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'Rio 2' Flies to Top of Disc Sales Charts; 'Lego' Tops Rentals

23 Jul, 2014

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The animated adventure-comedy Rio 2, from 20th Century Fox, easily snagged the top spot on both national home video sales charts the week ended July 20.

The sequel earned nearly as much at the box office as the 2011 original — $130.3 million versus $143.6 million — and, with no high-powered competition, sailed to the top spot on both the Nielsen VideoScan First alert sales chart, which tracks overall Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined sales, as well as Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

The prior week’s top seller, Warner’s The Lego Movie, slipped to No. 2 on both charts, with a two-pack featuring both “Rio” films, available exclusively at Walmart, selling enough copies to debut at No. 3 on the overall disc sales chart.

“Rio” fever ran so high that the original, released on disc more than three years ago, shot back up into the top 10 on both sales charts, finishing at No. 8 on First Alert and No. 7 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Rounding out the top five on First Alert were Walt Disney Studios’ Frozen at No. 4 and the historical actioner 300: Rise of an Empire, from Warner, at No. 5.

On the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart, 300: Rise of an Empire slipped to No. 3 from No. 2 the previous week. Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes inched up to No. 4 from No. 5, as good word of mouth continued to spread about the sequel, which topped the box office for the second consecutive week and as of July 23 has made more than $148.5 million since its July 11 theatrical release.

Rounding out the top five on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart was Frozen, down from No. 4 the previous week.

Interestingly, Rio 2 generated 45% of its unit sales from Blu-ray Disc.

On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, The Lego Movie finally made it to No. 1 now that its 28-day holdback from key rental outlets Netflix and Redbox is over.

That pushed the previous week’s top three down a notch: Universal’s Non-Stop to No. 2; Lone Survivor, also from Universal, to No. 3; and RoboCop, from 20th Century Fox, to No. 4.

Fifth place on the rental chart went to Lionsgate’s Under the Skin, a newly released sci-fi film with Scarlett Johansson that earned $2.6 million in a limited theatrical release.

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