'I, Frankenstein' Takes 'Frozen's' Top Spot

It had to end sometime. “Frozen’s” streak atop the home video sales charts came to an end the week ended May 18, as Lionsgate’s “I, Frankenstein” emerged to top both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, as well as its dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

The Disney blockbuster dropped to No. 2 for the week, selling 86.5% as many copies as the fantasy-horror hybrid. Frozen had topped both sales charts the previous four weeks and seven of the eight weeks since its release in March.

The chart shuffling allowed “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” to move up to No. 3 on both charts, followed by a pair of newcomers. On both charts, Warner’s Oscar-winning “Her” debuted at No. 4, while the Sony Pictures comedy “That Awkward Moment” bowed at No. 5.

Home Media Magazine’s weekly rental chart was dominated by titles new to rental. The top spot went to Universal’s “Ride Along,” followed by Fox’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” at No. 2, “I, Frankenstein” at No. 3, “That Awkward Moment” at No. 4 and Universal’s “The Nut Job” at No. 5.

“Ride Along,” “Mitty” and “Nut Job” all came off their 28-day holdback at key rental outlets Redbox and Netflix.

“Smaug,” the previous week’s top rental, slipped to No. 6.

John Latchem is managing editor of Home Media Magazine, http://www.homemediamagazine.com.

Top 20 Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart for week of 5/18/2014:

1. “I, Frankenstein” (New)
2. “Frozen”
3. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
4. “Her” (New)
5. “That Awkward Moment” (New)
6. “The Legend of Hercules”
7. “Paw Patrol” (New)
8. “Ride Along”
9. “Son of Batman”
10. “The Pirate Fairy”
11. “The Nut Job”
12. “WWE Wrestlemania XXX” (New)
13. “Veronica Mars”
14. “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Neighbors From Hell”
15. “The Amazing Spider-Man”
16. “Special ID” (New)
17. “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”
18. “How to Train Your Dragon”
19. “The Wolf of Wall Street”
20. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”

Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for week of 5/18/2014:

1. “Ride Along” (New to Rental)
2. “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”  (New to Rental)
3. “I, Frankenstein”  (New)
4. “That Awkward Moment”  (New)
5. “The Nut Job”  (New to Rental)
6. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
7. “The Legend of Hercules”
8. “47 Ronin”
9. “The Wolf of Wall Street”
10. “Labor Day”

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