'Monsters University' Debuts at No. 1 on Home Video Sales Chart

On Blu-ray Disc, second-ranked "R.I.P.D." sold just 15 percent as many high-definition discs as the Disney/Pixar title in its first week.

Walt Disney Studios’ highly praised sequel Monsters University easily topped the national home entertainment sales charts the week ending Nov. 3, outselling the only other high-profile new theatrical release, Universal Studios’ R.I.P.D., by a margin of nearly six to one.

Of course, that’s not really a fair comparison, given that the animated, family friendly Monsters University grossed $268 million in theaters over the summer, while the crime comedy about a team of “undead” police officers working for the Rest in Peace Department, starring Jeff Bridges and Kevin Bacon, only earned $33.6 million.

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Even so, the Monsters win is pronounced and decisive, with the film debuting at No. 1 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall disc sales, DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart. Indeed, Monsters sold even better, proportionately, on Blu-ray Disc, with second-ranked R.I.P.D. selling just 15 percent as many high-definition discs in the first week both titles were in stores.

According to Nielsen research, Monsters University generated 49 percent of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, compared to 44 percent for R.I.P.D.

Monsters University also bowed at No. 2 on Home Media Magazine’s video rental chart for the week. Rounding out the top five on the First Alert sales chart is The Heat, from 20th Century Fox, at No. 3 (down from No. 2 the prior week) and DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods, distributed by Fox, holding steady at No. 5.

On the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, Monsters University and R.I.P.D. were followed by Disney’s Little Mermaid at No. 3, up from No. 4 the prior week; The Heat at No. 4, down from No. 3 the previous week; and Warner’s Pacific Rim at No. 5, down from No. 2 the week before.

On Home Media Magazine’s rental chart for the week, The Croods rose to No. 1 now that its 28-day holdback from Redbox and Netflix is over. After Earth and This Is the End, the two Sony Pictures titles that have held the No. 1 and No. 2 positions on the rental charts for three weeks, finally slipped to No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.

World War Z, from Paramount, remains at No. 5.