‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Remains No. 1 Disc Seller

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi easily held onto the top spot on the national home video sales charts the week ended April 7.

In staying No. 1 for a second consecutive week, the latest “Star Wars” sequel outsold the week’s No. 2 title, Sony Pictures’ Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, by about a three-to-one margin on the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales.

On the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, Last Jedi had about four times as many unit sales as Jumanji, which is in its third week.

Jumanji‘s lingering theatrical run managed to push its U.S. box office haul to over $403.7 million, passing the first Spider-Man to become the top Sony Pictures earner on the domestic list.

No. 3 on both the overall and Blu-ray disc sales charts was another Disney release, Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, which is in its fifth week of release. No. 4 on both charts went to Warner’s Justice League, in its fourth week.

The top newcomer for the week, Sony Pictures’ Insidious: The Last Key, debuted at No. 5 overall and No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart. The fourth entry in the “Insidious” horror franchise earned $67 million at the domestic box office.

The No. 5 Blu-ray was Disney’s Coco, which landed at No. 6 on the overall disc sales chart.

The only other newcomer in the top 10 was Warner’s Father Figures, which debuted at No. 9 on both charts. The comedy earned $17.5 million at the domestic box office.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended April 8, Jumanji held onto the top spot for a third consecutive week.

Father Figures debuted at No. 2, with Last Jedi moving up a spot to No. 3.

Rounding out the top five were Justice League at No. 4 and Insidious: The Last Key at No. 5.

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‘Star Wars,’ ‘Jumanji,’ ‘Justice League’ Give Late Quarterly Boost to Disc Sales

Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Sony Pictures’ Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Warner’s Justice League home video releases have given a significant boost to packaged-media sales at the end of the first quarter of 2018.

With continued market share increases by digital delivery, it was looking to be one of the worst quarters for packaged media in memory. Heading into the final three weeks of the quarter, total disc sales looked to be down around 16% to 17% compared with the same period a year ago, according to sales data compiled by Media Play News. Blu-ray Disc specifically was down around 8% in revenue and 11% in units according to MPN’s preliminary estimates of the quarterly results, which should be announced by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group in the next few weeks.

The releases of Justice League, Jumanji and Last Jedi, however, appear to have leveled off the overall revenue drop to about 9% and the combined DVD and Blu-ray unit drop to about 10%.

The first week of Justice League alone (the week ended March 17) nearly wiped out all the quarterly Blu-ray revenue gap, bringing it to about 1% under the previous year. Jumanji brought that number even the week ended March 24, and Last Jedi the week ended March 31 pushed it to about a 5% increase in Blu-ray revenue over last year, and slightly ahead in unit sales as well.

In fact, the first week of Last Jedi even helped push a year-over-year weekly sales increase in the DVD format category for the first time since the week before Christmas in 2016.

By comparison, the 2017 first quarter was down about 12% to 13% overall in both revenue and unit sales from the same period in 2016. Last year’s first quarter ended with the packaged-media releases of Disney’s Moana, Universal’s Sing and Warner’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. (Last year’s big “Star Wars” title, Rogue One, didn’t land on Blu-ray and DVD until the first week of the second quarter.)

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Easily Tops Home Video Sales Charts

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi debuted atop the national home video sales charts by a wide margin the week ended March 31.

The eighth numbered installment of the “Star Wars” saga and the ninth live-action film in the franchise took in $620 million at the domestic box office and $1.33 billion worldwide — making it the top earner released in 2017. The Rian Johnson-directed film easily took the No. 1 spot on both the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart.

Dropping to No. 2 on both charts in its second week, after debuting in the top spot a week earlier, was Sony Pictures’ Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which sold 29% as many copies as Last Jedi during the week.

Disney’s Coco, in its fifth week, moved up a slot to No. 3 on both charts.

Rounding out the top five on the overall sales chart were Warner’s Justice League at No. 4 and Fox’s Ferdinand at No. 5, which were No. 5 and No. 6, respectively, on the Blu-ray chart.

The No. 4 Blu-ray was another Disney-distributed title, Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, which was No. 6 overall.

Blu-ray accounted for a whopping 80% of first-week Last Jedi disc sales; 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray contributed 15% to the total.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended April 1, the Jumanji sequel took the top spot for a second week, while Justice League held onto the No. 2 spot.

Ferdinand moved up a spot to No. 3, while Last Jedi debuted at No. 4 (Disney is the only studio without a distribution agreement to provide titles to top rental outlet Redbox, which limits copy depth on some top titles as the kiosk vendor acquires its Disney-distributed fare from retail stores).

Rounding out the top five is Universal’s Pitch Perfect 3, down two slots from the previous week.

