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‘Monuments Men’ Leads Home Videos Sales Charts

28 May 2014 3:20 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A flurry of new releases the week before the Memorial Day weekend – and the unofficial start of summer – pounded the national home video charts with new faces the week ending May 25, led by Sony Pictures’ “The Monuments Men,” a historical drama about a World War II art-rescue squad that debuted at No. 1 on both sales charts as well as Home Media Magazine’s rental chart.

The film, which stars George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray and Cate Blanchett, grossed more than $78 million at the domestic box office and topped the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall disc sales, DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined, as well as Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart. The film also bowed at No. 1 on the rental chart, since Sony Pictures is one of the three major studios that does not withhold new releases from Netflix and Redbox.

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- Thomas K. Arnold

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‘I, Frankenstein’ Takes ‘Frozen’s’ Top Spot on Home Video Sales Charts

21 May 2014 5:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It had to end sometime. “Frozen’s” streak atop the home video sales charts came to an end the week ended May 18, as Lionsgate’s “I, Frankenstein” emerged to top both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, as well as its dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

The Disney blockbuster dropped to No. 2 for the week, selling 86.5% as many copies as the fantasy-horror hybrid. Frozen had topped both sales charts the previous four weeks and seven of the eight weeks since its release in March.

The chart shuffling allowed “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” to move up to No. 3 on both charts, followed by a pair of newcomers. On both charts, Warner’s Oscar-winning “Her” debuted at No. 4, while the Sony Pictures comedy “That Awkward Moment” bowed at No. 5.

Home Media Magazine’s weekly rental chart was dominated by titles new to rental. »

- John Latchem

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‘I, Frankenstein’ Takes ‘Frozen’s’ Top Spot on Home Video Sales Charts

21 May 2014 5:55 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It had to end sometime. “Frozen’s” streak atop the home video sales charts came to an end the week ended May 18, as Lionsgate’s “I, Frankenstein” emerged to top both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, as well as its dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

The Disney blockbuster dropped to No. 2 for the week, selling 86.5% as many copies as the fantasy-horror hybrid. Frozen had topped both sales charts the previous four weeks and seven of the eight weeks since its release in March.

The chart shuffling allowed “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” to move up to No. 3 on both charts, followed by a pair of newcomers. On both charts, Warner’s Oscar-winning “Her” debuted at No. 4, while the Sony Pictures comedy “That Awkward Moment” bowed at No. 5.

Home Media Magazine’s weekly rental chart was dominated by titles new to rental. »

- John Latchem

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‘Frozen’ Still Tops Home Video Sales

14 May 2014 5:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There’s just no stopping Walt Disney Studios’ “Frozen.” The animated feature once again took the No. 1 spot on both national home video sales charts for the week ending May 11 – for the seventh time in eight weeks.

Two new releases also vaulted into the top five on both charts: Warner’s “Son of Batman,” a DC Universe “original movie” released directly to video, bowed at No. 2 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. Nielsen data shows the film sold about half as many discs as “Frozen” during the week, 64% of them on Blu-ray Disc.

Veronica Mars,” also from Warner, debuted at No. 3 on First Alert and No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart (behind Warner’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” which finished the week at No. 5 on the »

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‘Frozen’ Barely Beats ‘Legend of Hercules’ to Stay on Top of Home Video Sales Charts

7 May 2014 4:34 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Walt Disney Studios’ “Frozen” is living up to its name. The animated feature appears to be frozen in the No. 1 spot on both national homevideo sales charts, finishing the week ended May 4 on top for the sixth time in seven weeks.

The second spot on both Nielsen VideoScan’s First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall disc sales, DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray sales chart went to Summit Entertainment’s “The Legend of Hercules,” a theatrical dud that earned only $18.8 million in U.S. theaters on a budget estimated at $70 million. Even so, the live-action film, distributed by Lionsgate, generated 32% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray, the same percentage as “Frozen” in its seventh week of release.

It was a photo finish: “Hercules” sold more than 95% as many discs during the week as “Frozen.”

On the overall disc sales chart, Warner’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug »

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‘Frozen’ Tops Home Video Sales Again

30 April 2014 4:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Walt Disney Studios’ “Frozen” was again the top-selling disc the week ending April 27. The animated feature has now been No. 1 on both national home video sales charts for five of the last six weeks – a reign only interrupted the second week in April by Warner’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” which came in at No. 4 this week after falling to No. 3 the previous week.

“Madea’s Neighbors from Hell,” the latest in Lionsgate’s enormously successful Tyler Perry franchise, debuted at No. 2 on Nielsen VideoScan’s First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall disc sales, DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined. The direct-to-video release is not available on Blu-ray Disc.

Universal Studios’ “Ride Along” – an urban comedy with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart with a domestic box office gross of $134.2 million – finished the week at No. 3 on the First Alert chart after bowing at No. 2 the prior week.

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- Thomas K. Arnold

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'Sorcerer', 'Riot in Cell Block 11' and 'Big Bad Wolves' Lead Today's New DVD and Blu-ray Releases

22 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Sorcerer My number one pick of the week is obviously the newly remastered Blu-ray release of William Friedkin's Sorcerer, which I already reviewed. The only issue with this one is that it doesn't come with any additional features, but the film alone is enough to consider adding this one to your collection. Read my full review right here.

Big Bad Wolves Big Bad Wolves gained notoriety when Quentin Tarantino declared it the best film of 2013. It's an interesting movie, but I wouldn't say it was the best of last year or any year for that matter. Here's a snippet from my review: Big Bad Wolves ... raises questions of "How far is too farc" and questions a victim's rights for revenge. I like that. I like those shades of grey. I like the idea of not knowing, the question of regret if you don't follow your instinct versus the voice »

- Brad Brevet

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