'Paddington' Tops Home Video Sales Charts6 May, 2015 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Four of the five top-selling discs the week ended May 3 were new releases, led by Paddington, a British-French comedy about a talking bear that earned $75.7 million in theaters.
The film, distributed on home video by Anchor Bay Entertainment, debuted at No. 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, as well as Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
The 20th Century Fox action sequel Taken 3, which bowed at No. 1 the previous week, came in at No. 2, also on both charts, selling nearly 53% as many units its second week in stores as the Anchor Bay newcomer.
Universal Pictures’ The Boy Next Door ($35.4 million box office), a thriller with Jennifer Lopez as a cheated-on married woman who starts an affair of her own, with frightening consequences, debuted at No. 3 on First Alert and No. 5 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.
Sony Pictures’ The Wedding Ringer ($64.5 million), a romantic comedy with Kevin Hart, Josh Gad and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting (of television’s “The Big Bang Theory), debuted at No. 4 on First Alert and No. 3 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.
The Paramount crime drama The Gambler ($33.6 million), with Mark Wahlberg, debuted at No. 5 on First Alert and No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.
According to Nielsen, Paddington generated 44% of its first-week sales from Blu-ray Disc, compared with 31% for The Boy Next Door, 39% for The Wedding Ringer, and 45% for The Gambler.
Taken 3 generated 33% of its second-week sales from Blu-ray Disc, down from 37% the week before.
On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, the top three rentals were all new releases, from studios that give Netflix and Redbox access to their titles immediately instead of making them wait a month.
The Wedding Ringer debuted at No. 1, followed at No. 2 by The Gambler and No. 3 by Paddington.
The No. 4 spot went to 20th Century Fox’s Wild, which just came off its 28-day holdback from Redbox and Netflix.
The previous week’s top rental, Universal Pictures’ Unbroken, slipped to No. 5 its second week out.