'Despicable Me 2' No. 1 on Home Entertainment Charts for Fifth Week

9:11 PM PST 01/15/2014 by Thomas K. Arnold
"Despicable Me 2"

It's the best performance for a title since the spring of 2010, when "Avatar" topped the list for four weeks.

There’s no stopping Universal Studios Home Entertainment's Despicable Me 2, which once again topped the national home video sales charts for the week ending Jan. 12 – the animated sequel’s fifth consecutive week as the country’s top-selling DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

The film remains atop both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined sales, as well as Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Another Universal Studios title, Fast & Furious 6, slipped to No. 5 on First Alert after four weeks at No. 2.

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Despicable Me 2’s five straight No. 1 finishes is the best performance for a title since the spring of 2010, when Avatar was No. 1 for four weeks and slipped to No. 2 in the fifth. A year later, Rio spent four weeks at No. 1 before dropping to No. 3 its fifth week in stores.

Two new releases scored well their first week in stores: Lionsgate’s Duck Dynasty Season 4 bowed at No. 2 on the overall sales chart, while 20th Century Fox’s Runner Runner – a crime drama with Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake that grossed a disappointing $19.3 million in theaters – debuted at No. 3.

On the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, Runner Runner bowed at No. 2, while Duck Dynasty Season 4 failed to crack the top 20 – not surprising, given that only 5% of its total unit sales came from the high-definition format.

Runner Runner, in comparison, generated 41% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc.

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On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, both Despicable Me 2 and Fast & Furious 6 soared to the top now that their 28-day holdback from rental outlets Netflix and Redbox is over. Fast & Furious 6 debuted at No. 1, while Despicable Me 2 bowed at No. 2.

The previous week’s top rental, 20th Century Fox’s The Wolverine, slipped to No. 3.

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