'42' Scores Again Atop Disc Sales Charts31 Jul, 2013 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Warner Home Video’s 42 spent a second week at No. 1 on the national home video sales charts the week ended July 28, as a dearth of new releases kept DVD and Blu-ray Disc buyers catching up on some recent releases they hadn’t yet gotten around to buying.
Sony Pictures’ Evil Dead (No. 3), Warner’s Bullet to the Head (No. 6) and Tyler Perry’s Temptation (No. 10) all remained in high demand their second and third weeks in stores, with the only new releases cracking the top 10 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, being two compilations from the “Dragons: Riders of Berk” animated TV series from DreamWorks, Part 2 debuting on First Alert at No. 8 and Part 1 at No. 9.
Meanwhile, in its second week of availability at Walmart stores only, Walt Disney Studios’ Teen Beach Movie soared to No. 2 from No. 18 the prior week. The film went wide on July 30, which means it will likely continue to chart prominently.
Universal Studios’ Despicable Me, meanwhile, continued to ride the coattails of the theatrical smash Despicable Me 2, which has so far earned more than $310 million in U.S. theaters. The original rose back up the sales chart to No. 4 from No. 5 the previous week.
On Nielsen’s Blu-ray Disc-only sales chart, it was pretty much the same story, with 42 hanging on to the No. 1 spot and Evil Dead repeating at No. 2. Despicable Me finished the week at No. 3, with the No. 4 spot going to Arc Entertainment’s Vehicle 19, an action thriller starring Paul Walker of “Fast and Furious” fame.
The week was a slow one for Blu-ray Disc, with 42 generating just 25% of its second-week sales from the high-definition format. Teen Beach Movie was available only on DVD, while the other films at the top of the charts generated most of their sales from standard DVD. Even Evil Dead, a horror movie, generated only 39% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, trailed by Despicable Me (30%), Vehicle 19 (24%) and Bullet to the Head (22%).
On Home Media Magazine’s video rental chart for the week, Warner’s The Incredible Burt Wonderstone finished the week at No. 1 now that its 28-day holdback from Netflix and Redbox is over. The comedy bumped another Warner film, Jack the Giant Slayer, from the No. 1 spot to No. 2.
Rounding out the week’s top five rentals: Universal Studios’ Identity Thief at No. 3 (down from No. 2 the prior week), Sony Pictures’ Dead Man Down repeating at No. 4, and 20th Century Fox’s 21 & Over repeating at No. 5.