‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ Dominates Disc Sales Charts

Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon 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 May 22.

The new animated fantasy, which earned $48.6 million during a domestic theatrical run in which it was also available for a surcharge on Disney+, led a sizeable slate of chart newcomers during the week, but still outsold its closest competitor by a nearly three-to-one margin. However, the feat wasn’t enough to put Raya on the top 20 of the DEG’s weekly Watched at Home chart, representatives for which cited the film’s status as an untrackable Premier Access title as the reason it wasn’t listed despite its arrival via traditional retail channels.

The No. 2 disc seller on both the overall disc and Blu-ray charts was Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Tom & Jerry, the live-action/animation hybrid that earned $45.6 million in its domestic box office run.

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The previous week’s top selling disc overall, Universal Pictures’ Liam Neeson-starrer The Marksman, dropped to No. 3 on both charts (it was the No. 2 Blu-ray the previous week).

Warner’s Justice Society: World War II was No. 4. The direct-t0-video animated superhero adventure had been the top Blu-ray seller a week earlier and No. 2 overall.

No. 5 on both charts was Lionsgate’s Above Suspicion, a true crime drama starring Emilia Clarke of “Game of Thrones” as an informant in a small Kentucky town who falls in love with her FBI handler.

Other newcomers among the top 20 disc sellers include Lionsgate’s Minari at No. 6 overall (No. 8 on the Blu-ray chart); Paramount’s Cosmic Sin at No. 8 overall (No. 11 Blu-ray); Sony Pictures’ The Father at No. 10 (No. 27 Blu-ray); and Paramount’s Star Trek: Lower Decks — Season 1 at No. 16 overall (No. 6 Blu-ray).

Minari is a drama about a Korean family that moves to a farm in Arkansas, and won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Youn Yuh-jung. Cosmic Sin is a sci-fi thriller with Bruce Willis and Frank Grillo as soldiers who lead an attack on an alien race to preemptively stop a war. The Father is a drama about a man (Anthony Hopkins) who refuses all assistance from his daughter (Olivia Colman) as he ages and begins to lose touch with reality, and won Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor for Hopkins. “Star Trek: Lower Decks” is an animated sci-fi comedy set in the “Star Trek” universe that was originally available on CBS All Access (now Paramount+), with the first season running 10 half-hour episodes.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 70% of first-week Raya unit sales, with 13% of its total coming from the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray version. Blu-ray accounted for 42% of Tom & Jerry sales, compared with 48% for Above Suspicion, 27% for Minari, 42% for Cosmic Sin, 27% for The Father, and 70% for “Star Trek: Lower Decks.”

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended May 23, Tom & Jerry debuted at No. 1, pushing The Marksman to No. 2.

Raya and the Last Dragon debuted as the No. 3 rental, pushing Warner’s crime drama The Little Things to No. 4, while Above Suspicion entered the rental chart at No. 5.

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