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January 22, 2013 | By Ben Fritz
The Tim Burton-directed animated feature "Frankenweenie" debuted at the top of the DVD sales charts, while "Looper" remained the most popular rental in the U.S. in the second week of January. The horror movie "House at the End of the Street," meanwhile, was the most popular video-on-demand rental. Walt Disney Studios' animated films have remained relatively popular purchases amid a long-running DVD slump, and "Frankenweenie" continued that trend, despite not having performed well at the box office.
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February 12, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
The animated comedy "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2" ate the competition's lunch in its home video debut. The children's sequel, complete with food/animal hybrids, was the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray title in its first week in release. Featuring the voices of Bill Hader and Anna Faris, "Cloudy" was a box-office success for Sony Pictures Animation last year, generating about $265 million in worldwide ticket sales, a little less than half of which came from the U.S. and Canada.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 16, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
No new movies dared challenge "The Lorax" on DVD, and Universal Pictures' animated family film topped the sales and rental charts for the week. In its first week, the box office hit based on the classic Dr. Seuss book was the most-bought and most-rented DVD and Blu-ray disc in the U.S., according toRentrak Corp. The No. 2 top seller wasn't a movie at all, but the History channel's "Hatfields & McCoys" mini-series, which was released on disc by Sony Pictures. The second-most-rented disc was "Lockout," the Luc Besson-produced action film starring Guy Pearce, which came out on disc four weeks ago. Below are the 10 most bought and rented DVDs and Blu-ray discs for the week ended Aug. 12, according to Rentrak Corp.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
The Somali pirate hijacking drama "Captain Phillips" has commandeered the home video market. The Tom Hanks film, directed by Paul Greengrass, was the bestselling DVD and Blu-ray title in its first week in release, according to Rentrak. "Captain Phillips" is nominated for six Academy Awards, including best picture, and has generated $217 million in worldwide ticket sales.  Also debuting were the critically panned action picture "Machete Kills," about a man hired to take on a billionaire arms dealer, and the PG-13 bilingual comedy "Instructions Not Included.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2010 | By Meg James
Cost-cutting and robust holiday-season sales of "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and "Star Trek" DVDs propelled Viacom Inc. to a fourfold increase in fourth-quarter profit. Viacom reported Thursday that it earned $694 million, or $1.14 a share, compared with $172 million, or 28 cents, a year earlier. The jump in earnings was, in large part, because of a $454-million restructuring charge taken in the period in 2008. Revenue, however, fell 3% to $4.1 billion for the quarter, reflecting continued weakness in the TV advertising market.
NEWS
August 30, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Lionsgate was back on top with its "Hunger Games" last week, returning to the top of both the sales and rental charts. Newcomer "The Dictator," from Sasha Baron Cohen, made noise too, as did releases of Paramount TV shows "NCIS" and "Dexter" and Disney classics "Pocahontas" and "The Rescuers. " Below are the 10 most bought and rented DVDs and Blu-ray discs in the the U.S. last week, according to Rentrak Corp. Top 10 DVD and Blu-ray sales 1. "The Hunger Games" (Lionsgate)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson
"Brave" bested three new releases to stay atop the DVD sales chart for the third consecutive week, outselling "Men in Black 3," "ParaNorman" and "Lawless. "  The animated fantasy film from Walt Disney Studios was the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray disc in the United States, according to research company Rentrak Corp., and the No. 3 most-rented. "Men in Black," "ParaNorman" and "Lawless" debuted at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. Lionsgate's "The Expendables 2" was the most-rented DVD and Blu-ray this week, climbing from its debut at No. 2 last week. "The Amazing Spider-Man," last week's most-rented DVD and Blu-ray, fell to No. 4. Below are the 10 most sold and rented movie discs during the week ended Dec. 1 (sales)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2013 | By Wesley Lowery
Fox's "Skyfall" remained atop the DVD sales chart for the second consecutive week since its release, holding on to the top spot despite last week's DVD release of the Academy Award-winning "Argo. " Last week's No. 2 seller, Disney's "Hotel Transylvania," was knocked out of the top five with new releases such as "Argo," a re-release of Disney's "Monster's Inc. and the second season of HBO hit show "Game of Thrones" soaring to the top of the sales chart, during the week ending Feb. 23.  On the rentals chart, "Taken 2" claimed the top spot in its sixth week since release, edging out Denzel Washingon's "Flight," which was the previous period's most rented DVD, for the week ending Feb 24. Below are the 10 most sold and rented movie discs, according to Rentrak.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2013 | By Wesley Lowery
In its first week of release on DVD and Blue-ray, Fox's "Skyfall" - the latest James Bond installment - topped DVD and Blue-ray sales chart, knocking "Hotel Transylvania" out of the No. 1 spot. In addition to the 007 flick starring Daniel Craig , "Hotel Transylvania," "The Man With the Iron Fists," "Peter Pan" (re-release) and "Flight" rounded out the top slots on the DVD sales chart for the week ending Feb 17. Denzel Washington's action-thriller "Flight" remained atop the rentals chart for a second week, with "Here Comes the Boom," "Taken 2," "Hotel Transylvania" and "Alex Cross" completing the top five list.
