‘X-Men,’ ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’ Maintain Top Spots on Home Video Sales Charts

A handful of new theatrical releases arrived in stores last week, but none could bump the previous week’s top sellers from the two top positions on the national home video sales charts the week ending Oct. 26.

Twentieth Century Fox’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” the latest installment in the superhero series, remained at No. 1 on both Nielsen VideoScan’s First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

And DreamWorks Animation’s “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” a feature-length spinoff of the classic “The Rocky and Bullwinkle” cartoon distributed by 20th Century Fox, remained at No. 2 again on both charts.

Of the new releases, 20th Century Fox’s “Earth to Echo,” a family adventure about a group of kids who befriend an alien that earned $38.9 million in U.S. theaters, fared best, debuting at No. 3 on both charts.

The Universal Studios horror sequel “The Purge: Anarchy,” with a domestic box office gross of $71.5 million – some $7 million more than its 2012 predecessor – bowed at No. 4 on both charts.

And Sony Pictures’ much-talked-about “Sex Tape,” a raunchy comedy with Cameron Diaz about an amateur sex tape that goes missing, debuted at No. 5 on First Alert and No. 6 on the Blu-ray Disc chart, after earning $38.6 million in theaters.

“Earth” and “Purge” each generated 40% of their first-week unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, Nielsen research shows, compared to 35% for “Sex Tape.”

Four other new releases made it into the First Alert top 20 their first week in stores: the Anchor Bay sci-fi actioner “Snowpiercer” at No. 7, 20th Century Fox’s “Wrong Turn 6” at No. 11, Lionsgate’s “See No Evil 2” at No. 17 and Universal Studios’ “The Fluffy Movie: Unity Through Laughter” (with Latino comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias) at No. 18.

On Home Media magazine’s rental chart for the week, Universal Studios’ “Neighbors” vaulted to No. 1 now that its 28-day holdback from rental leaders Netflix and Redbox is over. “Sex Tape” bowed at No. 2 (Sony Pictures imposes no such holdback on new releases).

Warner’s “Godzilla” slipped to No. 3 from No. 1 the previous week. Rounding out the top five: 20th Century Fox’s “The Fault in Our Stars” came in at No. 4 (down from No. 2 the prior week) while Paramount’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction” slipped to No. 5 from No. 3.

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

Top 20 Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart for the week of 10/26/2014:

1. X-Men: Days of Future Past
2. Mr. Peabody & Sherman
3. Earth to Echo (new)
4. The Purge: Anarchy (new)
5. Sex Tape (new)
6. Transformers: Age of Extinction
7. Snowpiercer (new)
8. Edge of Tomorrow
9. Sleeping Beauty
10. Frozen
11. Wrong Turn 6 (new)
12. A Million Ways to Die in the West
13. The Fault in Our Stars
14. Hocus Pocus
15. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
16. Neighbors
17. See No Evil 2 (new)
18. The Fluffy Movie: Unity Through Laughter (new)
19. Godzilla
20. Divergent

Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for the week of 10/26/2014:

1. Neighbors
2. Sex Tape (new)
3. Godzilla
4. The Fault in Our Stars
5. Transformers: Age of Extinction
6. Blended
7. Brick Mansions
8. Snowpiercer (new)
9. Million Dollar Arm
10. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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