‘Glass’ Tops Disc Sales Chart in Second Week

A week after a quirk in retail exclusives kept Universal Pictures’ Glass from being listed at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, the M. Night Shyamalan thriller assumed the top spot the week ended April 27.

No. 2 on the overall chart and No. 1 on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart for a second week was Funimation’s Dragon Ball Super: Broly, which sold 98.7% as many copies as Glass.

Glass was No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Aquaman was No. 3 on the overall sales chart and No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart.

Paramount’s Bumblebee landed at No. 4 on both charts.

The top new release for the week was Sony Pictures’ Escape Room, which debuted at No. 5 overall and No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart. The horror film earned $57 million at the domestic box office.

The No. 5 Blu-ray was a re-release of 20th Century Fox’s 1979 sci-fi classic Alien, which recently debuted on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. Alien was No. 8 on the overall sales chart.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended April 28, Glass topped the chart for a second week, with Escape Room debuting at No. 2.

Warner’s The Mule took No. 3, followed by Aquaman at No. 4 and Bumblebee at No. 5.

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Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 4-27-19
Sales Report for Week Ended 4-27-19
Digital Sales Snapshot for Week Ended 4-29-19

‘Aquaman’ Tops Disc Sales Chart, Though More People Bought ‘Glass’

A retail exclusive had a big impact on the national home video sales rankings the week ended April 20.

Nominally, the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, saw Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Aquaman return to the top spot in its fourth week on shelves.

Debuting at No. 2 on the overall chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart was Universal Pictures’ Glass, the latest thriller from M. Night Shyamalan that serves as a sequel to both 2000’s Unbreakable and 2016’s Split. It earned $111 million at the domestic box office.

However, Walmart offered an exclusive triple-feature Blu-ray containing the three films, an option chosen by many consumers to obtain their copy of Glass.

The standalone version of Glass sold 90% as many copies as the No. 1 overall title, and the trilogy sold 14%. Combined, that would mean more people bought Glass during the week than any other movie.

The top reported Blu-ray Disc seller was the newly released anime movie Dragon Ball Super: Broly, which earned $30.7 million at the domestic box office. Aquaman was No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart.

The standalone Glass sold 79% as many copies as Broly, while the trilogy sold 20%, so the combined tally wouldn’t have been enough to make it the top seller.

No. 4 on both charts was Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, followed at No. 5 by Paramount’s Bumblebee.

Among the week’s other new releases, Warner’s direct-to-video animated movie Justice League vs. The Fatal Five debuted at No. 12 overall and No. 8 on the Blu-ray chart.

Fox’s The Kid Who Would Be King debuted at No. 11 overall and No. 13 on the Blu-ray chart.

Lionsgate’s sci-fi thriller Replicas bowed at No. 14 overall and No. 17 on the Blu-ray chart.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 84% of first-week Broly sales, compared with 61% for Glass, 55% for Kid and 51% for Replicas.

Fatal Five, which was released only on Blu-ray combo pack formats, had 11% of its sales come from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. UHD Blu-ray accounted for 12% of Glass sales and 6% for Kid.

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On Media Play News‘ rental chart for the week ended April 21, Glass debuted at No. 1, while Warner’s The Mule held onto the No. 2 spot.

Sony Pictures’ Holmes & Watson, the previous week’s top rental, fell to No. 3. Replicas debuted at No. 4 and Bumblebee slipped to No. 5.

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Sales Report for Week Ended 4-20-19
Digital Sales Snapshot for Week Ended 4-22-19

‘Glass’ Tops Redbox Disc and Digital Charts

Universal’s Glass took the top spot on both the Redbox disc rental and digital charts for the week ended April 21.

The latest thriller written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan is a sequel to both 2000’s Unbreakable and 2016’s Split, and unites the casts of those two films. Glass debuted in the No. 1 spot on the Redbox kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red vending machines, as well as the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals.

Clint Eastwood’s The Mule was No. 2 on both charts.

Holmes & Watson, a sendup of the classic Sherlock Holmes mysteries, dropped to No. 3 on the disc rental chart and No. 7 on Redbox’s digital chart.

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Warner’s Aquaman was No. 6 on the disc rental chart and No. 3 on the digital chart.

Other new releases on Redbox’s top 10 charts for the week included Lionsgate’s Replicas, which was No. 4 on the disc rental chart and No. 5 on the digital chart, and Fox’s The Kid Who Would Be King, the No. 8 disc rental and No. 10 digital title.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended April 21:

  1. Glass (New) Universal
  2. The Mule — Warner
  3. Holmes & Watson — Sony
  4. Replicas (New) — Lionsgate
  5. Bumblebee — Paramount
  6. Aquaman— Warner
  7. A Dog’s Way Home — Sony
  8. The Kid Who Would Be King (New) — Fox
  9. Second Act — Universal
  10. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse — Sony

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended April 21:

  1. Glass Universal
  2. The Mule— Warner
  3. Aquaman— Warner
  4. A Star Is Born (2018) — Warner
  5. Replicas — Lionsgate
  6. Bumblebee— Paramount
  7. Holmes & Watson— Sony
  8. Instant Family — Paramount
  9. A Dog’s Way Home — Sony
  10. The Kid Who Would Be King — Fox

Glass

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 4/16/19;
Universal;
Thriller;
Box Office $111.04 million;
$28.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray, $44.98 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for violence including some bloody images, thematic elements, and language.
Stars James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Sarah Paulson, Spencer Treat Clark, Charlayne Woodard.