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February 19, 2013 | Wesley Lowery
In its first week of release on DVD and Blue-ray, Denzel Washington's action-thriller “Flight” soared to the top of the rental chart but failed to knock "Hotel Transylvania" out of its No. 1 spot in the sales rankings. Paramount's “Flight,” which earned Washington an Oscar nomination, was the most-rented disc in the U.S. during the week ending Feb. 10, but came in second in sales. “Hotel Transylvania,” the computer-animated comedy produced by Sony, was the top seller in its second week since being released on disc.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
A trio of new releases have ended the reign of "Despicable Me 2" over the home video market, according to rankings from Rentrak.  The Vin Diesel sci-fi sequel "Riddick" was the best-selling DVD and Blu-ray title in its first week in release, coming in ahead of the White House drama "Lee Daniels' The Butler" and the horror remake "Carrie. " "Despicable Me 2," the animated comedy that topped the list for five straight weeks, fell to fourth place. "Riddick" is the third installment in the "Chronicles of Riddick" series, which began with the 2000 release "Pitch Black" and continued with 2004's "The Chronicles of Riddick.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
The box-office underachiever "Runner Runner" ranked high in the home video market in its first week in release, but it didn't sell enough copies to take out "Despicable Me 2," which has now topped Rentrak's sales chart five weeks in a row.  "Runner Runner" stars Justin Timberlake as a college student who becomes involved in an offshore Internet gambling business run by an entrepreneur played by Ben Affleck. The thriller received generally poor reviews, indicated by a rating of 9% "fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes.  "Runner Runner" grossed just $62.7 million worldwide through its theatrical lifespan, but it debuted at No. 2 on the sales chart behind the animated comedy "Despicable Me 2. "  PHOTOS: Box office top 10 of 2013 The 4-week-old "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" landed in third place and the 5-week-old "Fast & Furious 6" fell to fourth after a long stay at No. 2.  In fifth was the fourth season of the A&E reality sitcom "Duck Dynasty," about the wealthy Robertson family of Louisiana.
BUSINESS
January 7, 2014 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
LAS VEGAS - Joann Killeen had never before purchased a digital video, but she took the plunge this holiday season. She forked over $3.28 each to watch the children's show "Yo Gabba Gabba" on her Apple iPad and dance along with a friend's grandchildren to the thump of another Nick Jr. show, "The Fresh Beat Band. " Killeen, 62, is not alone in busting a move. Digital sales have nearly doubled in the last year, becoming the fastest-growing source of home entertainment revenue for Hollywood studios.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
The minions have continued their winning streak. For the third week in a row, Universal Pictures' animated sequel "Despicable Me 2" was the best-selling DVD and Blu-ray title, according to Rentrak, while "Fast & Furious 6," also from Universal, was again the first runner-up.  The  "Despicable Me"  follow-up, featuring the voices of  Steve Carell  and  Kristen Wiig , was the third-highest-grossing movie of 2013 with...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The sixth movie in the "Fast & Furious" series burned rubber in the home video market, but it couldn't top the minions of "Despicable Me 2. "  The computer animated family comedy, the sequel to 2010's "Despicable Me"  featuring the voices of  Steve Carell  and  Kristen Wiig , was the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray title in its first week in release.  That comes as no surprise after its distributor, Universal Pictures, ...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Warner Bros.' Superman movie "Man of Steel" flew high in its first week of release in the home entertainment market, landing as the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray title. Directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill as Clark Kent, the film made $291 million in ticket sales.  "Man of Steel" beat "Turbo," the Dreamworks Animation-produced and Fox-distributed 3-D and computer-animated children's movie, which debuted in second place. PHOTOS: Billion-dollar movie club At the box office, "Turbo," about a garden snail with ambitions to become a racing champion, made just shy of $83 million in its theatrical run.  Last week's chart-topper "Monsters University" dropped to No. 3, ahead of "Grown Ups 2" and "White House Down," which were the top two rentals.  Here are Rentrak's rankings for the week that ended Nov. 16 for sales and Nov. 17 for rentals.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
'Brave' stayed atop the DVD sales chart for the second week in a row, outselling newcomer "Expendables 2. " Pixar's animated fantasy film was the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray disc in the U.S., according to Rentrak Corp., while aging action stars sequel "Expendables 2" premiered at No. 2. "The Amazing Spider-Man,"meanwhile, remained the most rented DVD and Blu-ray, while "Expendables 2" landed at No. 2 on that chart as well. Below are the 10 most sold and rented movie discs during the week ended Nov. 24 (sales)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Neither White House invaders nor a team of aging comedians could expel "Monsters University" from the top of Rentrak's DVD sales chart. The prequel to Pixar's hit computer-animated family film "Monsters, Inc. " was the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray title in its second week in release, coming in ahead of newcomers "White House Down" and "Grown Ups 2. " "Grown Ups 2," the sequel starring Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James and David Spade, received...
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
It looks like the newest "Star Trek" movie is living long and prospering.  "Star Trek Into Darkness," J.J. Abrams' latest contribution to the venerable franchise, is the bestselling DVD and Blu-ray title and a top rental. The film that made more than $466 million worldwide in theaters was also the top video-on-demand title.  With the fall TV season about to get into full swing, DVD sets of popular series are also populating the bestseller list.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Ahead of its seventh-season premiere Thursday on CBS, the sixth season of "The Big Bang Theory" was the second-biggest seller.  "Now You See Me," Summit Entertainment's film about investigators pursuing a team of illusionist bank robbers, came in at No. 3.  Besides "The Big Bang Theory," other TV shows with seasons debuting in the Top 10 were "Homeland's" second season, "Supernatural's" eighth and "Castle's" fifth.  Here are the top titles for the week that ended Sept.
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