'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Climbs Atop Home Video Charts27 Aug, 2014 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Sony Pictures' The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swung to an easy No. 1 debut on all three national home video charts for the week ended Aug. 24.
The sequel — which earned $202.9 million in U.S. theaters — bumped Lionsgate’s Divergent to the No. 2 spot on all three charts, where it had been No. 1 for the previous two weeks.
According to Nielsen data, Divergent in its third week in stores sold just 15.3% as many copies as Amazing Spider-Man 2. On Nielsen VideoScan’s Blu-ray Disc sales chart, the margin between the two was even higher, with the high-definition version of Divergent selling just 9.1% as many copies as the Blu-ray Disc of ASM2.
A Walmart exclusive two-pack of both Amazing Spider-Man 2 and the first installment in the Marvel superhero reboot, 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man debuted at No. 3 on VideoScan’s Blu-ray Disc chart and No. 12 on the First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined unit sales.
Another new release that fared quite well its first week in stores was the Walt Disney Studios-distributed Toy Story of Terror!, an animated short reuniting the “Toy Story” characters in a 22-minute Halloween special that debuted on TV last year. The disc debuted at No. 4 on the overall disc sales chart, right behind the Cinedigm-distributed faith-based drama God’s Not Dead, which slipped to the No. 3 spot after spending two weeks at No. 2.
Rounding out the First Alert top five was another Disney release, Muppets Most Wanted, which had debuted the prior week at No. 3 on First Alert and No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart.
On the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, God’s Not Dead was No. 4 and Muppets Most Wanted was No. 5.
In the wake of actor Robin Williams’ death, two of his best-loved films returned to the First Alert top 20: Mrs. Doubtfire at No. 11 and Good Will Hunting at No. 20.
On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Divergent were followed by Universal Studios’ Sabotage at No. 3. The film finally became available at key rental outlets Netflix and Redbox after a 28-day holdback, customary for new releases from Universal, 20th Century Fox and Warner.
Rounding out the list of the top five rentals were Warner’s Transcendence at No. 4 and 20th Century Fox’s Rio 2 at No. 5.