After two weeks of flooding the market with new releases, the studios took a bit of a breather last week.
The highest-profile new release was Universal Studios’ “Neighbors,” a comedy about a young couple living next to a frat house that earned a not-too-shabby $150.1 million in U.S. theaters.
The film, which stars Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, debuted at No. 1 on both national home video sales charts the week ending Sept. 28, bumping Warner’s “Godzilla,” which bowed at No. 1 the prior week, down to No. 3.
Meanwhile, 20th Century Fox’s “The Fault in Our Stars,” a romantic drama that earned $124.8 million in theaters, held up remarkably well its sophomore week, remaining at No. 2 on Nielsen VideoScan’s First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall disc sales, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined. According to Nielsen data, the film easily outsold “Godzilla” during the pair’s second week in stores, by a margin of nearly 10%.
Rounding out the First Alert top five were Walt Disney Studios’ “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” at No. 4 and season seven of the TV series “The Big Bang Theory,” from Warner, at No. 5, each down a notch from the prior week.
The top five on Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart was identical, except “Godzilla” was No. 2 and “The Fault in Our Stars” was No. 3.
Only three other new releases made it into the First Alert top 20: season nine of the TV series “How I Met Your Mother,” from 20th Century Fox, debuted at No. 14; season five of “Modern Family,” also from Fox, bowed at No. 16; and Universal Studios’ “The Signal” – a sci-fi thriller with a limited theatrical release – entered the chart at No. 19.
According to Nielsen, “Neighbors” generated 43% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc. In its second week in stores, “Godzilla” generated 45% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, down from 58% its first week in stores.
On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, Warner’s “Blended” shot to No. 1 now that its 28-day holdback from Netflix and Redbox is over. “Captain America,” the previous week’s top rental, slipped to No. 2, while Sony Pictures’ “Think Like a Man Too” slid a notch as well to No. 3. Twentieth Century Fox’s “The Other Woman” held firm at No. 4, while Lionsgate’s “Draft Day” fell to No. 5 from No. 3 the prior week.
Thomas K. Arnold is editorial director of Home Media Magazine, http://www.homemediamagazine.com.
Top 20 Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart for week of 9/28/2014:
1. Neighbors (new)
2. The Fault in Our Stars
4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
5. The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Seventh Season
7. Think Like a Man Too
8. Barbie and the Secret Door
9. Brick Mansions
12. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
13. God’s Not Dead
14. How I Met Your Mother: The Complete Season 9 (new)
15. Draft Day
16. Modern Family: The Complete Fifth Season (new)
17. The LEGO Movie
18. Hocus Pocus
19. The Signal (new)
20. Heaven is for Real
Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for week of 9/28/2014:
2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
3. Think Like a Man Too
4. The Other Woman
5. Draft Day
6. Moms’ Night Out
9. The Rover (new)
10. The Calling (new)