'Django Unchained' Remains No. 1 on Blu-ray, DVD Charts

Christopher Waltz
Christopher Waltz
 The Weinstein Company

Anchor Bay Entertainment retained its grip on the top of the home entertainment sales charts the week ending April 28 as the Oscar-winning Django Unchained, a violent Weinstein Co. production from Quentin Tarantino, remained at No. 1 for the second consecutive week.

The film about a freed slave seeking to rescue his wife from a savage plantation owner, which earned $162.8 million in U.S. theaters, beat back several newly released competitors.

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Warner’s Gangster Squad, the retro crime drama starring Sean Penn that earned $46 million at the box office, debuted at No. 2 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart. Nielsen data shows the film sold 86.2% as many units during the week as Django Unchained.

Trailing both films was Universal Studios’ A Haunted House, a horror comedy (a la Scary Movie) with a $40 million theatrical gross that bowed at No. 3 on both charts -- with unit sales 43.4% of Django Unchained. A Haunted House stars Marlan Wayans.

Lionsgate’s The Impossible, a drama about a family vacationing in Thailand and getting caught up in a tsunami, bowed at No. 4 on First Alert and No. 5 on the Blu-ray Disc chart, behind Warner’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which came in at No. 5 on First Alert. The film, produced under the auspices of Summit Entertainment before the company was bought by Lionsgate, stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor and earned just under $19 million in U.S. theaters.

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On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, Django Unchained also remained at No. 1 for the second consecutive week -- giving the folks at Anchor Bay something to cheer about. Not only did the independent supplier, which distributes Weinstein Co. product, score a rare triple-play across all three home video charts last week, but the company did again this week -- taking advantage in a lull in high-profile theatrical product from the major studios.

Elsewhere on the rental chart, Universal Studio’s This is 40 remained at No. 2 for the second consecutive week, while the No. 3 spot went to 20th Century Fox's Parental Guidance, which just came off its 28-day holdback from key rental outlets Netflix and Redbox.

The Impossible debuted at No. 4.

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