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Blu-ray Sales, Dec. 9-15: Despicable Me 2 Schemes Its Way to the Top

Posted December 19, 2013 12:08 AM by Josh Katz

Blu-ray DiscFor the week that ended on December 15th, Universal Studios' Despicable Me 2 took the number-one spot on both the Blu-ray-only and overall package media charts. This animated comedy - the sequel to the 2010 surprise hit - netted Universal a healthy profit last summer; even after receiving average critical notices (its Metacritic rating stands at 62%), the film grossed over $918 million worldwide. On home media platforms, Despicable Me 2 had an HD market share of 56%.

Next up on the Blu-ray-only and overall package media sales rankings was another Universal title: Fast & Furious 6. Even with the tragedy of star Paul Walker's death hanging over the home media release, this action blockbuster continued the success that the Fast and Furious franchise has enjoyed; in a fitting, generous move from the studio, a portion of the proceeds from the picture's small-screen run went to support Walker's Reach Out WorldWide charity. Fast & Furious 6 grossed almost $789 million worldwide on top of its $160-million budget, far outpacing the unimpressive critical reception - a 61% Metacritic score - it received. On the Blu-ray-only list, Fast & Furious 6 sold 62% as many discs as Despicable Me 2 (it also had a 55% HD market share), and on the overall package media chart, Fast & Furious 6 sold 64% as many total units as the family-friendly favorite.

Finally, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment's The Wolverine rounded out the top three spots on the Blu-ray-only and overall package media lists. The sixth film featuring Hugh Jackman's iconic turn as Wolverine, The Wolverine proved a modest success last summer. It scored an average Metacritic rating of 60%, and while its $132-million domestic haul only just covered its estimated $120-million production costs, its international take of $282 million helped the film to turn a profit. The Wolverine sold 9% as many Blu-rays as Despicable Me 2 (its Blu-ray market share was 52%) and 10% as many total units as the Steve Carell-starring animated feature.

Top Ten Blu-ray Sellers for Week Ending 12/15/13:
  1. Despicable Me 2
  2. Fast & Furious 6
  3. The Wolverine
  4. Man of Steel
  5. Turbo
  6. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  7. Monsters University
  8. Star Trek Into Darkness
  9. Despicable Me
  10. Planes
Top Five Home Media Sellers for Week Ending 12/15/13 (% of Blu-ray's Market Share Noted):
  1. Despicable Me 2 (56%)
  2. Fast & Furious 6 (55%)
  3. The Wolverine (52%)
  4. Turbo (33%)
  5. Monsters University (32%)
Top Five Blu-ray 3D Sellers for Week Ending 12/15/13 (Per % of Total Unit Sales):
  1. The Wolverine 3D (14%)
  2. Pacific Rim 3D (14%)
  3. World War Z 3D (10%)
  4. The Wizard of Oz 3D (9%)
  5. Star Trek Into Darkness 3D (9%)

Source: Home Media Magazine | Permalink | United States [Country settings]

News comments (3 comments)

Blu Titan
 - Dec 19, 2013

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When the first Despicable Me film was released in home video back in December 2010, it set a Blu-ray record for market share vs DVD for an family title...29%.

K i r a
 - Dec 19, 2013

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^ ANIMATED. Anime is a WHOLE 'nother genre, mostly geared for teenagers, or adults depending on what kind it is.

Blu Titan
 - Dec 19, 2013

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@ are correct...should be "family title". I corrected my slip above.

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