Two newly released theatrical features slugged it out for the top spot on the national home video sales charts the week ending March 17, with DreamWorks’ – the studio’s last title to be distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution – topping 20th Century Fox’s by a healthy margin, despite the latter’s higher box office earnings.
, which earned $103 million in U.S. theaters, debuted at No. 1 on both Nielsen Video’s First Alert sales chart, which tracks overall disc sales, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart. , with a $121.6 million theatrical pedigree, bowed at No. 2 on both charts.
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The two new releases pushed Walt Disney’s , No. 1 the prior week, to the No. 3 spot.
Nielsen data shows that sold 69.2% as many discs as , which also mustered a No. 2 debut on ‘s video rental chart for the week, just behind MGM’s the James Bond megahit that just came off the 28-day holdback distributor 20th Century Fox imposes on Netflix and Redbox.
finished at No. 3 for the second consecutive week.
The prior week’s top rental, Lionsgate’s , finished the week at No. 4 on the rental chart.