Tom Cruise Nabs Top Spot on Home Video Sales Charts With ‘Edge of Tomorrow’

Edge of Tomorrow

The latest Tom Cruise action film, “Edge of Tomorrow,” topped the national home video sales charts the week ending Oct. 12, bumping the prior week’s top seller, “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” from Paramount Pictures, to No. 2.

“Edge of Tomorrow,” from Warner Bros., earned just over $100 million in U.S. theaters. The film is one of four new releases that debuted in the top five on Nielsen VideoScan’s First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall disc sales, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined.

Walt Disney Studios’ “Sleeping Beauty,” newly released in an extras-packed “Diamond Edition,” bowed at No. 3. The Diamond edition of the 1959 animated classic includes the film on Blu-ray Disc, standard DVD and Digital HD.

A Million Ways to Die in the West,” a Western comedy written, directed and starring Seth MacFarlane, debuted at No. 4. The Universal Studios release also stars Charlize Theron and Liam Neeson (along with newly named Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris) and earned a domestic box office gross of $42.7 million.

Rounding out the top five was Walt Disney Studios’ “Million Dollar Arm,” the feel-good movie about a down-on-his-luck sports agent who stages a reality show in India in the hopes of turning cricket players into Major League Baseball pitching stars. The film, with Jon Hamm as the agent, earned $36.5 million in U.S. theaters.

“Edge of Tomorrow” generated 62% of its first-week sales from the Blu-ray Disc version, compared to 47% for “A Million Ways to Die in the West” and just 27% for “Million Dollar Arm.”

On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, “Transformers: Age of Extinction remained at No. 1 for the second consecutive week, while the No. 2 spot went to 20th Century Fox’s “Brick Mansions” in its first week of wide availability at all rental outlets.

Warner’s “Blended” and Walt Disney Studios’ “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” each slipped a notch to No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, while “Million Dollar Arm” debuted at No. 5.

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

Top 20 Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart for week of 10/12/2014:
1. Edge of Tomorrow (new)
2. Transformers: Age of Extinction
3. Sleeping Beauty: Diamond Edition (new)
4. A Million Ways to Die in the West (new)
5. Million Dollar Arm (new)
6. Neighbors
7. The Fault in Our Stars
8. Godzilla
9. Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods (new)
10. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
11. American Horror Story: Coven (new)
12. Frozen
13. Monster High: Freaky Fusion
14. PAW Patrol: Winter Rescues (new)
15. Hocus Pocus
16. Duck Dynasty: Season 6 (new)
17. Vikings: The Complete Second Season (new)
18. Divergent
19. God’s Not Dead
20. The Hunter Games: Catching Fire

Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for week of 10/12/2014:
1. Transformers: Age of Extinction (new)
2. Brick Mansions
3. Blended
4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
5. Million Dollar Arm (new)
6. Think Like a Man Too
7. The Other Woman
8. Moms’ Night Out
9. Draft Day
10. Are You Here