'Monuments Men' Leads Home Videos Sales

A flurry of new releases the week before the Memorial Day weekend – and the unofficial start of summer – pounded the national homevideo charts with new faces the week ended May 25, led by Sony Pictures’ “The Monuments Men.” The historical drama about a World War II art-rescue squad debuted at No. 1 on both sales charts as well as Home Media Magazine’s rental chart.

The film, which stars George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray and Cate Blanchett, grossed more than $78 million at the domestic box office and topped the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall disc sales, DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined, as well as Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray sales chart. The film also bowed at No. 1 on the rental chart, since Sony Pictures is one of the three major studios that does not withhold new releases from Netflix and Redbox.

Coming in at No. 2 on both sales charts was 20th Century Fox’s actioner “3 Days to Kill,” starring Kevin Costner as a dying CIA agent with one last assignment. The film, helmed by McG, earned $30.7 million and co-stars Amber Heard, who most recently appeared opposite another aging action star, Harrison Ford, in 2013’s “Paranoia.”

“3 Days to Kill” sold about 62% as many discs as “Monuments Men,” and generated 43% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray – compared to 42% for “Monuments Men.”

Four other new releases made the First Alert top 10 their first week in stores. “Pompeii,” a historical action-adventure film set against the exploding Mount Vesuvius volcano, debuted at No. 4 on First Alert (behind Disney’s lingering “Frozen”) and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart. The film, which earned $23.2 million in theaters, generated 48% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray.

The urban comedy “About Last Night,” from Sony Pictures, rode its $48.6 million box office haul to a No. 5 debut on First Alert (No. 6 Blu-ray). Anchor Bay’s “Vampire Academy” ($7.8 million) bowed at No. 6 on First Alert and No. 8 on the Blu-ray chart. And the G-rated family comedy “Sophia Grace & Rosie’s Royal Adventure,” from Warner Bros., entered the First Alert chart at No. 8, with the Blu-ray version accounting for just 11% of total unit sales.

The previous week’s top seller, Lionsgate’s “I, Frankenstein,” slipped to No. 7 on First Alert (and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart).

On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart, the top-renting “Monuments Men” was followed at No. 2 by “Pompeii,” with the prior week’s top rental, Universal Studios’ “Ride Along,” slipping to No. 3.

Rounding out the top five rentals: “About Last Night” debuted at No. 4, with 20th Century Fox’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” slipping to No. 5 from No. 2 the prior week.

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

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

1. “Monuments Men” (new)
2. “3 Days to Kill” (new)
3. “Frozen”
4. “Pompeii” (new)
5. “About Last Night” (new)
6. “Vampire Academy” (new)
7. “I, Frankenstein”
8. “Sophia Grace & Rosie’s Royal Adventure” (new)
9. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
10. “Ride Along”
11. “The Pirate Fairy”
12. “The Nut Job”
13. “The Legend of Hercules”
14. “That Awkward Moment”
15. “PAW Patrol”
16. “Her”
17. “Duck Dynasty: Duck Days of Summer” (new)
18. “Madea’s Neighbors from Hell”
19. “How to Train Your Dragon”
20. “The Wolf of Wall Street”

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

1. “Monuments Men” (new)
2. “Pompeii” (new)
3. “Ride Along”
4. “About Last Night” (new)
5. “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”
6. “That Awkward Moment”
7. “The Nut Job”
8. “I, Frankenstein”
9. “The Legend of Hercules”
10. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

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