December 20, 2018
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s The Equalizer 2 debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, as well as the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart the week ended Dec. 15.
The follow-up to 2014’s The Equalizer again starred Denzel Washington (his first sequel) and earned $102 million at the domestic box office, about on par with the first film. The films are based on the 1980s TV series about a former secret agent who becomes a vigilante to help the downtrodden.
No. 2 on both charts was another newcomer, Warner’s animated Smallfoot, a play on the bigfoot legend about a group of yeti who find a human though each thought the existence of the other was a myth. It earned $82.6 million at the domestic box office.
No. 3 on the overall sales chart went to Walt Disney Studios’ Incredibles 2. The latest hit from the Pixar Animation Studio was No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.
No. 4 overall and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart was Paramount’s Mission: Impossible — Fallout, the previous week’s top title.
Rounding out the top five on both charts was the debut of Universal’s Peppermint, an actioner starring Jennifer Garner as a mother who seeks revenge against the drug cartel that murdered her family. It earned $35.4 million in U.S. theaters.
Blu-ray Disc accounted for 60% of first-week unit sales of The Equalizer 2, with 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray comprising 9% of total sales for the title. Blu-ray tallied 46% of sales for Smallfoot and 56% for Peppermint.
The top title in terms of Blu-ray market share for the week was Universal’s Unbroken: Path to Redemption, at 79%. The faith-based sequel to 2014’s Unbroken continues the story of Louis Zamperini with a whole new cast, following his life after World War II and embrace of Christianity to adjust to civilian life. The film bowed at No. 26 overall and No. 19 on the Blu-ray chart after earning $6.2 million at the domestic box office. The original film, directed by Angelina Jolie, earned $115.6 million.
On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Dec. 16, Equalizer 2, Smallfoot and Peppermint took the top three spots, respectively. Mission: Impossible — Fallout slipped to No. 4, while Warner’s The Nun was No. 5.
Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 12-15-18
Top 20 Rentals for Week Ended 12-16-18
Top 20 Selling Blu-ray Discs for Week Ended 12-15-18
Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 12-15-18
Sales Report for Week Ended 12-15-18
Digital Sales Snapshot for Week Ended 12-17-18