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April 8, 2013
Oscar winners and nominees battled for supremacy as new arrival "Lincoln" bested "Les Miserables" to take the top sales slot, and returning "Argo" was the No. 1 rental title over "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Skyfall," according to the tracking firm Rentrak. Here are the top discs for sale and for rental, for the weeks ending March 30 and March 31, respectively. RENTRAK TOP-10 DVD & BLU-RAY SALES 1.         “Lincoln”           Disney.             Week 1 2.         “Les Miserables”                 Universal.  Week 2 3.         “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”   Warner Bros.    Week 2 4.         “Rise of the Guardians” Paramount.
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March 2, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
How much does the prospect of a gold statue mean for a movie's box-office treasure trove?  This year's set of nominees for the best picture Oscar certainly doesn't have the same number of all-out hits as last year. The 2013 roster boasted six films that crossed the $100-million mark in North America, plus one that came close ("Zero Dark Thirty," with $96 million). The current crop has just four $100-million-plus-to-date movies.   It's common to try to tease out which movie got the biggest bounce in ticket sales from the nominations.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
How much does the prospect of a gold statue mean for a movie's box-office treasure trove?  This year's set of nominees for the best picture Oscar certainly doesn't have the same number of all-out hits as last year. The 2013 roster boasted six films that crossed the $100-million mark in North America, plus one that came close ("Zero Dark Thirty," with $96 million). The current crop has just four $100-million-plus-to-date movies.   It's common to try to tease out which movie got the biggest bounce in ticket sales from the nominations.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
A mutant comic book hero and a crew of little blue children's characters ruled the home video sales chart in their first weeks in release.  "The Wolverine," the sixth film in 20th Century Fox's "X-Men" franchise, was the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray title for the week that ended Dec. 7, according to Rentrak. Starring Hugh Jackman as the title character, the movie made $132 million in its domestic box office run. Critics generally approved of the entry, which earned a 69% "fresh" rating from Rotten Tomatoes.  On the set: movies and TV "The Smurfs 2," a critically panned sequel with Neil Patrick Harris, took second place, while the teen action-adventure "Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" debuted in fourth, behind the three-week-old computer animated Disney movie disc "Planes.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
A mutant comic book hero and a crew of little blue children's characters ruled the home video sales chart in their first weeks in release.  "The Wolverine," the sixth film in 20th Century Fox's "X-Men" franchise, was the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray title for the week that ended Dec. 7, according to Rentrak. Starring Hugh Jackman as the title character, the movie made $132 million in its domestic box office run. Critics generally approved of the entry, which earned a 69% "fresh" rating from Rotten Tomatoes.  On the set: movies and TV "The Smurfs 2," a critically panned sequel with Neil Patrick Harris, took second place, while the teen action-adventure "Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" debuted in fourth, behind the three-week-old computer animated Disney movie disc "Planes.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
"Wrath of the Titans" and "21 Jump Street" debuted atop the DVD sales and rental charts last week, while other new entries "The Artist" and "A Thousand Words" lagged behind. Warner Bros.' action sequel "Wrath" was the bestselling DVD in the U.S. during the week ended June 24 and the second most popular rental title, according to Rentrak Corp. Sony Pictures' comedy "21 Jump Street" was No. 1 on the rental charts and No. 2 on the sales chart. Also debuting this week was Relativity Media's light-hearted take on Snow White, "Mirror Mirror," which ranked No. 3 on both lists.
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
October 14, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
A new Stone Age children's comedy and a Disney classic have debuted at the top of the DVD and Blu-ray sales chart. "The Croods," the DreamWorks computer-animated movie about a prehistoric family, was the top-selling title in its first week in release after bringing in big numbers at the box office earlier this year. The movie, distributed by 20th Century Fox, drew more than $187 million in ticket sales domestically and $585 million worldwide. In second place was the new Diamond Edition of Disney's 1989 hit "The Little Mermaid.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Disney's 3-D animated summer movie "Planes" appears to have some lift as a home entertainment title, soaring to the top of Rentrak's DVD and Blu-ray sales chart in its first week in release. Featuring the voice of comedian Dane Cook, the "Cars" spinoff beat Warner Bros.' R-rated comedy "We're the Millers," which made more money than "Planes" at the box office. The Disney movie generated $90.2 million in domestic ticket sales, while "We're the Millers," starring Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston, took in $150 million during its run.  Taking third place on the DVD/Blu-ray chart was another newcomer, "2 Guns," the action comedy with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as a pair of undercover agents.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2013
