Every week, “Charts & Graphs” looks past the weekend box-office numbers to examine other lists of movies that are popular right now, as assessed by the likes of iTunes, Amazon, Box Office Mojo, and other services.
The Nielsen Company’s VideoScan service is similar to its SoundScan, except that it tracks the sales of DVDs and Blu-rays instead of CDs. The weekly VideoScan First Alert chart tallies sales of Blu-ray discs and DVD/Blu-ray combo packs. According to John Latchem of Home Media Magazine, writing in Variety, these were the 20 bestselling titles spit out by VideoScan First Alert for the week that ended May 18:
1. I, Frankenstein*
3. The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
5. That Awkward Moment*
6. The Legend Of Hercules
7. Paw Patrol*
8. Ride Along
9. Son Of Batman
10. The Pirate Fairy
11. The Nut Job
12. WWE Wrestlemania XXX*
13. Veronica Mars
14. Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Neighbors From Hell
15. The Amazing Spider-Man
16. Special ID*
17. The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
18. How To Train Your Dragon
19. The Wolf Of Wall Street
20. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
(* = new entry)
A few notes:
- Before the I, Frankenstein dethroning, Frozen was No. 1 for four consecutive weeks, and for seven of the previous eight weeks. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it return to the top spot a few more times before it finally cools off, so to speak.
- The Variety article also includes Home Media Magazine’s top 10 rentals for the week, though there’s no indication of what “rental” still means these days, as far as record-keeping goes. Frozen isn’t in the Top 10 at all there, but Ride Along and The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty take the top two spots, and both of them are listed as “new to rental,” even though they both came out on DVD and Blu-ray a while ago. That’s been one of the big changes in the home-video market since the days when I was working at Blockbuster: Now the sell-through date precedes the rental window, whereas in my day, I frequently had to explain to customers why it would cost them $100 to buy a VHS tape on the day it hit the shelves for rental.
- Good to see that even in the days of digital streaming and endless cable replays, the arrival of a new sequel (such as The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and How To Train Your Dragon 2) means that the earlier movies start selling again.
- Also good to see that non-theatrical releases (such as Son Of Batman and Paw Patrol) still make their way into the charts. One of the big ones there is Disney’s The Pirate Fairy. While researching a piece recently, I discovered for the first time just how popular Disney’s series of straight-to-video fairy movies has been: enough that some of the films have seen a limited theatrical release, here and overseas. The 2012 installment Secret Of The Wings reportedly made more than $100 million worldwide. Apparently, kids still believe in Tinker Bell.