‘Love and Monsters’ Fights to No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts

Paramount’s Love and Monsters debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray sales chart the week ended Jan. 9.

The film, a post-apocalyptic actioner about a man traveling through a world populated by mutant creatures in order to reconnect with his girlfriend, earned $1 million at the domestic box office.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 56% of total Love and Monster sales, with the 4K Ultra HD version comprising 15% of its total.

Warner’s Tenet, which had been the top-selling disc the previous three weeks, dropped to No. 2.

Dropping a spot to No. 3 on both charts was Unviersal’s Liam Neeson-starrer Honest Thief.

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Rounding out the top five overall discs were Paramount’s Yellowstone: Season 3 at No. 4, and Universal’s The Office: The Complete Series at No. 5.

On the Blu-ray chart, No. 4 was Warner’s eight-film “Harry Potter” collection (which was No. 8 overall), followed at No. 5 by Universal’s 1917 (No. 12 overall).

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Jan. 10 was unchanged from the week before. Honest Thief repeated at No. 1, Universal’s The War With Grandpa was No. 2, Tenet was No. 3, Love and Monsters was No. 4 and Vertical Entertainment’s The Informer was No. 5.

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‘Tenet’ Leads Disc Sales in December While ‘Frozen II’ Finishes as Top Seller for 2020

While spending three weeks on top of the U.S. DVD and Blu-ray sales charts was enough for Tenet to become the top-selling title for the month of December, it wasn’t enough to break through onto the year’s top 10 — a list dominated by titles from earlier in the year before the coronavirus pandemic began to impact the release slate.

The top-selling domestic disc of the year, according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service, was Disney’s Frozen II, which pretty much grabbed the year’s No. 1 spot upon its release at the end of February.

An analysis of the year’s top 10 disc sellers is available here. The titles in the year’s top 10 remained unchanged from November, though Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog climbed a couple spots to finish the year at No. 7 thanks to a sales boost from a year-end Blu-ray re-release.

Meanwhile, Warner’s Tenet was No. 1 during the last month of the year after a Dec. 15 disc release. The latest thriller from director Christopher Nolan had been the subject of much discussion and fan interest during the pandemic, and also didn’t have much else in the way of major new discs in the final weeks of the year. Its underwhelming box office haul, including just $57.9 million in a domestic market severely hampered by theater closures and a virus-wary public, reportedly prompted WarnerMedia to switch its release strategy for the next year to put new movies on HBO Max concurrently with their theatrical releases.

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Warner ended up with six of the top 10 December sellers, a bunch of them being classic Christmas movies. The No. 2 December disc was National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, while No. 4 was Elf, No. 6 was A Christmas Story and No. 7 was The Polar Express. No. 9 was Warner’s eight-film “Harry Potter” collection, which was been a top-seller for most of the last half of the year (it was No. 4 in November).

The only other new release on the December top 10 was Paramount’s Yellowstone: Season 3, a rare instance of a TV-based disc release cracking the top 10.

Rounding out the top five was another holiday favorite, Universal’s 2018 animated adaptation The Grinch, up from No. 2 in November.

The top seller from November, Disney’s live-action Mulan remake, slipped to No. 8 in December.

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According to NPD, the December 2020 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Tenet (Warner)
  2. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Warner)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  4. Elf (Warner)
  5. The Grinch (Universal)
  6. A Christmas Story (Warner)
  7. The Polar Express (Warner)
  8. Mulan (2020)(Disney)
  9. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  10. Home Alone (20th Century)

 

2020 Top 10:

  1. Frozen II (Disney)
  2. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney/Lucasfilm)
  3. Joker (Warner)
  4. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures)
  5. 1917 (Universal)
  6. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  7. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  8. Midway (2019) (Lionsgate)
  9. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Disney)
  10. Bad Boys for Life (Sony Pictures)

 

November Domestic Disc Sales Crown Goes to Live-Action ‘Mulan’

‘Tenet’ Spends Third Week Atop Disc Sales Charts

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Tenet maintained the No. 1 spot for a third 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 Jan. 2.

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.

Newcomer Honest Thief, from Universal Pictures, debuted at No. 2 on both charts. The film stars Liam Neeson as a back robber who gives up his life of crime for the love of a woman, only to be pursued by corrupt FBI agents hunting his loot. The film, the only new release in the week’s top 50, earned $14 million at the domestic box office.

