‘Straight Outta Compton’ Heads Straight to Top of Disc Charts

Last week's top seller, 'The Martian,' slips to No. 2

Universal Pictures’ “Straight Outta Compton” debuted at No. 1 the week ended Jan. 24 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

The film, about the rise of rap group N.W.A., which earned more than $161 million in U.S. theaters, outsold by a 2-to-1 margin the No. 2 title, 20th Century Fox’s “The Martian,” which dropped a spot on both sales charts after debuting on top a week earlier.

Sony Pictures’ “Hotel Transylvania 2” dropped one slot to take No. 3 on both charts.

Two newcomers rounded out the top five. Warner’s “The Intern,” a comedy with Oscar winners Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro, debuted at No. 4, followed by Universal Pictures’ “Everest,” a thriller inspired by an ill-fated attempt to climb Mt. Everest in 1996, at No. 5. The pair were flipped on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, with “Everest” at No. 4 and “The Intern” at No. 5.

The only other newcomer in the top 10 was the faith-based title “Woodlawn,” produced by Pure Flix and distributed by Universal Pictures, which debuted at No. 6.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 59% of total unit sales of “Straight Outta Compton,” the highest percentage among the top titles for which both formats were available. “The Martian” in its second week saw 57% of its unit sales come in the high-definition format. Among the other newcomers, Blu-ray accounted for 30% of “The Intern,” 54% of “Everest” and 32% of “Woodlawn.”

On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart, the top three titles were unchanged from the previous week: “Hotel Transylvania 2” at No. 1, Universal Pictures’ “Ted 2” at No. 2 and 20th Century Fox’s “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” at No. 3.

Switching spots from a week earlier, Lionsgate’s “Sicario” came in at No. 4 and 20th Century Fox’s “Fantastic Four” remake took No. 5.

The new titles from Universal Pictures and Warner are subject to a 28-day delay at Redbox rental kiosks.

John Latchem is Managing Director of Home Media Magazine, http://www.homemediamagazine.com.

Top 20 Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart for the week ended 1/24/15:

1. Straight Outta Compton (New)
2. The Martian
3. Hotel Transylvania 2
4. The Intern
5. Everest (new)
6. Woodlawn (new)
7. The War Room
8. Sicario
9. Minions
10. Star Wars: The Original Trilogy
11. Inside Out
12. Star Wars Prequel Trilogy
13. Condemned 2 (new)
14. Ant-Man
15. Jurassic World
16. Ant-Man
17. Ride Along
18. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
19. Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser
20. Hitman: Agent 47

Top 10 Home Media Magazine rental chart for the week ended 1/24/15:

1. Hotel Transylvania 2 (new)
2. Ted 2
3. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
4. Sicario
5. Fantastic Four (2015)
6. Minions
7. Trainwreck
8. Ant-Man
9. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
10. Heist

For complete sales and rental charts, visit HomeMediaMagazine.com.

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