'Lone Survivor,' 'Jack Ryan' Battle Top

It was a neck-in-neck race for No. 1 in the home video sales arena for the week ending June 15.

While Universal Studios’ “Lone Survivor” is again the No. 1 title on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, third-ranked “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” from Paramount, actually sold more units.

The discrepancy is due to the fact that Walmart offered an exclusive Blu-ray Disc two-pack of actioner “Jack Ryan” with 2003’s “The Italian Job,” and this combo from the country’s No. 1 home entertainment retailer is tracked separately by VideoScan.

Combining sales data for the various configurations of “Jack Ryan” – a reboot of the franchise about author Tom Clancy’s famed CIA analyst, now portrayed by Chris Pine – shows it actually sold 4% more discs than “Lone Survivor” on the First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined sales.

“Jack Ryan,” which earned $50.6 million in U.S. theaters, also was unambiguously No. 1 on VideoScan’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, followed closely by “Lone Survivor” at No. 2.

That little matter out of the way, Universal Studios also scored the No. 2-selling disc of the week on First Alert (and the No. 3 Blu-ray Disc) with a new release, “Non-Stop,” a $91.7 million-grosser that stars Liam Neeson as an air marshal who while on a transatlantic flight gets a series of threatening text messages warning him that his fellow passengers are at risk unless the airline deposits $150 million into an off-shore bank account.

Rounding out the First Alert top five are two sophomores, both distributed by 20th Century Fox: “RoboCop” at No. 4, down from No. 2 the previous week, and “Son of God” at No. 5 (No. 3 last week).

On the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, the No. 4 spot went to “RoboCop” (down from No. 2) and, at No. 5, Walmart’s “Jack Ryan/The Italian Job” two-pack.

On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, “Jack Ryan” debuted at No. 1 (Paramount is one of the three majors that does not withhold new releases from key rental outlets Netflix and Redbox), while the Warner drama “Her,” with a domestic box office gross of $25.6 million, was No. 2 now that its 28-day holdback from Netflix and Redbox is over.

Sony Pictures’ “The Monuments Men,” the top rental for the two prior weeks, slipped to No. 3 its third week in stores.

Rounding out the top five rentals for the week ending June 15: Universal Studios’ “Ride Along” at No. 4 and Sony Pictures’ “Pompeii” at No. 5.

Thomas K. Arnold is editorial director of Home Media Magazine, http://www.homemediamagazine.com.

Top 20 Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart for week of 6/15/2014:

1. “Lone Survivor”
2. “Non-Stop” (new)
3. “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” (new)
4. “RoboCop”
5. “Son of God”
6. “Frozen”
7. “The Monuments Men”
8. “How to Train Your Dragon”
9. “True Detective: The Complete First Season” (new)
10. “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” (new)
11. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
12. “Jack Ryan/The Italian Job Two-Pack” (new, Walmart exclusive)
13. “True Blood: The Complete Sixth Season”
14. “Three Days to Kill”
15. “Avatar”
16. “The Heat”
17. “The Wolf of Wall Street”
18. “The Great Bear” (new, Walmart exclusive)
19. “21 Jump Street”
20. “Devil’s Knot” (new)

Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for week of 6/15/2014:

1. “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” (new)
2. “Her”
3. “The Monuments Men”
4. “Ride Along”
5. “Pompeii”
6. “About Last Night”
7. “That Awkward Moment”
8. “The Nut Job”
9. “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”
10. “I, Frankenstein”

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