Circana: April Video Game Sales Dipped 3% to $4.1 Billion

April sales of video games, hardware and related accessories dropped 3% to $4.1 billion from $4.22 billion in the previous-year month — driven by a steep decline in hardware sales, according to new data from Circana (formerly The NPD Group).

Content revenue increased 2% to $3.74 billion from $3.66 billion in the previous-year period. Sales of game consoles plummeted 43% to $208 million from $365 million, and accessories revenue declined 4% to $152 million from $158.3 million last year.

While Microsoft Xbox and Nintendo Switch continued to see hardware sales declines, Sony’s PlayStation 5 saw a unit and revenue increase.

Top-selling games in April included Sony Interactive Entertainment’s  Stellar Blade and Helldivers II, followed by Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III.

Through April, yearly video game hardware revenue was down 28% to $1.33 billion from$1.85 billion during the previous-year period. Content sales were up 8% to $16.6 billion from $15.4 billion. Accessories sales were up 18% to $859 million from $728 million.

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‘Dune: Part Two’ Dominates Disc Sales Charts

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment’s Dune: Part Two easily debuted at No. 1 on the Circana VideoScan First Alert Chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart the week ended May 18.

Director Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of the second half of Frank Herbert’s famed sci-fi novel earned $282 million at the domestic box office.

A collection of both of Villeneuve’s “Dune” movies was No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart, and accounted for another 8.8% of consumers snatching up the sequel. It was No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart.

The first installment, 2021’s Dune: Part One, was No. 5 overall and No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 3 overall seller, Lionsgate’s Imaginary, sold only about 7% as many copies as Dune: Part Two. The film, in which a woman discovers her stepdaughter’s imaginary friend is terrorizing the family, earned $28 million at the domestic box office. It was No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

No. 4 overall was Warner’s release of MGM’s The Beekeeper in its fourth week. It was No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart.

HD formats accounted for 83% of Dune: Part Two unit sales, with 33% from regular Blu-ray and 50% from 4K Ultra HD disc, making it No. 1 on the dedicated 4K disc chart. The two-film “Dune” set had 48% of its tally from HD formats, with 17% from regular Blu-ray and 31% from 4K disc. Notably, the widely available 4K editions of the standalone film and the two-pack were not combo packs offering both 4K and Blu-ray disc options.

Dune: Part One was the No. 4 UHD seller, while the Dune 2-Film Collection was No. 5.

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Catalog Film ‘The Crow’ Flies to No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts

The 1994 supernatural actioner The Crow rose to No. 1 on the Circana VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart the week ended May 11.

Based on the comic book series of the same name, the film stars Brandon Lee (who was tragically killed during the production) as a murdered musician who rises from the grave to seek revenge against his killers. Originally released by Miramax, The Crow is now controlled by Paramount, which recently released a new 4K edition of the film to mark its 30th anniversary, a move that accounts for the film’s sales spike. Thus, it was also easily No. 1 on the 4K Ultra HD disc sales chart.

The previous week’s top seller, Sony Pictures’ Madame Web, slid to No. 2 on both the overall disc and Blu-ray chart. The much maligned “Spider-Man” spinoff slipped two spots to No. 5 on the 4K chart.

The No. 3 overall disc seller was MGM’s The Beekeeper, distributed by Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment. It was No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 4 overall disc seller, and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart, was Lionsgate’s Ordinary Angels. No. 5 on the overall sales chart, No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart and No. 2 on the 4K chart was Disney’s Steelbook of the “Star Wars” spinoff Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Rounding out the top five Blu-rays at No. 5 was Disney’s Steelbook of the first season of the “Star Wars” series “Andor,” which was No. 9 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 3 on the 4K chart.

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‘Beekeeper’ Emerges as Top Disc Seller in April; ‘Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes’ Remains Top Seller Year-to-Date

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment’s release of MGM’s The Beekeeper was No. 1 on the top 10 list of physical-media sales for April 2024, according to Circana’s VideoScan tracking service that compiles DVD and Blu-ray transactions.

The actioner stars Jason Statham as a former secret operative engaged in a mission of revenge against a network of computer scammers. It was released on disc April 23 and topped the weekly sales chart its first week on shelves.

