‘Rio 2’ Flies Into Top Spot on Home Video Sales Charts

The animated adventure-comedy “Rio 2,” from 20th Century Fox, easily snagged the top spot on both national home video sales charts the week ending July 20.

The sequel earned nearly as much at the box office as the 2011 original – $130.3 million versus $143.6 million – and, with no high-powered competition, sailed to the top spot on both the Nielsen VideoScan First alert sales chart, which tracks overall disc sales, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined, as well as Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

The prior week’s top seller, Warner’s “The LEGO Movie,” slipped to No. 2 on both charts, with a two-pack featuring both “Rio” films, available exclusively at Walmart, selling enough copies to debut at No. 3 on the overall disc sales chart.

“Rio” fever ran so high that the original, released on disc more than three years ago, shot back up into the top 10 on both sales charts, finishing at No. 8 on First Alert and No. 7 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Rounding out the top five on First Alert were Walt Disney Studios’ “Frozen” at No. 4 and the historical actioner “300: Rise of an Empire,” from Warner, at No. 5.

On the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart, “300: Rise of an Empire” slipped to No. 3 from No. 2 the previous week. Twentieth Century Fox’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” inched up to No. 4 from No. 5, as good word of mouth continued to spread about the sequel, which topped the box office for the second consecutive week and as of July 23 has more than $148.5 million since its July 11 theatrical release.

Rounding out the top five on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart was “Frozen,” down from No. 4 the previous week.

Interestingly, “Rio 2” generated 45% of its unit sales from Blu-ray Disc.

On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, “The LEGO Movie” finally made it to No. 1 now that its 28-day holdback from key rental outlets Netflix and Redbox is over.

That pushed last week’s top three down a notch: Universal Studios’ “Non-Stop” to No. 2; “Lone Survivor,” also from Universal Studios, to No. 3; and “RoboCop,” from 20th Century Fox, to No. 4.

Fifth place on the rental chart went to Lionsgate’s “Under the Skin,” a newly released sci-fi film with Scarlett Johansson that earned $2.6 million in a limited theatrical release.

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

Top 20 Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart for week of 7/20/2014:

1. Rio 2 (new)
2. The LEGO Movie
3. Rio/Rio 2 (new, Walmart exclusive)
4. Frozen
5. 300: Rise of an Empire
6. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
7. Lone Survivor
8. Rio
9. A Night in Old Mexico (new)
10. Ride Along
11. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
12. The Wolf of Wall Street
13. Monster High: New Ghoul at School (new, Walmart exclusive)
14. Non-Stop
15. Hell on Wheels: The Complete Third Season (new)
16. Under the Skin (new)
17. Road to Paloma (new)
18. How to Train Your Dragon
19. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
20. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for week of 7/20/2014:

1. The LEGO Movie
2. Non-Stop
3. Lone Survivor
4. RoboCop
5. Under the Skin
6. The Grand Budapest Hotel
7. 3 Days to Kill
8. Ride Along
9. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
10. Endless Love

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