Warner's 'Lego Movie' Easily Tops Home Video Sales Charts25 Jun, 2014 By: Thomas K. Arnold
School’s out, so it’s no surprise that Warner’s The Lego Movie shot to the top of both national home video sales charts its first week in stores. First-week sales were so strong that the animated comedy, which grossed more than $256 million in U.S. theaters alone, outsold its nearest competitor, Universal’s Lone Survivor, by a 13-to-1 margin.
Of course, Lone Survivor, a $125 million-grossing actioner with Mark Wahlberg as a Navy SEAL who with his team sets out to capture a notorious Taliban leader, has been in stores three weeks. So its distant-No. 2 finish for the week ended June 22 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert Sales chart — which tracks overall DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined sales — and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart is not unexpected.
Universal’s Non-Stop, a thriller that stars Liam Neeson as an air marshal aboard a threatened transatlantic flight, slipped to No. 3 on First Alert after bowing at No. 2 the previous week.
The No. 4 spot on First Alert went to a new release from 20th Century Fox, The Grand Budapest Hotel, a comedy with Ralph Fiennes as a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel. The film earned $58.4 million in U.S. theaters.
Rounding out the top five on the overall disc sales chart was Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, from Paramount, which debuted at No. 3 the previous week but in terms of total units sold was No. 1 (due to its sales being split by a Walmart-exclusive two-pack that VideoScan counted separately).
The Blu-ray Disc chart saw the No. 3 spot going to Grand Budapest Hotel, followed by Jack Ryan at No. 4 and Non-Stop at No. 5.
Excitement about the new Transformers: Age of Extinction movie, which opens theatrically June 27, sent all three previous installments in the sci-fi franchise back into the First Alert top 20, with Transformers: Dark of the Moon at No. 11, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen at No. 15 and the 2007 original at No. 16.
On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, 3 Days to Kill, from 20th Century Fox, was No. 1 now that its 28-day holdback from key rental outlets Netflix and Redbox is over.
Jack Ryan, the previous week’s top rental, slipped to No. 2 after bowing at No. 1.
Joe, from Lionsgate, debuted at No. 3. The drama, with Nicolas Cage, earned less than $400,000 in a limited theatrical release. (Joe also debuted at No. 9 on the First Alert sales chart and No. 16 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart.)
Rounding out the top five are two comedies from Universal Studios: Ride Along, which held steady at No. 4, and the newly released Walk of Shame, another limited theatrical release, about a reporter (Elizabeth Banks) who gets stranded in a bad part of Los Angeles after a one-night stand on the eve of a very important job interview.