March 8, 2018
Just in time for the Oscars, the week that ended March 3 was a big one for new releases: Five newly issued DVD/Blu-ray Disc titles debuted among the top 10 home entertainment sellers in the week leading up to the Academy Awards ceremony.
Walt Disney’s Coco, the latest animated blockbuster produced by Pixar Animation Studios, easily took the No. 1 spot on both the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
Finishing a distant second was 20th Century Fox’s Murder on the Orient Express remake, which made roughly half as much as Coco in U.S. theaters ($102.8 million versus $208.6 million) but only sold 17% as many units its first week in stores.
Also popping up in the top five was Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, the 1955 animated classic that was polished up as a lavish “Walt Disney Signature Collection” Blu-ray Disc, DVD and digital combo pack. The film was last released on disc in 2012 as a Diamond Edition release but has been unavailable for several years.
The Lady and the Tramp re-release debuted at No. 4 on the overall disc sales chart, behind Lionsgate’s Wonder, and No. 3 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.
Paramount’s Daddy’s Home 2, which debuted at No. 1 the previous week, slipped to No. 5 on both charts.
A fourth new release, the Universal Pictures war film Darkest Hour, debuted at No. 6 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.
And a fifth newcomer, best picture nominee Fox’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, bowed at No. 7 on the overall disc chart and No. 6 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.
Aside from Lady and the Tramp, available only in combo packs, the new release with the highest percentage of Blu-ray Disc sales was Coco at 72%, according to VideoScan, followed by Darkest Hour at 64%, Three Billboards at 58% and Murder at 55%.
At 10%, Three Billboards had the highest percentage of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc sales for the new releases, followed by Murder at 7% and Coco at 5%.
On Media Play News’ weekly rental chart for the week ended March 4, Daddy’s Home 2 remained No. 1 for the second consecutive week.
Coco debuted at No. 2, bumping Wonder to No. 3.
Darkest Hour debuted at No. 4, while the No. 5 went to Just Getting Started, an action comedy starring Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones and Rene Russo and released by Broad Green Entertainment.
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