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‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Tops Weekly DVD Sales

Two high-profile new releases, both distributed by 20th Century Fox, took the two top spots on the national home video sales charts the week ending Oct. 19.

X-Men: Days of Future Past,” the latest installment in the superhero franchise that bagged nearly $234 million in U.S. theaters, debuted at No. 1 on Nielsen VideoScan’s First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined, as well as Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

And DreamWorks Animation’s “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” an animated feature based on two characters from the 1960s cartoon series “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show,” rode its $111.5 million box office gross to a No. 2 debut, also on both charts.

Warner’s “Edge of Tomorrow,” which bowed at No. 1 on both charts the previous week, slipped to No. 4 on First Alert, right behind Paramount’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”
Rounding out the First Alert top five was Walt Disney Studios’ “Sleeping Beauty,” which had bowed at No. 3 the previous week.

“X-Men” and “Mr. Peabody” are the only new releases to make the First Alert top 20. According to Nielsen research, “X-Men” generated 61% of its first-week sales from Blu-ray Disc, compared to 48% for “Mr. Peabody.”

With Halloween right around the corner, Warner’s “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” found its way back into the First Alert top 20, as it does every year, finishing the week at No. 16.

On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, Warner’s “Godzilla” took the top spot now that its 28-day holdback from rental leaders Netflix and Redbox is over. Twentieth Century Fox’s “The Fault in Our Stars,” also newly available at Netflix and Redbox, popped into the chart at No. 2.

“Transformers: Age of Extinction” slipped to No. 3 after two weeks as the country’s top rental, followed at No. 4 by Warner’s “Blended” and No. 5 by 20th Century Fox’s “Brick Mansions.”

Thomas K. Arnold is editorial director of Home Media Magazine.

Top 20 Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart for the week of 10/19/2014:
1. X-Men: Days of Future Past (new)
2. Mr. Peabody & Sherman (new)
3. Transformers: Age of Extinction
4. Edge of Tomorrow
5. Sleeping Beauty
6. A Million Ways to Die in the West
7. Neighbors
8. Frozen
9. Hocus Pocus
10. The Fault in Our Stars
11. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
12. Godzilla
13. Million Dollar Arm
14. Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods
15. PAW Patrol: Winter Rescues
16. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
17. American Horror Story: Coven
18. Divergent
19. The Hunter Games: Catching Fire
20. Monster High: Freaky Fusion

Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for the week of 10/19/2014:

1. Godzilla
2. The Fault in Our Stars
3. Transformers: Age of Extinction
4. Blended
5. Brick Mansions
6. Million Dollar Arm
7. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
8. The Other Woman
9. Think Like a Man Too
10. Moms’ Night Out

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