KIDS VIDEOS AMONG MOST POPULAR OF 2012
Home-video releases aimed at kids are usually best sellers each year. Parents realize that the discs can bring their kids “endless hours of enjoyment,” as the ads say. This year proved to be no exception, as six of the top ten sellers turned out to be animated features. If there was a surprise in the list, released by Nielsen on Wednesday, it was that only one of the films came from Disney — Brave. Two came from DreamWorks Animation — Puss in Boots and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted. Two others came from Universal — Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and Hop. Twentieth Century Fox’s Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked rounded out the list of kids films. Nevertheless, the top three sellers of 2012 were not kids titles but some of the year’s biggest blockbusters. They included: 1. Disney’s The Avengers; 2. Lionsgate’s Hunger Games; 3. and Lionsgate’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1. Warner Bros.’ Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows came in at No. 6. Not making the top ten list was The Dark Knight Rises — the No. 2 film at the box office this year behind The Avengers — which was only released on disc on Dec. 4, and The Amazing Spider-Man, which was released on home video on Nov. 9.