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Strong Debut on Disc Chart for ‘Batman Vs. Robin’

But 'Hobbit' Sequel Is Again Top-Selling Disc

Warner’s direct-to-video “Batman Vs. Robin” was the best-selling newcomer the week ending April 19, bowing at No. 1 on Nielsen VideoScan’s Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

But in overall disc sales, the animated “DC Universe Original Movie” was trumped by another Warner title, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” which regained the top spot on Nielsen’s First Alert chart after spending two weeks at No. 2.

“Interstellar,” the Paramount sci-fi epic that occupied the No. 1 spot for the last two weeks, slipped to No. 3 on First Alert.

Rounding out the top five on the overall disc sales chart: Walt Disney’s “Big Hero 6,” repeating at No. 4, and 20th Century Fox’s “The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death,” a horror sequel that bowed at No. 5.

The original “The Woman in Black” came out in 2012 and driven by favorable reviews as well as Daniel “Harry Potter” Radcliffe in the lead role generated a respectable $54.3 million in theaters.

But with the sequel coming out three years later and without Radcliffe, “Angel of Death” only racked up $26.5 million at the domestic box office and quickly resurfaced on home video, where it appears to have found a new audience, given its strong debut.

On Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart, “Batman Vs. Robin” was followed by “Interstellar” at No. 2, “The Hobbit” at No. 3, and “Big Hero 6” at No. 4.

The No. 5 spot went to inventive Australian horror movie “The Babadook,” a critically hailed film about a creature that literally pops out of a children’s book that spawned a cult following after its 2014 theatrical release. The film was released on disc by Shout! Factory, a small independent known for its quirky roster.

The Babadook” bowed at No. 9 on First Alert.

According to Nielsen, “Batman vs. Robin” generated 68% of its first-week sales from Blu-ray Disc, compared to just 28% for “The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death” and 44% for “The Babadook.”

On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, 20th Century Fox’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” and “Penguins of Madagascar” (a DreamWorks Animation film distributed by Fox) shot up to No. 1 and No. 3, respectively, now that their 28-day holdbacks from Netflix and Redbox are over.

“Interstellar,” No. 1 for the last two weeks, slipped to No. 2, while the No. 4 spot on the rental chart went to “Night at the Museum.” Rounding out the top five was Lionsgate’s direct-to-video thriller “Wild Card,” down from No. 4 the previous 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 4/19/15:

  1. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  2. Batman vs. Robin (new)
  3. Interstellar
  4. Big Hero 6
  5. The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death
  6. Game of Thrones: Season 1
  7. Big Eyes (new)
  8. Into the Woods
  9. The Babadook (new)
  10. Unbroken
  11. Wild
  12. The Man with the Iron Fists 2 (new)
  13. Penguins of Madagascar
  14. The Imitation Game
  15. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
  16. Fast Five
  17. Exodus: Gods and Kings
  18. Annie
  19. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
  20. Fast & Furious


Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for the week of 4/19/15:

  1. Exodus: Gods and Kings
  2. Interstellar
  3. Penguins of Madagascar
  4. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
  5. Wild Card
  6. The Imitation Game
  7. Into the Woods
  8. Big Hero 6
  9. Big Eyes (new)
  10. A Most Violent Year

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