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‘SpongeBob Movie’ Mops Up Top Spot on Home Video Charts

Studios start rolling out theatrical hits in time for summer vacation

Two new releases vaulted into the top two spots on the national home video sales charts the week ending June 7 as studios gear up for the start of summer – and a slate of high-profile theatrical releases coming to disc just in time for the end of the school year.

Taking square aim at the kids, Paramount Home Media Distribution released “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” and promptly nabbed the No. 1 spot on both of Nielsen VideoScan’s disc-sales chart, one tracking sales of all discs and the other, Blu-ray Disc only.

The No. 2 spot on both charts went to Warner’s “Jupiter Ascending,” a sci-fi actioner with Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum that earned only $47.4 million in U.S. theaters. But while the haul was less than one-third the $163 million brought in by the “SpongeBob” movie, the Warner film still sold a respectable 71% as many copies, Nielsen data shows.

Warner’s “American Sniper” slipped to No. 3 after two weeks at No. 1.

Two more new releases round out the top five on the overall disc chart: Warner’s “Focus” at No. 4 and Walt Disney’s “McFarland, USA” at No. 5. (On the Blu-ray Disc chart, “Focus” also bowed at No. 4, while the No. 5 spot went to Universal Pictures’ “Fifty Shades of Grey,: which finished its fifth week in stores at No. 6 on the overall disc chart.)

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“Focus” is a Will Smith crime comedy that with a nearly $54 million domestic gross. “McFarland, USA,” a sports drama with Kevin Costner and Maria Bello, took in $44.3 million.

“SpongeBob” generated 44% of its unit sales from Blu-ray, compared with 49% for “Jupiter Ascending,” 39% for “Focus” and just 25% for “McFarland, USA.”

On Home Media magazine’s rental chart for the week, the No. 1 spot went to “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water,” displacing Universal’s “The Boy Next Door,” which dropped to No. 2.

“Fifty Shades of Grey” popped in at No. 3 now that its 28-day holdback from Redbox is over.

Twentieth Century Fox’s “Taken 3” slipped to No. 4 from No. 2 the prior week, while Universal Pictures’ “Seventh Son” slipped to No. 5 from No. 3.

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 6/7/15:

  1. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (new)
  2. Jupiter Ascending (new)
  3. American Sniper
  4. Focus (new)
  5. McFarland, USA (new)
  6. Fifty Shades of Grey
  7. Seventh Son
  8. Justified: The Final Season (new)
  9. Jurassic Park
  10. Jurassic Park Collection
  11. Paddington
  12. Big Hero 6
  13. Interstellar
  14. Taken 3
  15. The Lost World: Jurassic Park
  16. Falling Skies: The Complete Fourth Season (new)
  17. Despicable Me 2
  18. Pitch Perfect
  19. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  20. Jurassic Park III

 

Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for the week of 6/7/15:

  1. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (new)
  2.  The Boy Next Door
  3. Fifty Shades of Grey
  4. Taken 3
  5. Seventh Son
  6. Hot Tub Time Machine 2
  7. The Wedding Ringer
  8. The Gambler
  9. The Cobbler
  10. Black Sea (new)

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