‘Luca’ Tops August Disc Sales

Disney’s Luca earned top honors on the top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for August 2021 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

The Pixar Animation Studios film, which bypassed theaters domestically in favor of a Disney+ streaming debut, arrived on disc Aug. 3, giving it nearly the full month to accumulate retail sales.

The No. 2 seller for the month was Lionsgate’s Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard. The action-comedy sequel was released on disc Aug. 17 and was a top disc on the weekly sales charts for two consecutive weeks.

The No. 3 August seller was Paramount’s suspenseful sequel A Quiet Place Part II, which had been No. 4 in July after just four days of the disc being available that month. It moved up a spot in its first full month of availability.

No. 4 in August was Warner’s 1996 sports comedy Space Jam, which had been No. 3 in July after getting a boost from a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition and the release of a new sequel, Space Jam: A New Legacy. Its sales were strong enough over the past two months to enter the year-to-date top 10 at No. 6.

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The top July title, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Mortal Kombat remake, dropped to No. 5 in August, though it did crack the top 10 for top-selling titles of the year to date.

Other newcomers in the monthly top 10 included Warner’s Batman: The Long Halloween — Part Two at No. 6, Warner’s The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It at No. 8 (after being released the last week of the month), and Warner’s Those Who Wish Me Dead, which took No. 9 after an Aug. 3 disc release.

On the year-to-date chart, August results didn’t alter the top five at all, with Universal’s The Croods: A New Age remaining the year’s top-selling title. But Space Jam and Mortal Kombat climbing into the top 10 pushed Warner’s The Meg and Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection off the list.

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According to NPD, the August 2021 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Luca (Disney)
  2. Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (Lionsgate)
  3. A Quiet Place Part II (Paramount)
  4. Space Jam (Warner)
  5. Mortal Kombat (Warner)
  6. Batman: The Long Halloween — Part Two (Warner)
  7. Godzilla vs. Kong (Warner)
  8. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (Warner)
  9. Those Who Wish Me Dead (Warner)
  10. E.T. — The Extra-Terrestrial (Universal)

 

Year-to-date Top 10 (through August 2021):

  1. The Croods: A New Age (Universal/DreamWorks)
  2. Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner)
  3. Godzilla vs. Kong (Warner)
  4. Raya and the Last Dragon (Disney)
  5. Monster Hunter (Sony Pictures)
  6. Space Jam (Warner)
  7. News of the World (Universal)
  8. Soul (Disney)
  9. Tom & Jerry (2021, Warner)
  10. Mortal Kombat (2021, Warner)

 

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‘Luca’ Tops Disc Sales for Second Week; ‘Batman’ Leads Blu-ray Sales

Disney’s Luca remained No. 1 for a second consecutive week on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, the week ended Aug. 14. In its second week on disc, the Pixar animated movie fell to No. 2 on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

The top Blu-ray Disc seller, and No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart, was the newly released Batman: The Long Halloween — Part Two, a direct-to-video animated superhero movie from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Blu-ray disc accounted for 85% of the new “Batman” movie, an adaptation of a 1990s comic book storyline; the first part hit Blu-ray in June.

No. 3 on both charts was Paramount’s A Quiet Place Part II, down a spot from the previous week.

The No. 4 overall disc seller, and No. 17 on the Blu-ray Disc chart, was Warner’s 1996 sports comedy Space Jam.

Another Warner title, the remake of Mortal Kombat, the latest adaptation of the video game, was No. 5 overall and No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

The No. 5 Blu-ray Disc seller (No. 6 on the overall chart) was Warner’s Godzilla vs. Kong.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Aug. 15 had A Quiet Place Part II in the top sport for a third week.

Paramount’s The Misfits debuted as the No. 2 disc rental, while Warner’s Those Who Wish Me Dead dropped a spot to No. 3.

Another newcomer, the thriller Till Death from Screen Media, entered the rental chart at No. 4, followed by Warner’s Wrath of Man at No. 5.

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Top 20 Blu-ray Market Share for Week Ended 8-14-21
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‘Luca’ Swims to Top of Disc Sales Charts

Disney’s Luca debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, the week ended Aug. 7.

The latest animated movie from Pixar bypassed theaters during the pandemic and was released directly to the Disney+ streaming service in June. The film tells the story of a young sea monster who assumes human form to explore a seaside Italian town.

The previous week’s top seller, Paramount’s suspenseful sequel A Quiet Place Part II, slipped to No. 2 on both charts in its second week. The Blu-ray collection of both “Quiet Place” movies dropped to No. 11 on the overall chart and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart.

Likewise, Warner’s Mortal Kombat remake slid another spot to No. 3 on both chart in its fourth week on shelves.

The No. 4 overall disc seller was Warner’s 1996 sports comedy Space Jam, continuing to get a boost from the release of follow up Space Jam: A New Legacy. It was the No. 18 Blu-ray.

Another newcomer, Warner’s Those Who Wish Me Dead, debuted at No. 5 on the overall disc chart, and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart. The action thriller stars Angelina Jolie as a firefighter protecting a boy from assassins. It earned just over $7 million at the domestic box office.