The top seller for March, Warner’s Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, slipped to No. 2 in April. The sequel to 2018’s Aquaman arrived on disc March 12 and topped the weekly sales chart for six consecutive weeks, including the first three weeks of April. However, that wasn’t enough to change its position on the year-to-date sales chart, where it remains No. 3 for 2024 so far.

No. 3 for April was Sony Pictures’ Madame Web, the “Spider-Man” spinoff that arrived on disc April 30, giving it just a few days to place on the chart.

A pair of Disney+ “Star Wars” series arriving on Blu-ray and 4K disc also cracked the top 10 for the month after their special Steelbook editions arrived April 30: The Obi-Wan Kenobi limited series was No. 4, while season one of “Andor” was No. 9.

The only other new April release to debut in the month’s top 10 was Universal’s Lisa Frankenstein, an April 9 disc release that came in at No. 5.

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On the year-to-date chart, Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes remained No. 1 for 2024 so far, with Universal’s Oppenheimer remaining No. 2.

The top 10 titles on the year-to-date chart remained the same from the previous month, the only positional change being that Warner’s Wonka moved up a spot to No. 4, knocking Universal’s DreamWorks animation sequel Trolls Band Together, which had spent the first two months of the year as 2024’s top seller, down another spot to No. 5.

According to Circana, the April 2024 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. The Beekeeper (Warner/MGM)
  2. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (Warner)
  3. Madame Web (Sony Pictures)
  4. Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi (Disney/Lucasfilm)
  5. Lisa Frankenstein (Universal)
  6. Wonka (Warner)
  7. The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes (Liosngate)
  8. Migration (Universal)
  9. Star Wars: Andor: The Complete First Season (Disney/Lucasfilm)
  10. Paw Patrol: Jungle Pups (Paramount/Nickelodeon)

 

Year-to-Date Top 10 (through April 2024):

  1. The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes (Liosngate)
  2. Oppenheimer (Universal)
  3. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (Warner)
  4. Wonka (Warner)
  5. Trolls Band Together (Universal)
  6. The Marvels (Disney/Marvel)
  7. Migration (Universal)
  8. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (Disney)
  9. Five Nights at Freddy’s (Universal)
  10. The Expendables 4 (Lionsgate)

 

March 2024 Disc Sales Led by ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’

‘Madame Web’ Climbs to Top Spot on Disc Sales Chart

Sony Pictures’ Madame Web debuted at No. 1 on the Circana 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 4.

The film, about a Spider-Man character who gains the power to see the future, earned $43.82 million at the domestic box office.

The previous week’s top seller, MGM’s The Beekeeper, distributed by Warner, slid to No. 2 overall and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart.

Most of the week’s top 10 were chart newcomers. No. 3, No. 4, No. 6 and No. 7 were the new Steelbook Blu-ray sets for Disney+ original series “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” “Andor,” “Moon Knight” and “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.”

No. 5 was the drama Ordinary Angels, from Lionsgate. No 8 was Paramount’s Lawmen: Bass Reeves, while No. 9 was the remake of Mean Girls.

HD formats accounted for 60% of total Madame Web unit sales, with 36% from regular Blu-ray and 24% from 4K Ultra HD disc. Ordinary Angels saw 44% of its total come from the Blu-ray version, while Lawmen: Bass Reeves had 9% of sales from Blu-ray. The Mean Girls remake had 45% from HD, with 35% from regular Blu-ray and 10% from 4K.

The four Disney Steelbooks were Blu-ray-only releases. Andor: Season 1 had 59% of its sales come from the 4K Ultra HD version, making it No. 1 on the 4K chart. Obi-Wan Kenobi was the No. 2 Blu-ray seller and No. 2 on the 4K chart, with 50% of its total sales coming from 4K. Moon Knight had 59% of its sales come from Blu-ray, while Falcon and the Winter Soldier had 52%.

Andor: Season 1 was No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart, while Moon Knight was No. 4.

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‘The Beekeeper’ Colonizes Top Spot on Disc Sales Chart

MGM’s The Beekeeper, distributed by Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment, debuted at No. 1 on the Circana 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 April 27.

The actioner stars Jason Statham as a former secret operative engaged in a mission of revenge against a network of computer scammers. It earned $66.2 million at the domestic box office.

