A surge of Easter shopping elevated several family titles in the home video sales arena for the week ending April 20, with Disney’s megahit “Frozen” returning to the top spot for the fourth time in five weeks. The animated film topped Nielsen VideoScan’s First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined sales, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart for three consecutive weeks upon its debut a month ago before being displaced by Warner’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” for a week.
The top new release, Universal’s “Ride Along,” debuted at No. 2 on First Alert and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart, where “Smaug” dropped a slot to No. 2.
Another new release from Universal, the animated “The Nut Job,” bowed at No. 4 on both charts, while 20th Century Fox’s Ben Stiller comedy “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” came in at No. 6 on both charts.
Disney’s animated “The Pirate Fairy” took the No. 5 slot on both charts in its third week in stores.
Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week was topped by Warner’s “Grudge Match,” which was available early at Redbox kiosks rather than the usual 28-day delay for Warner titles. “Ride Along,” “Nut Job” and “Mitty” did not appear on the rental chart as they also are from studios that delay titles to kiosks for a month.
The only other new release on the rental chart was Anchor Bay’s “Philomena,” at No. 14. “Philomena” was No. 12 on the First Alert sales chart.
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John Latchem is managing editor of Home Media Magazine.
Top 20 Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart for week of 4/20/2014:
2. Ride Along (New)
3. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
4. The Nut Job (New)
5. The Pirate Fairy
6. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (New)
7. Despicable Me 2
8. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
9. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
10. The Wolf of Wall Street
11. Walking With Dinosaurs: The Movie
12. Philomena (New)
13. Saving Mr. Banks
15. August: Osage County
16. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
17. The Jungle Book: Diamond Edition
20. Despicable Me
Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for week of 4/20/2014:
1. Grudge Match (New to Rental)
3. The Wolf of Wall Street
4. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
6. 12 Years a Slave
8. August: Osage County
9. Out of the Furnace
10. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones