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Posted January 3, 2014 11:15 PM by Josh Katz

Blu-ray DiscFor the week that ended on December 29th, Universal Studios' Despicable Me 2 remained at number one 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. Despicable Me 2 has dominated the home media platforms for three weeks now - currently, it had an HD market share of 42%.

Next up on the Blu-ray-only and overall package media sales rankings was another Universal title that has remained alongside Despicable Me 2 during the last three weeks: Fast & Furious 6. Even with the tragedy of star Paul Walker's death, this action blockbuster continued the success that the Fast and Furious franchise has enjoyed. 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 50% as many discs as Despicable Me 2 (it also had a 46% HD market share), and on the overall package media chart, Fast & Furious 6 sold 46% as many total units as the family-friendly favorite.

Finally, Warner's Man of Steel rounded out the top three spots on the Blu-ray-only and overall package media lists. This gritty retelling of the Superman story - the result of a partnership between 300 director Zach Snyder and The Dark Knight Trilogy architects David Goyer & Christopher Nolan - did solid business for the studio this past summer. Though its critical notices weren't great (its Metacritic score is 55%) and its $291-million domestic gross only just recouped its estimated production budget of $225 million, the film's additional foreign totals of over $371 million made for a decent-sized hit. Man of Steel sold 38% as many Blu-rays as Despicable Me 2 (its Blu-ray market share was 52%) and 30% as many total units as the Steve Carell-starring animated feature.

Top Ten Blu-ray Sellers for Week Ending 12/29/13:
  1. Despicable Me 2
  2. Fast & Furious 6
  3. Man of Steel
  4. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
  5. Elysium
  6. The Wolverine
  7. The Lone Ranger
  8. We're the Millers
  9. Insidious: Chapter 2
  10. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Top Five Home Media Sellers for Week Ending 12/29/13 (% of Blu-ray's Market Share Noted):
  1. Despicable Me 2 (42%)
  2. Fast & Furious 6 (46%)
  3. Man of Steel (52%)
  4. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (45%)
  5. The Lone Ranger (43%)
Top Five Blu-ray 3D Sellers for Week Ending 12/29/13 (Per % of Total Unit Sales):
  1. Life of Pi 3D (12%)
  2. Star Trek Into Darkness 3D (11%)
  3. The Wolverine 3D (11%)
  4. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 3D (10%)
  5. The Polar Express 3D (9%)

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

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  Jan 04, 2014
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Would you guys please stop using Metacritic scores? They're full of shit. Only a complete masterpiece or absolute abomination would get a score outside of the 40-70 range. Rotten Tomatoes is far more representative of film quality and reaction.

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