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‘Taken 3’ Taken Out by ‘Paddington’ on Home-Video Chart

New releases account for four of five top DVD, Blu-ray disc sellers

Four of the five top-selling discs the week ending May 3 are new releases, led by “Paddington,” the British-French comedy about a talking bear that earned $75.7 million in theaters.

The film, distributed on home video by Anchor Bay Entertainment, debuted at No. 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks all disc sales, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined, as well as Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray sales chart.

The 20th Century Fox action sequel “Taken 3,” which bowed at No. 1 the previous week, came in at No. 2, also on both charts, selling nearly 53% as many units its second week in stores as the Anchor Bay newcomer.

The three other new releases that all debuted in the top five:

  • Universal Pictures’ “The Boy Next Door” ($35.4 million box office), a thriller with Jennifer Lopez as a cheated-on married woman who starts an affair of her own, with frightening consequences, No. 3 on First Alert and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart;
  • Sony Pictures’ “The Wedding Ringer” ($64.5 million), a romantic comedy with Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting (of television’s “The Big Bang Theory), No. 4 on First Alert and No. 3 o the Blu-ray chart; and
  • The Paramount crime drama “The Gambler” ($33.6 million), with Mark Wahlberg, No. 5 on First Alert and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

According to Nielsen, “Paddington” generated 44% of its first-week sales from Blu-ray, compared to 31% for “The Boy Next Door,” 39% for “The Wedding Ringer,” and 45% for “The Gambler.

Taken 3” generated 33% of its second-week sales from Blu-ray, down from 37% the week before.

On Home Media magazine’s rental chart for the week, the top three rentals are all new releases, from studios that give Netflix and Redbox access to their titles immediately instead of making them wait a month.

“The Wedding Ringer” debuted at No. 1, followed at No. 2 by “The Gambler” and No. 3 by “Paddington.”

The No. 4 spot went to 20th Century Fox’s “Wild,” which just came off its 28-day holdback from Redbox and Netflix.

The previous week’s top rental, Universal Pictures’ “Unbroken,” slipped to No. 5 its second week out.

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 5/03/15:

  1. Paddington (new)
  2. Taken 3
  3. The Boy Next Door (new)
  4. The Wedding Ringer (new)
  5. The Gambler (new)
  6. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  7. Big Hero 6
  8. Interstellar
  9. Inherent Vice (new)
  10. Into the Woods
  11. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
  12. Despicable Me 2
  13. Unbroken
  14. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
  15. Penguins of Madagascar
  16. Wild
  17. Game of Thrones: Season 1
  18. Annie
  19. Monster High: Haunted
  20. The Marine 4: Moving Target

 

Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for the week of 5/03/15:

  1. The Wedding Ringer (new)
  2. The Gambler (new)
  3. Paddington (new)
  4. Wild
  5. Unbroken
  6. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
  7. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
  8. Exodus: Gods and Kings
  9. Interstellar
  10. Penguins of Madagascar

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