‘Black Widow’ Debuts at No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts, Pushing ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ to No. 2

Marvel Studios’ Black Widow 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 Sept. 18.

The latest adventure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe outsold the No. 2 title by a 4-to-1 margin. The Disney-distributed Black Widow earned more than $183 million at the domestic box office, but is the subject of a lawsuit from star Scarlett Johansson over profit sharing based on the theory its potential earnings were depressed by it being available as a premium add-on to the Disney+ streaming service.

The No. 2 title on both charts was Warner’s Zack Snyder’s Justice League, after debuting in the top spot a week earlier.

The No. 3 title on both charts was another newcomer, DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby: Family Business, from Universal Pictures. The sequel was also available in a two-pack with the first “Boss Baby” movie, splitting sales between the standalone version and the two-pack, which was No. 17 overall. The combined tally of the standalone and double-feature options would have given discs containing the “Boss Baby” sequel enough sales to just barely put it in the second spot.

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The No. 4 overall seller was Disney’s Hocus Pocus, the 1993 family friendly spookfest that is getting a boost now that retailers are preparing for Halloween.

No.5 on the overall disc chart was Lionsgate’s Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, which was the No. 4 Blu-ray seller.

The No. 5 Blu-ray Disc seller was Warner’s The Shawshank Redemption, which climbed back up the charts thanks to the release of a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition, which accounted for 98% of its sales for the week. Shawshank was No. 13 overall.

The only other newcomer in the top 10 for the week was Warner’s direct-to-video animated movie Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo! Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog, a DVD-only release that hit No. 7 overall.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 71% of total Black Widow unit sales, compared with 50% for The Boss Baby: Family Business. The 4K Ultra HD edition contributed to 27% of Black Widow‘s total, and 4% of Boss Baby‘s.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Sept. 19 had The Boss Baby: Family Business in the top spot, with Black Widow at No. 2.

Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard slipped to No. 3 after a month in the top spot.

Rounding out the top five rentals were Sony Pictures’ Peter Rabbit 2 at No. 4, and Warner’s The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It at No. 5.

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One thought on “‘Black Widow’ Debuts at No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts, Pushing ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ to No. 2”

  1. What the hell is wrong with people? Who would rather watch trash like Black Widow than the greatest comic book movie of all time?

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