'Hotel Transylvania' Debuts Atop Home Video Charts


Sony Pictures Home Entertainment dominated the national sales as well as rental charts the week ending Feb. 3, scoring a rare triple-win with the animated comedy Hotel Transylvania.

The horror spoof, with Adam Sandler in the lead voice role, rode its domestic box office gross of $147.9 million to a No. 1 debut on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall disc sales; Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart; and Home Media Magazine’s weekly rental chart.

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The No. 2 spot on all three charts went to three different titles. On First Alert, it’s PBS’ season three set of hit TV series Downton Abbey. On the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, it’s the latest animated direct-to-video animated DC Universe release from Warner, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns — Part 2. And on Home Media Magazine’s rental chart, the No. 2 spot went to the Sony Pictures thriller Seven Psychopaths.

20th Century Fox’s Taken 2 remained in high demand among disc purchasers, slipping to No. 3 from No. 2 the previous week on both sales charts. Paramount’s Paranormal Activity 4 debuted at No. 4 on both sales charts (and No. 3 on the rental chart). Rounding out the top five disc sellers: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns — Part 2 on First Alert and Seven Psychopaths on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

With so many new releases hitting stores, it’s no surprise that the prior week’s top seller, Universal Studios’ End of Watch, slipped to No. 7 on First Alert and No. 8 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

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