The film, which grossed $89 million in North American theaters, is based on a popular series of fantasy adventure books by Rick Riordan rooted in Greek mythology. The books are on many summer reading lists, and the video came out just in time to capitalize on that surge in awareness.
According to the Nielsen VideoScan DVD sales chart, "Hot Tub Time Machine" came in at No. 2, followed by fellow rookie "The Crazies." The three titles finished in the same position on Nielsen VideoScan's Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
"Percy Jackson" and "Hot Tub" also went 1 and 2 on Home Media Magazine's rental chart for the week, while "Crazies" bowed at No. 5.