In a banner week for new releases, the five top-selling discs on the national homevideo sales charts for the week ending July 19 are all newcomers that hit stores the previous Tuesday, the designated day when new product is put on display.
Twentieth Century Fox’s “The Longest Ride,” a romantic drama with $37.5 million in theatrical earnings, debuted at No. 1. Based on the Nicholas Sparks book, the film follows a young couple whose lives change after meeting an older man who was in a car crash, as he reflects on his own past romance.
Bowing at No. 2 was the comedy “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,” a sequel to the 2009 cult hit from Sony Pictures. The original grossed $146.3 million and generated quite a buzz with its Segway-riding antihero and his laughable misadventures. The sequel earned $70.7 million theaters.
“Ex Machina,” from Lionsgate, debuted at No. 3. The film, in which a young programmer is selected to evaluate the human qualities of a robot hottie (Alicia Vikander, fresh from a turn in “Seventh Son”), grossed $25.4 million.
No. 4-ranked “X-Men: Days of Future Past” has been out for awhile, but it was powered back up the charts when distributor 20th Century Fox released a new extended version, “The Rogue Cut” – so, technically, it’s a newcomer.
And rounding out the top five was Anchor Bay’s “It Follows,” a horror film about a supernatural stalker that took in $14.7 million at the box office.
The previous week’s top seller, Warner’s “Get Hard,” slipped to No. 6. The Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy, which made $90.4 million at the domestic box office, was No. 1 for two consecutive weeks.
On Home Media magazine’s video rental chart for the week, four of the top five titles also are either new releases or just came off 28-holdbacks from Redbox. “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” bowed at No. 1, while the No. 2 spot went to Warner’s “Run All Night” in its first week of availability in Redbox kiosks. Twentieth Century Fox’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service” slipped to No. 3 from No. 1 the previous week, followed at No. 4 by 20th Century Fox’s “Unfinished Business” (now that its 28-day holdback from Redbox is done) and, at No. 5, “Ex Machina.”
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 7/19/15:
1. The Longest Ride (new)
2. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (new)
3. Ex Machina (new)
4. X-Men: Days of Future Past (new)
5. It Follows (new)
6. Get Hard
7. Despicable Me 2
8. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (new)
9. Despicable Me
10. Kingsman: The Secret Service
11. American Sniper
12. The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy
13. Woman in Gold
15. Despicable Me 2: 3 Mini-Movie Collection
16. Fifty Shades of Grey
17. Jurassic Park
18. Big Hero 6
19. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for the week of 7/19/15:
1. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (new)
2. Run All Night
3. Kingsman: The Secret Service
4. Unfinished Business
5. Ex Machina (new)
7. Jupiter Ascending
8. The Lazarus Effect
9. It Follows (new)
10. American Sniper