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Universal Studios Home Entertainment’s Ted and Warner’s The Dark Knight Rises retained their No. 1 and No. 2 positions on both national sales charts the week ending Dec. 23, with newcomer Pitch Perfect, also from Universal, besting a handful of new releases to debut at No. 3.
Pitch Perfect, which grossed $63.9 million at the box office, is turning out to be the holiday season’s top overperformer in terms of home video sales, with first-week sales reportedly running up to 30 percent higher than expected at some key retail chains.
The musical comedy handily beat four other new releases that also came to home video the week before Christmas with theatrical credentials. Sony Pictures’ Total Recall remake, which earned $58.9 million in U.S. theaters, debuted at No. 6 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall disc sales, and No. 4 on Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
Twentieth Century Fox’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, the third installment in the Wimpy Kids franchise, rode its $49 million box office run to a No. 8 debut on First Alert (No. 16 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart).
The horror sequel Resident Evil: Retribution ($42.4 million and No. 5 in the series), also from Sony Pictures, debuted at No. 19 on First Alert and No. 13 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.
And Warner’s Trouble with the Curve, Clint Eastwood’s latest, debuted at No. 11 on First Alert and No. 15 at the box office. The film, with Eastwood as an aging, and ailing, baseball scout, only made $35.8 million in theaters.
On Home Media Magazine’s weekly rental chart, Total Recall debuted at No. 1 while Resident Evil bowed at No. 3. Both are from Sony, which unlike Universal, Warner and Fox doesn’t hold back new releases from Netflix and/or Redbox.
For complete DVD and Blu-ray sales and rental charts, visit HomeMediaMagazine.com.
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