‘Avengers: Endgame’ Top 2019 Seller; ‘It: Chapter Two’ Was Top Disc Seller in December

Movies owned by Walt Disney Studios took four of the top five spots on the list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for 2019, and five of the top 10, according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment finished 2019 with three titles on the top 10, while Sony Pictures had two titles on the list, both “Spider-Man” movies.

The top seller was Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame, which has been the year’s top selling title almost from the moment it came out on Blu-ray and DVD in August.

There was some jostling in the top 10 list for the full year in the final month of 2019, with nine of the 10 titles on the list from November holding on through the end of the year. Warner’s Aquaman, Disney’s Captain Marvel and Disney-owned Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody remained in their respective positions at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4. Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 4 climbed into the No. 5 spot in the final month, pushing Warner’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald to No. 6.

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, distributed by Sony Pictures, locked in at No. 7 for the year. Disney’s photorealistic remake of The Lion King, a late October disc release, climbed to the No. 8 spot for the year, while Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum reached No. 9, pushing Sony’s animated Oscar winner Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse to No. 10.

That dropped Warner’s A Star Is Born remake off the year’s top 10 list.

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For December, Warner’s It: Chapter Two was the month’s top seller. The horror sequel was released on disc Dec. 10.

In fact, the month’s top six titles were all December new releases. No. 2 was Universal’s home video of the Downton Abbey movie, No. 3 was Lionsgate’s Rambo: Last Blood, No. 4 was HBO’s disc of the eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones,” No. 5 was Sony Pictures’ Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and No. 6 was the animated Abominable, from Universal.

Toy Story 4 was No. 7 for the month, while Universal’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, the previous month’s top seller, was No. 10.

Two Christmas catalog titles, Warner’s Elf and Christmas Vacation, were the No. 8 and No. 9 sellers in December, respectively, just like they were a year ago.

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According to NPD, the December 2019 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. It: Chapter Two (Warner)
  2. Downton Abbey: The Motion Picture (Universal)
  3. Rambo: Last Blood (Lionsgate)
  4. Game of Thrones: The Complete Eighth Season (HBO)
  5. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Sony Pictures)
  6. Abominable (Universal)
  7. Toy Story 4 (Disney)
  8. Elf (Warner)
  9. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Warner)
  10. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (Universal)

 

2019 Top 10:

  1. Avengers: Endgame (Disney/Marvel)
  2. Aquaman (Warner)
  3. Captain Marvel (Disney/Marvel)
  4. Bohemian Rhapsody (Fox)
  5. Toy Story 4 (Disney)
  6. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Warner)
  7. Spider-Man: Far From Home (Sony Pictures)
  8. The Lion King (2019) (Disney)
  9. John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum (Lionsgate)
  10. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony Pictures)

 

‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Leads Disc Sales in November

2019 Top-Selling Titles on Disc

‘It: Chapter Two,’ ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Debut Atop Disc Sales Charts

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s It: Chapter Two debuted at No. 1 on both the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc units sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Dec. 14.

The second part of the adaptation of the popular Stephen King Novel focuses on the adult versions of the characters shown fighting the fear monster in 2017’s It: Chapter One. The film earned $211.6 million at the domestic box office.

A collection of both films was No. 18 on the overall sales chart and No. 14 on the Blu-ray chart.

Sony Pictures’ Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was a close No. 2 on both charts, selling 74% as many total copies as the horror sequel, and 86% as many Blu-rays. The latest film from Quentin Tarantino, which re-creates Hollywood in 1969, earned $141 million from U.S. theaters.

The previous week’s top seller, HBO’s Game of Thrones: The Complete Eighth Season, slipped to No. 3 on both charts.

The No. 4 overall seller and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart was Disney’s Toy Story 4.

Universal Pictures’ Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw was no. 5 overall and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

A third newcomer, Universal’s Hustlers, was No. 7 on both charts. The film, based on the true story of a team of strippers who conspire to rip off their Wall Street clients, earned $105 million at the domestic box office.

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Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 63% of total It: Chapter Two sales compared with 72% for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and 52% for Hustlers. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc format accounted for 15% of It: Chapter Two‘s total, 21% for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and 7% for Hustlers.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Dec. 15, It: Chapter Two was No. 1, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was No. 2, and Hustlers was No. 3.

