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'X-Men' Maintains Top Disc Sales Spot; 'Neighbors' Moves Atop Rentals

29 Oct, 2014 By: Thomas K. Arnold

X-Men: Days of Future Past

A handful of new theatrical releases arrived in stores the week ended Oct. 26, but none could bump the previous top sellers from the two top spots on the national home video sales charts.

Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, the latest installment in the superhero franchise, remained at No. 1 on both Nielsen VideoScan’s First Alert chart, which tracks overall Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined unit sales, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman, a feature-length spinoff of the classic “The Rocky and Bullwinkle” cartoon, remained at No. 2, again on both charts.

Of the new releases, Fox’s Earth to Echo, a family adventure about a group of kids who befriend an alien, fared best, debuting at No. 3 on both charts after earning $38.9 million in U.S. theaters.

The Universal Studios horror sequel The Purge: Anarchy, with a domestic box office gross of $71.6 million — some $7 million more than its 2013 predecessor — bowed at No. 4 on both charts.

Sony Pictures’ much-talked-about Sex Tape, a raunchy comedy starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel as a married couple trying to delete an amateur sex tape that accidentally goes public, debuted at No. 5 on First Alert and No. 6 on the Blu-ray Disc chart, after earning $38.5 million in theaters.

Earth and Purge each generated 40% of their first-week unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, Nielsen research shows, compared with 35% for Sex Tape.
Four other new releases made it into the First Alert top 20 their first week in stores: the Anchor Bay sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer at No. 7, Fox’s Wrong Turn 6 at No. 11, Lionsgate’s See No Evil 2 at No. 17 and Universal’s The Fluffy Movie (with Latino comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias) at No. 18.

On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, Universal’s Neighbors vaulted to No. 1 now that its 28-day holdback from rental leaders Netflix and Redbox is over. Sex Tape bowed at No. 2 (Sony Pictures imposes no holdback on new releases).

Warner’s Godzilla slipped to No. 3 from No. 1 the previous week. Rounding out the top five: Fox’s The Fault in Our Stars came in at No. 4 (down from No. 2 the prior week) while Paramount’s Transformers: Age of Extinction slipped to No. 5 from No. 3.

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