‘A Star Is Born’ Shines on Home Video Charts

In a big week for music-heavy movies, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Blu-ray and DVD release of the latest remake of A Star Is Born topped the national home video sales charts the week ended Feb. 23.

The story, involving an older star discovering and falling in love with an up-and-coming starlet, was previously filmed in 1937, 1954 and 1976. The fourth Hollywood version , this time starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper (who also directed), earned $211 million at the domestic box office and just won an Oscar for the song “Shallow.”

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The previous week’s top seller, 20th Century Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody, dropped to No. 2 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.

Bohemian Rhapsody picked up four Oscars, including Best Actor for Rami Malek as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. It sold about 52% as many copies in its second week as A Star Is Born sold in its first.

Debuting at No. 3 on both charts was another remake, Lionsgate’s Robin Hood. The critically derided retelling of the classic story — which stars  Taron Egerton as Robin Hood, Jamie Foxx as Little John and Ben Mendelsohn as the Sheriff of Nottingham — earned just $30.8 million at the domestic box office.

Universal Pictures’ animated The Grinch landed at No. 4 on the overall sales chart and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart, down from the second spot on both a week earlier.

Another newcomer, Paramount’s Overlord, took No. 5 on the overall chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart. The World War II-based horror film earned $21.7 million in U.S. theaters.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 53% of first-week Star Is Born sales, with 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray accounting for 8% of its sales. By contrast, Robin Hood had 61% of its sales from Blu-ray, with 12% from UHD BD, while Overlord had 72% from Blu-ray and 18% from UHD BD.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Feb. 24, A Star Is Born debuted at No. 1, followed by Bohemian Rhapsody at No. 2 and Robin Hood at No. 3.

Rounding out the top five rentals were Paramount’s Nobody’s Fool at No. 4 and Overlord at No. 5.

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Sings to No. 1 Debut on Home Video Charts

The Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody easily 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 Feb. 16.

The film, from 20th Century Fox, dramatizes the formation and success of the rock band in the 1970s and ’80s, with particular focus on the life of lead singer Freddie Mercury. It earned more than $212 million at the domestic box office and has been nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Rami Malek as Mercury.

Universal Pictures’ animated The Grinch, the top title from the previous week, slipped to No. 2 on both charts in its second week, selling 32% as many copies as newcomer Bohemian Rhapsody.

Another new release, Paramount’s Nobody’s Fool, the latest comedy from Tyler Perry, bowed at No. 3 on the overall sales chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

Fox’s heist thriller Widows slid to No. 4 on the overall chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart.

Walt Disney Studios’ The Nutcracker and the Four Realms came in at No. 5 on both charts.

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Blu-ray Disc accounted for 73% of first-week Bohemian Rhapsody unit sales, with 13% coming from the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray version. For Nobody’s Fool, Blu-ray comprised 37% of sales. The second week of sales for The Grinch saw 60% of sales from Blu-ray, down from 66% in its first week.

Bohemian Rhapsody also took No. 1 on the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Feb. 17. Nobody’s Fool debuted at No. 2.

The previous week’s top rental, The Grinch, slipped to No. 3, with Widows at No. 4 and Sony Pictures’ The Girl in the Spider’s Web at No. 5.

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‘The Grinch’ Grabs No. 1 on Home Video Charts

Universal Pictures’ The Grinch 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 chart the week ended Feb. 9.

The animated adaptation of the classic Dr. Seuss story earned $270.6 million at the domestic box office.

The action-thriller Widows, from 20th Century Fox, debuted at No. 2 on both charts, selling 18% as many copies as The Grinch.

No. 3 on both charts was Sony Pictures’ The Girl in the Spider’s Web, the adaptation of the fourth book in the “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” series, and the first not written by series creator Stieg Larsson.

The previous weeks’ top seller, Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, dropped to No. 4, while Lionsgate’s Hunter Killer slipped to No. 5.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 66% of first-week Grinch sales, with 6% of total sales attributed to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray editions. Widows had 51% of total sales in the Blu-ray format, but 10% from UHD Blu-ray. Blu-ray accounted for 62% of The Girl in the Spider’s Web sales.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Feb. 10 also had The Grinch at No. 1, Widows at No. 2 and Spider’s Web at No. 3. The previous week’s top rental, Hunter Killer, slipped to No. 4, while the 20th Century Fox Western The Sisters Brothers debuted at No. 5.

