'X-Men' Sequel Tops Disc Sales for Third Week5 Nov, 2014 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Twentienth Century Fox isn’t letting go of the top spot on the national home video sales charts.
X-Men: Days of Future Past, the latest installment in the superhero franchise, remained at No. 1 for the third consecutive week on both Nielsen VideoScan’s First Alert chart, which tracks overall Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined unit sales, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
And DreamWorks Animation's Fox-distributed Mr. Peabody & Sherman, a feature-length spinoff of the classic “The Rocky and Bullwinkle” cartoon, finished second, again for the third consecutive week, also on both charts.
The highest-ranking new release on the overall disc sales chart for the week ended Nov. 2 is Lionsgate’s America: Imagine the World Without Her, a controversial documentary from Indian director Dinesh D’Souza that, like its two predecessors, 2012’s 2016: Obama's America and 2004’s Michael Moore Hates America, takes a critical look at progressive politics and policies. The film debuted at No. 3, just ahead of fourth-ranked Deliver Us From Evil, a demonic crime drama from Sony Pictures that earned $30.6 million in theaters.
On the Blu-ray Disc chart, America debuted at No. 7, while Deliver Us From Evil bowed at No. 3. America generated just 26% of its total unit sales from the high-definition disc format, compared with 38% for Deliver Us From Evil.
Two other new releases made the First Alert top 20. Anchor Bay’s Begin Again, a romantic comedy from The Weinstein Co. that grossed $16.2 million in theaters, bowed at No. 11. And Lionsgate’s The Prince, an action thriller starring Bruce Willis and Jason Patric that was panned by critics, debuted at No. 13.
On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, Universal Studios’ Neighbors and Sony Pictures' Sex Tape held the No. 1 and No. 2 positions for the second consecutive week.
Deliver Us From Evil debuted at No. 3, while The Prince bowed at No. 4. Rounding out the top was Universal’s Chef, which just ended its 28-day holdback from Netflix and Redbox.