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‘Jumanji’ Ventures to No. 1 on Home Video Charts

Sony Pictures’ Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle debuted at No. 1 on the national home video charts the week ended March 24.

The adventure comedy – a sequel to the 1995 original Jumanji — was a surprise hit at the box office, earning $402 million in U.S. theaters and nearly $950 million worldwide. The home video edition bowed in the top spot on both the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, as well as the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

The original Jumanji starred Robin Williams and was based on a children’s book about a board game come to life. The follow-up features a group of teenagers sucked into a video game version of Jumanji, where they take on avatars played by Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan and Nick Jonas.

Warner’s Justice League dropped to No. 2 on both charts, selling 35% as many copies as Jumanji. The superhero team-up adventure, which earned $229 million at the domestic box office, had debuted at No. 1 on both charts the prior week.

Universal Pictures’ Pitch Perfect 3 debuted at No. 3 on both charts. The musical comedy, the third and final installment in the “Pitch Perfect” series, has made $104.9 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters. a Pitch Perfect Trilogy set debuted at No. 15, accounting for about 8% of purchases of people picking up a copy of the third film. However, even if the trilogy were added to standalone sales of the third film, Pitch Perfect 3 still wouldn’t have reached the unit tally of Justice League.

Walt Disney’s Coco remained No. 4 on both charts.

No. 5 on the overall chart was 20th Century Fox’s animated comedy Ferdinand, while on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, the No. 5 spot went to Disney’s Thor: Ragnarok.

A third new release to make the top 10 was Paramount’s Downsizing, a social satire about people shrinking themselves to save money — and to save the planet. The film, which stars Matt Damon, earned less than $25 million in U.S. theaters and debuted at No. 8 on both sales charts.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle generated 58% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc, according to VideoScan, with 7% coming from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

Pitch Perfect 3 generated 57% of its sales from Blu-ray Disc, and Downsizing, 60%.

On Media Play News’ rental chart for the week ended March 25, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle also debuted at No. 1, while Justice League soared to No. 2 now that it’s week-long holdback from Redbox is over.

Pitch Perfect 3 debuted at No. 3, while Ferdinand shot to No. 4 now that it’s available at Redbox, also a week after its initial release.

Thor: Ragnarok, the top rental the prior week, slipped to No. 5.

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‘Coco’ Leads Disc Sales in February

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment’s Coco was the top-seller on the NPD Group’s list of combined Blu-ray and DVD sellers for February 2018.

The Pixar Animation Studios film was released on disc Feb. 27, meaning it managed to take the top spot despite being officially on shelves for only two days during February (though preorders often represent a significant portion of a title’s early sales).

Similarly, Fox’s Murder on the Orient Express, released the same day as Coco, managed to score the No. 5 position.

According to NPD, the February 2018 top 10 were:

  1. Coco (Disney)
  2. Wonder (Lionsgate)
  3. Daddy’s Home 2 (Paramount)
  4. A Bad Moms Christmas (Universal)
  5. Murder on the Orient Express (Fox)
  6. Only the Brave (Sony Pictures)
  7. Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (Lionsgate)
  8. It (2017) (Warner)
  9. The Star (Sony Pictures)
  10. Batman: Gotham by Gaslight (Warner)

Warner’s It, having been released in early January, remains the top seller for the year through the end of Feburary, with Coco at No. 2.

Year-to-date Top 10 (through February 2018):

  1. It (2017) (Warner)
  2. Coco (Disney)
  3. Wonder (Lionsgate)
  4. Blade Runner 2049 (Warner)
  5. Dunkirk (Warner)
  6. Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (Lionsgate)
  7. Daddy’s Home 2 (Paramount)
  8. Despicable Me 3 (Universal)
  9. American Made (Universal)
  10. A Bad Moms Christmas (Universal)

‘Justice League’ Comes Together Atop Home Video Sales Charts

Warner’s Justice League led a slew of newcomers that debuted in the top 20 of the national home video sales charts the week ended March 17.

The superhero team-up adventure, which earned $229 million at the domestic box office, came in at No. 1 on both the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart.

Slipping to No. 2 on both charts was the previous week’s top seller, Disney’s Thor: Ragnarok, which in its second week sold 44% as many discs as Justice League‘s first week.

Debuting at No. 3 on both charts was Fox’s animated Ferdinand, which earned $83.8 million in U.S. theaters.

Disney’s Coco dropped to No. 4 on both charts in its third week.

Rounding out the top five on both charts was the newly minted Oscar Best Picture winner, Fox’s The Shape of Water.

Other newcomers in the top 10 included Sony Pictures’ Call Me By Your Name at No. 7 overall (No. 6 on the Blu-ray chart), and Universal’s Tonya Harding biopic I, Tonya at No. 8 overall (No. 7 on the Blu-ray chart).

