‘Conjuring 3’ Split Puts ‘Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’ Atop Disc Sales for Second Week

The NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, shows Lionsgate’s Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard as the No. 1 title the week ended Aug. 28.

It did not, however, sell the most copies on disc during the week.

No. 2 on both charts was the newly released The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The third “Conjuring” movie earned $65.6 million at the domestic box office and sold about 91% as many copies as the top title. However, the film was also available as part of a three-pack with the first two “Conjuring” movies, and that collection, which is tracked as a distinct title by VideoScan, was No. 10 on both charts, selling 16.9% as many copies as the top title. That means discs containing Conjuring 3 outsold Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard by about 7.8%.

The dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart also had Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard — a sequel to 2017’s The Hitman’s Bodyguard starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek — as the No. 1 title for a second consecutive week, but in the HD realm in did sell more copies than the combined “Conjuring” offerings.

A two-pack of both “Hitman’s Bodyguard” movies has not yet been released.

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Another new disc release, Sony Pictures’ Peter Rabbit 2, debuted at No. 3 on both charts. The family comedy earned $40.3 million at the domestic box office. It too was available in a collection with its predecessor, which was No. 15 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

No. 4 on both charts was Disney’s Luca, the latest animated movie from Pixar.

Paramount’s A Quiet Place Part II was the No. 5 overall disc seller, and No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart. The No. 5 Blu-ray, and No. 6 overall, was Warner’s Godzilla vs. Kong.

Blu-ray Disc formats (which includes 4K) accounted for 52% of first-week Conjuring 3 sales, compared with 44% for Peter Rabbit 2. The “Conjuring” three-pack had 47% of its sales come from Blu-ray Disc, which means 53% came from the standard DVD version that was exclusive to Walmart.

Conjuring 3 had 12% of its total sales come from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, compared with 2% for Peter Rabbit 2.

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The Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Aug. 29 saw Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard on top for a second week, with Conjuring 3 at No. 2 and Peter Rabbit 2 at No. 3.

A Quiet Place Part II was the No. 4 rental, followed by Warner’s Wrath of Man at No. 5.

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Warner vs. Sony: ‘Peter Rabbit 2’ Tops ‘Batman’ on U.K. Home Entertainment Chart

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway continued its hold atop the U.K,’s Official Film Chart through Aug. 18, holding off strong competition from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Batman: The Long Halloween — Part Two.

It was Sony’s lone win in a week that saw Warner again dominate retail movie sales across the pond, grabbing seven of the top 10 chart spots as its 2021 theatrical slate continues to resonate on packaged media and digital sellthrough.

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Live-action Peter Rabbit 2 lead the chart for a fourth week, while the second installment of the animated Batman: The Long Halloween adaptation soared 36 spots to No. 2 following its release on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s The Croods placed No. 3, with Warner’s Space Jam (No. 4) and Birds of Prey (No. 5) all hold firm. A collection of Peter Rabbit 1 & 2 continued to sell at No. 10.

The week’s highest new entry went to Lionsgate U.K.’s Spiral: From the Book of Saw, the horror film that serves as the ninth installment in the venerable “Saw” film series, at No. 12.

The Official Film Chart Top 10 –Aug. 18,  2021

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‘A Quiet Place Part II,’ ‘Peter Rabbit 2’ Among Top Titles New to Disc and Digital July 27

Paramount’s A Quiet Place Part II and a slew of titles from Lionsgate top the list of titles new to DVD and Blu-ray July 27, while Sony Pictures’ Peter Rabbit 2 and a new animated Batman movie become available through digital retailers.

The horror sequel A Quiet Place Part II debuts on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from Paramount Home Entertainment. The second installment, written and directed by John Krasinski, picks up where the first left off, as the Abbott family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe) must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path. It earned $157.5 million at the domestic box office.

Lionsgate July 27 releases the thriller Midnight in the Switchgrass on Blu-ray and DVD. Bruce Willis and Megan Fox star as FBI agents who cross paths with a state cop (Emile Hirsch) during the investigation of a string of murders.

Also arriving on DVD July 27 from Lionsgate is the family comedy Joey & Ella. When a baby kangaroo gets accidentally swept up in a jewelry heist, she becomes separated from her mother for the first time in her young life. The story begins when two bumbling jewel thieves lose a mysterious diamond when it is pocketed by a baby circus kangaroo that escapes to a nearby barn and is found by Ella (Jennifer Michele), a lonely teen who names the critter Joey. But the magical gem causes Joey to grow quickly and gain the power of speech.

