‘The Marksman,’ ‘Justice Society’ Lead Disc Sales Charts

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s The Marksman debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD unit sales, the week ended May 15.

The film, which stars Liam Neeson as an Arizona rancher who agrees to take a migrant boy to Chicago despite being chased by drug lords, was No. 2 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

The No. 1 Blu-ray, and No. 2 on the overall disc chart, was Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Justice Society: World War II, a direct-to-video animated adventure that finds the modern-day Flash going back in time to meet an earlier team of superheroes.

Overall, Justice Society sold 62% as many copies as Marksman, but Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 41% of total Marksman sales, compared with 75% for Justice Society. As Justice Society was widely released only on Blu-ray, that means a Walmart-exclusive DVD edition accounted for 25% of its total unit sales indicating how much influence the retailer still has over the disc market. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray version accounted for 17% of total Justice Society unit sales (meaning 58% was the regular Blu-ray).

The previous week’s top seller on both charts, Warner’s crime drama The Little Things, dropped to No. 3 on the overall disc chart and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart.

No. 4 on both charts, down two spots from the previous week, was Warner’s Wonder Woman 1984 in its seventh week on shelves. That gives the character of Wonder Woman two spots in the top five, as she also plays a major role in Justice Society.

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The No. 3 Blu-ray seller, and No. 8 on the overall disc chart, was the 2004 horror film Saw, getting a boost from Lionsgate’s new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc version, which accounted for almost the entirety of the title’s weekly sales.

Similarly, Universal Pictures’ new 20th anniversary re-release of 2001 animated hit Shrek, with a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in addition to Blu-ray and DVD re-issues, pushed it back onto the both charts at No. 6. The 4K edition accounted for 73% of its total sales, with the regular Blu-ray adding 9%.

Among catalog re-releases from specialty distributors, the new Criterion Collection edition of 1982 comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High was the No. 11 Blu-ray Disc seller, while Shout! Factory’s new Blu-ray of the 1976 King Kong remake was No. 22 on the Blu-ray chart.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended May 16 had The Marksman at No. 1, pushing The Little Things to No. 2.

Paramount heist thriller The Vault, available on disc early at Redbox kiosks, was No. 3, while the Redbox-exclusive Every Breath You Take was No. 4.

Wonder Woman 1984 was the No. 5 rental for the week.

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Top 20 Selling Blu-ray Discs for Week Ended 5-15-21
Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 5-15-21
Sales Report for Week Ended 5-15-21
Digital Transactions Snapshot for Week Ended 5-17-21

Merchandising: New ‘Justice Society,’ Steelbook Exclusives

After weeks of minimal to modest new home video release slates, several of the May 11 titles had retailer-exclusive variants.

Best Buy’s ‘Justice Society: World War II’ 4K combo pack with figurine

Warner’s animated Justice Society: World War II had a couple. Best Buy offered the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition with a pack-in Flash figurine for $33.99. Meanwhile, with the direct-to-video movie being widely released on Blu-ray and 4K formats, Walmart was the only retailer with the DVD edition, at $14.96.

Best Buy offered Steelbooks of three catalog titles arriving on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

One was a Steelbook of Universal’s Shrek: 20th Anniversary Edition, at $22.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Shrek’ 4K Steelbook

Another was a Steelbook for the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of 2004 horror film Saw, at $18.99. The Saw re-release is timed for the May 13 theatrical premiere of the newest franchise installment, Spiral.

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The third involved the 4K Steelbook combo pack of 2001’s The Fast and the Furious, which was a wide release from Universal, but Best Buy offered it as a gift set packed with character cards and a collector’s booklet, at $27.99, about $5 more than the widely released version.