‘Zombieland’ Takes Over the Charts10 Feb, 2010 By: Thomas K. Arnold
The horror comedy Zombieland, fresh off a $75.6 million box office run, chomped its way to the top of all three home video charts its first week in stores, scaring off several other high-profile new releases.
The Sony Pictures Home Entertainment release pushed Michael Jackson’s This Is It from the No. 1 spot on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, selling twice as many units as the concert film, also from Sony. The Universal Studios comedy Love Happens, with a $23 million theatrical pedigree, debuted at No. 3, while 20th Century Fox’s Amelia, with a $14.3 million gross, bowed at No. 4.
On Home Media Magazine’s video rental chart for the week ended Feb. 7, Zombieland bumped Walt Disney’s Surrogates from the top spot, generating twice as many rentals for the week as the sci-fi sophomore, which finished second. Love Happens debuted at No. 3, while Amelia bowed at No. 4.
And on the Nielsen VideoScan Blu-ray Disc chart, Zombieland went three for three, bowing at No. 1 and selling more than three times as many copies during the week as This Is It, which was No. 1 the previous week. Zombieland racked up 31% of its total first-week sales from the Blu-ray Disc.
This Is It was the week’s No. 2 Blu-ray Disc seller, with Lionsgate’s Planet Hulk finishing third. Planet Hulk also debuted at No. 5 on the overall sales chart.