‘Solo’ Flies to Top of Disc Sales Charts

Lucasfilm’s Solo: A Star Wars Story 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. 29.

The film, distributed by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, is a prequel to the original 1977 “Star Wars” movie, telling the story of how a youthful Han Solo became embroiled in the galactic criminal underworld. Amid numerous production problems, however, Solo grossed just $213.8 million at the domestic box office, the lowest tally of any live-action “Star Wars” film to date.

Slipping a spot to No. 2 on both charts was the previous week’s top seller, Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, followed by Disney’s Hocus Pocus at No. 3.

Another newcomer, Lionsgate’s Uncle Drew, landed at No. 4 on both charts. The basketball comedy, which stars NBA player Kyrie Irving reprising his old-man streetball legend character from a series of Pepsi commercials, earned $42.5 million in U.S. theaters.

Disney’s Avengers: Infinity War was No. 5 on both charts in its seventh week on shelves.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 73% of first-week Solo sales, compared with 50% for Uncle Drew. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format comprised 18% of Solo‘s unit sales total, compared with 4% for Uncle Drew.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Sept. 30, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom held onto the top spot for a second week.

Uncle Drew debuted at No. 2, followed by Solo at No. 3. Redbox does not have a distribution agreement with Disney, which sometimes limits the number of copies of Disney titles available in the rental market and leads Disney titles to sometimes debut lower than they might otherwise be expected to.

Rounding out the top five rentals were two titles from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment: Ocean’s 8 at No. 4 and Tag at No. 5.

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