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