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Disney Tops Home Video Sales Charts With ‘Alexander,’ ‘101 Dalmatians’

Walt Disney Studios snatched the two top spots on the national home video sales charts the week ending Feb. 15 with two family-friendly features that debuted on the bigscreen more than half a century apart.

“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” a live-action comedy with Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner that earned $66.9 million during its fall 2014 theatrical run, debuted at No. 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks total disc sales, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined.

The animated classic “101 Dalmatians,” which debuted on the bigscreen in 1961 but only became available on Blu-ray last week, debuted at No. 2, selling a respectable 78% as many units as “Alexander,” Nielsen data shows.

On Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray sales chart, the order was reversed, with “101 Dalmatians” bowing at No. 1 and “Alexander” scoring a distant No. 2 finish, selling just one-third as many high-definition discs as the animated classic.

Nielsen data shows that “Alexander” generated 26% of its first-week sales from Blu-ray, while “101 Dalmatians” generated nearly all its sales from the new Diamond Edition combo pack, which features the movie on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.

Lionsgate’s “John Wick,” a thriller starring Keanu Reeves that earned $43 million domestically in theaters, slipped to No. 3 on First Alert after debuting at No. 2 the prior week.

Universal Pictures’ “Dracula Untold,” a reboot of one of the studio’s classic monster franchises, slid to No. 4 after bowing last week at No. 1.

Rounding out the top five on First Alert was another sophomore, the 20th Century Fox romantic drama “The Best of Me,” a Nicholas Sparks adaptation that grossed $26.8 million in U.S. theaters and debuted last week at No. 3.

On Nielsen’s Blu-ray chart, “John Wick” and “Dracula Untold” also fell to No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, with the No. 5 spot going to the darkly comedic thriller “Nightcrawler,” a Universal Pictures release with a $32.4 million box office gross.

“Nightcrawler” bowed at No. 7 on the First Alert chart, behind Sony Pictures’ “Fury.” “Nightcrawler” generated 53% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray, Nielsen data shows.

On Home Media magazine’s rental chart for the week, 20th Century Fox’s “Gone Girl” shot up to No. 1 in its first week of availability at all rental outlets, including Netflix and Redbox, which had to wait a month to offer the film to their customers.

“John Wick” slipped to No. 2 after bowing in the top spot the previous week.

“Fury” fell a notch to No. 3, while the provocative Lionsgate thriller “Addicted” debuted at No. 4 after earning a modest $17.4 million in theaters.

Rounding out the top five was 20th Century Fox’s “The Maze Runner,” which slipped from No. 3 the prior week.

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 2/15/15:
1. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (new)
2. 101 Dalmatians (new)
3. John Wick
4. Dracula Untold
5. The Best of Me
6. Fury
7. Nightcrawler (new)
8. Addicted (new)
9. The Book of LIfe
10. Lucy
11. LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League (new)
12. Ouija
13. Gone Girl
14. The Boxtrolls
15. Guardians of the Galaxy
16. Frozen
17. The Judge
18. Annabelle
19. Kill the Messenger (new)
20. Downton Abbey: Season 5

Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for the week of 2/15/15:
1. Gone Girl
2. John Wick
3. Fury
4. Addicted (new)
5. The Maze Runner
6. Predestination (new)
7. The Judge
8. The Equalizer
9. A Walk Among the Tombstones
10. This is Where I Leave You

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