‘Creed II’ Punches to Top of Disc Sales; ‘Ralph’ Remains Top Blu-ray

MGM’s Creed II, distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, topped the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, the week ended March 9.

However, the boxing sequel, the eighth film in the “Rocky” franchise and a follow-up to 2015’s Creed, topped out at No. 2 in its debut on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, where Walt Disney Studios’ Ralph Breaks the Internet took the top spot for a second consecutive week.

On the overall sales chart, Ralph in its second week sold 94% as many copies as the debuting Creed II. But only 53% of Creed II sales were of a Blu-ray disc format (11% of its overall sales were of the 4K UHD Blu-ray), while 65% of Ralph sales were of a Blu-ray format (7% from UHD BD).

Creed II, which also serves as a direct sequel to 1985’s Rocky IV, earned $115.7 million at the domestic box office, slightly more than the first Creed.

No. 3 on the overall sales charts was another newcomer, Paramount’s Instant Family, a heartwarming comedy about foster families and the adoption process. Instant Family landed at No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart, as 45% of its total sales were of the Blu-ray version.

No 4. on the overall sales chart, and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart, was Warner’s 2018 A Star Is Born remake in its third week on shelves.

The No. 5 overall title, in its fourth week, was 20th Century Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody, which was No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid: Signature Collection was the No. 3 Blu-ray and No. 6 on the overall sales chart.

Other newcomers debuting on the top 20 overall sellers chart include Fox’s The Favourite at No. 9 (No. 8 Blu-ray), Lionsgate’s Ben Is Back at No. 10 (No. 14 Blu-ray), and Lionsgate’s The Vanishing at No. 12 (No. 10 Blu-ray).

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended March 10, Instant Family debuted at No. 1, with Creed II at No. 2, A Star Is Born at No. 3, Bohemian Rhapsody at No. 4 and Sony Pictures’ Venom at No. 5.

Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 3-9-19
Top 20 Rentals for Week Ended 3-10-19
Top 20 Selling Blu-ray Discs for Week Ended 3-9-19
Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 3-9-19
Sales Report for Week Ended 3-9-19
Digital Sales Snapshot for Week Ended 3-11-19


Merchandising: Best Buy Offers ‘Creed II’ Steelbook

Best Buy ‘Creed II’ Steelbook

There wasn’t much in the way of retail promotions for new Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray releases that arrived in stores on March 5.

As usual, Best Buy offered a Steelbook edition for the week’s marquee title, the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of Warner Home Entertainment’s Creed II, at $34.99.

Walmart had a DVD double feature of the two “Creed” movies for $19.96.

Best Buy is touting preorders for its Steelbook Blu-rays of Warner’s Aquaman, which arrives March 26. The Blu-ray Steelbook is $29.99 and the 4K Blu-ray is $34.99.

Aquaman is a 2018 superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name, and the sixth installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). It is the third live-action theatrical film featuring Aquaman, following Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017). The film follows Arthur Curry, heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, as he rallies his people against his half-brother, Orm, who wants to unite the seven underwater kingdoms against the surface world.

With a worldwide gross of $1.1 billion, Aquaman is the highest-earning film based on a DC Comics character, surpassing The Dark Knight Rises.

The film grossed $333.7 million in North American theaters to become the No. 5 theatrical film of 2018.