‘Blended’ Takes ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’s’ Top Spot on Home Video Sales Chart

Spidey lost his grip on the top of the national home video sales chart after just one week due to the newly released Adam Sandler comedy “Blended,” a theatrical underperformer distributed by Warner Bros.

The film, which costars Drew Barrymore, only grossed $46.3 million in theaters, but demand for the Blu-ray Disc and DVD was enough to vault it straight to No. 1 on Nielsen VideoScan’s overall disc sales chart for the week ending Aug. 31, sending Sony Pictures’ “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” to No. 2.

It was a narrow victory: Nielsen data shows “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” in its second week of release, sold 99.7% as many copies as “Blended” its first week out.

“The Amazing Spider-Man” remained at No. 1 on Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, where “Blended” debuted at No. 3.

Anchor Bay’s “The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season” debuted at No. 3 on Nielsen VideoScan’s First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD sales, and No. 2 on the Blu-ray Disc-only chart.

The season-six set of another popular TV show, “Sons of Anarchy,” from 20th Century Fox, debuted at No. 4 on First Alert and No. 5 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

Lionsgate’s “Divergent” remained in the top five on both charts its fourth week in stores, landing at No. 5 on First Alert and No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

“Blended” generated 34% of its total first-week sales from Blu-ray Disc, which in turn accounted for 56% of second-week sales of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

As for the TV shows, Blu-ray Disc accounted for 38% of total unit sales of “The Walking Dead” and just 21% of total unit sales of “Sons of Anarchy.”

On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” remained at No. 1, with “The Other Woman,” from 20th Century Fox, moving up to No. 2 now that its 28-day holdback from Netflix and Redbox is over.

“Divergent” slipped a notch to No. 3, while Universal Studios’ “Sabotage” and Warner’s “Transcendence” also each moved down a spot to finish the week at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

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

Top 20 Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart for week of 8/31/2014:

1. “Blended” (new)
2. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”
3. “The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season” (new)
4. “Sons of Anarchy: The Complete Sixth Season” (new)
5. “Divergent”
6. “God’s Not Dead”
7. “Frozen”
8. “Mrs. Doubtfire”
9. “The Other Woman”
10. “Heaven is for Real”
11. “Toy Story of Terror!”
12. “Rio 2”
13. “The LEGO Movie”
14. “Good Will Hunting”
15. “Noah”
16. “Muppets Most Wanted”
17. “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return” (new)
18. “The Possession of Michael King” (new)
19. “Need for Speed”
20. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – The Movie”
Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for week of 8/31/2014:
1. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2 “
2. “The Other Woman”
3. “Divergent”
4. “Sabotage”
5. “Transcendence”
6. “Rio 2”
7. “Noah”
8. “Rage”
9. “Heaven is for Real”
10. “God’s Not Dead”


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