'Puss' Tops Overall Disc Sales; 'Hugo' Tops Rentals and BD Sales7 Mar, 2012 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Despite multiple Oscar wins, Paramount’s Hugo couldn’t topple DreamWorks’ Puss in Boots, also distributed by Paramount, from the top spot on the national home video sales chart the week ended March 4.
The Martin Scorsese-helmed family adventure film debuted at No. 2 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, selling 78% as many discs as Puss in Boots did in its sophomore week.
Summit’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 held pat at No. 3, while the No. 4 spot went to another new release, Warner’s Justice League: Doom, an animated direct-to-video release.
Rounding out the top five was Warner’s The Bodyguard, which in the wake of star Whitney Houston’s Feb. 11 death has sold about 390,000 units, according to Home Media Research. The film is scheduled to make its Blu-ray Disc debut March 27. Two other movies starring Houston also moved up to the top 20: The Preacher’s Wife at No. 9 and Waiting to Exhale at No. 15.
On Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, Hugo narrowly beat Puss in Boots for the top spot. Nielsen data shows that Hugo generated 51% of its total unit sales from the Blu-ray Disc version, as opposed to 39% for Puss.
Justice League: Doom debuted at No. 3, while Walt Disney’s Lady and the Tramp was down a notch at No. 4.
On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, Hugo also bowed at No. 1, while Puss in Boots repeated at No. 2. Twentieth Century Fox’s In Time, fresh off its 28-day holdback from Netflix and Redbox, zoomed up the rental chart to No. 3, from No. 63 the prior week.
The previous week’s top rental, Breaking Dawn, slipped to No. 4.