Halle Berry's 'The Call' Makes Strong Debut on Home Entertainment Charts

Halle Berry in "The Call"
Halle Berry in "The Call"
 TriStar Pictures

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment nabbed two of the three No. 1 home video chart positions the week ending June 30 with The Call, a crime-thriller starring Halle Berry as a 911 dispatcher who seeks redemption by trying to save the life of a kidnapped teenage girl after the worker is rattled by a bad call. 

The film earned $51.9 million in U.S. theaters and debuted at No. 1 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall discs sales, DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined, and Home Media Magazine’s rental chart.

But with DVD accounting for 74 percent of unit sales, it’s no surprise that The Call could only muster a No. 3 debut on Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, behind top-ranked Jack the Giant Slayer, from Warner Bros., and Oz the Great and Powerful, from Walt Disney. Both films occupied the same position on the Blu-ray Disc chart the previous week, when Jack debuted at No. 1 on both sales charts.

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On the latest First Alert chart, Jack slipped a notch to No. 2, bumping Oz the Great and Powerful to No. 3.

The No. 4 spot on First Alert (and the No. 5 spot on the Blu-ray Disc chart) went to Despicable Me, from Universal Studios, which rose from No. 12 the previous week based on soaring consumer interest in the Fourth of July weekend theatrical opening of Despicable Me 2.

Warner’s The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, about a comedy rivalry between traditional and new-school Las Vegas magicians, debuted at No. 6 on First Alert and No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart. The film was panned by critics and earned a meager $22.5 million in theaters despite starring roles by comic heavyweights Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi and Jim Carrey. The film’s video performance was undoubtedly helped by media coverage of the death of actor James Gandolfini, best known as television’s Tony Soprano, who plays a supporting role in the film.

The only other new release to make it into the top 10 on the overall disc sales chart was a Walmart exclusive called Illumination 7 Mini Movie Collection, a DVD-only collection of animated shorts based on three Universal Studios animated movies (Despicable Me, The Lorax and Hop) released to promote the theatrical release of Despicable Me 2.

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On Home Media Magazine’s video rental chart for the week, The Call was followed by a trio of third-weekers: Oz the Great and Powerful at No. 2, Lionsgate’s Snitch at No. 3, and Paramount’s Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters at No. 4.

The No. 5 spot went to the Universal Studios thriller Side Effects, which was No. 1 last week, when it came off its 28-day holdback from select rental outlets.

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