'Despicable Me 2' Repeats Atop Disc Sales Charts26 Dec, 2013 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Top new release is 'The Lone Ranger' at No. 3; 'We're the Millers' Tops Rentals
The week before Christmas saw the two top sellers from the prior week remain at the top of both national sales charts, beating back two new releases.
In the week ended Dec. 22, Despicable Me 2 and Fast & Furious 6, both from Universal Studios Home Entertainment, held onto the No. 1 and No. 2 positions at the top of both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart — which tracks overall DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined sales — and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
Walt Disney Studios’ The Lone Ranger debuted at No. 3 on both sales charts, followed at No. 4 by Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, from 20th Century Fox.
The Lone Ranger, with Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, is the big-budget remake of the classic Western with a domestic box office gross of $89.3 million — a disappointing performance given the star power of the cast and the directing by Gore Verbinski, who helmed the first three films in Disney’s enormously successful “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise.
Sea of Monsters is the second family adventure film based on the “Percy Jackson” novel series by author Rick Riordan and a sequel to 2010’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. The film grossed $68.4 million in U.S. theaters.
Also new to the charts is Sony Pictures’ Elysium, a $93.1 million-grossing sci-fi actioner with Matt Damon and Jodie Foster that debuted at No. 6 on both sales charts, right after Warner’s Man of Steel, which in its sixth week in stores zoomed back up to No. 5 on both charts (from No. 11 the prior week on First Alert and No. 6 on the Blu-ray Disc chart).
Another Sony Pictures release, One Direction: This is Us, debuted at No. 8 on both sales charts.
Home Media Magazine’s weekly rental chart, meanwhile, was topped by three fresh titles, two of them coming off 28-day holdbacks from Netflix and Redbox: the Warner comedy We’re the Millers at No. 1 and Universal Studios’ 2 Guns at No. 3. Elysium bowed at No. 2; Sony Pictures is one of the major studios that lets all retailers rent its new releases on street date.
Warner’s Man of Steel, the No. 1 rental the previous week, slipped to No. 4 on the rental chart.