‘Doctor Sleep’ Wakes Up in Top Disc Sales Spot

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Doctor Sleep 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 Feb. 8.

The sequel to 1980’s The Shining, based on the novel by Stephen King, underwhelmed at the domestic box office with just $31.6 million in earnings, but arrives on home video with a new three-hour director’s cut that has been praised as superior to the theatrical version.

Doctor Sleep was the first of four newcomers to land in the top 10 sellers in their first week.

Paramount’s comedy Playing With Fire landed at No. 3 on both charts, Warner’s The Good Liar was No. 7 on the overall chart and No. 10 on the Blu-ray chart, and the romantic comedy Last Christmas took No. 10 overall and No. 9 on the Blu-ray chart.

The previous week’s top seller, Paramount’s Terminator: Dark Fate, dropped to No. 2 on both charts.

Rounding out the top five on both charts were Warner’s Joker at No. 4 and Sony Pictures’ Zombieland: Double Tap at No. 5.

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Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 70% of first-week Doctor Sleep unit sales (the film’s director’s cut was offered on the Blu-ray editions); the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray comprised 21% of total Doctor Sleep unit sales.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 51% of both Playing With Fire and Last Christmas sales, and 40% for Good Liar.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Feb. 9, Playing With Fire took the top spot, pushing Terminator: Dark Fate to No. 2.

Doctor Sleep entered the rental chart at No. 3, followed by Joker at No. 4 and Paramount’s Gemini Man at No. 5.

Top 20 Sellers for Week Ended 2-8-20
Top 20 Rentals for Week Ended 2-9-20
Top 20 Selling Blu-ray Discs for Week Ended 2-8-20
Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 2-8-20
Sales Report for Week Ended 2-8-20
Digital Sales Snapshot for Week Ended 2-10-20

 

Merchandising: ‘Doctor Sleep’ Among Latest Best Buy Steelbooks

Exclusives for the Feb. 4 new releases were rather scant. Best Buy, though had a number of new Steelbook Blu-rays available.

Among the week’s theatrical-to-disc newcomers, Best Buy offered a $32.99 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack Steelbook for Warner’s Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining.

Best Buy’s ‘Doctor Sleep’ Steelbook

The other Steelbooks involved catalog titles. One was the $24.99 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray debut of Sony Pictures’ Boyz N the Hood, the 1991 urban drama from director John Singleton.

Best Buy’s ‘Boyz N the Hood’ 4K Steelbook

The other was the 35th anniversary Blu-ray Steelbook of Unviersal Pictures’ The Breakfast Club.

Best Buy’s ‘The Breakfast Club’ Blu-ray Steelbook

Among other noteworthy developments for the week, Target is showing in-store videos promoting a March 17 Blu-ray and DVD street date for Jumanji: The Next Level, though Sony Pictures has yet to announce the home video release of the film.

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Walmart had an exclusive DVD double feature of Doctor Sleep and The Shining, at $22.96.

‘Shining’ Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’ Due on Digital Jan. 21, Disc Feb. 4

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the supernatural thriller Doctor Sleep through digital retailers Jan. 21, and on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Feb. 4.

A follow-up to 1980’s The Shining and based on the novel by Stephen King, Doctor Sleep continues the story of Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor), 40 years after his terrifying stay at the Overlook Hotel. Still coping with his childhood trauma, he encounters a teenager (Kyliegh Curran) who like him also has the shine power, who needs his help against the merciless Rose the Hat (Rebecca Ferguson) and her followers, The True Knot, who feed off the shine of innocents in their quest for immortality.

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The film earned $31.5 million at the domestic box office.

The Blu-ray versions of the film will include Mike Flanagan’s director’s cut of the film, featuring nearly 30 minutes of new, alternate and extended scenes not shown in theaters.

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Extras on the Blu-ray include the featurettes “Return to the Overlook,” “The Making of Doctor Sleep: A New Vision” and “From Shining to Sleep.”

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of Doctor Sleep will feature a Dolby Atmos soundtrack as well as both Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10+