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‘Interstellar’ Space Thriller Tops Home-Video Charts

Paramount’s “Interstellar” dominated the home-entertainment charts for the week ended April 5, outperforming a strong slate of returning titles.

The sci-fi epic directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Matthew McConaughey, which pulled in $188 million at the U.S. box office, topped the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, as well as the dedicated Blu-ray sales chart and Home Media magazine’s rental chart for the week. In addition to its success on disc, “Interstellar” also topped several digital delivery charts.

Coming in at No. 2 on both sales charts was the previous week’s top seller, Warner Bros.’ “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” which sold 57% as many units as “Interstellar” but only 39% as many Blu-ray copies. That’s because Blu-ray accounted for an impressive 70% of total “Interstellar” unit sales — not surprising, given that the film caters to the type of consumer who enjoys impressive visuals and overwhelming sound.

Moving up to No. 3 on both sales charts was Disney’s “Big Hero 6.” That was followed on the First Alert chart by Disney’s “Into the Woods” at No. 4 and DreamWorks Animation’s Fox-distributed “Penguins of Madagascar” at No. 5. On the Blu-ray chart, “Penguins” was No. 4 and “Woods” was No. 5.

The only other new release in the top 10 on either Nielsen’s First Alert or the Blu-ray chart was Anchor Bay’s “The Imitation Game,” the historical drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch about mathematician Alan Turing’s efforts cracking Nazi codes during WWII, which debuted at No. 6 on both charts. The film grossed $90.8 million at the domestic box office and won an Academy Award for best original screenplay.

Fox’s “Wild,” the character drama starring Reese Witherspoon, debuted at No. 11 on First Alert and No. 13 on the Blu-ray chart.

The theatrical success of Universal’s “Furious 7” helped push earlier “Fast & Furious” franchise titles back into the top 20, with “Fast Five” at No. 17 and “Fast & Furious 6” at No. 20. In addition, the fourth film, “Fast & Furious,” moved up to No. 21, while the original film, “The Fast and the Furious,” moved up to No. 24, followed by “2 Fast 2 Furious” at No. 25 and “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” at No. 27.

On the rental chart for the week, “Interstellar” was followed by No. 2 “The Imitation Game,” with Lionsgate’s “Wild Card” debuting at No. 3. “Into the Woods” moved up 10 spots to No. 4, while the previous week’s top rental, Universal’s “Dumb and Dumber To,” dropped to No. 5.

John Latchem is managing editor of Home Media magazine.

Top 20 Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart for week of 4/5/2015:

1. Interstellar (new)
2. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
3. Big Hero 6
4. Into the Woods
5. Penguins of Madagascar
6. The Imitation Game (new)
7. Annie (2014)
8. Unbroken
9. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
10. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1
11. Wild (new)
12. Exodus: Gods and Kings
13. Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast
14. Wild Card (new)
15. Despicable Me 2
16. Hop
17. Fast Five
18. Monster High: Haunted
19. Barbie in Princess Power
20. Fast & Furious 6

Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for week of 4/5/2015:

1. Interstellar (new)
2. The Imitation Game (new)
3. Wild Card (new)
4. Into the Woods
5. Dumb and Dumber To
6. Big Hero 6
7. Annie (2014)
8. Outcast (new)
9. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1
10. Horrible Bosses 2

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