Paramount’s Yellowstone: Season 3 rose five spots to No. 3 on the overall disc sales chart, and was No. 14 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

Universal Pictures’ The War With Grandpa climbed 10 spots to No. 4 on the overall disc chart and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart.

Rounding out the top five overall discs was Disney’s live-action Mulan remake at No. 5, and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

On the Blu-ray chart, Warner’s eight-film “Harry Potter” collection was No. 3 (No. 6 overall), while Universal’s 1917 was No. 5 (No. 8 overall).

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Jan. 3 had Honest Thief taking over the top spot, pushing War With Grandpa to No. 2 and Tenet to No. 3.

Paramount’s Love and Monsters was No. 4, followed by Vertical’s The Informer at No. 5.

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‘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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Samsung, Roku, Sonos Among Top Brands in NPD’s Consumer Electronics Awards

The NPD Group’s technology division announced the winners of its annual Consumer Electronics Industry Performance Awards, honoring Samsung for its LCD TVs, Sonos for its soundbars and Roku for its streaming media player, among other companies.

Among the top increases in market share in North America, Samsung took the top prize for LCD TVs. Among the fastest-turning brands per item in the United States, Canada and Mexico, Sonos was the top U.S. soundbar. And among the top increases in online market share in the United States, Roku was the top streaming media player.

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“After an unprecedented year, we at NPD are excited to take a moment to acknowledge the many silver linings the consumer technology market experienced in the midst of the pandemic,” Ian Hamilton, president, technology sector, The NPD Group, said in a statement. “In this fifth year of our CE Industry Performance Awards we are recognizing brands that saw success providing consumers with products that enabled them to work and learn from home, as well as stay entertained and connected in their downtime. Congratulations to all award winners — we wish everyone a healthy and successful 2021.”

‘Tenet’ Home Video Debut Dominates Disc Sales Charts

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Tenet debuted at No. 1 on 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. 19.

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 82% of first-week Tenet sales; 46% of the total was the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc version.

The No. 2 title on both charts, 1989’s National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, sold 40% as many copies as Tenet, 18% as many Blu-rays.

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Tenet was also No. 1 on the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Dec. 20, pushing Paramount’s Fatman to No. 2.

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November Domestic Disc Sales Crown Goes to Live-Action ‘Mulan’

Disney’s live-action Mulan was No. 1 on the domestic top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for November 2020 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service. The actioner based on the ancient Chinese folklore about a young woman who poses as a man to serve in the military was the weekly best-seller for two weeks following its Nov. 10 DVD and Blu-ray release.

The remainder of the month’s top 10 chart consisted entirely of earlier releases and catalog fare.

November’s No. 2 title was a movie from 2018: Universal’s animated The Grinch.

Two Warner releases took the next two spots, with Joker at No. 3 and the Harry Potter 8-Film Collection at No. 4 — the latter being the only holdover from the previous month to remain in the top 10. The “Harry Potter” collection was also No. 4 in October.

Rounding out the top five was Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog, a film from earlier in 2020 that got a bit of a boost from a Nov. 24 limited-edition Blu-ray re-release containing character poster cards.

Among other titles, Warner’s Birds of Prey jumped from No. 82 in October to No. 6 in November, while the same studio’s Scoob! moved up four spots to No. 7.

Universal’s Trolls World Tour jumped back into the top 10 at No. 8, after landing at No. 30 in October. Rounding out the top 10 were Sony Pictures’ Jumanji: The Next Level at No. 9, and Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ 1990 holiday favorite Home Alone at No. 10.

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The resurgence of some of the 2020’s earlier releases caused the year’s list of top 10 sellers to shift a bit. The top four remained unchanged, led by Disney’s Frozen II, which has been the year’s best seller since February. Disney’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker remains in the No. 2 spot, while Joker holds steady at No. 3, and Jumanji: The Next Level maintains No. 4.

Moving up one spots to No. 5 was Universal’s 1917, while Trolls World Tour climbed three spots to No. 6. Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys for Life dropped two spots to No. 10, and Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil dropped three spots to No. 8. Lionsgate’s Midway remained at No. 7.

Sonic the Hedgehog, which had been No. 11 after October, cracked the top 10 for the first time, moving into the N0. 9 position. That pushed another Paramount movie, Terminator: Dark Fate, off the year’s Top 10 rankings.

