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‘The Equalizer’ Bests Newcomers to Stay on Top of Home Video Sales Charts

Several new theatrical features arrived on disc last week, but none could budge Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s “The Equalizer” from the No. 1 spot on the national home video sales and rental charts for the week ending Jan. 11.

The crime thriller, starring Denzel Washington, earned more than $100 million in U.S. theaters and topped the Nielsen VideoScan overall and Blu-ray Disc sales charts for the second consecutive week, as well as Home Media magazine’s rental chart.

The highest-charting new release was Entertainment One’s “Left Behind,” a remake of the 2000 Christian thriller, starring Nicolas Cage and Lea Thompson, that grossed $14 million in theaters. The film bowed at No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart but could muster only a No. 6 debut on the Blu-ray sales chart, given that just 18% of its total unit sales came from the high-definition format.

Next was Sony Pictures’ “No Good Deed,” with $52.5 million in theatrical earnings. The crime thriller about a young mother terrorized by an unstable ex-con debuted at No. 3 on both First Alert and the Blu-ray sales chart. It generated 27% of its first-week sales from Blu-ray.

Walt Disney’s 5-week-old “Guardians of the Galaxy,” 2014’s top-grossing film, slipped to No. 4 from No. 2 on First Alert, while a third new release, Universal Studios’ “Get on Up,” bowed at No. 5 on both sales charts. The James Brown bio-drama collected $30.7 million during its summer theatrical run and generated 35% of its sales from Blu-ray.

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On the Blu-ray chart, “Guardians of the Galaxy” finished the week at No. 2, while Paramount’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” remake was ranked at No. 4, two notches higher than its finish on the overall disc chart.

Paramount’s “Boyhood,” a critically hailed film about the life of a young man filmed over a 12-year span with the same cast, debuted at No. 10 on the combined disc sales chart and No. 7 on the Blu-ray sales chart. But sales will likely pick up in the wake of its Golden Globe wins last Sunday (best picture, drama; director; supporting actress) and mounting buzz about its best picture prospects at next month’s Academy Awards, the nominations for which are announced Thursday.

On Home Media magazine’s video rental chart for the week, “No Good Deed” debuted at No. 2, right behind “The Equalizer,” bumping 20th Century Fox’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” to No. 3.

Rounding out the week’s top five rentals were 20th Century Fox’s “Let’s Be Cops,” repeating at No. 4, and “Guardians of the Galaxy” at No. 5. “Boyhood” debuted at No. 6.

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 1/11/15:
1. The Equalizer
2. Left Behind (new)
3. No Good Deed (new)
4. Guardians of the Galaxy
5. Get On Up (new)
6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
7. The Maze Runner
8. Frozen
9. Horns (new)
10. Boyhood (new)
11. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
12. How to Train Your Dragon 2
13. The Expendables 3
14. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
15. Taken 2
16. Lone Survivor
17. Archer: Season 5 (new)
18. Maleficent
19. Atlas Shrugged: Part III – Who is John Galt? (new)
20. The Guest (new)

Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for the week of 1/11/15:
1. The Equalizer
2. No Good Deed (new)
3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
4. Let’s Be Cops
5. Guardians of the Galaxy
6. Boyhood (new)
7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
8. If I Stay
9. Tammy
10. Left Behind

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