After a career of gimmicky storytelling and a reputation for surprise plot twists, M. Night Shyamalan presents a class in subverting expectations with Glass.

However, the approach employed in connecting two of his most memorable films has left a lot of fans scratching their heads over whether it was worth the wait.

Fans of Shyamalan’s 2000 superhero movie deconstruction Unbreakable had been clamoring for a sequel since it was released, but hopes for one diminished as the years ticked away, particularly as the quality of the writer-director’s output declined in the eyes of critics and audiences alike.

In the midst of a bit of a career renaissance, however, Shyamalan dropped a cameo into 2016’s Split that brought the prospects of that long-awaited sequel back to the forefront.

In particular, with respect to spoiler concerns, an appearance by Bruce Willis in Split as his Unbreakable character teased an eventual confrontation between his strongman hero and the multiple personalities of James McAvoy’s Split psychopath.

And while they do face off in Glass, the bulk of the film involves them being captured and committed to an insane asylum for treatment alongside Unbreakable villain Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson). Their doctor (Sarah Paulson) hopes to convince them that their abilities are not superhuman at all, but the result of self-delusion and some freaky but explainable physical tricks.

While it’s fun to see the lead trio and some of the supporting cast return to their roles, watching them end up in a group therapy session is not exactly where audiences were expecting this to go. Though with Mr. Glass involved, viewers can rest assured that whatever return to normalcy the doctor has in mind is probably not going to be in the cards, especially with a potential showdown over the fate of a highrise looming.

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McAvoy’s character from Split, it turns out, was originally from a draft of Unbreakable, but removed due to plot complications his presence was causing in the screenplay. As a result, the characters from the two films mesh well together and pave the way for a few more surprises Shyamalan has up his sleeve to round out what has come to be known as the “East-Rail 177 Trilogy,” after the train derailment that kicks off the first film.

According to Shyamalan in the Blu-ray bonus materials, the first cut of the film was 3 hours and 20 minutes, meaning that more than an hour was sliced out to achieve the final 2-hour-9-minute run time. About 14 minutes of this material is offered as deleted scenes on the disc, with optional introductions for each by Shyamalan. There’s also an alternate opening sequence that runs a couple of minutes as well.

The bulk of the extras are about 40 minutes of various behind-the-scenes featurettes, covering both the making of this film and the elements that were established in the two previous entries.

“The Collection of Main Characters” runs 8:43 and profiles both the three lead characters and the actors who play them.

“A Conversation With James McAvoy and M. Night Shyamalan” is a 5:10 segment of the pair interviewing each other.

The 2:54 “Bringing the Team Back Together” looks at the various members of the cast and crew who previously worked with Shyamalan.

The 2:16 “Raven Hill Memorial” chronicles filming at an old asylum, and the 1:56 “Night Vision” delves into bringing the film’s storyboards to life.

Rounding out the list are “David Dunn vs. The Beast” (2:11) “Glass Decoded” (2:52), “Breaking Glass: The Stunts” (1:28), “Connecting the Glass Universe” (2:54), “M. Night Shyamalan: Behind the Lens” (2:46), “The Sound of Glass” (1:50) and “Enhancing the Spectacle” (2:53).

Merchandising: ‘Glass’ Among Several Retailer Exclusives

Best Buy’s ‘Glass’ Blu-ray with art cards

The big three retailers offered exclusive editions for several of the titles released April 16.

For Universal’s Glass, Target offered a $27.99 Blu-ray combo pack with box art by Alex Ross and Steelbook packaging.

Target’s ‘Glass’ Steelbook

Best Buy, which is typically known for Steelbook exclusives, instead offered the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack of Glass with special slipcover art and three art cards of the main characters from the film.

Walmart’s exclusive was a triple-feature Blu-ray of M. Night Shyamalan’s “Eastrail 177 Trilogy,” grouping Glass with predecessors Unbreakable and Split, for $29.96. Eastrail 177 is the name of the train that derails in the first film, Unbreakable.

Target’s ‘Justice League vs. The Fatal Five’ Steelbook

Target had another Steelbook edition during the week, in the form of Warner’s Justice League vs. The Fatal Five Blu-ray combo pack.

Best Buy ‘Justice League vs The Fatal Five’ Blu-ray with Star Boy figure

Best Buy offered the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of the animated superhero film with a pack-in Star Boy fiture for $33.99.

A third title to arrive during the week with retail exclusive editions was Funimation’s Dragon Ball Super: Broly — The Movie. Best Buy had a Steelbook edition of the Blu-ray for $27.99, while Walmart had lenticular box art for $19.96.

Best Buy’s ‘Dragon Ball Super: Broly’ Steelbook

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