‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Holds No. 1 Spot for Third Week on Home Video Sales Charts


Twentienth Century Fox isn’t letting go of the top spot on the national home video sales charts.

X-Men: Days of Future Past,” the latest installment in the superhero series, remained at No. 1 for the third consecutive week on both Nielsen VideoScan’s First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

And “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” a feature-length spinoff of the classic “The Rocky and Bullwinkle” cartoon from DreamWorks Animation that 20th Century Fox is distributing, finished second, again for the third consecutive week, also on both charts.

The highest-ranking new release on the overall disc sales chart for the week ending Nov. 2 is Lionsgate’s “America: Imagine the World Without Her,” a controversial documentary from Indian director Dinesh D’Souza that, like its two predecessors,  2012’s “2016: Obama’s America” and 2004’s Michael Moore Hates America, takes a critical look at progressive politics and policies. The film debuted at No. 3, just ahead of fourth-ranked “Deliver Us From Evil,” a demonic crime drama that earned $30.6 million in theaters.

On the Blu-ray Disc chart, “America” debuted at No. 7, while “Deliver Us From Evil” bowed at No. 3. “America” generated just 26% of its total unit sales from the high-definition disc format, compared to 38% for “Deliver Us From Evil.”

Two other new releases made the First Alert top 20. Anchor Bay’s “Begin Again,” a romantic comedy from The Weinstein Co. that grossed $16.2 million in theaters, bowed at No. 11. And Lionsgate’s “The Prince,” an action thriller starring Bruce Willis and Jason Patric that was panned by critics and shunned by theatergoers, debuted at No. 13.

On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, Universal Studios’ “Neighbors” and Sony Pictures’ “Sex Tape” held the No. 1 and No. 2 positions for the second consecutive week.

“Deliver Us From Evil” debuted at No. 3, while “The Prince” bowed at No. 4. Rounding out the top was Universal Studios’ “Chef,” which just ended its 28-day holdback from Netflix and Redbox.

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

Top 20 Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart for the week of 11/2/2014:

1. X-Men: Days of Future Past
2. Mr. Peabody & Sherman
3. America (new)
4. Deliver Us From Evil (new)
5. Earth to Echo
6. Purge: Anarchy
7. Transformers: Age of Extinction
8. Frozen
9. Hocus Pocus
10. Sex Tape
11. Begin Again (new)
12. Edge of Tomorrow
13. The Prince (new)
14. Sleeping Beauty
15. A Million Ways to Die in the West
16. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
17. The Fault in Our Stars
18. Snowpiercer
19. Neighbors
20. Godzilla

Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for the week of 11/2/2014:

1. Neighbors
2. Sex Tape
3. Deliver Us From Evil (new)
4. The Prince (new)
5. Chef
6. The Fault in Our Stars
7. Godzilla
8. Transformers: Age of Extinction
9. Blended
10. Begin Again (new)