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According to NPD, the November 2020 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Mulan (2020)(Disney)
  2. The Grinch (Universal)
  3. Joker (Warner)
  4. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  5. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  6. Birds of Prey … (Warner)
  7. Scoob! (Warner)
  8. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  9. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures)
  10. Home Alone (20th Century)

 

Year-to-date Top 10 (through November 2020):

  1. Frozen II (Disney)
  2. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney/Lucasfilm)
  3. Joker (Warner)
  4. Jumanji: The Next Level (Sony Pictures)
  5. 1917 (Universal)
  6. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  7. Midway (2019) (Lionsgate)
  8. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Disney)
  9. Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)
  10. Bad Boys for Life (Sony Pictures)

 

‘Hocus Pocus’ Leads October Disc Sales to Top Chart for Second Month

‘Yellowstone’ Season Three Tops Disc Sales Chart

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Yellowstone: Season 3 debuted at No. 1 the week ended Dec. 12 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales in the United States. It was No. 6 on the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

A DVD gift set of all three seasons of the Paramount Network series landed at No. 12 on the domestic disc sales chart. Season one was No. 38 and season two was No. 51.

With the success of the latest season and the gift set, which sold out at Amazon, Paramount announced that the show’s three seasons have cumulatively sold 1 million copies on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

The No. 1 Blu-ray Disc seller the week ended Dec. 12 was Disney’s live-action Mulan, which was No. 6 on the overall disc chart.

Otherwise, holiday titles continued to dominate disc sales. The previous week’s top seller, 1989’s National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, from Warner, dropped to No. 2 overall and remained No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

Warner’s Elf was No. 3 on the overall disc chart and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart, while Universal’s animated The Grinch was No. 4 overall and the No. 2 Blu-ray. Rounding out the overall top five was Warner’s The Polar Express, which was the No. 10 Blu-ray.

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Paramount’s Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone, a new edit of The Godfather Part III from director Francis Ford Coppola available only on Blu-ray, debuted at No. 3 on the high-def disc chart. It was No. 17 overall.

A new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition of 1990’s Total Recall helped push the Lionsgate-distributed sci-fi actioner back onto the charts at No. 23 overall and No. 9 on the Blu-ray chart.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Dec. 13 saw Paramount’s Fatman take over the No. 1 spot. The film, which stars Mel Gibson as a gun-toting Santa fighting for his life against an assassin hired by a kid who’s mad about his Christmas presents, was made available for disc rental at Redbox a month before its wide DVD and Blu-ray release.

Lionsgate’s Unhinged remained No. 2, with Mulan falling to No. 3 after spending three of the previous four weeks in the top spot.

Paramount’s Buddy Games was No. 4, with Disney-owned 20th Century’s The New Mutants at No. 5.

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‘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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Thanksgiving Discounts Push ‘Joker’ Back to No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts

Warner’s Joker returned to the top spot on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, as well as the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Nov. 28.

The film, based on the Batman villain from DC Comics, was previously the top title for a week in January upon its release on DVD and Blu-ray. It had been No. 2 in the week leading up to Black Friday, and retailers extending deep discount deals earlier in the week due to the coronavirus pandemic, including on home media, was enough to push it to the top of the sales charts.

Blu-ray Disc formats accounted for 65% of Joker sales for the week.

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Disney’s live-action Mulan, which had topped disc sales the previous two weeks, fell to No. 7 on both charts.

No new releases made it onto the top 50 chart for the week, with the possible exception of Paramount’s Nov. 24 re-release of Sonic the Hedgehog as a limited-edition Blu-ray with collector’s cards containing photos and art from the film. It was No. 4 on the overall sales chart and No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart.

Several holiday favorites continue to sell well in the lead-up to Christmas.

No. 2 on the overall sales chart, selling 96% as many copies as the top title, was Universal’s 2018 animated movie The Grinch, based on the classic Dr. Seuss tale. It was No. 9 on the Blu-ray chart.

No. 3 on both charts was Warner’s eight-film “Harry Potter” collection.

No. 5 on the overall sales chart was Home Alone, a 20th Century Studios movie now owned by Disney.

Other Holiday discs in the top 20 include Warner’s Elf at No. 9 (No. 19 on the Blu-ray chart), Warner’s National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at No. 11 (No. 17 BD), 20th Century’s Home Alone 2: Lost in New York at No. 14 and Warner’s The Polar Express at No. 17.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Nov. 29, Disney’s Mulan remake returned to the top spot, pushing Lionsgate’s Unhinged to No. 2.

Paramount’s new comedy Buddy Games debuted at No. 3, while 20th Century’s The New Mutants dropped to No. 4. Newcomer Iron Mask, from Lionsgate, debuted at No. 5.

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