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‘Pitch Perfect 2’ Debuts Atop Disc Chart

Universal notches back-to-back weekly wins

Universal Pictures is on a roll, with “Pitch Perfect 2” debuting at No. 1 on both national home video sales charts the week ended Sept. 27, a week after “Furious 7” achieved the same feat.

In its second week of release, “Furious 7” remains the No. 2 seller. Both films are sequels.

The musical comedy “Pitch Perfect 2,” which grossed $183.8 million in U.S. theaters, is the sequel to 2012’s “Pitch Perfect,” which earned just $65 million. The films follow the exploits of a college women’s a cappella group, The Barden Bellas, as they vie for top honors in a singing competition, this time on the international level.

“Furious 7” is the seventh and top-grossing film in the fast-car franchise that began back in 2001. Universal said “Furious 7” sold 2.5 million Blu-ray Discs and DVDs its first week in stores, generating $52.5 million in consumer spending, factoring in digital sales as well.

The two films topped both Nielsen VideoScan’s overall disc sales chart and the dedicated Blu-ray disc sales chart.

Walt Disney Studios’ “Cinderella” and Warner’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” each moved down a spot on both charts, to Nos. 3 and 4.

Rounding out the top five, also on both charts, was a special two-disc collection of both “Pitch Perfect” movies, “Pitch Perfect Aca-Amazing 2-Movie Collection.”

“Pitch Perfect 2” generated 49% of its sales from Blu-ray Disc, compared to 54% for “Furious 7” in its second week of release – down from 62% in week one. “

The “Pitch Perfect” two-movie set, meanwhile, generated 49% of its first-week sales from the high-definition disc format.

On Home Media Magazine’s video rental chart for the week, Warner’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” shot to No. 1 now that its 21-day holdback from Redbox is over. Walt Disney Studios’ “Cinderella” held onto the No. 2 spot for the second consecutive week, while Lionsgate’s “The Age of Adaline” slipped to No. 3 from No. 1 the prior week. Rounding out the top 5 are DreamWorks Animation’s “Home” at No. 4 and Warner’s “Hot Pursuit” at No. 5, both unchanged from the previous week.

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

Top 20 Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart for the week ended 9/27/15:

1. Pitch Perfect 2 (new)
2. Furious 7
3. Cinderella
4. Mad Max: Fury Road
5. Pitch Perfect Aca-Amazing 2-Movie Collection (new)
6. Big Bang Theory: The Complete Eighth Season
7. Hocus Pocus
8. Hotel Transylvania
9. The Flash: The Complete First Season (new)
10. Home
11. Arrow: The Complete Third Season (new)
12. The Age of Adaline
13. Pitch Perfect
14. Fast & Furious 1-7 Collection
15. Insurgent
16. Descendants
17. Beetlejuice
18. Chain of Command (new)
19. Empire: Season One
20. Barbie in Rock ‘N Royals

Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for the week ended 9/27/15:

1. Mad Max: Fury Road
2. Cinderella
3. The Age of Adaline
4. Home
5. Hot Pursuit
6. Unfriended
7. Get Hard
8. Aloha
9. Boulevard (new)
10. True Story

For complete sales and rental charts, visit HomeMediaMagazine.com.

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