May 31, 2018
Marvel’s Black Panther, distributed by Walt Disney Studios, held back a pair of newcomers to handily top the home video sales charts for a second consecutive week.
The top new release on NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart the week ended May 26 was 20th Century Fox’s spy thriller Red Sparrow, which debuted at No. 2 selling 22% as many discs as the returning superhero actioner.
Sparrow stars Jennifer Lawrence as a Russian ballerina who is forced into becoming a seductive secret agent after her dancing career is cut short due to injury. It earned $46.9 million at the domestic box office.
No. 3 on both charts was Warner’s Game Night, a comedy about a group of friends who are caught up in a life-and-death caper that they believe is an elaborate role-playing game. It took in $68.9 million at U.S. theaters.
Rounding out the top five on both charts were Universal Pictures’ Fifty Shades Freed at No. 4 and Fox’s The Greatest Showman at No. 5.
Three other new releases managed to crack the top 20, led by Warner’s The 15:17 to Paris, which bowed at No. 6 overall and No. 8 on the Blu-ray chart. The Clint Eastwood directed docudrama, which earned $36.3 million domestically, tells the story of the three American servicemen (playing themselves) who foiled a terrorist attack on a European train in 2015.
Debuting at No. 11 (No. 14 on the Blu-ray chart) was the RLJE Films fantasy I Kill Giants, followed by Lionsgate’s Early Man, a stop-motion animated film from the creators of “Wallace and Gromit,” at No. 12 (No. 13 on the Blu-ray chart).
Universal’s re-release of the four “Jurassic Park” films in a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray boxed set pushed the Jurassic Park Collection back onto the charts at No. 15 overall and No. 11 on the Blu-ray charts. The new 4K edition accounted for 73% of total unit sales of the four-movie set. A fifth film, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, is slated for theaters June 22.
Among the new releases, Red Sparrow saw 62% of its total copies sold in the Blu-ray format, with 12% of the total being in the UHD format. Blu-ray accounted for 48% of Game Night and I Kill Giants sales, 45% for 15:17 to Paris, and 50% for Early Man.
For the second week of Black Panther, Blu-ray contributed 68% to its total copies sold, with 11% from UHD Blu-ray.
On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended May 27, Game Night debuted at No. 1, with Black Panther slipping a spot to No. 2.
Warner’s 12 Strong dropped to No. 3, while Sony Pictures’ Peter Rabbit and Universal’s Den of Thieves held onto No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.
Early Man entered the rental chart at No. 10.
Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 05-26-18
Top 20 Rentals for Week Ended 05-27-18
Top 20 Selling Blu-ray Discs for Week Ended 05-26-18
Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 05-26-18
Sales Report for Week Ended 05-26-18
Digital Sales Snapshot for Week Ended 05-27-18