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‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Swings to Top of Video Charts

Sony Pictures’ “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” swung to an easy No. 1 debut on all three national home video charts for the week ending Aug. 24.

The sequel – which earned $202.9 million in U.S. theaters – bumped Lionsgate’s “Divergent” to the No. 2 spot on all three charts, where it had been No. 1 for the last two weeks.

According to Nielsen data, “Divergent” in its third week in stores sold just 15.3% as many copies as “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” On Nielsen VideoScan’s Blu-ray Disc sales chart, the margin between the two was even higher, with the high-definition version of “Divergent” selling just 9.1% as many copies as the Blu-ray Disc of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

A two-pack of both “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and the first installment in the Marvel superhero reboot, 2012’s “The Amazing Spider-Man,” available exclusively at Walmart, debuted at No. 3 on VideoScan’s Blu-ray Disc chart and No. 12 on the First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall disc sales, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined.

Another new release that fared quite well its first week in stores was the Walt Disney Studios-distributed “Toy Story of Terror!,” an animated short reuniting the “Toy Story” characters in a 22-minute scary movie that debuted on TV. The disc debuted at No. 4 on the overall disc sales chart, right behind the Cinedigm-distributed faith-based drama “God’s Not Dead,” which slipped to the No. 3 spot after spending two weeks at No. 2.

Rounding out the First Alert top five was another Disney release, “Muppets Most Wanted,” which had debuted the prior week at No. 3.

On the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, “God’s Not Dead” was No. 4 and “Muppets Most Wanted” also was ranked at No. 5.

In the wake of actor Robin Williams’ death, two of his best-loved films returned to the First Alert top 20: “Mrs. Doubtfire” at No. 11 and “Good Will Hunting” at No. 20.

On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and “Divergent” were followed by Universal Studios’ “Sabotage” at No. 3. The film last week finally became available at key rental outlets Netflix and Redbox after a 28-day holdback, customary for new releases from Universal, 20th Century Fox and Warner.

Rounding out the list of the top five rentals were Warner’s “Transcendence” at No. 4 and 20th Century Fox’s “Rio 2” at No. 5.

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

Top 20 Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart for week of 8/24/2014:
1. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (new)
2. Divergent
3. God’s Not Dead
4. Toy Story of Terror! (new)
5. Muppets Most Wanted
6. Frozen
7. Heaven is for Real
8. The Other Woman
9. The LEGO Movie
10. NCIS: The Eleventh Season (new)
11. Mrs. Doubtfire
12. The Amazing Spider-Man/The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (new, Walmart exclusive)
13. Noah
14. Once Upon a Time: The Complete Third Season (new)
15. Rio 2
16. Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Fourth Season (new)
17. The Quiet Ones (new)
18. Jarhead 2: Field of Fire (new)
19. Need for Speed
20. Good Will Hunting

Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for week of 8/24/2014:

1. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (new)
2. Divergent
3. Sabotage
4. Transcendence
5. Rio 2
6. Noah
7. Heaven is for Real
8. The Quiet Ones (new)
9. Muppets Most Wanted
10. Rage

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