Lionsgate’s The Disaster Artist, a comedic re-creation of the making of notoriously bad film The Room, debuted at No. 11 overall and tenth on the Blu-ray chart.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 70% of total sales for Justice League, which had 12% of its unit tally from 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. Among the other newcomers, Blu-ray accounted for 59% of Ferdinand unit sales, 66% for The Shape of Water, 55% for Call Me By Your Name, 58% for I, Tonya, and 73% for Disaster Artist.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended March 18, Thor: Ragnarok took over the top spot in its second week, pushing Coco to No. 2.

I, Tonya debuted at No. 3, followed by Fox’s Murder on the Orient Express remake at No. 4 and Paramount’s Daddy’s Home 2 at No. 5.

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Surges to No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment again claimed the top spot on the national home video sales charts the week ended March 10, this time with Thor: Ragnarok, while five other newcomers also found their way into the overall top 20.

The latest hit superhero film from the powerhouse Marvel Studios unit had earned $315 million at the domestic box office before debuting at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc Unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

The arrival of Thor:Ragnarok pushed Disney’s Coco, from the Pixar Animation Studio, to No. 2 on both charts after it had debuted on top the week before. Coco sold about 39% as many units as Thor: Ragnarok during the week.

Dropping a slot to No. 3, also on both charts, was 20th Century Fox’s Murder on the Orient Express remake.

No. 4 on the overall chart was Lionsgate’s Wonder, followed by Fox’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which rose two spots to No. 5 after being honored with a couple of acting Oscars.

On the Blu-ray chart, Disney’s Lady and the Tramp: Signature Collection slipped to No. 4, while Universal Pictures’ Darkest Hour took No. 5. Wonder and Three Billboards were No. 6 and No. 7, respectively.

The other new arrivals popping into the top 20 were Lionsgate’s Lady Bird at No. 8 (on both charts); Nickelodeon’s Paw Patrol: Sea Patrol, distributed by Paramount, at No. 10; BBC’s Blue Planet II at No. 12 (No. 10 on the Blu-ray chart); a Sony Pictures’ anniversary re-release of the 1982 fantasy epic The Dark Crystal at No. 13 (No. 9 on the Blu-ray chart); and Universal’s The Man Who Invented Christmas, a docu-drama about Charles Dickens writing A Christmas Carol, at No. 20 (No. 18 on the Blu-ray chart).

Notably, Dark Crystal was released for the first time on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, with the premium format accounting for 36% of the title’s unit sales. Blu-ray as a whole accounted for 86% of Dark Crystal sales for the week.

Among the other debuting titles, Blu-ray accounted for 83% of unit sales for Thor: Ragnarok, which saw 11% of its total come from UHD Blu-ray.

The comedy Lady Bird had 55% of its sales come by way of Blu-ray, while the documentary series Blue Planet II had 75% and The Man Who Invented Christmas had 46%.

Blue Planet II had 46% of its sales come from the 4K disc format, which is especially significant considering the U.S. HD configurations were either BD- or 4K-only, meaning no future-proofing combo pack containing both formats.

On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended March 11, Coco took over the No. 1 spot after debuting a week earlier at No. 2, while Thor: Ragnarok had to settle for the second spot in its first week.

The chart-topping duo from Disney defies the usual trend, as Disney titles tend to take a few weeks to build momentum in the rental market as the studio has no distribution agreement with Redbox, leading the kiosk vendor to acquire its copies of Disney films as any consumer would — at retail. This tends to give the advantage to other studios who supply titles to Redbox directly. Indeed, Disney and Redbox are currently engaged in a legal dispute over the right to resell digital copy codes included with the packaged-media copies Redbox has been buying.

Rounding out the top five rentals, No. 3 and No. 4 went to a pair of 20th Century Fox films coming week-long holdbacks at Redbox – Murder on the Orient Express and Three Billboards, respectively.

No. 5 was Paramount’s Daddy’s Home 2, which had been the top rental the previous two weeks.

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Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Sings Its Way to No. 1 on Disc Sales Charts

Just in time for the Oscars, the week that ended March 3 was a big one for new releases:  Five newly issued DVD/Blu-ray Disc titles debuted among the top 10 home entertainment sellers in the week leading up to the Academy Awards ceremony.

Walt Disney’s Coco, the latest animated blockbuster produced by Pixar Animation Studios, easily took the No. 1 spot on both the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Finishing a distant second was 20th Century Fox’s Murder on the Orient Express remake, which made roughly half as much as Coco in U.S. theaters ($102.8 million versus $208.6 million) but only sold 17% as many units its first week in stores.