No. 2 on both charts was Warner’s Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths — Part Two, the second installment in an animated trilogy of films adapting the famed 1980s DC Comics storyline in which the pantheon of superheroes must unite to battle a multiverse-destroying force. It sold 24% as many copies as the No. 1 title overall, but 46% as many Blu-ray copies, as it was released only in Blu-ray formats.

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The week’s No. 3 seller was Warner’s The Departed, director Martin Scorsese’s 2006 Best Picture Oscar winner about the conflict between a Boston crime syndicate and the police unit devoted to stopping it, and how each as an informant planted in the other. It climbed back up the charts thanks to the release of a new 4K Ultra HD disc edition that accounted for more than 99% of the title’s unit sales.

As such, The Departed was No. 1 on the week’s dedicated 4K disc sales chart. The Beekeeper, which had 10% of its total unit sales come from 4K, was No. 4, and the Crisis sequel, with 15% of its sales from 4K, was No. 5.

The top seller the previous six weeks on the overall disc sales chart, Warner’s Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, slipped to No. 4 overall and No. 6 on the Blu-ray and 4K charts.

The No. 5 overall disc seller was Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ The Abyss, which was No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart and No. 2 on the 4K chart.

The No. 5 Blu-ray, and No. 3 on the 4K chart was, Kino Lorber’s new edition of Nostalghia, the 1983 film from director Andrei Tarkovsky about a Russian intellectual who visits Italy to do research on an 18th century Russian composer, only to suffer debilitating homesickness.

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‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’ Tops Disc Sales Chart for Sixth Week

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment’s Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom remained No. 1 for a sixth-consecutive week on the Circana VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, the week ended April 20.

The sequel to 2018’s Aquaman and the final installment of the so-called DC Extended Universe finds Jason Momoa returning to the title role, this time tasked with protecting Atlantis from an ancient enemy. It earned $124.5 million at the domestic box office.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom also remained No. 1 on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, a position it has held for a total of four of its six weeks on shelves.

Th No. 2 overall disc seller, and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart, was Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, now in its 10th week on shelves. No. 3 was Universal’s animated Migration (No. 10 on the Blu-ray chart), followed by Universal’s Lisa Frankenstein at No. 4 (No. 9 Blu-ray), and Warner’s Wonka at No. 5 (No. 8 Blu-ray).

The week’s top newcomer, at No. 6 overall and No. 2 on the Blu-ray Disc chart, was Paramount’s Star Trek: Lower Decks — Season 4, the latest batch of 10 episodes from the sci-fi animated comedy. The Blu-ray edition accounted for 85% of its first-week unit sales.

Rounding out the top five Blu-ray sellers were Lionsgate’s The Iron Claw at No. 3 (No. 11 overall), and Universal’s Oppenheimer at No. 5 (No. 7 overall).

The week’s top 4K Ultra HD disc seller was Disney-owned 20th Century’s The Abyss. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom was No. 4.

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‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’ Tops Disc Sales Chart for Fifth Week

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment’s Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom remained No. 1 for a fifth-consecutive week on the Circana VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, the week ended April 13.

The sequel to 2018’s Aquaman and the final installment of the so-called DC Extended Universe finds Jason Momoa returning to the title role, this time tasked with protecting Atlantis from an ancient enemy. It earned $124.5 million at the domestic box office.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom also returned to the No. 1 spot on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart after having been displaced the previous two weeks by Lionsgate’s wrestling drama The Iron Claw, which dropped to No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart (and No. 9 overall).

The week’s top newcomer, at No. 2 on both the overall and Blu-ray sales charts, was Universal’s Lisa Frankenstein, a horror comedy about a teenage goth girl who falls in love with a century-old reanimated corpse.

The No. 3 overall title was  Warner’s Wonka, which was No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart. Universal’s animated Migration, which was No. 9 on the Blu-ray chart, was No. 4 overall.

The week’s top 4K seller was the 1976 remake of King Kong, which was just released in a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook combo pack by Paramount. It was No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart and No. 12 overall.

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March 2024 Disc Sales Led by ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’

Warner’s Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom was No. 1 on the top 10 list of physical-media sales for March 2024, according to Circana’s VideoScan tracking service that compiles DVD and Blu-ray transactions.