The previous week’s top rental, Lionsgate’s Angel Has Fallen, was No. 4, while Fox’s Ready or Not was No. 5.

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‘It: Chapter Two’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals, ‘Hustlers’ Is On Demand No. 1

Warner’s It: Chapter Two took over the No. 1 spot on the Redbox kiosk disc rental chart the week ended Dec. 15. The Redbox disc rental chart tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

The second part of the adaptation of the Stephen King novel and sequel to the 2017 first chapter earned $211.6 million at the domestic box office.

STX Films’ Hustlers, distributed by Universal Pictures, was No. 3 on the disc rental chart but took over No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital transactions, including both electronic sellthrough and streaming rentals.

Hustlers earned $105 million at the domestic box office.

It: Chapter Two was No. 2 on the On Demand chart.

Sony Pictures’ Once Upon a Time in Hollywood debuted at No. 2 on the disc rental chart and No. 3 on the digital chart. The comedic look at 1969 Hollywood earned $141 million at U.S. theaters.

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The previous week’s top rental and digital title, Lionsgate’s Angel Has Fallen, dropped to No. 4 on both charts.

The thriller Ready or Not, from 20th Century Fox, dropped three spots to No. 5 on both charts.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Dec. 15:

  1. It: Chapter Two — Warner
  2. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood — Sony Pictures
  3. Hustlers — Universal
  4. Angel Has Fallen — Lionsgate
  5. Ready or Not — Fox
  6. Good Boys — Universal
  7. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw — Universal
  8. Dora and the Lost City of Gold — Paramount
  9. The Lion King — Disney
  10. The Kitchen — Warner

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Dec. 15:

  1. Hustlers — STX
  2. It: Chapter Two — Warner
  3. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood — Sony Pictures
  4. Angel Has Fallen — Lionsgate
  5. Ready or Not — Fox
  6. Good Boys — Universal
  7. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle — Sony Pictures
  8. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw — Universal
  9. The Kitchen — Warner
  10. Dora and the Lost City of Gold — Paramount

 

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Merchandising: Exclusives for ‘Once’ and ‘It’

Retailers had plenty of exclusives lined up for Sony Pictures’ Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Warner’s It: Chapter Two for their Blu-ray release Dec. 10.

For Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Target offered a $24.99 Blu-ray with a pack-on replica of a film magazine that focused on the fictional career of Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in the film.

Walmart’s ‘It’ Double Feature Blu-ray

Walmart had a $22.96 Blu-ray with pack-on postcard replicas of posters of the character’s fictional movies.

Packaging for both the Target and Walmart versions was similar in that they had a slipcover with artwork of the exclusive prominently displayed, and the Blu-ray-cased sized exclusive on the back of the case under the shrinkwrap.

Best Buy offered a Steelbook version of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack for $32.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Steelbook

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For It: Chapter Two, Target offered $5 worth of free popcorn and candy with the purchase of the film in any format.

Walmart had an exclusive Blu-ray double feature of the two “It” films for $27.96.

Best Buy’s offered a Steelbook edition of the It: Chapter Two 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray for $34.99.

Best Buy’s ‘It: Chapter Two’ Steelbook

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Target seems to have instituted a new policy regarding DVD and Blu-ray returns. In addition to the standard of only exchanging opened titles with copies of the same title, Target’s computers might allow unopened titles to be exchanged only for a store gift card and not a refund to the original payment method. A clerk at one store didn’t know if this was a temporary change tied to Black Friday promotions or a permanent policy.

Merchandising: Vudu Promotions Tied to ‘It,’ ‘Dora’

Retailers took a break from offering any exclusive deals for the modest new releases of Nov. 19.

Walmart, however, did offer a couple of bonuses tied to its Vudu streaming service.

For $27.96, fans of Warner’s “It” movies could get the first film on Blu-ray with a digital copy, plus a Vudu code for the digital copy of It: Chapter Two.

And Walmart’s copy of Paramount’s Dora and the Lost City of Gold Blu-ray came with a bonus digital copy of Hotel for Dogs, redeemable with the sales receipt.

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