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Disney’s ‘Nutcracker’ Dances to Top of Disc Sales Charts

Walt Disney Studios’ The Nutcracker and the Four Realms led a trio of newcomers that debuted atop 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 Feb. 2.

The fantasy adventure The Nutcracker, based on the classic ballet and short story, came in at No. 1 on both charts after an underwhelming box office run that brought in $54.9 million at the domestic box office (and $173.8 million worldwide) against a reported budget of $120 million.

No. 2 on the overall sales chart was Lionsgate’s Hunter Killer, which sold 88% as many copies as Nutcracker. The film, about a group of U.S. Navy SEALs who rescue the Russian president from a coup, also underperformed at the box office, earning $15.8 million domestically against a reported budget of $40 million. Hunter Killer was No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart.

Coming in at No. 3 overall and No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart was the direct-to-video animated superhero sequel Reign of the Supermen, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Based on the DC Comics storyline from the 1990s and a follow-up to last year’s The Death of Superman, Reign was released only in Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo packs (no standalone DVD) and sold 51% as many units as Nutcracker.

Two releases from Universal Pictures rounded out the top five on both charts. On the overall chart, No. 4 was Halloween and No. 5 was First Man. Their order was reversed on the Blu-ray chart, with the HD version of the Neil Armstrong biopic topping the horror reboot.

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Only two other new releases cracked the top 20. No. 9 overall (and No. 18 on the Blu-ray chart) was the faith-based drama Indivisible, from Universal Pictures. And BBC’s 11th season of the new “Doctor Who,” the first season featuring a female in the title role, debuted at No. 13 overall and No. 17 on the Blu-ray chart.

Among the week’s other newcomers, Lionsgate’s remake of the horror film Suspiria debuted at No. 46 overall, but as it was released only on Blu-ray it landed at No. 10 on the Blu-ray chart. And the Universal Pictures drama Boy Erased debuted at No. 33 overall and No. 25 on the Blu-ray chart. Sony Pictures’ The Wife, starring Glenn Close, debuted at No. 40 overall.

Also of note, Disney re-released the 1988 fantasy Willow on Blu-ray and DVD, having obtained the rights to the film through its purchase of Lucasfilm. Disney also released the film digitally for the first time. While the disc content appears to be the same as the 25th anniversary editions released by 20th Century Fox in 2013, the new Blu-ray contains a digital copy. As such, the re-release landed at No. 30 overall and No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart, with 92% of its sales coming via the HD format.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 72% of total unit sales of The Nutcracker, with 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray comprising 8%. For Hunter Killer, Blu-ray contributed 57% and UHD 12%. The 4K UHD Blu-ray made up 11% of Reign of the Supermen sales.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Feb. 3, Hunter Killer took the top spot, pushing First Man to No. 2.

Universal’s Night School held steady at No. 3, while Halloween slipped to No. 4 and Sony Pictures’ Goosebumps 2 dipped to No. 5.

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‘First Man’ Lands at No. 1 on Home Video Charts

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s First Man 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 Jan. 26.

A biopic of American astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, the film earned $44.9 million at the domestic box office.

First Man edged out Universal’s Halloween remake to take the top spot. The previous week’s top seller, Halloween in its second week sold 96% as many copies on the overall sales chart as the newly arrived First Man. The gap was more pronounced on the Blu-ray chart, where Halloween sold 76% as many Blu-rays as First Man.

Blu-ray accounted for 72% of First Man‘s total unit sales, compared with 58% for Halloween (down from 69% in its first week); 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray contributed 24% to First Man‘s overall tally.

Sony Pictures’ Goosebumps 2, also in its second week, slipped a spot to No. 3 on the overall chart, and was No. 10 on the Blu-ray chart.

No. 4 overall and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart was Warner’s Smallfoot.

Another newcomer, 20th Century Fox’s The Hate U Give, debuted at No. 5 on the overall chart, but was only No. 12 on the Blu-ray chart, with 43% of its sales attributed to the HD version.

On the Blu-ray chart, Warner’s Crazy Rich Asians jumped back up to No. 4, while Fox’s The Predator rose back to No. 5.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Jan. 27, First Man debuted at No. 1, pushing Halloween to No. 2.