The sequel to 2018’s Aquaman arrived on disc March 12 and topped the weekly sales chart for four consecutive weeks.

No. 2 for the month was Warner’s Wonka, the prequel story of candy maker Willy Wonka from Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It had been No. 3 in February following its Feb. 27 disc release, after which it topped the weekly sales chart for two weeks.

Another Feb. 27 disc release, Universal’s animated Migration, was No. 3 in March after debuting at No. 6 in February.

The month’s No. 4 seller was another newcomer, Disney’s Wish, the animated film that pays homage to the 100th anniversary of the Disney studio. It was a March 12 disc release.

The No. 5 February seller, Universal’s Oppenheimer, remained No. 5 in March as its awards season run culminated in a Best Picture Oscar.

The No. 1 February seller, Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, dipped to No. 6 in March. However, the “Hunger Games” prequel took over the top spot on the year-to-date top sellers chart.

Sony Pictures’ romantic comedy Anyone But You, another March 12 disc release, was No. 7 in March. At No. 8 was Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ 1986 sci-fi thriller Aliens, boosted by a new 4K Ultra HD disc edition. No. 9 was the 2021 film Dune: Part One, from Warner, up from No. 13 in February after getting a push by the theatrical release of its sequel. No. 10 was Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ The Marvels, the No. 2 February seller.

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On the year-to-date chart, the ascendancy of Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes displaced Universal’s DreamWorks animation sequel Trolls Band Together, which slid to No. 4 for the year after spending the first two months as the year’s top seller.

Oppenheimer moved back up to No. 2, while Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom entered the fray at No. 3.

Wonka climbed a spot to No. 5, while The Marvels slipped two spots to No. 6. Migration moved up to No. 7, having been No. 18 at the end of February. Disney’s Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny fell three spots to No. 8, while Universal’s Five Nights at Freddy’s slipped two ranks to No. 9, as did Lionsgate’s The Expendables 4, down to No. 10.

Sony Pictures’ Thanksgiving and Warner’s Barbie fell out of the year’s top 10 sellers list.

According to Circana, the March 2024 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (Warner)
  2. Wonka (Warner)
  3. Migration (Universal)
  4. Wish (Disney)
  5. Oppenheimer (Universal)
  6. The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes (Liosngate)
  7. Anyone But You (Sony Pictures)
  8. Aliens (20th Century)
  9. Dune: Part One (Warner)
  10. The Marvels (Disney/Marvel)

 

Year-to-Date Top 10 (through March 2024):

  1. The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes (Liosngate)
  2. Oppenheimer (Universal)
  3. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (Warner)
  4. Trolls Band Together (Universal)
  5. Wonka (Warner)
  6. The Marvels (Disney/Marvel)
  7. Migration (Universal)
  8. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (Disney)
  9. Five Nights at Freddy’s (Universal)
  10. The Expendables 4 (Lionsgate)

 

February 2024 Disc Sales Paced by ‘Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes’

‘Aquaman’ Tops Disc Sales Chart for Fourth Week; ‘Iron Claw’ Still No. 1 on Blu-ray Chart

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment’s Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom remained No. 1 for a fourth-consecutive week on the Circana VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, the week ended April 6.

The sequel to 2018’s Aquaman and the final installment of the so-called DC Extended Universe finds Jason Momoa returning to the title role, this time tasked with protecting Atlantis from an ancient enemy. It earned $124.5 million at the domestic box office.

However, it was again No. 2 on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, where Lionsgate’s The Iron Claw remained No. 1. Iron Claw, which slipped two spots to No. 4 on the overall disc sales chart, relates the story of the tragedies that seemingly cursed the Von Erich family of professional wrestling. It earned $35 million at the domestic box office. All copies of the title were released as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack.

The No. 2 overall title was  Warner’s Wonka, which was No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart. Universal’s animated Migration, which was No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart, was No. 3 overall.

No. 5 overall was Paramount’s Paw Patrol: Jungle Pups, a collection of episodes from Nickelodeon’s “Paw Patrol” animated series.

The week’s top 4K seller was the 1989 baseball comedy Major League, which was just released in a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition by Paramount. It was No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart and No. 8 overall.

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