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‘Rio’ Remains the Top Seller

17 Aug, 2011 By: Thomas K. Arnold


Despite several high-profile new releases arriving in stores, the animated family feature Rio, from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, remained the country’s top-selling DVD and Blu-ray Disc its sophomore week.

Rio, which grossed more than $143 million in U.S. theaters, encored at No. 1 the week ended Aug. 14 on both Nielsen VideoScan’s First Alert sales chart and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Finishing second on both charts: Universal Studios’ Paul, a $37.4 million-grossing comedy reuniting Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) as two comic book geeks who go on a road trip with an alien. Paul sold about half as many units, overall, as Rio during the week, although the Blu-ray Disc version sold 84% as many copies as the Blu-ray of Rio. Not surprisingly, 49% of total unit sales for Paul came from the Blu-ray Disc, while for Rio the percentage was just 29%.

Debuting at No. 3 on the overall sales chart (and No. 6 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart) was Sony Pictures’ Jumping the Broom, a comedy starring Angela Bassett that earned $37.3 million in theaters.

Jumping the Broom also debuted at No. 1 on Home Media Magazine’s video rental chart for the week, chiefly because both Rio and Paul won’t be available at Netflix or Redbox until a month after their release.

Jumping the Broom bumped the previous week’s top rental, Soul Surfer, also from Sony Pictures, to No. 2 on the Home Media Magazine rental chart.

Soul Surfer — based on the true story of a young surfer girl who gathers the courage to go back into the ocean after losing her arm in a savage shark attack — dropped from No. 2 to No. 6 on First Alert and No. 7 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Your Highness, an adventure comedy starring Natalie Portman that made just $21.6 million in theaters, debuted at No. 4 on First Alert (No. 3, Blu-ray). Two other new releases, Walt Disney Studios’ collection of the two “Fox and the Hound” movies bowed at No. 5 on the sales chart (No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart), while Disney’s Mars Needs Moms debuted at No. 6 (No. 5, Blu-ray).

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