‘Walking Dead’ tops DVD sales chart; ‘Pain & Gain’ No. 1 rental

“The Walking Dead”
Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) in a scene from the third season of “The Walking Dead.”
(Gene Page / AMC)

A swarm of TV zombies has overwhelmed newly released movies. In its first week in release, the third season of the AMC series “The Walking Dead” was the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray title, beating film titles “The Great Gatsby” and “Pain & Gain." 

“The Great Gatsby,” directed by Baz Luhrmann, was the No. 2 rental, while “Pain & Gain,” the Michael Bay-directed movie about a trio of bodybuilders who get involved in a crime scheme that goes terribly wrong, came in third place. 

Fox’s animated fantasy film “Epic,” which was the bestseller for the previous week, fell to fourth place. 

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In fifth was another newly released season of a popular TV show: “Sons of Anarchy: Season 5,” which originally aired on FX. 

“Pain & Gain,” starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, was the top rental, beating “Olympus Has Fallen,” the White House-set action film that held the top spot for the previous two weeks.  

Here are the top titles for the week that ended Aug. 31 for sales and Sept. 1 for rentals, according to Rentrak. 

Top 10 DVD and Blu-ray sales 


1. “The Walking Dead: Season 3" (Anchor Bay). Week 1.

2. “The Great Gatsby” (Warner Bros.). Week 1.

3. “Pain & Gain” (Paramount). Week 1.

4. “Epic” (Fox). Week 2.

5. “Sons of Anarchy: Season 5" (Fox). Week 1.

6. “Super Buddies” (Disney). Week 1.

7. “Barbie: Mariposa & the Fairy Princess” (Universal). Week 1.

8. “Olympus Has Fallen” (Sony). Week 2.


9. “Oblivion” (Universal). Week 4.

10. “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” (Paramount). Week 5.

Top 10 DVD and Blu-ray rentals

1. “Pain & Gain” (Paramount). Week 1.

2. “Olympus Has Fallen” (Sony). Week 3.

3. “42" (Warner Bros.). Week 7.

4. “Mud” (Lionsgate). Week 4.

5. “The Big Wedding” (Lionsgate). Week 3.


6. “Scary Movie V” (Anchor Bay). Week 2.

7. “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” (Paramount). Week 5.

8. “Admission” (Universal). Week 8.

9. “Killing Season” (Millennium Films). Week 2.

10. “Identity Thief” (Universal). Week 13.


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