In a close battle for the top-selling disc the week ending Feb. 8, a reboot of one of Universal’s classic monster franchises narrowly outsold the latest Keanu Reeves actioner.
Universal Pictures’ “Dracula Untold” debuted atop the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales charts, which combine DVD and Blu-ray unit sales data, and the dedicated Blu-ray disc sales chart. The film, which grossed $56.3 million at the domestic box office, stars Luke Evans in a story about how the famed vampire came to be.
Lionsgate’s “John Wick” was a close No. 2 on both sales charts, selling 95% as many total copies and 97% as many Blu-ray discs; 50% of “Wick” unit sales were on Blu-ray, compared with 49% for “Dracula.”
“Wick,” a critically lauded thriller starring Keanu Reeves, grossed $43 million at the domestic box office, and also debuted atop Home Media magazine’s rental chart for the week. “Dracula,” like most Universal new releases, is held back for a month from major rental outlets Redbox and Netflix.
No. 3 on First Alert was another new release, the 20th Century Fox romantic drama “The Best of Me,” a Nicholas Sparks adaptation that grossed $26.8 million in U.S. theaters.
Rounding out the First Alert top five were Fox’s animated “The Book of Life” at No. 4, down from the second slot a week earlier, and the previous week’s top seller, Sony Pictures’ World War II drama “Fury,” dropping to No. 5.
On the Blu-ray chart, “Fury” was No. 3, followed by “Book of Life” at No. 4 and “Best of Me” at No. 5.
The only other new release on the First Alert top 20 was Universal’s horror film “Ouija,” at No. 6 (No. 8 on the Blu-ray chart).
On the rental chart, following “John Wick,” the previous week’s top three each slipped a notch, with “Fury” dropping to No. 2, Fox’s “The Maze Runner” at No. 3 and Universal’s “A Walk Among the Tombstones” at No. 4. The No. 5 rental was Universal’s James Brown biopic “Get on Up,” which moved up after coming off its 28-day holdback at Redbox and Netflix.
John Latchem is managing editor of Home Media Magazine, http://www.homemediamagazine.com.
Top 20 Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart for week of 2/8/2015:
1. Dracula Untold (new)
2. John Wick (new)
3. The Best of Me (new)
4. The Book of Life
6. Ouija (new)
7. Gone Girl
8. The Boxtrolls
10. The Judge
11. The Equalizer
12. The Maze Runner
13. How to Train Your Dragon 2
14. Downton Abbey: Season 5
15. Guardians of the Galaxy
17. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
19. Despicable Me 2
20. Justice League: Throne of Atlantis
Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for week of 2/8/2015:
1. John Wick (new)
3. The Maze Runner
4. A Walk Among the Tombstones
5. Get On Up
6. The Equalizer
7. The Judge
8. This Is Where I Leave You
10. No Good Deed