Alert top 20: season nine of the TV series “How I Met Your Mother,” from 20th Century Fox, debuted at No. 14; season five of “Modern Family,” also from Fox, bowed at No. 16; and Universal Studios’ The Signal — a sci-fi thriller with a limited theatrical release — entered the chart at No. 19.
According to Nielsen, Neighbors generated 43% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc. In its second week in stores, Godzilla generated 45% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, down from 58% its first week in stores.
On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, Warner’s Blended shot to No. 1 now that its 28-day holdback from Netflix and Redbox is over. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the previous week’s top rental, slipped to No. 2, while Sony Pictures’ Think Like a Man Too slid a notch as well to No. 3. Fox’s The Other Woman held firm at No. 4, while Lionsgate’s Draft Day fell to No. 5 from No. 3 the prior week.