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‘Elvis’ Sings Way to No. 1 on DVD and Blu-ray Sales Charts

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Elvis 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. 17.

Director Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic, which earned $150.8 million at the domestic box office, was one of four newcomers to make their way into the top 10 overall disc sellers chart.

No. 3 on both charts was Sony Pictures’ Where the Crawdad Sings, the adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name about an abandoned girl who raises herself in the woods. It earned $89.2 million from U.S. theaters.

No. 4 on both charts was Disney’s Lightyear, from Pixar Animation Studios. The film is a spinoff of the “Toy Story” franchise that is purportedly the in-universe movie that inspired the Buzz Lightyear toy line. It earned $118.3 million at the domestic box office.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 49% of total unit sales for Elvis (37% regular Blu-ray and 12% 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray), compared with 39% for Where the Crawdads Sing (with no 4K release) and 58% for Lightyear (40% regular Blu-ray, 18% 4K).

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The previous week’s top seller, Universal’s animated sequel Minions: The Rise of Gru, slipped to No. 2 on both charts. Another Universal release, Jurassic World Dominion, slipped three spots on both charts to No. 5.

The fourth newcomer to crack the top 10 on the overall disc sales chart was Sony Pictures Cobra Kai: Season 4, the latest DVD release of the “Karate Kid” spinoff that streams on Netflix. Season five was just released Sept. 9 on Netflix. It was a DVD-only release so did not appear on the Blu-ray chart.

A Walmart-exclusive DVD release of Paramount’s Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin was No. 17 on the overall disc sales chart. The seventh installment of the “Paranormal Activity” franchise was originally released for streaming on Paramount+ last October and is also now available as a disc rental at Redbox.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Sept. 18 also had Elvis in the top spot, Minions: The Rise of Gru at No. 2, and Where the Crawdads Sing at No. 3.

Jurassic World Dominion was the No. 4 rental, with another Universal release, The Black Phone, at No. 5.

Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 9-17-22
Top 20 Rentals for Week Ended 9-18-22
Top 20 Selling Blu-ray Discs for Week Ended 9-17-22
Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 9-17-22
Sales Report for Week Ended 9-17-22
Digital Transactions Snapshot for Week Ended 9-19-22

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