‘Gone Girl’ Tops Home Video Sales Charts, ‘Maze Runner’ Leads Rentals

Two new releases, both about missing women, topped the national home video sales charts last week.

The top seller, by far, was 20th Century Fox’s “Gone Girl,” an acclaimed mystery about a man suspected in his wife’s disappearance that grossed more than $167 million in theaters. The film bowed at No. 1 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, and Nielsen’s Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Bowing at a distant second, also on both charts was “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” a theatrical underperformer from Universal Studios starring Liam Neeson as a private investigator hired by a drug lord to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife. The film only earned $26.3 million in theaters after opening below expectations on the big screen in September.

Nielsen data shows “Tombstones” sold less than 38% as many copies as “Gone Girl.”

“Gone Girl” generated 38% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, compared to 41% for “A Walk Among the Tombstones.”

The Denzel Washington-starring thriller “The Equalizer,” No. 1 on both charts for the last two weeks, slipped to No. 3 on First Alert and No. 4 (behind Walt Disney’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”) on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

Rounding out the top five on the overall disc chart: “Guardians of the Galaxy” at No. 4 and Entertainment One’s “Left Behind” remake at No. 5. On the Blu-ray Disc chart, Paramount’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” held down the No. 5 spot, with “Left Behind” all the way down at No. 20 – not surprising, given the film’s older, Bible Belt demographic, which held down Blu-ray Disc sales to just 13% of the total.

On Home Media Magazine’s video rental chart for the week, 20th Century Fox’s “The Maze Runner” soared to No. 1 now that its 28-day holdback from Redbox and Netflix is over, while “A Walk Among the Tombstones” debuted at No. 2. (Universal, like Fox and Warner, typically delays releasing its titles to the two top rental outlets by a month in the hopes of encouraging sales, but the rule doesn’t always apply to non-blockbusters.)

The previous week’s top rental, “The Equalizer,” slipped to No. 3, followed at No. 4 by Warner’s “This Is Where I Leave You,” which like “Maze Runner” has just come off its month-long holdback.

Rounding out the week’s top five rentals was Sony Pictures’ “No Good Deed,” down from No. 2 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 1/18/15:

  1. Gone Girl (new)
  2. A Walk Among the Tombstones (new)
  3. The Equalizer
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy
  5. Left Behind
  6. No Good Deed
  7. Frozen
  8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  9. The Maze Runner
  10. The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power (new)
  11. Boyhood
  12. Get On Up
  13. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  14. Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Fifth Season (new)
  15. How to Train Your Dragon 2
  16. Taken 2
  17. The Expendables 3
  18. Horns
  19. Maleficent
  20. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for the week of 1/18/15:

  1. The Maze Runner
  2. A Walk Among the Tombstones (new)
  3. The Equalizer
  4. This is Where I Leave You
  5. No Good Deed
  6. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  7. Boyhood
  8. Let’s Be Cops
  9. Guardians of the Galaxy
  10. Tammy

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