‘1917’ Tops Disc Sales; ‘My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising’ Repeats as No. 1 Blu-ray

The relative lack of new impactful DVD and Blu-ray releases combined with stores transitioning into the holiday shopping season yielded a catalog free-for-all on the national disc sales charts the week ended Nov. 7.

The first week after Halloween saw most of the spooky favorites that dominated the charts the previous two months fade away, while a selection of Christmas favorites are beginning to surge again due to clearance promotions and not much in the way of new competition to keep catalog fare in general from taking over.

The week’s top title on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, was Universal Pictures’ 1917, the Award-winning World War I drama first released on disc in March. It had been No. 24 a week earlier. It marks the film’s second time in the top spot, which it previously occupied upon its debut 32 weeks ago just as the coronavirus pandemic lockdowns were beginning.

On the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart, however, 1917 was No. 3, rising eight spots from the previous week. The top Blu-ray for a second-consecutive week was Funimation’s anime movie My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising, which was No. 3 on the overall disc chart. The film is one of the few recent releases on the chart, and its ability to rise above the fray on the Blu-ray battlefield is likely due to the fact that it was released only as a Blu-ray combo pack (with a DVD and digital copy).

Also making a huge jump during the week was Warner’s Joker, to No. 2 on both charts. The previous week it was No. 58 overall.

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The week’s top new release, at No. 4 overall and No. 8 on the Blu-ray Disc chart, was Liongate’s Antebellum, the horror film about a modern-day black woman who finds herself transported back in time to pre-Civil War slavery days where she must confront the racist attitudes of the time. Just 47% of its overall sales came from the Blu-ray Disc format, but 12% of its total was from the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray version (translating to more than 25% of its Blu-ray sales).

Rounding out the top five overall disc sellers was Warner’s Birds of Prey, which jumped up from No. 95 a week earlier. It was No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

Lionsgate’s Knives Out was the No. 5 Blu-ray seller, No. 9 on the overall disc chart.

Among the Christmas favorites to return to the fold were Warner’s A Charlie Brown Christmas at No. 11 overall, DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls Holiday at No. 15, Universal’s 2018 animated movie The Grinch at No. 18 (up from 169 the week before), Warner’s Elf at No. 24, and Warner’s The Polar Express at No. 30.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Nov. 8, Antebellum debuted at No. 1, followed by Redbox’s An Imperfect Murder at No. 2.

The previous week’s top rental, Lionsgate’s Friendsgiving, dropped to No. 3, while not cracking the top 50 sales charts in either of its two weeks on shelves.

Rounding out the top five were Paramount’s The Vanished and Redbox’s Ava.

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Digital Sales Snapshot for Week Ended 11-9-20

‘Hocus Pocus’ Tops Disc Sales Again While Anime Movie Claims No. 1 Blu-ray Spot

Disney’s Hocus Pocus topped the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, the week ended Oct. 31, its fourth time in the top spot in the five weeks leading up to Halloween. It maintained the No. 3 spot on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

The 1993 film, about three sisters tried as witches in Salem and resurrected in modern times, as always been a top seller during the spooky season, but has been particularly dominate relative to other discs due to the lightened load of new releases during the coronavirus pandemic, which has allowed catalog titles to dominate the disc charts in general.

Other discs getting a boost from the lead-up to Halloween include Disney’s The Nightmare Before Christmas at No. 3 (No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart), Warner’s Beetlejuice at No. 4 (No. 8 Blu-ray), Warner’s It: Chapter One at No. 5, Universal’s Tremors: Shrieker Island at No. 6 (No. 5 Blu-ray chart), Warner’s The Meg at No. 8, the 1978 original Halloween from Lionsgate at No. 9, Universal’s 2018 remake of Halloween at No. 10 (No. 16 Blu-ray), Paramount’s A Quiet Place at No. 12 (No. 18 Blu-ray), Disney’s Halloweentown I & II double feature at No. 13, Lionsgate’s eight-film “Saw” collection at No. 19 (No. 10 Blu-ray), and Paramount’s Addams Family/Addams Family Values double feature at No. 20 (No. 25 Blu-ray).

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The top new release was Funimation’s My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising, which was the No. 2 overall seller and No. 1 on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart. Based on the “My Hero Academia” manga franchise, the film earned more than $13 million during a limited box office run in U.S. theaters in December 2019, but didn’t make its way to home video until October, when it became available via digital sellthrough and as a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital combo pack.

The only other new release in the top 20, at No. 16, was Universal’s Fatima, a DVD-only historical drama about a trio of girls who witness a vision of the Virgin Mary in Portugal during World War I.

The previous week’s top-selling Blu-ray, Universal’s Back to the Future Trilogy re-release, slipped to No. 2 (No. 7 on the overall disc sales chart). Warner’s Batman: Death in the Family slipped two spots to No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart (and was down from No. 9 to No. 37 on the overall disc chart).

The Blu-ray Disc chart also saw a few catalog re-releases pop into the top 30. The Criterion Collection’s deluxe edition Blu-ray of 2019 Best Picture Oscar winner Parasite was No. 9, while Arrow Video’s remastered edition of 1984’s The Last Starfighter debuted at No. 23. And Lionsgate’s 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook boxed set of the five “Rambo” films, a Best Buy exclusive, was No. 29.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Nov. 1 had Lionsgate’s Friendsgiving debut at No. 1. The comedy stars Malin Akerman and Kat Dennings as a pair of thirtysomethings who decide to skip Thanksgiving with their families and host their own for their friends.

The previous week’s top disc rental, Paramount’s The Vanished, slipped to No. 2, followed by Well Go USA’s heist film Cut Throat City at No. 3.

Rounding out the top five rentals were Lionsgate’s The Doorman at No. 4 (down two spots) and RLJE Films’ The Tax Collector holding steady at No. 5.

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Sales Report for Week Ended 10-31-20
Digital Sales Snapshot for Week Ended 11-2-20

FYE Partners With Funimation on Exclusive ‘My Hero Academia’ Products

Trans World Entertainment’s FYE retail chain has collaborated with anime giant Funimation on a collection of “My Hero Academia”-themed products, available now exclusively at FYE stores and www.FYE.com for a limited time.

FYE and Funimation partnered with Japan Crate to create an exclusive triple-collaboration “My Hero Academia Crate.” The crates feature an assortment of “My Hero Academia”-themed sweets and snacks from Japan. All crates include a free trial subscription to the FunimationNow anime streaming service.

Also part of the collaboration are “Plus Ultra Cereal,” packed with Ultra Berry Blast cereal, and “Bakugo’s Explosion Chocolate Bar,” with popping candy inside.

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The new season of “My Hero Academia” is streaming now on FunimationNow and Hulu.