Also popping up in the top five was Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, the 1955 animated classic that was polished up as a lavish “Walt Disney Signature Collection” Blu-ray  Disc, DVD and digital combo pack. The film was last released on disc in 2012 as a Diamond Edition release but has been unavailable for several years.

The Lady and the Tramp re-release debuted at No. 4 on the overall disc sales chart, behind Lionsgate’s Wonder, and No. 3 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

Paramount’s Daddy’s Home 2, which debuted at No. 1 the previous week, slipped to No. 5 on both charts.

A fourth new release, the Universal Pictures war film Darkest Hour, debuted at No. 6 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

And a fifth newcomer, best picture nominee Fox’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, bowed at No. 7 on the overall disc chart and No. 6 on the Blu-ray Disc chart.

Aside from Lady and the Tramp, available only in combo packs, the new release with the highest percentage of Blu-ray Disc sales was Coco at 72%, according to VideoScan, followed by Darkest Hour at 64%, Three Billboards at 58% and Murder at 55%.

At 10%, Three Billboards had the highest percentage of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc sales for the new releases, followed by Murder at 7% and Coco at 5%.

On Media Play News’ weekly rental chart for the week ended March 4, Daddy’s Home 2 remained No. 1 for the second consecutive week.

Coco debuted at No. 2, bumping Wonder to No. 3.

Darkest Hour debuted at No. 4, while the No. 5 went to Just Getting Started, an action comedy starring Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones and Rene Russo and released by Broad Green Entertainment.

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‘Daddy’s Home 2’ Takes Over Top Spots on Home Video Charts

Paramount’s Daddy’s Home 2 debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Feb. 24.

The comedy sequel earned $104 million at the domestic box office, and would have had a bigger lead on the charts were it not available separately as part of a two-pack with the first Daddy’s Home, a combo tracked separately by VideoScan.

Lionsgate’s Wonder dropped to No. 2 on both charts. In its second week on shelves, Wonder sold 98% of copies as the solo versions of Daddy’s Home 2 in its first week. When accounting for the two-pack, Wonder sold 86% as many copies as Daddy’s Home 2 overall.

No. 3 on both charts was Sony Pictures’ The Star, a faith-based animated comedy about the Nativity told from the point of view of the animals that were there. The film earned $40.9 million in U.S. theaters.

Rounding out the top five on the overall chart were Universal’s A Bad Moms Christmas at No. 4 and Warner’s It at No. 5. Their orders were reversed on the Blu-ray chart.

Blu-ray disc accounted for 53% of unit sales of Daddy’s Home 2 and 46% of The Star.

Daddy’s Home 2 was also the top title on the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Feb. 25, again pushing Wonder to No. 2.

A Bad Moms Christmas slipped to No. 3, with The Star debuting at No. 4 and Warner’s Geostorm holding on at No. 5.

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‘Wonder’ Debuts at No. 1 on Home Video Charts

Lionsgate topped the national home video sales charts the week ended Feb. 17 with Wonder, the acclaimed drama about a child with Treacher Collins syndrome — a genetic disorder characterized by deformities of the ears, eyes, cheekbones and chin — trying to fit in.

The film debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, the film earned more than $131 million in U.S. theaters (and $292 million worldwide) on a budget of $20 million.

Universal Pictures’ A Bad Moms Christmas slipped to No. 2 on both charts its second week in stores, after having bowed at No. 1 the prior week.

The Sony Pictures’ firefighter drama Only the Brave slipped to No. 3 on the overall chart and No. 6 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart after debuting in second and third place, respectively, the previous week.

Rounding out the top five on the combined chart were Lionsgate’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween at No. 4 and Warner’s horror hit It at No. 5, both unchanged from the prior week.

On the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, Warner’s animated Batman: Gotham by Gaslight finished the week at No. 3, down a notch from its debut the week before.

It and Warner’s Blade Runner 2049 finished the week at No. 4 and No. 5, switching places from the prior week.

Wonder generated 46% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray Disc.

The only other new release to make the top 20 on both charts was Sony Pictures’ Roman J. Israel, Esq., a legal drama starring  Denzel Washington as an autistic savant lawyer who loses his sheltered employment when his long-time boss suddenly dies. The film, with a box office take of just $12 million, debuted at No. 10 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 12 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Magnolia Pictures’ Blade of the Immortal debuted at No. 16 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

Wonder also debuted at No. 1 on the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended Feb. 18, bumping A Bad Moms Christmas to No. 2.

Roman J. Israel, Esq. debuted at No. 3.

Rounding out the top five on the rental chart were Only the Brave at No. 4 and Warner’s Geostorm at No. 5.

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