'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1' Remains No. 1 on DVD, Blu-ray Charts
Oscar-winning film "The King's Speech" finished second on both lists.
There’s no trouble with Harry.
Warner Home Video’s release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I, the seventh installment in the franchise, remained the country’s top-selling disc for the third consecutive week.
The film boosted overall consumer spending on DVDs and Blu-ray Discs by the double and giving the home entertainment business some very good news in the wake of a very weak first quarter that spawned negative “disc is dead” headlines all over the country.
Anchor Bay Entertainment’s Oscar-winning The King’s Speech, this year’s best picture, remained in high demand its second week in stores, finishing at No. 2 for the week ending May 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart.
Blu-ray Disc sales were relatively weak, however; Deathly Hallows outsold The King’s Speech by nearly a 3-1 margin. Overall, consumers bought 65% as many copies as they did of Deathly Hallows during the week.
In its fourth week in stores, Walt Disney Studios’ Tron: Legacy zoomed back up to No. 4 on the national sales chart from No. 10 the week before, finishing right behind another Disney release, Tangled, which slipped to No. 3 its fifth week out after holding the No. 2 slot the previous week.
On Home Media Magazine’s weekly rental chart, 20th Century Fox’s Black Swan was an easy No. 1, having just come off its 28-day holdback from Netflix and Redbox. With no mail or kiosk availability, the title had labored near the bottom of the rental chart; last week, for example, it was No. 44.
Black Swan bumped The King’s Speech to No. 2, while two other films that had shot into the top 5 the previous week due to the expiration of their respective 28-day holdbacks, Universal Studios’ Skyline and Warner’s Yogi Bear, remained in high rental demand, finishing the week at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.
Sony Pictures’ The Tourist, only held back from Netflix, also remained at No. 5 for the second consecutive week now that it, too, is available by mail.
Deathly Hallows is not yet available at Netflix or Redbox.
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