‘Batman: Soul of the Dragon’ Tops Disc Sales

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Batman: Soul of the Dragon debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Jan. 30.

The direct-to-video animated movie, the 41st under the DC Universe Movies brand, tells a standalone story of Batman in the 1970s teaming with several martial arts specialists from his past to take on a deadly cult.

Warner’s Tenet, which had been in the top spot the prior two weeks and five of the previous six, fell to No. 2 on both charts.

No. 3 on both charts was another newcomer, Paramount’s Fatman, starring Mel Gibson as a cynical Chris Cringle who finds himself the target of a hitman after he gifts a lump of coal to a snotty rich kid.

Another newcomer, Well Go USA’s Synchronic, debuted at No. 4 on both charts. The Sci-Fi thriller deals with a cop who discovers a time travel pill after receiving a terminal diagnosis.

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Rounding out the top five on the overall disc sales chart was Paramount’s Top Gun, down a spot from the previous week. The 1986 actioner has received renewed interest in anticipation of its sequel due this summer. It was No. 21 on the Blu-ray Chart.

The No. 5 Blu-ray Disc was Warner’s eight-film “Harry Potter” collection, a perennial top seller during the pandemic. It was No. 11 overall.

The fourth new release to crack the top 10 overall sellers was Universal’s Come Play, a $10 million-grossing horror film about a young boy who inadvertently unleashes a demon by overusing mobile social media devices. It was No. 7 overall, but just outside the top 30 Blu-ray sellers, with just 23% of its total sales coming in the Blu-ray format.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 48% of Fatman sales, and 52% of Synchronic.

For Batman: Soul of the Dragon, Blu-ray accounted for 79% of its total unit sales, which is interesting considering it was widely released only on Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray — the DVD version was a Walmart exclusive, which demonstrates how dominant that retailer still is when it comes to selling home media. The 4K Ultra HD disc comprised 17% of the Soul of the Dragon total.

A fourth newcomer on the top 20 Blu-ray chart was Warner’s Doom Patrol: The Complete Second Season, which was No. 24 overall.

In addition, with the new film Godzilla vs. Kong slated for May, 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters returned to the overall sales chart at No. 17.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Jan. 31, Come Play debuted at No. 1.

Synchronic dropped a spot to No. 2, having topped the chart the previous week thanks to Redbox having it early for disc rental.

Universal’s Honest Thief remained No. 3, while Paramount’s Wander dropped two spots to No. 4, and Universal’s The War With Grandpa slipped a slot to No. 5.

Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 1-30-21
Top 20 Rentals for Week Ended 1-31-21
Top 20 Selling Blu-ray Discs for Week Ended 1-30-21
Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 1-30-21
Sales Report for Week Ended 1-30-21
Digital Transactions Snapshot for Week Ended 2-1-21

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