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'Apes' Returns as Top Seller; 'Colombiana' Leads Rentals

4 Jan, 2012 By: John Latchem

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Several old favorites used end-of-the-year spending sprees to push their way back to the top of the sales charts the week ended Jan. 1.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes, from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, returned to the top of Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, and its dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart. The title debuted at No. 1 after its Dec. 13 release but slipped to No. 5 in the week leading up to Christmas.

The week after Christmas proved to be a good one for Blu-ray, as the HD format accounted for almost 45% of overall top 20 unit sales. Among those who bought Apes, 68.39% opted for the Blu-ray version.

Disney’s The Help landed at No. 2 on both charts, while Warner’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 was No. 3 on both charts. Potter had been No. 1 on the Blu-ray chart the previous week.

The previous week’s top seller, The Hangover Part II, dropped to No. 4 on the overall chart and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart.

The top new release was Warner’s Final Destination 5, which sold 56% as many copies as Apes at No. 5 on both sales charts. Anchor Bay’s Apollo 18 debuted at No. 9 (No. 11 on the BD chart).

Post-Christmas sales led to two TV DVD titles re-emerging in the Top 20: Warner’s Smallville: The Complete Tenth Season at No. 10 and Paramount’s Dexter: The Fifth Season at No. 19.

On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, Sony Pictures’ Colombiana repeated in the top spot, followed by Lionsgate’s Warrior, which moved up to No. 2. Apollo 18 debuted at No. 3.

About the Author: John Latchem

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