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.
It’s been a few months since I last looked at the top-selling Blu-rays and DVDs (and DVD/Blu-ray combo packs) of the week, as determined by Nielsen’s Video Scan First Alert service. Yesterday in Variety, Thomas K. Arnold of Home Media Magazine wrote about the Top 20 sellers and Top 10 renters for the week ending October 12, and I read the article with interest, curious to know whether the decision to rebrand Edge Of Tomorrow as Live. Die. Repeat. had helped the movie reach a new audience. Here are the lists:
Top 10 Sellers
1. Edge Of Tomorrow (new)
2. Transformers: Age Of Extinction
3. Sleeping Beauty: Diamond Edition (new)
4. A Million Ways To Die In The West (new)
5. Million Dollar Arm (new)
7. The Fault In Our Stars
9. Dragon Ball Z: Battle Of Gods (new)
10. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Top 10 Rentals
1. Transformers: Age Of Extinction (new)
2. Brick Mansions
4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
5. Million Dollar Arm (new)
6. Think Like A Man Too
7. The Other Woman
8. Moms’ Night Out
9. Draft Day
10. Are You Here
A few notes:
- These charts don’t have any raw numbers attached, so I don’t know how many units Edge Of Tomorrow had to shift to hit No. 1.
- I also find it interesting that Edge Of Tomorrow isn’t on the rental chart at all, and that Transformers: Age Of Extinction is listed as “new,” even though it went on sale September 30. Ordinarily, I’d assume some lag in the data-gathering, except that Million Dollar Arm is “new” on both charts. The Variety article suggests that the disconnect is due to some titles not being widely available at all rental outlets (like Redbox) on the same week that they’re available to buy.
- I’m not all that surprised to see the likes of Blended, The Other Woman, and Moms’ Night Out on the rental chart, because those are the kind of movies that people rent, not buy. It’s interesting though to see Are You Here there, because it speaks to the power of stars. That film is pretty awful, but a box cover with Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, and Amy Poehler is bound to entice some renters.
- Fun tidbit from the Variety article: “Edge Of Tomorrow generated 62 percent of its first-week sales from the Blu-ray Disc version, compared to 47 percent for A Million Ways To Die In The West and just 27 percent for Million Dollar Arm.” (This suggests a hefty overlap between the kind of people who own Blu-ray players and the kind of people interested in Edge Of Tomorrow.)
- How many people bought one “Million” movie thinking they were getting the other?