'Pitch Perfect 2' Finds Harmony Atop Disc Sales Charts30 Sep, 2015 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Universal Pictures is on a roll, with Pitch Perfect 2 debuting at No. 1 on the national home video sales charts the week ended Sept. 27, a week after Furious 7 achieved the same feat.
In its second week of release, Furious 7 was the No. 2 seller.
Both films are sequels.
The musical comedy Pitch Perfect 2, which grossed $183.8 million in U.S. theaters, is the sequel to 2012's Pitch Perfect, which earned just $65 million. The films follow the exploits of a college women’s a cappella group, The Barden Bellas, as they vie for top honors in a singing competition, this time on the international level.
Furious 7 is the seventh and top-grossing film in the fast-car franchise that began back in 2001. Universal said Furious 7 sold 2.5 million Blu-ray Discs and DVDs its first week in stores, generating $52.5 million in consumer spending, factoring in digital sales as well.
The two films topped the Nielsen VideoScan’s First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales chart, and the dedicated Blu-ray disc sales chart.
Walt Disney Studios’ Cinderella and Warner’s Mad Max: Fury Road each moved down a spot on both charts, to No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.
Rounding out the top five, also on both charts, was a special two-disc collection of both “Pitch Perfect” movies.
Pitch Perfect 2 generated 49% of its sales from Blu-ray Disc, compared with 54% for Furious 7 in its second week of release. Furious 7 generated 62% of its first-week sales from Blu-ray.
The “Pitch Perfect” two-movie set, meanwhile, generated 49% of its first-week sales from the high-definition disc format.
On Home Media Magazine’s video rental chart for the week, Mad Max: Fury Road shot to No. 1 now that its holdback from Redbox is over. Cinderella held onto the No. 2 spot for the second consecutive week, while Lionsgate’s The Age of Adaline slipped to No. 3 from No. 1 the prior week. Rounding out the top 5 were DreamWorks Animation’s Home at No. 4 and Warner’s Hot Pursuit at No. 5, both unchanged from the previous week.