Warner’s Night School held onto the No. 3 spot, while Goosebumps 2 slipped to No. 4, and Sony Pictures’ Venom dropped to No. 5.

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‘Halloween’ Scares Away ‘Venom’ to Take Over Top Spot on Disc Sales Charts

Universal Pictures’ Halloween reboot has displaced Venom from its month-long reign atop the home video sales charts.

The horror film, which was produced by Blumhouse Productions, 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 Jan. 19.

Though it’s technically the 11th film in the “Halloween” franchise, the new installment was created as a direct sequel to the 1978 original film, ignoring the other sequels and the two Rob Zombie remakes from a decade ago. The strategy paid off to the tune of a $159.3 million haul at the domestic box office.

Two additional newcomers pushed Sony Pictures’ Venom to No. 4 in its fifth week, after it spent its first four weeks in the top spot on both the overall and Blu-ray sales charts.

Sony Pictures’ family friendly spookfest Goosebumps 2 bowed at No. 2 on both charts, selling 45% as many copies as Halloween. It earned $46.7 million in U.S. theaters, a bit more than half of what its predecessor took in.

Coming in at No. 3 on both charts was 20th Century Fox’s Once Upon a Deadpool, a ‘PG-13’ version of Deadpool 2 that swaps out the violence for new footage of Deadpool telling the film’s story to Fred Savage in a parody of The Princess Bride.

Universal’s Night School, which had been No. 2 for the previous two weeks, dropped to No. 5.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 69% of first-week Halloween unit sales, with 19% of its total coming from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray comprised 53% and 4% of the Goosebumps 2 total, respectively.

Halloween was also No. 1 on the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Jan. 20, with Goosebumps 2 debuting at No. 2.

Night School, the top rental for the previous three weeks, dropped to No. 3, with Venom at No. 4. The Lionsgate actioner Speed Kills, a direct-to-video effort starring John Travolta, debuted at No. 5.

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Tops 2018 Disc Sales; ‘Venom’ Leads in December

Walt Disney Studios finished 2018 with six titles on the top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for the full year according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

The top seller was Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, which became the year’s top seller in November, displacing Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which finished the year at No. 2. Another Disney release, Marvel’s Black Panther, was No. 3 for the year.

The top 10 list for the full year was unchanged from what had been tracked at the end of the previous month, with the exception of Disney’s Incredibles 2, an early November home video release, taking over the No. 9 spot, and Warner’s Justice League dropping off the list.

Other Disney titles in the top 10 were Coco at No. 6 and Thor: Ragnarok at No. 7.

For December, Sony Pictures’ Venom was the month’s top seller. The comic book movie was released on disc in the middle of the month and jumped to the No. 1 spot on the weekly sales list, where it remained for four straight weeks.

The month’s No. 2 title was Paramount’s Mission: Impossible — Fallout, followed at No. 3 by Sony Pictures’ The Equalizer 2.

Incredibles 2 carried over its popularity into December, landing at No. 4.

Three more December disc releases cracked the month’s top 10, with Warner’s Smallfoot debuting at No. 6, Universal’s The House With a Clock in Its Walls at No. 6 and Fox’s The Predator at No. 7.

Two Christmas catalog titles, Warner’s Elf and Christmas Vacation, were the No. 8 and No. 9 sellers in the month, respectively.

According to NPD, the December 2018 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Venom (Sony Pictures)
  2. Mission: Impossible — Fallout (Paramount)
  3. The Equalizer 2 (Sony Pictures)
  4. Incredibles 2 (Disney)
  5. Smallfoot (Warner)
  6. The House With a Clock in Its Walls (Universal)
  7. The Predator (Fox)
  8. Elf (Warner)
  9. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Warner)
  10. Avengers: Infinity War (Disney)

 

2018 Top 10:

 

  1. Avengers: Infinity War (Disney)
  2. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Disney)
  3. Black Panther (Disney)
  4. The Greatest Showman (Fox)
  5. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Sony Pictures)
  6. Coco (Disney)
  7. Thor: Ragnarok (Disney)
  8. Deadpool 2 (Fox)
  9. Incredibles 2 (Disney)
  10. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Universal)

 

‘Incredibles 2’ Tops November Sales; ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Takes Over as Year’s No. 1 Title

‘Venom’ Spends Fourth Week Atop Disc Sales Charts

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Venom topped 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. 12, its fourth week in the top sales spots.