American Gods: Season Three hits Blu-ray Disc and DVD July 27 from Lionsgate. Based on the popular novel by Neil Gaiman, the Starz fantasy series stars Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon, Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday, Emily Browning as Laura Moon, and Crispin Glover as Mr. World. In the 10 episodes of the third season, dangerous secrets intensify the inevitable war building between the Old Gods of mythology and the New Gods of technology. When Shadow Moon discovers that his boss, Mr. Wednesday, is not only one of the Old Gods but is also his father, Shadow attempts to break away and find his own path. Guided on this spiritual journey by the gods of his black ancestors, the Orishas, Shadow puts down roots in the idyllic, snowy town of Lakeside, Wisconsin — but this small town holds dark and bloody secrets that force him to accept his destiny. Rather than facing a choice between divinity or humanity, Shadow must now decide just what kind of god he wants to be.

Lionsgate also releases a DVD of V.C. Andrews’ Landry Family 4-Movie Series. Based on the best-selling novels from V.C. Andrews, the collection includes the Lifetime movies Ruby, Pearl in the Mist, All That Glitters and Hidden Jewel. The series follows the story of Ruby Landry (Raechelle Banno) as she digs deeper into the roots of her mysterious family tree. Raised by her grandmother in the Louisiana bayou, Ruby gets caught up in a web of dark secrets and betrayal. All four movies aired in March 2021 on Lifetime.

Screen Media releases the crime drama The Birthday Cake on Blu-ray Disc and DVD July 27. In the film, Gio (Shiloh Fernandez) continues a family tradition by bringing a cake to a memorial celebration of the 10th anniversary of his father’s mysterious death, hosted by his uncle (Val Kilmer), a Brooklyn mafia boss. Gio’s life begins to change as he pieces together what really happened to his father. The cast also includes David Mazouz, Ewan McGregor, Lorraine Bracco, Ashley Benson, Aldis Hodge, Penn Badgley, Emory Cohen, Vincent Pastore and Jeremy Allen White.

The 2001 cult favorite horror fantasy Brotherhood of the Wolf makes its Blu-ray Disc debut July 27 from Scream Factory, the horror imprint of indie distributor Shout! Factory. In a rural province of France, a mysterious creature is laying waste to the countryside, savagely killing scores of women and children. Unseen, possessed of enormous strength and a human intelligence, the beast has eluded capture for years. King Louis sends in a renowned scientist and his Iroquois blood brother, an unconventional team whose combined methods and capabilities may bring the beast down. But the true nature of the beast is not what anyone could have anticipated.

Scream Factory also releases a new collector’s edition of the 1983 Stephen King Adaptation The Dead Zone, starring Christopher Walken and directed by David Cronenberg. The Blu-ray features a new 4K scan of the film and a slew of new bonus materials, including four audio commentaries.

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On the digital side of things, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases Peter Rabbit 2 through digital retailers. In the sequel to 2018’s Peter Rabbit, Bea, Thomas, and the rabbits have created a makeshift family, but despite his best efforts, Peter can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation. Adventuring out of the garden, Peter finds himself in a world where his mischief is appreciated, but when his family risks everything to come looking for him, Peter must figure out what kind of bunny he wants to be. The cast includes Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson and David Oyelowo, and the voices of Elizabeth Debicki, Margot Robbie and James Corden. The film earned $39.6 million at the domestic box office after being delayed more than a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will arrive on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Aug. 24.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment July 27 releases Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two for digital purchase. The film continues the storyline from Part One, due June 22, which is based on the 1996-97 comic book storyline that takes place early in Batman’s vigilante career, as the young crimefighter forms a pact with the city’s only two uncorrupt lawmen, police Capt. James Gordon and DA Harvey Dent, to take down organized crime in Gotham City, only to be tested by a serial killer who murders his victims on holidays throughout the year. The voice cast includes Jensen Ackles as Batman, Josh Duhamel as Harvey Dent, Billy Burke as Jim Gordon, Katee Sackhoff as Poison Ivy, Titus Welliver as Carmine Falcone, David Dastmalchian as Calendar Man, Troy Baker as Joker, Amy Landecker as Barbara Gordon, Julie Nathanson as Gilda Dent, Fred Tatasciore as Solomon Grundy, Jim Pirri as Sal Maroni, Alastair Duncan as Alfred, and the late Naya Rivera as Catwoman in one of her final performances, recorded before her death in 2020. A Blu-ray of Part Two arrives Aug. 10, while a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of both parts edited into a single film will arrive in 2022.

The thriller Profile comes out on digital July 27 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Inspired by true events, Profile follows an undercover British journalist on her quest to bait and expose a terrorist recruiter through social media, while trying not to be sucked in by her recruiter and lured into becoming a militant extremist herself. The unconventional thriller directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) plays out entirely on a computer screen in the screen life format. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Aug. 10.

Later this week, on Friday, July 30, the musical In the Heights will be available for  premium digital sale from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Aug. 31.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.