'Hunger Games', 'Lorax' Fend Off New Releases on Home Entertainment Charts

'The Hunger Games'

Suzanne Collins' massively popular trilogy made its big screen foray in 2012 with the premiere of The Hunger Games. Top-lined by a critically adored Jennifer Lawrence, Lionsgate's franchise-starter brought in a record-breaking $152 million domestic haul in its first weekend alone. That made it the third highest-grossing opening weekend of all time and the best for a non-sequel.

Sacha Baron Cohen's "The Dictator" debuted at No. 3 despite a robust $59.7 million theatrical gross.

Nearly a dozen new home video releases appeared in the top 20 on the national sales charts the week ending Aug. 26, but none could break the hold of two high-profile theatricals already available on disc.

Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games and Universal Studios’ Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax repeated at No. 1 and No. 2 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

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They kept the week’s biggest new release, Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator (distributed by Paramount), at No. 3 its debut week in stores, despite a robust $59.7 million theatrical gross and significantly better reviews than its predecessor, Bruno, a 2009 followup to 2006’s breakthrough Borat.

Walt Disney Studios took three other spots in the top 10 on both sales charts with the Blu-ray Disc debuts of Pocahontas/Pocahontas II (No. 4), The Rescuers/The Rescuers Down Under (No. 5) and The Aristocats (No. 7), while Paramount snagged the No. 6 spot on First Alert only with the TV DVD set NCIS: The Ninth Season.

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The Hunger Games also hung on to the No. 1 spot on Home Media Magazine’s rental chart, with The Dictator bowing at No. 2.

Bernie, a comedy from indie label Millennium that grossed less than $10 million in a limited theatrical release, debuted at No. 3, while the Lionsgate direct-to-video actioner Freelancers bowed at No. 4.

For complete DVD and Blu-ray sales and rental charts, visit HomeMediaMagazine.com.