Universal Pictures’ Night School landed at No. 2 for a second week, followed by 20th Century Fox’s Bad Times at the El Royale moving up two spots to No. 3.

The top newcomer came in at No. 4 on the overall chart and No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart: Lionsgate’s Hell Fest, a horror film about a serial killer who attacks the guests at a Halloween-themed amusement park event.

No. 5 on both charts was Universal’s The House With a Clock in Its Walls.

The top six Blu-rays were unchanged from the previous week, with Fox’s The Predator at No. 4 (No .6 overall), and Disney’s Incredibles 2 at No. 6 (No. 7 overall).

The only other newcomers in the top 20 were Funimation’s Dragon Ball Super: Part 6 at No. 14 (No. 8 on the Blu-ray chart) and Lionsgate’s Mid90s at No. 18 (No. 14 on the Blu-ray chart).

Venom is the second title released in 2018 to top the charts for four weeks, after Fox’s Deadpool 2, which was on top for three weeks after its debut in August and returned to No. 1 after Thanksgiving. However, Venom is the first title to top the charts for four consecutive weeks since Warner’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in the summer of 2016.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Jan. 13, Night School took No. 1 for a third consecutive week, while Venom was once again No. 2.

House With a Clock in Its Walls was the No. 3 rental, followed by Bad Times at the El Royale at No. 4 and Sony Pictures’ White Boy Rick at No. 5.

Hell Fest debuted at No. 9. Other newcomers on the rental chart include Lionsgate’s The Oath at No. 14 and Mid90s at No. 17.

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‘Venom’ Tops Disc Sales for Third Week

A pair of new releases debuted in the top five on the national home video sales charts the week ended Jan. 5, but neither could displace Sony Pictures’ Venom from taking the top spot for a third consecutive week.

The closest was Universal Pictures’ Night School, which landed at No. 2 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 in its first week on shelves.

Night School, a comedy starring Kevin Hart and Tiffandy Haddish, sold 65% as many copies as Venom overall, but just 52% as many Blu-ray Discs. Half of first-week Night School sales came from the HD format, compared with 62% from the third week of Venom.

The other newcomer to secure a high chart debut was 20th Century Fox’s noirish thriller Bad Times at the El Royale, which bowed at No. 5 overall and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart. Blu-ray accounted for 70% of the titles total unit sales.

No. 3 on the overall chart and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart was Universal’s The House With a Clock in Its Walls, also in its third week.

Another movie in its third week in stores, 20th Century Fox’s The Predator, slipped to No. 4 on both charts.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Jan. 6, Night School held onto the top spot for a second consecutive week (it had been available through rental outlets such as Redbox for a few days prior to its sellthrough date).

Venom held onto the No. 2 rental spot, while The House With a Clock in its Walls moved up to No. 3.

Sony Pictures’ The Equalizer 2 held steady at No. 4, while The Predator slipped to No. 5.

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‘Venom’ Maintains Stranglehold on Disc Sales Charts for Second Week

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Venom topped 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. 29.

The bulk of the week’s sales took place following Christmas, and studios avoided releasing many new titles into the market. In fact, the top four titles on both charts were unchanged from the previous week.

In topping home video sales for a second consecutive week, Venom outsold the No. 2 title on both charts by a 3-to-1 margin.

Universal’s The House With a Clock in Its Walls in its second week remained at No. 2 on the overall chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart.

No. 3 overall and No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart was again 20th Century Fox’s The Predator, also in its second week.

The No. 4 title on both charts was Walt Disney’s Studios’ Incredibles 2, in its eighth week.

Sony Pictures’ Home Entertainment’s The Equalizer 2 moved up a spot to No. 5 on both charts, pushing Warner’s Smallfoot to No. 6.

The only new release to crack the top 50 for the week was Sony Pictures’ White Boy Rick, which was No. 29 overall and No. 25 on the Blu-ray chart.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Dec. 30, Universal’s Night School took the No. 1 spot. The comedy was made available through Redbox kiosks a few days before its Jan. 1 sellthrough date.

Venom slipped to No. 2, followed by The Predator at No. 3, The Equalizer 2 at No. 4, and The House With a Clock in Its Walls at No. 5.

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