The epic miniseries “The Bible” booked the top spot once again in DVD and Blu-ray sales last week, while the just-arriving “Life of Pi,” until now not available in all retail outlets, took the top rental spot. Here are the top-selling and renting discs for the weeks ending April 13 and 14, respectively, according to Rentrak. TOP 10 DVD & BLU-RAY SALES 1. “The Bible (The Epic Miniseries)” | Fox | Week 2 2. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” | Warner Bros | Week 4 3. “Lincoln” | Disney | Week 3 4. “Les Miserables” | Universal | Week 4 5. “Wreck-It Ralph” | Disney | Week 6 6. “Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One - Avengers” | Disney | Week 2 7. “Life of Pi” | Fox | Week 5 8. “Rise of the Guardians” | Paramount | Week 5 9. “Parental Guidance” | Fox | Week 3 10. “Game of Thrones: The Complete Second Season” | Warner Bros | Week 8 TOP 10 D VD & BLU-RAY RENTALS 1. “Life of Pi” | Fox | Week 5 2. “Zero Dark Thirty” | Sony | Week 4 3. “Lincoln” | Buena Vista/Disney | Week 3 4. “Argo” | | Warner Bros | Week 8 5. “Red Dawn” | MGM | Week 6 6. “Killing Them Softly” | Anchor Bay/Starz | Week 3 7. “Wreck-It Ralph” | Disney | | Week 6 8. “Rise Of The Guardians” | DreamWorks Week 5 9. “Skyfall” | Fox | Week 9 10. “The Collection” | Lionsgate | Week 3 ALSO : Zach Braff tries to Kickstart...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Disney's 3-D animated summer movie "Planes" appears to have some lift as a home entertainment title, soaring to the top of Rentrak's DVD and Blu-ray sales chart in its first week in release. Featuring the voice of comedian Dane Cook, the "Cars" spinoff beat Warner Bros.' R-rated comedy "We're the Millers," which made more money than "Planes" at the box office. The Disney movie generated $90.2 million in domestic ticket sales, while "We're the Millers," starring Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston, took in $150 million during its run.  Taking third place on the DVD/Blu-ray chart was another newcomer, "2 Guns," the action comedy with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg as a pair of undercover agents.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
A new Stone Age children's comedy and a Disney classic have debuted at the top of the DVD and Blu-ray sales chart. "The Croods," the DreamWorks computer-animated movie about a prehistoric family, was the top-selling title in its first week in release after bringing in big numbers at the box office earlier this year. The movie, distributed by 20th Century Fox, drew more than $187 million in ticket sales domestically and $585 million worldwide. In second place was the new Diamond Edition of Disney's 1989 hit "The Little Mermaid.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
A trio of action films took the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray spots last week as the explosion-packed blockbusters from the spring started to hit retail shelves.  In its first week in release, the White House-set thriller "Olympus Has Fallen" was the No. 1 DVD and Blu-ray title. The movie, which stars Gerard Butler as a disgraced Secret Service agent who has to save the White House from a terrorist takeover, got a lukewarm critical reception but performed well at the box office .  PHOTOS: Summer Sneaks 2013 The Tom Cruise sci-fi vehicle "Oblivion" slipped to second place for the week, and "G.I.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 29, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The Jackie Robinson biopic "42" scored the top spot on the DVD and Blu-ray sales chart in its first week in release. The film, starring Chadwick Boseman and Nicole Beharie, outpaced "Evil Dead," this year's remake of the tongue-in-cheek horror classic from 1981.  "Identity Thief," the raunchy comedy with Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, was the No. 1 rental in its seventh week in release.    Here are the top titles for the week that ended July 20 for sales and July 21 for rentals, according to Rentrak.
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July 16, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Disney's "Oz the Great and Powerful" returned to the top of the DVD and Blu-ray sales chart in its fourth week in release. Buzz around Universal's "Despicable Me 2" continued to boost sales of the original, which took the No. 2 spot.  "The Call," which stars Halle Berry as a 911-operator-turned-hero , was the top rental. Here are the top titles for the week that ended July 7, according to Rentrak. PHOTOS: Summer Sneaks 2013 Top 10 DVD and Blu-ray sales 1. “Oz the Great and Powerful” (Disney)
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July 8, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Publicity preceding last week's release of "Despicable Me 2" carried over into DVD sales for its predecessor. Three years after its own theatrical release, Universal's "Despicable Me" cracked the top-10 DVD sales chart at No. 9 for the week. "Jack the Giant Slayer" topped the sales chart for the second week in a row, while Disney's "Oz the Great and Powerful" took the top spot in rentals.  Here are the top-selling titles for the week that ended June 29 and the most-rented titles for the week ended June 30, according to Rentrak.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The Warner Bros. fantasy flick "Jack the Giant Slayer" scored the top spot on the DVD and Blu-ray sales chart in the movie's first week in release, bumping Disney's "Oz the Great and Powerful" to No. 2. Paramount's "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" held steady atop rentals.  Here are the top titles for the week that ended June 22 for sales and June 23 for rentals, according to Rentrak. Top 10 DVD and Blu-ray sales 1. "Jack the Giant Slayer" (Warner Bros.). Week 1 PHOTOS: Summer Sneaks 2013 2. "Oz the Great and Powerful" (Disney)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2013
A trio of new titles arrived to knock Oscar winners “Django Unchained” and “Silver Linings Playbook” from their reign atop the sales and rentals charts -- among them Tom Cruise's box-office disappointment “Jack Reacher.” Also, probably because Marvel's “Iron Man 3” is breaking box-office records in theaters, the company's 2012 title “The Avengers” is back. Here are the top titles for the week that ended May 11 for sales and May 12 for rentals, according to Rentrak.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The Warner Bros. fantasy flick "Jack the Giant Slayer" scored the top spot on the DVD and Blu-ray sales chart in the movie's first week in release, bumping Disney's "Oz the Great and Powerful" to No. 2. Paramount's "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" held steady atop rentals.  Here are the top titles for the week that ended June 22 for sales and June 23 for rentals, according to Rentrak. Top 10 DVD and Blu-ray sales 1. "Jack the Giant Slayer" (Warner Bros.). Week 1 PHOTOS: Summer Sneaks 2013 2. "Oz the Great and Powerful" (Disney)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2013
A trio of new titles arrived to knock Oscar winners “Django Unchained” and “Silver Linings Playbook” from their reign atop the sales and rentals charts -- among them Tom Cruise's box-office disappointment “Jack Reacher.” Also, probably because Marvel's “Iron Man 3” is breaking box-office records in theaters, the company's 2012 title “The Avengers” is back. Here are the top titles for the week that ended May 11 for sales and May 12 for rentals, according to Rentrak.
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