Big Surprise On Top of the Charts!1 Jul, 2009 By: Thomas K. Arnold
You've got to love the doldrum days of summer. Studios take a break from releasing high-profile theatricals so consumers can focus on what's at the movies, and that leaves the charts open to some interesting alternatives. Topping Home Media Magazine's rental chart this week is The Code, a direct-to-video thriller from First Look Studios starring Morgan Freeman and Antonio Banderas. The Code also debuted at No. 8 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, while Disney's Confessions of a Shopaholic, a comedy with just $44.3 million in theatrical earnings, was the week's top seller. For the full chart story, click here.
Here are the week's top 10 sellers, according to First Alert, with percentage of sales coming from the Blu-ray Disc version. As you can see, Blu-ray certainly is picking up steam--quite a far cry from even a year ago, when the average title drew maybe 3% to 5% of its total sales from Blu-ray Disc.
1. Confession of a Shopaholic, 5% BD
2. Gran Torino, 15% BD
3. Transformers, 21% BD
4. Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail, not available on BD
5. Inkheart, 13% BD
6. Pink Panther 2, 7% BD
7. Family Guy Volume 7, not available on BD
8. The Code, 15% BD
9. Friday the 13th, 17% BD
10. Taken, 20% BD