‘Tenet’ Tops Disc Sales Charts for Second Consecutive Week

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Tenet maintained the No. 1 spot for a second consecutive week on both the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Dec. 26.

The thriller from director Christopher Nolan earned $57.9 million from a domestic box office run subdued by the coronavirus pandemic. The film deals with a secret agent who manipulates time in an effort to prevent World War III.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 71% of second-week Tenet sales, down from 82% in week one; the percentage of the film’s overall sales from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray dropped from 46% to 28%.

The No. 2 title on both charts for the second week in a row was 1989’s National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

The week’s top new release was the Universal Pictures’ The War With Grandpa, at No. 14 on the overall disc chart and No. 16 on the Blu-ray chart. The comedy, about a sixth-grader who declares a prank war on his grandfather (Robert De Niro) in an attempt to win his room back, earned $18.5 million at the domestic box office.

The only other new release to crack the overall top 50 disc sellers, at No. 40, was Sony Pictures’ The Craft: Legacy, a follow-up to the 1996 cult horror hit The Craft.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Dec. 27 had War With Grandpa taking over the top spot, pushing Tenet to No. 2.

Paramount’s Love and Monsters debuted at No. 3 on the disc rental chart after becoming available early at Redbox kiosks prior to its wide disc release Jan. 5.

The Craft: Legacy was the No. 6 disc rental.

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‘Christmas Vacation’ Visits No. 1 Spot on ‘Watched at Home’ Chart

The week of Christmas fittingly saw Warner’s National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation move into the No. 1 spot on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart the week ended Dec. 26. The 1989 comedy, the third in the raunchy “Vacation” series, had been No. 4 the previous week.

The previous week’s most-watched title, director Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, also distributed by Warner, dropped to No. 3 on the chart that tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental) compiled from studio and retailer data and presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Warner’s Elf remained in the No. 2 spot.

Another holiday classic getting a bump from Christmas week was Warner’s A Christmas Story. The family comedy from 1983 rose to No. 4, up from No. 10 the previous week.

Completing a clean sweep for Warner in the top five was the eight-film “Harry Potter” collection.

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Among catalog titles new to the chart were 20th Century Studios’ Die Hard, the Christmas-set action classic starring Bruce Willis, at No. 14, and the Bill Murray comedy Scrooged, from Paramount, at No. 19.

The glut of holiday movies pushed season two of Paramount’s “Yellowstone” off the top 20 for the first time since June. The other two seasons remained on the chart, with season three at No. 10 and season one at No. 18.

  1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Warner)
  2. Elf (Warner)
  3. Tenet (Warner)
  4. A Christmas Story (Warner)
  5. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  6. Home Alone (20th Century)
  7. The Grinch (Universal)
  8. The Polar Express (Warner)
  9. Love Actually (Universal)
  10. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  11. Friends: The Complete Series (Warner)
  12. Game of Thrones: The Complete Series (Warner/HBO)
  13. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (20th Century)
  14. Die Hard (20th Century)
  15. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Warner, 1966)
  16. The Office: The Complete Series (Universal)
  17. Unhinged (Lionsgate)
  18. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  19. Scrooged (Paramount)
  20. The New Mutants (Disney/20th Century)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Dec. 26.

‘Christmas Vacation’ Leads Overall Disc Sales; ‘Lord of the Rings’ Is Top Blu-ray

The domestic disc sales charts continue to be dominated by holiday titles in the lead-up to Christmas.

Warner’s National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation jumped to No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, the week ended Dec. 5.

The 1989 film, the third in the “Vacation” series starring Chevy Chase, has achieved a certain status as a holiday classic over the years. It was No. 11 the previous week.

The week’s top Blu-ray Disc was Warner’s The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy, which has been re-released as a number of boxed sets over the years. The latest version is the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray collection released Dec. 1, containing both the theatrical and extended cuts on 4K disc only, with no standard Blu-ray versions or extras.

Similarly, The Hobbit: The Motion Picture Trilogy was the No. 7 Blu-ray seller, also driven by its own new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release, which as with “Lord of the Rings” is a 4K-only disc set with both theatrical and extended cuts of the films, but with no extras. A larger 4K combo pack megaset of both “Middle-Earth” trilogies with bonus features is expected sometime in 2021.

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On the overall disc sales chart, Lord of the Rings was No. 5, and Hobbit was No. 16.

The No. 2 overall seller was Warner’s Elf, which was No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart.

Universal’s animated The Grinch took No. 3 on the overall disc sales chart, and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart.

Warner’s Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection was No. 4 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart.

Rounding out the Blu-ray top five was Disney’s live-action Mulan remake, which was No. 7 overall.

The previous week’s top seller, Warner’s Joker, dropped to No. 23 overall and No. 13 on the Blu-ray chart.

Other holiday movies in the top 20 on the disc sales charts include Warner’s The Polar Express (No. 6 overall, No. 10 Blu-ray), Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Home Alone (No. 8 overall, No. 23 Blu-ray) and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (No. 12 overall), Warner’s A Christmas Story (No. 9 overall, No. 15 Blu-ray), Universal’s release of the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer animated special (No. 10 overall), Warner’s A Charlie Brown Christmas (No. 11 overall, No. 29 Blu-ray), Universal’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas live-action movie (No. 14 overall) and Warner’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas animated special (No. 17 overall, No. 20 Blu-ray).

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Dec. 6, Mulan took the top spot for the second-consecutive week and third time in four weeks.

Lionsgate’s Unhinged remained No. 2 for a second week, while Paramount’s Buddy Games held onto the No. 3 spot, and 20th Century’s The New Mutants stayed at No. 4.

No. 5 was a new release, the horror film The Rental from Shout! Factory.

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