‘Harry Potter’ Collection Leads U.S. Disc Sales

With the coronavirus pandemic having the duel effect of both limiting the depth of new home video releases and leading to fewer disc sales in general, TV DVD and catalog content have had a much easier time of late reaching the top spots on the national sales charts. The week ended Oct. 17 saw a “Harry Potter” boxed set take a turn in the top spot.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection, first released in 2011, was No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD unit sales in the United States, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart. It had been No. 24 overall a week earlier.

In fact, almost the entire top 20 overall disc sales chart consisted of catalog and TV content, and the two new releases that did find a spot on it were reworkings of previously released material.

The No. 2 overall disc seller, and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart, was Disney’s Hocus Pocus, the perennial Halloween-season seller that had topped the charts the previous two weeks.

Another Disney Halloween favorite, the 1993 animated movie The Nightmare Before Christmas, came in at No. 3 overall and No. 8 on the Blu-ray chart.

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The week’s top debut was Shout! Factory’s new deluxe-edition boxed set of the 12 “Friday the 13th” movies, featuring new bonus materials and restorations of some of the films. It came in at No. 4 overall and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart. A boxed set of all the films was previously released in 2013 by Warner (which controls the most-recent four films in the franchise that were made by New Line Cinema; Paramount made the first seven).

The No. 5 overall disc seller was Universal’s The Office: The Complete Series, a DVD set that has been re-released several times since 2014.

The No. 2 Blu-ray Disc seller, and No. 7 overall, was another newcomer, Warner’s Batman: Death in the Family, a collection of DC Showcase animated shorts. The centerpiece of the new disc, Batman: Death in the Family, is an interactive feature that allows viewers to choose whether Robin is killed by the Joker, and to see which different paths the story could take after that. In many respects, however, the short is a reworking of the 2010 movie Batman: Under the Red Hood, with some new footage to provide a prequel to the movie and some alternate story possibilities.

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On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Oct. 18, Lionsgate’s The Doorman, an actioner with Ruby Rose, debuted at No. 1 (for perspective, it was No. 55 its first week on the sales chart).

The Redbox-exclusive disc of Ava, which had been the top rental the previous two weeks, dropped back to No. 2, where it debuted a month earlier.

RLJE Films’ The Tax Collector was No. 3, followed by two titles from Lionsgate: The Silencing at No. 4 and The Secret: Dare to Dream.

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Sales Report for Week Ended 10-17-20
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Actioner ‘The Doorman’ Debuts Atop Redbox Disc Rental Chart; ‘The Secret: Dare to Dream’ Tops On Demand Chart for Fourth Week

The newly released The Doorman, an action thriller from Lionsgate, topped the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended Oct. 18, and landed at No. 6 on the Redbox On Demand chart for the week.

The film, which was released on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 13, stars Ruby Rose as a former Marine turned doorman who battles mercenaries intent on destroying her apartment building to retrieve precious artwork hidden in the walls.

The previous week’s top rental, Redbox’s own Ava, slipped to No. 2 on the disc chart after two weeks in the top spot, and fell a spot to No. 4 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital rental transactions.

Lionsgate’s The Secret: Dare to Dream remained No. 1 on the Redbox On Demand chart for a fourth consecutive week. It stayed at No. 5 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at the company’s more than 40,000 red kiosks.

RLJE Films’ The Tax Collector stayed No. 2 on the On Demand chart and dropped to No. 3 on the disc chart.

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No. 4 on the disc rental chart and No. 3 on the digital chart was Lionsgate’s The Silencing. The No. 5 On Demand title was Redbox’s An Imperfect Murder, a thriller about an actress who wakes up to learn she may have killed her ex-boyfriend.

Other newcomers on the disc chart were Lionsgate’s Seized at No. 8, and Vertical Entertainment’s Critical Thinking at No. 10. Lionsgate’s Alone, about a man trapped in his apartment during a zombie apocalypse, jumped onto the On Demand chart at No. 7 (not to be confused with Magnolia’s Alone, which is about a woman escaping a kidnapper in the woods and was released a month earlier).

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended Oct. 18:

  1. The Doorman — Lionsgate
  2. Ava — Redbox
  3. The Tax Collector — RLJ
  4. The Silencing — Lionsgate
  5. The Secret: Dare to Dream — Lionsgate
  6. Scoob! — Warner
  7. The 2nd — Universal
  8. Seized — Lionsgate
  9. True History of the Kelly Gang — Shout! Factory
  10. Critical ThinkingVertical


Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ended Oct. 18:

  1. The Secret: Dare to Dream — Lionsgate
  2. The Tax Collector — RLJ
  3. The Silencing — Lionsgate
  4. Ava — Redbox
  5. An Imperfect Murder — Redbox
  6. The Doorman — Lionsgate
  7. Alone (2020-B)Lionsgate
  8. Homefront — Universal
  9. Halloween (2018) Universal
  10. The Secret Garden (2020)Universal


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