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A third newcomer in the top 10 was 1986’s The Transformers: The Movie, thanks to a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from Shout! Factory. A special Steelbook 4K combo pack was released to mark the 35th anniversary of the animated movie based on the Hasbro toy line of robots that transform into vehicles and weapons. It was the No. 4 Blu-ray seller (No. 9 on the overall chart), with 99.8% of its total unit sales being of the 4K version.

Blu-ray formats accounted for 67% of first-week Luca unit sales, with the 4K version accounting for 10% of its total sales (meaning 57% was the regular Blu-ray edition). Those Who Wish Me Dead had 44% of its first-week sales from its Blu-ray version.

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The Media Play News rental chart the week ended Aug. 8 saw A Quiet Place Part II taking No. 1 for a second week, with Those Who Wish Me Dead debuting at No. 2.

Warner’s Wrath of Man dropped a spot to No. 3, following by Lionsgate’s Spiral: From the Book of Saw at No. 4, and Lionsgate’s Midnight in the Switchgrass at No. 5.

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Sales Report for Week Ended 8-7-21
Digital Transactions Snapshot for Week Ended 8-9-21

Merchandising: ‘Luca’ Exclusives Hit Shelves

Disney released Pixar Animation’s Luca on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on Aug. 3, drawing exclusive editions from Target and Best Buy.

Target offered the 4K combo pack of Luca with exclusive box art and pack-in lithograph art cards for $34.99.

Best Buy, as usual, offered the 4K combo pack in Steelbook packaging for $34.99.

Best Buy’s ‘Luca’ 4K Steelbook

Walmart offered the Luca 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with exclusive box art and a code for a Disney Classic Stories e-book at $32.96.

Walmart’s ‘Luca’ 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with e-book

A few days before street date, Disney announced a partnership with Postable to promote the film’s release on home platforms.

Timed with International Friendship Day, the promotion allowed fans to send physical postcards featuring movie characters Luca, Alberto and Giulia, with four greeting options each showing appreciation for companionship, adventure and acceptance.

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Set in a seaside town on the Italian Riviera, Luca is a coming-of-age story about a young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer. Luca shares his amazing adventures with his friend Alberto. But their fun is threatened by a deeply held secret: They’re sea monsters from a world below the water’s surface.

Disney first released the film June 18 exclusively to Disney+ subscribers for free.

Disney Partners With Postable to Promote ‘Luca’ Home Entertainment Release

Disney is partnering with Postable to promote the transactional digital, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray and DVD release of Pixar Animation’s Luca on Aug. 3.

To help market the retail release, Disney and Pixar are celebrating International Friendship Day by partnering with the online postcard snail mail sender to help friends say “ciao.” Movie fans can send physical postcards featuring movie characters Luca, Alberto and Giulia, with four greeting options each showing appreciation for companionship, adventure and acceptance while supplies last.

To send a Luca postcard, consumers can visit https://www.postable.com/luca, type a personal message, add their name and address, and Postable will mail the postcard free of charge.

Disney has also released a new Luca in-home trailer, which includes two alternate openings, deleted scenes and related bonus features.

Set in a seaside town on the Italian Riviera, Luca is a coming-of-age story about a young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer. Luca shares his amazing adventures with his friend Alberto. But their fun is threatened by a deeply held secret: They’re sea monsters from a world below the water’s surface.

Disney first released the erstwhile theatrical release June 18 exclusively to Disney+ subscribers for free.

Nielsen: ‘Manifest,’ ‘Luca’ Top Weekly Streamed TV Show, Movie Through June 27

Netflix’s pick-up of canceled NBC TV series “Manifest” continued to pay dividends for the streaming behemoth, generating a whopping 2 billion minutes streamed across 29 episodes on U.S. household televisions for the week ending June 27, according to new data from Nielsen.

The series, which tracked 2.49 billion minutes in its premiere over-the-top video week, stayed atop the chart for the second consecutive week, besting Disney+ original movie Luca with 1.7 billion minutes. “Loki” finished No. 1 for original TV shows with 713 million minutes streamed across three episodes on Disney+.

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Licensed TV Shows:

Movies:
Rank

SVOD Provider

Program Name

Number of Episodes

Minutes Streamed
(Millions)

1 DISNEY+ LOKI 3 713
2 NETFLIX LUCIFER 83 603
3 AMAZON BOSCH 64 423
4 NETFLIX WORKIN’ MOMS 57 394
5 NETFLIX SWEET TOOTH 8 359
6 NETFLIX BLACK SUMMER 15 297
7 HULU THE HANDMAID’S TALE 46 266
8 NETFLIX WORLD’S MOST AMAZING VACATION RENTALS 8 253
9 NETFLIX TOO HOT TO HANDLE 13 190
10 NETFLIX ELITE 31 171

Original Movies:

Rank

SVOD Provider

Program Name

Number

Minutes Streamed
(Millions)

1 DISNEY+ LUCA (2021) 1 1,710
2 NETFLIX FATHERHOOD (2021) 1 885
3 NETFLIX THE ICE ROAD (2021) 1 714
4 DISNEY+ RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON 1 407
5 NETFLIX WISH DRAGON (2021) 1 346
6 NETFLIX GOOD ON PAPER (2021) 1 279
7 NETFLIX HOME (2015) 1 136
8 DISNEY+ MOANA 1 135
9 NETFLIX THE MITCHELLS VS. THE MACHINES 1 131
10 DISNEY+ CRUELLA 1 101