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It was the week of the sequel.
Rise of the Planets of the Apes, from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, debuted at No. 1 on both national home video sales charts the week ending Dec. 18, outpacing Paramount/Dreamworks Kung Fu Panda 2, which bowed at No. 2 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
Both films had similar box office earnings; Planet took in $165.3 million and Panda $176.7 million. Nielsen data shows that Kung Fu Panda 2 sold 77% as many units as Rise of the Planets of the Apes, overall, and 57% as many Blu-ray Discs. (Nielsen figures do not include Walmart, which is traditionally strongest in family films, so Kung Fu numbers may have been under-represented).
Rise of the Planet of the Apes generated 49% of its first-week sales from Blu-ray Disc, while the high-definition version accounted for 36% of total Kung Fu Panda 2 disc sales.
Kung Fu Panda 2 did debut at No. 1 on Home Media Magazine’s weekly rental chart, while Planet bowed at No. 20 — a disparity explained away by the fact that 20th Century Fox withholds new releases from Netflix and Redbox by 28 days, while Paramount does not.
Walt Disney’s Fright Night, a remake of the 1985 vampire original, debuted at No. 2 on the rental chart. The film’s $18.3 million domestic theatrical gross only propelled it to a No. 16 debut on First Alert (No. 14 on the Blu-ray Disc chart).
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