Heaven Is For Real, the faith-based movie starring Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly and Thomas Haden Church, had a strong run in theaters earlier this spring behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Now it’s making just as heavenly a debut on Rentrak’s weekly DVD and Blu-Ray sales and rental charts, topping one Top 10 and second only to Liam Neeson’s latest actioner, Non-Stop, on the other. The only other debut in the rentals this week was Tyler Perry‘s latest, The Single Moms Club, distributed by Lionsgate and coming home at No. 9.
The rest of the rental chart is populated mostly by holdovers, including The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson’s latest quirky feature and easily the year’s strongest indie performer in theaters so far with almost $59 million in domestic gross. Now, Budapest appears to have checked in for a nice stay in the rentals top 10 as well, suggesting it may be one of the year’s most lucrative films on a ratio of investment to return.
The sales charts, where Heaven Is For Real opened at No. 1, underwent far more change this week, with five debuts among the top 10, including Sabotage, Transcendence, The Single Moms Club and American Girl: Isabelle Dances Into The Spotlight. But last week’s biggest debut, the animated Rio 2 from distributor Fox and DreamWorks Interactive, proved to still have wings powerful to fly above most of the newcomers.
The appearance at No. 4 of Transcendence, a sci-fi thriller starring Johnny Depp that badly underperformed in theaters, has to be good news for distrib Warner Bros., which is hoping good disc sales can transcend the film’s box-office challenges. Similarly, Sabotage was the latest to feature Arnold Schwarzenegger as he continues to resuscitate his post-Governator acting career, but the action thriller about a DEA strike force appeared to have been sabotaged itself in its theatrical run, grossing just $10.4 million domestically.